Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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Nov 7 2008 | 2:19am ET
President-elect Barack Obama’s first major personnel decision brings a man well-known in hedge fund circles into his inner circle.
Rep. Rahm Emmanuel (D-Ill.) accepted the Illinois senator’s offer to become his chief of staff when the Obama administration begins on Jan. 20 yesterday. Emmanuel, who served as a staff in Bill Clinton’s White House before winning election to Congress, representing part of Chicago, sponsored a bill that would have prevented hedge fund managers from deferring taxes on offshore compensation. Despite his sponsorship of that measure, Emmanuel was popular among alternative investment firm employees: According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Emmanuel was the largest recipient of donations from workers at hedge fund and private equity firms this election cycle.
While he backed the effort to close the deferred compensation loophole, Emmanuel was not as gung-ho as some of his colleagues when it came to raising taxes on the alternatives industry. He opposed closing the so-called “carried interest” loophole, even writing a memo offering several options to keep it.
After leaving the Clinton administration, Emmanuel spent two-and-a-half years at boutique investment bank Wasserstein Perella Group, earning more than $10 million. He also served on the board of directors at mortgage giant Freddie Mac in 2000 and 2001.
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 McKitish of Peddie School's 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…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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