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Presenting The World's Biggest Hedge Fund You Have Never Heard Of

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The world's largest hedge fund is not located in the top floor of some shiny, floor-to-ceiling glass clad skyscraper in New York, London, Hong Kong or Shanghai. It isn't in some sprawling mansion in Greenwich or Stamford which houses a state of the art trading desk behind a crocodile-filled moat. Instead it can be found in tiny, nondescript office in Suite 225 located on 730 Sandhill Road in Reno, Nevada.

"That's not possible" one may say - the world's largest hedge fund is Ray Dalio's Bridgewater, which at last check had about $100 billion in AUM (and which has so far had a less than stellar performance in 2012, underperforming the S&P by a substantial margin). Turns out it is: the fund which was at $117.2 billion as of June 30, and which has lately been growing at a pace of about $15 billion per quarter (which would put it at about $130 billion currently), is none other than Braeburn Capital, a Nevada-based asset management corporation.

Who is Braeburn?

Braeburn is a subsidiary of another far more famous company, which since 2006 has had one simple task: manage the cash of the parent company.

At Braeburn's inception, the cash pile was modest, yet absolutely massive in unlevered terms, at just over $10 billion. Fast forward 6 years, and the massive cash pile has now grown to be epically gargantuan. Of course, the parent company in question is none other than Apple, whose publicly reported cash horde at June 30, 2012 was a whopping $117,221,000,000. This is the AUM of Braeburn.

Any substantial follow up diligence on Braeburn will not reveal much if anything.

CapitalIQ has the following description of the firm: "Braeburn Capital Inc. is the asset management arm of Apple Inc. The firm invests in the public equity markets. Braeburn Capital Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Reno, Nevada." And that's it - there is no breakdown of which "public equity market" investments Braeburn is invested in, as is to be expected.

Bloomberg provides the following minimalist information:

Some more useful information cn be found in the Nevada Annual Report of tax-filing entities:

  • Entity Name: BRAEBURN CAPITAL, INC.
  • Filing Status: Active    
  • Date Filed: 10/03/2005
  • Type: Domestic Corporation    
  • File Number: E0667452005-7

It also lists the firm's principals:

Gary Wipfler
730 Sandhill Road
Suite 225
Reno, NV 89521

Gene Levoff
730 Sandhill Road
Suite 225
Reno, NV 89521

Michael Shapiro
730 Sandhill Road
Suite 225
Reno, NV 89521

The LinkedIn profile of Braeburn CIO Steve Johnson is also rather bland:

As is that of Braeburn Portfolio Manager Ted Mulvaney, who before taking over capital allocation of tens of billions worked at a fund named for a Douglas Adams planet.

Oddly enough, the only actual personnel link between Braeburn and Apple can be found in the profile of principal Gary Wipfler who just happens to be the official Treasurer, and thus as expected, the person responsible for the mega cash stash of the behemoth tech company.

For some other clues on Braeburn one has to go to the NYT, and a certain article discussing AAPL's ability to legally and quite successfully bypass American corporate tax laws.

In 2006, as Apple’s bank accounts and stock price were rising, company executives came here to Reno and established a subsidiary named Braeburn Capital to manage and invest the company’s cash. Braeburn is a variety of apple that is simultaneously sweet and tart.

 

Today, Braeburn’s offices are down a narrow hallway inside a bland building that sits across from an abandoned restaurant. Inside, there are posters of candy-colored iPods and a large Apple insignia, as well as a handful of desks and computer terminals.

 

When someone in the United States buys an iPhone, iPad or other Apple product, a portion of the profits from that sale is often deposited into accounts controlled by Braeburn, and then invested in stocks, bonds or other financial instruments, say company executives. Then, when those investments turn a profit, some of it is shielded from tax authorities in California by virtue of Braeburn’s Nevada address.

 

Since founding Braeburn, Apple has earned more than $2.5 billion in interest and dividend income on its cash reserves and investments around the globe.

