Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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May 13 2011 | 1:10pm ET
Hedge funds that played a role in structuring mortgage-backed securities deals only to short them could face Securities and Exchange Commission charges.
The regulator is mulling civil charges against hedge funds as part of its broader investigation into collateralized debt obligations and other mortgage-backed products, The Wall Street Journal reports. The SEC is investigating nearly a half-dozen banks, most of which, led by JPMorgan Chase, are pursuing settlements with the agency.
But the SEC plans to go further than that, planning to file civil charges against at least one individual at each firm, according to the Journal. In January, the SEC sent Wells notices to former JPMorgan executive Michael Llodra and former GSC Group executive Edward Steffelin, warning the two that they plan to bring civil charges related to a $1.1 billion CDO called "Squared."
The SEC is said to believe that hedge fund Magnetar Capital had an undisclosed hand in selecting the securities that went into the CDO. Magnetar has not been accused of, and has denied, any wrongdoing.
The SEC alleged last year that Paulson & Co. played a similar role on a CDO crafted by Goldman Sachs; Goldman settled those charges last year for $550 million, but Paulson has not been charged.
In the Goldman case, the SEC has sued Goldman executive Fabrice Tourre.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitich, CIO of Petty Endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.