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As previously discussed, one of the bigger revelations that could cause issues for Raj Rajaratnam is that his “business associate and friend,” Rajat Gupta, passed him inside information obtained from Gupta’s post as a board member of Goldman Sachs, which the Galleon founder proceeded to \(allegedly!\) trade on. In one particular instance, on October 23, 2008, Gupta rang up Rajaratnam twenty three seconds after an informative call with Lloyd Blankfein about the company’s financial situation. The swiftness with which Gupta funneled information to his pal presumably pleased Raj greatly, as it was a characteristic he looked for in all of his tipsters, going so far as to put it at the top of the ‘must haves’ in the listing for the gig. So you can imagine that the hedge fund manager was not at all pleased when Rajat tried to resign from the Goldman board and dry up his well.
Pressure is building for the US to take action in Libya.
The Arab League formally proposed that the UN authorize the creation of a no-fly zone. France and Britain have drafted a resolution authorizing the no fly zone. The matter is being debated among UN Security Council members . France and Britain are trying to forge an agreement on a no-fly zone among G-8 members at a meeting in Paris. Russia has softened its stance—saying it wants more information on the Arab League proposal .
Cov lite Loans—loans without the usual protective covenants to safeguard lenders—are making a major comeback. Ominously, this uptick in cov-lite loan issuance coincides with a Moody's research note, which I wrote about on Friday, that suggests grim prospects ahead for future defaults in cov-lite.
An anonymous website associated with activists from Operation LeakS released a cache of emails accusing Bank of America of "fraud" in handling its mortgage files.
Despite pressure from federal prosecutors overseeing the case against Raj Rajaratnam, the Securities and Exchange Commission pushed ahead with its insider trading case against Rajat Gupta because of his status as a sitting board member on public companies.
The 21st Century world is fragmenting at an alarming pace—economically and politically—and the old models of understanding global dynamics are struggling to keep up with the breakneck speed of change.
The yen has been trading violently against major and minor crosses, which, of course, is to be expected. But, what’s unexpected to some is the subsequent dollar weakness.
Hacker group 'Anonymous' releases Bank of America documents [The Telegraph]
"History Shows Rebuilding Spurs the Economy" [CNBC.com via Financial Times]
The deal that made Bill Gates $350 million at age 30 [CNN Money via Fortune]Um...don't you mean Massachusetts?
Congresswoman misfires about 'the shot heard around the world'
[The Boston Globe]
Stop talking to yourself and feeling old. I know rainy days and Mondays get you down, but I'm here to help you feel like you belong, at least with me and the other graveyard runners:
Chatter about what the Fed's next steps will be has shifted from when it will hike to when it will offer stimulus.
For years, Piper Jaffray has been one of the biggest bulls on Wall Street, and with good reason.
Mohamed El-Erian said Monday stocks must fall much further before investors can be coaxed back into the market.