Naturally, Apple is less than eager to discuss the role of its Nevada asset manager:

Apple declined to comment on its Nevada operations. Privately, some executives said it was unfair to criticize the company for reducing its tax bill when thousands of other companies acted similarly. If Apple volunteered to pay more in taxes, it would put itself at a competitive disadvantage, they argued, and do a disservice to its shareholders.

There is much more in the NYT article, but in short, while Apple for now uses Braeburn primarily in its capacity to find legal tax loophole all around the world and avoid paying taxes, there is no denying that with a cash balance that in a two years may be well over $200 billion, applying even a modest amount of leverage would make AAPL the best capitalized bank, mutual fund or asset manager in the world.

What's more, Braeburn has no reporting obligations: there is no Investment Advisor Public Disclosure (IAPD) entry on Braeburn for the logical reason that it is not an investment advisor: it merely manages an ungodly amount of cash for AAPL's millions of shareholders. There is also no SEC filing 13-F filing on Braeburn's holdings. As such, not confied by the limitations of being a "long-only", it is in its full right to hold any assets it feels like, up to and including CDS on housing, puts on Samsung, or Constant Maturity Swaps that pay if the 10 Year collapses. It just doesn't have to report any of them.

Nobody knows: and that's the beauty of Braeburn. It is the world's largest hedge fund that is not really a hedge fund, nobody has heard of, and nobody knows just what assets it holds.

Which is precisely what Apple wants. Incidentally, what Apple probably wants more is to keep the status quo as is. However, with the topic of finding effective tax loopholes which are perfectly legal, yet which apparently are unfair, serving as the basis of the entire presidential race to date, what Apple can be absolutely certain of is that once the farce culminating on November 6 is over, the government's eye will finally turn to minimizing "externalities" among such companies which have been able to pass through corporate tax savings to end consumers by abiding within the legal system that countless other muppet congressmen, senators and presidents have developed over the ages.

Because while AAPL may have built the iPhone, very soon it will be only fair that it share its profits acquired over the years, and thus its cash balance, which at last check was double that of the US Treasury, with the general public.

At that point Braeburn will almost certainly be a household name.

 


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Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:32 | Link to Comment wandstrasse
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recently on a family event I met the sons of super-rich parents, in their 20s, smart, good looking, etc. Archetypal iPhone owners. They had <$100 Samsung phones... That gave me a strong confirmation for my thought that Apple's sexy-style-trendsetter phase is long over.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:01 | Link to Comment RobD
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Hey fellow nevadan, I know of three other guys in my building that are zerohedge junkys and just met a fellow prepper at my daughters soccer game this weekend.

 

PS 49ers just spanked the Jets....Tebow...Tebow...Tebow...can you hear it lol. Time to go for a ride on my harley now, to nice a day to stay in anymore.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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I have to say, this Jets implosion (which anybody could have seen coming the moment they signed Tebow) is shaping up better than I could have imagined.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:51 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Fuck, I have a satellite office right next door.  I NEVER knew.  /sarc

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:45 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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I wonder what Pfizer is doing with their stolen Kelo property in the City of New London.

Or was that one of the other big-pharma bullies?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment optimator
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Ha Ha Ha, turns out Pfizer is not going to use that property, and slowly leaving New London because of high taxes.  I think the city still owns that now non revenue producing property they took by emminent domain.  I feel sorry for all the families that were run off, some had been there for generations.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:11 | Link to Comment radicall
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So can the Hedge fund invest in AAPL based on insider info or just buy NQ futures/QQQ?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Insideher Trading
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2.5 billion is around 2% of 117 billion.

2% return...not impressed

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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30yr bonds are a better investment? LOL!!!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:15 | Link to Comment richard in norway
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now we know whos pumping up apple stock

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:05 | Link to Comment NewThor
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Who isn't pumping/pimping Apple stock?

