Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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Aug 29 2011 | 2:07pm ET
The Ontario Securities Commission has ruled that Chinese timber company Sino-Forest may have defrauded investors—like hedge fund manager John Paulson—by exaggerating its assets.
The OSC stopped all trading in Sino-Forest shares on Friday, saying the company "appears to have engaged in significant non-arm’s length transactions which may have been contrary to Ontario securities laws and the public interest,” reports the CBC.
The regulator accuses officers and directors at the company of "engaging or participating in acts…which they know…perpetuate a fraud."
The OSC originally ordered the company’s directors and executives to resign, says the CBC, but at midday on Friday, issued a second release removing that demand. OSC spokesperson Wendy Day told the Canadian broadcaster the commission was “persuaded” to rescind the resignation order but didn’t say who did the persuading.
The decision validates the views of U.S. short seller and research firm Muddy Waters which called out Sino-Forest as a giant fraud in June. Since the release of the Muddy Waters report, Sino-Forest’s value has plummeted to C$700 million from C$4.7 billion.
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.