Cantor Eyeing Hedge Fund, Private Equity Future

Aug 4 2014 | 9:13am ET

Former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor resigned from Congress last week, ostensibly to give the man who defeated him in a June primary “a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session.” But he may have had less altruistic reasons for quitting.

Politico reports that the Virginia Republican’s exit before the end of his term will not only give his presumptive successor, economics professor David Brat, a head start, but will give Cantor himself a head-start on the one-year period during which he is barred from lobbying and—perhaps more importantly—will relieve him of the obligation to report with whom he is talking about his future.

According to Politico, Cantor is leaning towards Wall Street over K Street and taking most seriously opportunities in banking or alternative investments. The website notes that since his shocking primary defeat, Cantor has spent most of his summer in the Hamptons, where he’s likely to have been rubbing shoulders with the financial elite.

Cantor has long been a close ally of Wall Street on Capitol Hill. His successor as majority leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) noted that Cantor “knows financial markets well.”


In Depth

Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Sep 18 2014 | 11:18am ET

Charlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this fight. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Top 5 Predicted Outcomes Of CalPERS' Hedge Fund Divestment

Sep 22 2014 | 8:35am ET

CalPERS’ announcement to divest of hedge funds has created a significant buzz...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    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…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.