 

...other than Reggie.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:19 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Speaking of "Fairness Doctrines, the IMFs' Christine Lagarde is "bloviating", on C-SPAN as we post.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:19 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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"bloviating"... nice word.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:23 | Link to Comment virgilcaine
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Hermes bag as big as the Bernank in tow?

 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:24 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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Corporations are people too. Yup, just regular folk like you and me.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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And when they're horny, they just fuck the people...

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:49 | Link to Comment djsmps
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So is Soylent Green.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:24 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Tell em to git you duh ObamaiPhone. Theys fixin to tax Apple an git me one. Duh iPhone then ok by me. Anyways dey do it I'm gettin me my ObamaiPhone. Once Obama git back in.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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THAT'S RAAAAAYYCESS!!!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:37 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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Only to those that don't realize it was a Reagan phone, expanded through3 future presidents. This is why you don't start social programs. They take a life of their own and become another bloated program under future presidents. Socialism infects both parties.

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:36 | Link to Comment phalfa5
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he's a racialist

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Landrew
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Apple is a Chinese company receiveing protection from the U.S. government military and patent office! They should be taxed as a Chinese company!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:37 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Is that "Braeburn Capital" marquee, mounted on tungsten wall brackets?

   RENO. " The biggest little city in the world".

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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what do you expect?  They're not named "Golden Delicious Capital".

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:26 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Are you in the "Agra" business , or just craving some fruit? Good comment though.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:53 | Link to Comment SilverFish
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NUMBER ONE APPLE!!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:36 | Link to Comment sampo
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Well, they could always go all-in silver, couldn't they?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Conman
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Interesting that they are able to buy equities. I'd figure they would stay out of that all together. I guess things like insider trading only apply to us little folk.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:41 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Will $177 Billion be enough to bail out CALPERS?

Or...give the Chinese slave labor a raise?

AAPL:  $666 per share at quarter end.

p.s. - Steve Jobs has passed.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Urban Redneck
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Why doesn't Apple just buy Tuvalu and reorg as a SWF, then it can add sovereign immunity to its tax planning toolkit and Braeburn can join the real big boys of fund management...

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:47 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Makes ya wonder how many "accredited only banks", AAPL has started abroad. Repatriate over 50% of your earnings in USSA?

  Homey Don't Play That.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 15:56 | Link to Comment insidious
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My take on Apple's success and huge stash is to reflect on the US debt and deficit. Apple is probably one of,  if not the most, successful and richest corporation in the history of the world. As a result they may have $130 billion of excess cash and investments. If the government took every penny of Apple's stash it would only cover the US deficit for a month and a half or so. The US deficit, let alone the debt, is ridiculous and only half of the people in the US even contribute via income tax. If that's not f'd up - I don't know what is. How this works out well for the US in the long run - I have no idea.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:05 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Fucked Up!  You can say it.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment hooligan2009
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I am pretty sure that, even at the low tax rates secured by leading companies in america of c. 10-15%, that companies such as JnJ, IBM, and XOM would also have cash hoards of the size of AAPL were they also able to pay zero in tax.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 21:31 | Link to Comment nickt1y
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How about GE? As in General Electric Paid no taxes last year. Crony Capitalism at it's best.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:11 | Link to Comment Landrew
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Maybe if Apple built ONE of their products in the U.S. instead of CHINA people would have jobs to pay income tax you fucking moron!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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Time for emotional personal attackes. That is the liberal way. Avoid debate.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:05 | Link to Comment NewThor
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Do you need a tissue and some bandaids?

Maybe you aren't ready for fight club.

 

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 09:21 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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Oh please,

 

You've been dispensed so many times on ZH by others you dont' even deserve attention any more little boy. Just like I did earlier. I don't even support Apple but there is no need to start cussing, calling names and making comments that have no substance such as you just did. What's the matter, don't have have anything of substance to add? And what's the matter, is it to much for you that I call you liberals out  when you resort to such low tactics? Looks like you need the band aid.

