Private Equity

Its 2007 Deja Vu All Over Again: Goldman Is Raising $8 Billion LBO Fund

The last time Goldman raised an private-equity buyout fund was in 2007: at just over $20 billion, it was the second biggest private-equity fund ever. It also top-ticked the market. Nine years later, the WSJ reports that Goldman is finally preparing a much anticipated sequel, in the form of a corporate-buyout fund with assets between $5 and $8 billion.

Frontrunning: July 21

  • Global stocks nurse nine-month highs before ECB meeting (Reuters)
  • Kuroda Says No Need and No Possibility for Helicopter Money (BBG)
  • As Republican Party tries to heal wounds, discord rules at convention (Reuters)
  • GOP Divided as Cruz Snubs Trump (WSJ)
  • Trump Chooses War With Cruz at Convention Aimed at Unification (BBG)

Herbalife: Media Materially Misstates FTC Outcome, Icahn Files Potentially Questionable Statement with SEC

In the classic "pyramid" scheme, participants attempt to make money solely by recruiting new participants into the program. The hallmark of these schemes is the promise of sky-high returns in a short period of time for doing nothing other than handing over your money and getting others to do the same. But, like most news that goes out incorrectly, nobody noticed the retraction and nobody cared. Here’s what Dow Jones’ official retraction of the morning’s news looked like when it was issued later in the morning, with Herbalife stock already trading up nearly 15%

How To Legally Steal $35,000 From Vladimir Putin

The Russian currency is still far below its historic average; aside from making the country dirt cheap for anyone with foreign currency, we discovered something very interesting today... Some of Russia’s coins are now worth less than their metal values.

Frontrunning: July 12

  • Stocks Advance on Stimulus Bets (BBG)
  • Japan to craft stimulus by end-July, may issue construction bonds (Reuters)
  • May ally says Britain to trigger EU divorce 'when we're ready' (Reuters)
  • Last Woman Standing, Theresa May Offers Calm on Brexit Road (BBG)
  • Merkel urges Britain to quickly clarify relationship with EU (Reuters)

Frontrunning: July 11

  • Global stocks rise as markets anticipate stimulus (Reuters)
  • Global Stocks Buoyed by Rally in Japan (WSJ)
  • Andrea Leadsom Pulls Out of Conservative Party Leadership Race (WSJ)
  • More protesters arrested, police say Dallas sniper plotted bigger assault (Reuters)
  • Voters Add to Election Turmoil by Threatening to Jump Party Lines (WSJ)

Bill Gross Says Yellen "Worships False Idols" So "Worry About The Return Of Your Money, Not On It"

"Investors should not hope unrealistically for deficit spending any time soon. To me, that means at best, a ceiling on risk asset prices (stocks, high yield bonds, private equity, real estate) and at worst, minus signs at year's end that force investors to abandon hope for future returns compared to historic examples. Worry for now about the return "of" your money, not the return "on" it."

A Former NYMEX Trader Explains "The Mechanics Of Silver Manipulation"

What follows is how JPM manipulated the silver markets by selling the Silver contango during illiquid hours, then used their deep pockets to push settlements, then waited until margin calls made the large locals puke their positions. JPM in effect stretched the relationship between forward rates and futures spreads until they made no sense anymore. Not unlike a company trading at 50x earnings. It cannot last long. But it only has to last long enough until the guy with the position opposite you has to liquidate.

Frontrunning: June 27

  • After ‘Brexit’ Vote, Europe’s Leaders Debate Timing of U.K.’s Departure (WSJ)
  • Pound Slumps, Banks Tumble on Brexit Fallout; Bonds Extend Gains (BBG)
  • To Brexit or Regrexit? A dis-United Kingdom ponders turmoil of EU divorce (Reuters)
  • ‘Brexit’ Sparks Political Turmoil Across U.K. (WSJ)
  • 10 ways to leave EU lover; scenarios for Brexit (Reuters)
  • The $100 Trillion Bond Market’s Got Bigger Concerns Than Brexit (BBG)

Brits Lead Revolt Against Age Of Inequality, BofAML Favors "Gold, Vol, & Cash Positions"

Brexit is the biggest electorate riposte yet to The Age Of Inequality created by policymakers to save (some) of the world, and as BofAML's Michael Hartnett warns, investors must anticipate a shift to an increasingly populist policy response. The backdrop of Quantitative Failure nonetheless means a renewed bull market in risk assets is impossible unless fiscal policy can quickly arrest the downside in GDP & EPS forecasts.

Hedge Fund Manager Charged In Insider Trading Case Commits Suicide

Last week, we reported on the historic insider trading bust that took place at the soon to be sold Visium Capital, in which, among other accusations, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan charged Sanjay Valvani of fraudulently making $25 million by gaining advance word about U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals of generic drug applications. Moments ago, Dow Jones reported that the same Sanjay Valvani, charged in the Visiuam insider trading case, was found dead this morning in an apparent suicide.

Stocks, Sterling Rise As "Brexit" Fears Forgotten; Dollar Drops Ahead Of Yellen Speech

Tuesday's overnight price action has been a continuation of yesterday's Brexit relief rally, as investors focused on the two latest polls favorable to Remain in Thursday's referendum (while ignoring the YouGov poll which gave Leave a small lead), and hoping the doom and gloom by George Soros will convince the undecideds to vote against Leaving. As a result, global stocks continued their advance while pound extending the biggest rally since 2008.