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We all know there’s manipulation on Wall Street. There are companies that are much stronger than their fundamentals would suggest, and it laughs in the face of free market capitalism as was originally intended. But it’s not just Wall Street that’s to blame… The concept of free markets suggests that…
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It’s clear that the U.S. capital markets are back to robust levels by any metric, closing banner year after banner year in which deal volume, number of IPOs, dollar amount raised, and so forth continue to rise by healthy growth rates. The combination of improving conditions for the US economy,…
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The Sohn Investment Conference marked its 20th anniversary this year, bringing together high-powered Wall Street regulars and global icons in an effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research and pitch the next big investment ideas. Founded by family and friends of Wall Street trader Ira Sohn, who lost his battle…
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The Sohn Investment Conference is set to mark its 20th anniversary this year. Founded by family and friends of Wall Street trader Ira Sohn, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 29, the Sohn Conference Foundation has raised more than $50 million for pediatric cancer research to…
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The Dodd-Frank Act was originally enacted to promote the financial stability of the American markets after the financial debacles of 2008 laid bare the lack of accountability and transparency in the "over-the-counter" derivatives markets. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act provides new regulatory frameworks for swaps and security-based swaps trading,…
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An attendee of one of my recent webinars attempted to challenge some of my assertions about high frequency trading. He wrote me a very lengthy email that I will summarize here. Basically, this gentleman was saying that market makers and other savvy institutional traders place very large false sell limit…
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It’s Tough to be a Wall Street Financial Advisor These Days… On April 14th, Departmtent of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez issued a press release outlining the DOL’s intent to ensure the “fiduciary” standard applies when advisers give advice to retirement plans. This means that broker/dealer banks, branded as RIAs (think big bank…
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Activist investing has been one of the most talked about topics on Wall Street in recent years. While the debate can be polarizing–especially as fodder for the mainstream financial media–what tends to get overlooked is the actual value that an activist shareholder can bring to truly dysfunctional or misguided companies.…
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The Finance Field is Full of Good People, Despite What Economists Say A recent article in The New York Times Upshot section by the Harvard economist, Professor Sendhil Mullainathan, titled, “Why a Harvard Professor Has Mixed Feelings When Students Take Jobs in Finance” was a weak attempt at arguing the…
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A company CEO must balance a variety of different and often conflicting groups including investors, workers and customers. Activist investors are now a growing concern. Focusing on the wrong group, or just one group can leave the company unbalanced and weaker. The question is, if there are that many different…
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In 2009, during the heart of The Great Recession, 86% of votersbelieved that the country’s dire economic state was the most important issue. Now, in 2015, that number is down to 33%. Clearly, the economy has improved since the horrors of economic crisis first hit America. Unemployment is now at…
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In late 2008, we knew we had a problem. For years, we had used the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) for predicting recessions before they occurred. This leading indicator had a much better track record than many more traditional indicators. But after quantitative easing (QE) started in November of that…
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