You could use a good ass kicking but so many ZHs have already shoved their foot up your ass, there is no room for mine.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment Umh
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Personally I don't like Apple, however most of their employees are in the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Apple_Inc._employees

 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:12 | Link to Comment Landrew
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Thanks for making my point. They have no U.S. workers! FoxConn is Chinese! Wait until FoxConn opens the stores with THEIR version of everything Apple and see Apple come to WE the people for protection from the big bad Chinese! 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment laosuwan
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maybe they feel their assets are safer in china than the us?

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:21 | Link to Comment Seer
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"only half of the people in the US even contribute via income tax."

Maybe we should look to be more like the communists?

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/26/were-all-makers-and-t...

If only America looked at the rest of the world.

Consider India. If you’re a taxpayer, you’re part of the elite few. In fact, only 2.8 percent of the population officially makes more than the $3,700 threshold for paying taxes (per capita income is only a third of that amount.) The rest – the 97.2 percent – don’t file an income tax return.

Or consider communist China. How many of its 1.34 billion citizens pay income taxes? According to the state-run Xinhua newspaper, only 24 million made the cut this year. By my math, that’s 1.72 percent of the population; 98.28 percent of Chinese don’t pay taxes!

Sigh, but it makes for good prop material to keep the sheep stirred up...

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment css1971
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Lets put it this way. You invest in Apple so that you're invested in other stocks, bonds, commodities?

Why don't Apple management know what to do with the money? There seems to be some vision missing. It's like Microsoft, they never had any vision either. Both companies simply follow others.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:12 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Microsoft set themselves back 10 years when they bought MSNBS, and went on a global socialist crusade! Bill Gates has a heart of mush!

 Larry Ellison of Oracle, on the other hand, is silent and violent!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:09 | Link to Comment NewThor
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I think the word "socialism" is the new "bromide".

Natch!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:14 | Link to Comment css1971
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Or put another way. Apple actually don't have 117 billion in cash.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:18 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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85-105b who knows for sure. Fractional reserve banking makes them a small " Banana Republic".

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:27 | Link to Comment Seer
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"There seems to be some vision missing."

Look around you, there you will see all the folks that corporations are supposed to figure out what to make.

The REASON it appears as there is no vision is because humanity today has NONE!  Further, all the "visions" that were supposed to be grand ones will eventually fail (just like flying cars and shit); why? because none of it was/is sustainable!

People suffer from too much romanticizing: it was always better in the past; it'll always be better in the future; and at any point in time? it's fucked! (be here now and learn to live in NOW and with the physical realities that always have been here [substitute "God," "Mother Earth/Nature" or whatever- we're going to be much less arrogant about it all])

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Darkness
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Looks like your editor missed two mistakes: " There is also now SEC filing 13-F filing on Braeburn's holdings." should be "There is also *no* SEC filing (repeated word) 13-F filing on Braeburn's holdings."

 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:37 | Link to Comment Tyler Durden
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Zero Hedge has no editors

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:36 | Link to Comment NewThor
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So the rumors about Putin ok-ing each article aren't true?

just kidding!

Don't ban me, bro!

(it is Fight Club after all.....)

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 08:18 | Link to Comment falak pema
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its strength and its weakness; but I'll vote for strength! 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:15 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Blame the sheeples lining up to buy a fucking IPAD or IPHONE and can;t live without the shit

 

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:31 | Link to Comment Seer
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Blame Edward Bernays.

The sheep are, after all, sheep.  Expecting different is a bit unproductive.  It would be like asking the sheep not to be eaten by the wolves.  But that's what we're good at, beating on the weak (never wanting to fall out of [possible] favor of the wolves).

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment doomandbloom
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iHedge

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment RobinHood73
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Lest we forget...ENRON had a successful hedge fund as well. This may very well be the vehicle that has  thus far kept the AAPL cart from tipping. But such structures don't have reliable histories of perpetual success.  ENRON had its hedge fund that levered corp credit, and was able to manage funding thru stock guarantees and managed ENE price.  It worked until it didnt. And when it didnt , fair value was not 20% lower but  ZERO. Something doesnt sit right about this. 

