Jeff Macke: The Lone Wolf
If you think you can corner the Lone Wolf, think again. Jeff Macke’s armed with a silver tongue that’s always ready with a takedown; a skill he honed from his days as an activist investor and an advisor to some of the toughest fortune 500 leaders on the Street.
Although he started his own hedge fund at the tender age of 28, he’s now an independent trader, sharing his battleground experiences on Minyanville.com, with a quick wit and contrarian plan of attack.
Pete Najarian: The Pit Boss
Pete Najarian cut his teeth as a linebacker for the Vikings and the Buccaneers, but found the real game was back at home in the Windy City. In the pits of the Chicago Board of Exchange he climbed the corporate ladder all the way from the trading floor to the boardroom becoming the president of Mercury Trading, a firm he later sold to legendary hedge fund Citadel.
Ranked one of the top 100 traders by Trader Monthly Magazine, Pete and his brother Jon now run finance website OptionMonster.com and use the option market's secret playbook to intercept the Street's next move.
Guy Adami: The Negotiator
Guy Adami’s resume is a window into Wall Street. His experience includes more than two decades at New York’s most legendary trading firms such as Goldman Sachs, Drexel Burnham Lambert and CIBC.
Whether he’s trading gold in the pits, or matching buyers and sellers on the desk, Guy Adami has seen and done it all. He’s the most grizzled veteran on the fast money desk.
Karen Finerman: The Chairwoman
You might say Finerman means business! She went from Wharton to Wall Street where she became a trader for famed Wall Street firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette before founding her own hedge fund at age 27. Since then, Finerman has grown Metropolitan Capital into an over $400 million dollar hedge fund.
How did she do it? Metropolitan is an activist hedge fund that sniffs out hidden value and Finerman has the clout and the connections to strike fear into the hearts of corporate fat-cats everywhere. Just ask the CEO’s of Cyberonics and National Convenience Stores, where she made fast money forcing change at the top.
In addition to sizing up a balance sheet, The Chairwoman also balances a busy family life with not one, but two sets of twins. And as if that's not enough, Finerman wants to do more. Now she's taking you inside her hedge fund by teaming up with the guys and CNBC.
Dylan Ratigan – The Commissioner
Dylan Ratigan is the one man who can take trades this fast and package them up – ready for you to play. He’s a seasoned reporter who’s traveled the world, working the corporate finance beat, and became the youngest senior executive ever at Bloomberg News.
He gets the M&A scoops that matter, including Exxon buying Mobil and Nation’s Bank buying Bank-America. And after the bright lights of Broadway called him to CNBC in 2003, he achieved another kind of scoop – 3 Emmy nominations and the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award.
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Trader disclosure: On Oct 12, 2007, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders: Macke Owns (ATVI), (INTC), (JWN), (EMC); Najarian Owns (BEAS), (C), (EMC), (GOOG), (UA); Finerman Owns (C), (GS); Finerman's Firm Owns (COP), (CTX), (GE), (KSS), (LTD), (MSFT), (NVT), (TGT), (WMT), (DAI), (KFT), Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (HD); Finerman's Firm Owns S&P 500 Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns Russell 2000 Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns (BEAS); GE Is The Parent Company Of CNBC; NBC Universal Is The Parent Company Of CNBC