Posts filed under “Legal”

AQR & Cliff Asness’ Disclosure

Later this week, I am interviewing Cliff Asness for Masters in Business. While doing some prep work for the show, I came across this delight: The Cliff Asness Disclosure document:

 

Cliff Asness Disclosure:

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of AQR Capital Management, LLC its affiliates, or its employees.

The information set forth herein has been obtained or derived from sources believed by the author to be reliable. However, the author does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the information’s accuracy or completeness, nor does the author recommend that the attached information serve as the basis of any investment decision and it has been provided to you solely for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer or solicitation of an offer, or any advice or recommendation, to purchase any securities or other financial instruments, and may not be construed as such.

This is Cliff speaking now. AQR’s legal department would like me to add that I am criminally insane and barred by an order of rhetoric protection from speaking on AQR’s behalf. Anyone trading on my advice, or a client, consultant, employee or Iraqi insurgent thinking he has been wronged by my attitudes or opinions can have a $250 out-of-court settlement right now if they’ll sign a waiver, otherwise we’ll break you. Oh, and we lied about the $250, but seriously, we will break you. Please note, nobody can predict where markets will go in the short-run and sometimes even the long-run. When I point out individual things in the marketplace that I think are strange, or wrong, it doesn’t mean I have the perfect answer or can easily make money from it for my clients, for myself, or certainly for you reading this blog! Furthermore, if you read one guy’s opinion on a blog and do anything based solely on that, you are an idiot. Next, as the legalese above alludes to, the actual funds and accounts AQR manages are run using models that may or may not agree with what I’m writing herein, particularly as our models will generally have a shorter time horizon than the things I’ll be writing about. LISTEN TO ME AT YOUR OWN RISK! If you choose to read what I write please only use it as one input for you to critically evaluate in your decision process.

Finally, my style is to write very aggressively and passionately about what I believe. So unless you are a libertarian/objectivist, small government and free market loving, socialist hating, value investing geek you probably won’t agree with everything or anything I say. If you find the way I say it insulting, I’m sorry about the first few words you couldn’t help reading, but if you read a moment past that (in this disclaimer or later), it is on you. I agree we need to censor things occasionally but only to protect children and madmen (and of course the children of madmen). If you believe in censoring anything else short of a nuclear secret you’d probably look good in hobnail boots and the crooked cross. Thanks for listening.

I enjoy a fund manager with a sense of humor.

Category: Hedge Funds, Humor, Legal

Pharmaceutical Companies’ Marketing to Doctors

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors

Source: HBO

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Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Video

RadioShack’s Strategic Confusion

    Source: WSJ

Category: Digital Media, Legal, Retail

Who Are We Killing with Drones?

West Uses Anti-Terror Laws to Murder Farmers, Small-Time Drug Dealers and Low-Level Taliban Members – Poppy Farmers, Drug Couriers and Drug Dealers Spiegel reported yesterday that drug dealers and low-level Taliban members were targeted for death by drone: NATO didn’t just target the Taliban leadership, but also eliminated mid- and lower-level members of the group on…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Technology, War/Defense

Officer Involved Fatalities: 1999-2014

Learn About Tableau Source: NY Daily News

Category: Data Analysis, Legal

How Has the Bankruptcy Act Affected Bankruptcy Filings?

How Has the Bankruptcy Act Affected Bankruptcy Filings? By Juan M. Sánchez, Senior Economist     ©Thinkstock/bobbushphoto   It is well known that the number of non-business bankruptcy filings increased dramatically during the ‘80s and ‘90s. This period has been referred to as the “revolution in consumer credit and consumer bankruptcy,”1 as the number of Chapter…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank

The Russian Laundromat

Source: OCCRP From OCCRP: Call it the Laundromat. It’s a complex system for laundering more than $20 billion in Russian money stolen from the government by corrupt politicians or earned through organized crime activity. It was designed to not only move money from Russian shell companies into EU banks through Latvia, it had the added…Read More

Category: Crony Capitalists, Currency, Digital Media, Finance, Legal, Politics

Tracking Inside Info in ‘Fight Club’ Ring

From Bloomberg Graphics: Nine people were convicted for trading on inside tips about Dell and two other tech firms, including five who were part of a group dubbed the “Fight Club.”* Three of those convictions are on appeal. A Dell insider named in those trials, Rob Ray, wasn’t charged and denies wrongdoing. Source: Bloomberg Graphics

Category: Digital Media, Legal, Really, really bad calls, Trading

Big Banks Manipulate Physical MarketsPrices

Giant Banks Take Over Real Economy As Well As Financial System … Enabling Manipulation On a Vast Scale Top economists, financial experts and bankers say that the big banks are too large … and their very size is threatening the economy.  They say we need to break up the big banks to stabilize the economy. …Read More

Category: Bailouts, Legal, Think Tank

Currency Markets Are Rigged

Big Banks Busted Massively Manipulating Foreign Exchange, Precious Metals … And Every Other Market Currency markets are massively rigged. And see this and this. Reuters notes today: Regulators fined six major banks including Citigroup (C.N) and UBS (UBSN.VX) a total of $4.3 billion for failing to stop traders from trying to manipulate the foreign exchange…Read More

Category: Currency, Gold & Precious Metals, Legal, Think Tank