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:35 | Link to Comment Seer
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BIG = FAIL just as infinity X zero = zero.

It ALL will go to zero.  When your entire premise is to capture the hill and then there are no more hills to capture you're pretty much done for.  I suppose it then comes down to want a poster below says, that APPL will then get govt treatment (TBTF).  At such a point it'll be pretty obvious that the wheels have come off.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:25 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:27 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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Love the name!

Next, Mutsu Capital to open in Costa Rica.... less tax issue there.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment virgilcaine
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 AAPL will be ripe for some Gov. system oversight! Remember what happened to MSFT when they became too big. 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:54 | Link to Comment Bear
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It will only happen after the goberment stops buying iPhones for everyone in Cleveland, Newark, Camden and Detroit

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Reno is a shithole and inbred fucking place .

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:47 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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How about adding ETN, Dell and other companies in the mix?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:52 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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" Behind a crocodile-filled moat." I guess  all those "swamp people" on Discovery Channel are on to something.?

 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:55 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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"China takes away AAPL manufacturing license!"

"Braeburn Capital suffers extreme losses!  Phil Falcone to take over."

"S&P 500 at 800 in headlong crash!"

Connect the dots.  

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:07 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Me likes your thinking slaughterer!  Phil Falcone, "darkness squared", managing Director, John Corzine.  (contributing consultant; Bernard Madoff)

  Pipeline Disruption Specialist; Foxconn.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:00 | Link to Comment forrestdweller
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they sell breaburn apples in my local supermarket. they taste quite good.

i can appreciate the humour, calling the company that handles the cash of the apple company after an apple species.

well done.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:04 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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I and 20 people from Goldman want to transfer to Braeburn.  Where do we send our CVs?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:50 | Link to Comment NewThor
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CV = Corrupt Values?

 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:59 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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lol/

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:26 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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Goldman Delicious.  plausible.

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 03:55 | Link to Comment Dr Benway
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Dude, the humor isn't that its the name of an apple variety. The pun is that braeburns are simultaneously tart and sweet. A hedge fund goes both long and short.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:36 | Link to Comment JR
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Not only is the limitless advantages of the U.S. not good enough to make products for the world’s largest company, but the many advantages of California, the Golden State, is not good enough to take care of its cash and investment, moved to Reno out of the clutches of Sacramento.

Tough luck you other struggling California businesses. Buy yourself a few Congressmen and maybe you could be so lucky.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:43 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Couldn't agree more J.R. Favorable Nevada taxation, and examination. I'll bet this little beauty was a hindsight accident, that some "rogue", general council discovered back in the 80s , and was subsequently resurected.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:06 | Link to Comment SgtSchultz
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I believe that Cisco runs their cash out of Reno and MSFT has their licensing operation in Reno as well.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:15 | Link to Comment Captain Benny
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And you would be correct on that... right next to Intuit:  http://goo.gl/maps/1l6kL

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Well done Gentlemen.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:48 | Link to Comment Big Swinging Richard
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Sgt.

Yes they do!  As does ORCL and IGT.  Reno, the biggest pot of corp. capital that no one has ever heard about.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:09 | Link to Comment James
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...........................or a Senator.

Looks like Harry Reid gots some 'splaining to do.http://baltimore.craigslist.org/rnr/3306936168.html

I hope this sticks

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:37 | Link to Comment robertocarlos
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Why is the Helicopter pad located between two parking lots?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:38 | Link to Comment sbenard
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I thought the Bernanke Fed was the world's largest hedge fund! Ah, that's right! We have heard of that one!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:02 | Link to Comment elementary
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So APPL remains the darling of the tech world, while driving so many of its workers to suicide because of working conditions, but any other company would be called on the carpet for using child labor, harsh working conditions, overtime, blah, blah, blah.  Why is fucking APPL allowed to abuse and drive its employees to early deaths out of desperation, and yet all other companies are held accountable for the exact same conditions? That's right, coporatism at it's finest.  The government picks winners and prosecutes the losers. If you are going to make laws, make them equal across the board.  Proud to say I have never owned an APPL product.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:50 | Link to Comment Cosimo de Medici
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Since it's Sunday and you probably have free time, here's something you might pursue:

---gather all data on suicides at FoxConn and divide by the number of FoxConn employees

---compare the % to Chinese society on the whole

---compare that to Japanese society on the whole

---compare that to South Korean society on the whole

If your morality and sense of fairness are as powerful as implied in your post, and if you are truly proud to say you've never owned an APPL product, then you'll smash your computer, stereo, flat panel TV, car, mobile.....and you'll toss out all your clothes...even toss out the plastic bags you've tossed your clothes and other trash in...probably have to toss your toothbrush, too.....oh, and your gold and silver, because whether some of its atoms were mined last year in South Africa, or hundreds of years ago in South America, etc., somebody was abused or enslaved gathering it, so toss that, too

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 21:35 | Link to Comment elementary
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It's not a sense or morality or fairness. It's about the govenrment choosing winners and losers. It's about the government allowing two sets of rules for business.  If you think that a Bill Gates, a Warren Buffet, et. al., made their money by hard work and the gift of extraordinary minds, you are quite naive. Not one person on this planet can achieve the wealth of a billionaire without the help of conspiring governments. The road map is presented and they gladly exchange their souls to follow the yellow brick road. 

You think the keystone pipeline from Canada that was nixed by Obama, giving Buffet's newly purchased train a massive footing in the transportation of oil (meaning massive profits), was coincidental?

The winners and losers are chosen. Two sets of rules.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:53 | Link to Comment helping_friendl...
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I have owned ipods and they never work or let me store MY MUSIC the way I WANT TO. FUCK APPLE.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:35 | Link to Comment IMA5U
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Bullish for The Bunny Ranch

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Heyoka Bianco
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"such companies which have been able to pass through corporate tax savings to end consumers". I think I missed that memo.

The Magrathea reference is great, since the Magratheans' custom plant building eventually bankrupted the universe, but is it a parable for the Fed or AAPL?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:39 | Link to Comment Tunga
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Bloomberg; "... investing in ... tax liens,..." Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha agh ha hem cough cough . Heh heh. 

 

But seriously "Domestic Corporation" means registered within the United States. And that's how it's listed in all the stuff above. But then the story says they don't have to pay California tax because they are registered in Nevada. Well? Which is it? They are not both the same the US and Nevada you know. If they are registered in the Free and Independent State of Nevada then there is no obligation to owe "Internal" revenue as they are alien to the US federal government. But if the Domestic means United States then they are liable to owe "Internal" revenue. So they don't owe California a dime. So what?  

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:50 | Link to Comment TNTARG
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It makes me think about the marginal gambling den into some cellar far from the eyes of people. Which give us an idea what kind of an "Economic and Finantial System" we have.

And they keep wanting us to pay taxes.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:57 | Link to Comment Paulson Bazooka
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Hoard, not horde.

 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment Bear
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iHoard

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 19:23 | Link to Comment Magnum
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For what it's worth, a braeburn is an apple variety that looks like a royal gala but has a flavor distinctly resembling the granny smith.  Royal appearance, acidic granny underneath.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 19:40 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Alreighty then, Mr Horticulturist! Is it "GREEN or RED"!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 19:58 | Link to Comment Magnum
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Looks like a Gala which is a very attractive reddish strip with cream/yellow background.  You can do an image search for that.  I am not a braeburn fan.  Rather have a gala, or if I'm looking for acidic give me a granny.  Don't make a granny look like a gala and call it a braeburn.  The braeburn itself is an illusion :)

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 20:26 | Link to Comment JR
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The profit is $400,000 a year per employee and the man who founded, maintained and literally invented Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, has said the jobs for building most of those profits aren’t coming back to America.

Why? Notwithstanding the endless pro-Apple explanations coming from Silicon Valley, a highly supportive financial industry, loads of friendly Congressmen and even the good offices of the NY Times, the true reason is not very complimentary to this world’s largest company. Simply put: the customs, ethics, regulations, costs, and environment and living standards in America just don’t fit the massive demands for low wage labor, interrelated factories, transportation and other logistics that Apple demands and the Peoples Republic of China provides gratis.

Otherwise, these obscenely high profits would have to be reduced and shared with the American economy which has given Apple its home base and all the advantages that that entails; the world’s most powerful military machine in support is only one advantage, not to mention the U.S. patent system.

The NY Times reported in January that “almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.”

As to why those iPhones can’t be made in the U.S.A., the NY Times surmised: “It isn’t just that workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products."

Continues the Times: “Apple has become one of the best-known, most admired and most imitated companies on earth, in part through an unrelenting mastery of global operations. Last year, it earned over $400,000 in profit per employee, more than Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil or Google.

And never mind that about two-thirds of Apple's money is currently parked overseas, according to the WSJ, awaiting another U.S. tax holiday.

I propose that Apple move to China, keep its slavery-gotten gains in one of China’s banks, and let the Chinese government provide it with global security using the Chinese military instead of asking the American taxpayer to do it. And, should that happen, I propose a “U.S.” Congress impose a tariff on all Apple products entering the U.S.

And then we in America can get back to rebuilding freedom and the American dream – literally snatched off our shores by “U.S.” multinational corporations and transferred to Asia by those who have an "unrelenting mastery of global operations." And we in America can make our own iPhones. 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment nbsharma
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TD: i love your analysis. you are awesome. (of course, there are probably many TDs @ ZH, and my love is for all of you).

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 20:52 | Link to Comment squexx
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Gary Wipfler

Gene Levoff

Michael Shapiro

 

I notice all 3 of them are members of a certain tribe. Somehow, that figures!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:36 | Link to Comment laosuwan
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their tribe is smarter than your tribe, that's all.

 

Also, when a person is biased they tend to see only what they are looking for

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:43 | Link to Comment Bear
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To quote a great mind of the era:

"Can't we all just get along?"

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 02:54 | Link to Comment Treason Season
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"Tribe?" More like pack animals.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment Cosimo de Medici
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An article without a jab at the Joooooos just wouldn't be Zerohedge.  Thanks for doing your part to make the site what it shouldn't have become.

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 01:14 | Link to Comment squexx
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WWWHHHHAAANNNHHHH!!!! And you're just another whining asshole!

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 21:09 | Link to Comment Richeeb
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Its fun to speculate about Samsung puts and Constant Maturity Swaps, but its really not a hegde fund but a coporate treasury function and I'll bet what they are doing in really boring cash management stuff eeking out close to zero in short term interest.  

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 21:20 | Link to Comment TWSceptic
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All I can say is: good job Apple. Anyone who can legally find a way to stop government thieves from stealing their property is doing everyone a service. Starve the beast, and everyone will benefit.

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 21:38 | Link to Comment synsolve
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And when the tax man cometh, he will bring a new meaning to the term

"OBAMAphone"...if yo on foodstamps, ain'tgotno job...

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 21:45 | Link to Comment TerraHertz
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I wonder how many old mattresses could be stuffed in that corridor?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:35 | Link to Comment laosuwan
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Nevada: State flower is iceberg lettuce, but there is no state income tax

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment TheProphet
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The city of Austin is alight with a rumor that Apple just bought themselves a couple of buildings and a parcel of land in an office park on the edge of town.

Anyone know a way to confirm or disconfirm this?

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 23:53 | Link to Comment JR
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Confirmed; this from Jan Buchholz in the Austin Business Journal on August 29, 2012:

Will Apple Inc. build a cutting-edge, architecturally stunning regional headquarters here in Austin? Will it be something akin to the gigantic spaceship-styled edifice it has planned at its world headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.?

I wouldn’t bet on it. In fact, it appears that Apple is planning to build two rather conventional office buildings on land it now owns near Parmer Lane and Delcour Drive in Northwest Austin.

Though Apple is not forthcoming with plans — everybody involved is sworn to secrecy — there is some hint as to what is in the works based upon what has been submitted to the building department at the city of Austin.

The site plans are pretty much what McShane Development Corp. had planned to build at that location back in 2008 before the recession stopped most speculative development in its tracks.

“Originally it was three stories with less parking,” said Lynda Courtney, a development services case manager with the city. “They’ll be making the footprint a little smaller but adding another story. It will be the same density.” …

In fact, you can download a brochure of what McShane planned to build before it sold the 38 acres to Apple in July, a story that the Austin Business Journal broke.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/at-the-watercooler/2012/08/what-are-apples-design-plans-for-new.html?page=all

Here's the earlier article (Apple currently has 3,500 employees in Austin):

Apple to build $304M campus, hire 3,600 in Austin

Apple Inc. will expand its Austin presence with a $304 million campus that will ultimately create 3,600 new jobs, according to an announcement today by Gov. Rick Perry.

The new campus will more than double the size of Apple’s workforce in Texas over the next 10 years. The new staff will expand customer support, sales and accounting functions for the region. In exchange for Apple’s commitment to create these new jobs in Texas, the state has offered Apple an investment of $21 million over 10 years through the Texas Enterprise Fund.

 Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/austin/1519690-apple-build-340m-campus-austin-sales.html#ixzz280xq6pwG

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 22:58 | Link to Comment TideFighter
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Their put company is Granny Smith and their pivot company is Red Delicious. 

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:11 | Link to Comment chump666
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AAPL hahahahahaha

Those maps ala iphone 5!!! http://www.booksnreview.com/articles/1201/20120927/iphone-5-features-rel...

F*ck'em

...and the Nasdaq bubble.

 

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:48 | Link to Comment jonjon831983
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What the... who knows what other monsters are lurking out there... I'd assume GOOG would do something similar, etc etc.

 

And with little to no oversight, how do you know what they are doing to "assist" in the success of the parent?  ie, buying up stock/launching lawsuit actions vs competitors?

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 03:40 | Link to Comment steveo77
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Radiation going up slowly and quickly across the US 
A quick review shows some very disturbing trends. 
 
An obvious uptrend in radiation is spreading across the country, with some areas seeing scary high levels. Something happened around Sept 17th.  
 
Rule of thumb is that exposure to 100 CPM clicks per minute for a year results in a real risk of cancer, 500 CPM for 90 days is a real risk. 
 
Many places are now up over 100, 
 
25 is "normal" we just don't get that much lower. And back in the day, before Fuku, 50% to 66% of us got cancer, what will the new normal be.  
 
Basic protective measures, air filters, anti-oxidants. Do them now if you are not on track. 
 
http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/09/radiation-going-up- slowly-and-quickly.html

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 05:26 | Link to Comment falak pema
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aaples are green but greenbacks are greener! 

talking about money : what happened to the "money time" stalwarts of US Ryder Cup?

The 18th green proved fatal to those money timers who never lose when it gets down to "hard bucks". 

I won't rub it in but was that a rout! 

Hell, its only sport, sport! 

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 05:31 | Link to Comment Grand Supercycle
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*SPX BUY SUPPORT RETURNS*

WARNING: substantial EURUSD support detected: this is stock bullish.

USDX selling / EURUSD buying which supports stocks & causes more short squeezes – ensures the inevitable equity sell off will be worse.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-24/market-analysis

http://trader618.com

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 06:06 | Link to Comment giggler123
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Does this mean if you buy AAPL, you are really buying other shares, simply because they take your money, and push it back on market under Braeburn?

 

Braeburn is my favorite variety of apple, crispy until late Autum - seems appropriate.  However they are going to taste a little sour and pussie from now on for sure...

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