Patrick M. Byrne CEO of overstock.com
yosuccess, 25 December 2015
Born in 1962 – Patrick M. Byrne is the CEO of most trustworthy online venture – OverStock.com. He is the son of Jack Byrne, who had built the GEICO insurance empire, and a protégé of Warren Buffet. Under Patrick’s leadership, OverStock.com saw a rise from $1.8 million in 1999 to $760.2 million in 2007, and now $1.5 Billion (FY 2014) in overall revenues.
Since the time Patrick has taken over Overstock.com in 1999, he has been the centre of attraction amongst almost all the media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Fortune, CBS Marketwatch, BusinessWeek, etc…. Continue reading “Article: Patrick M. Byrne CEO of overstock.com”
Harnessing Social Media for Crisis Management: Lessons following recent events involving short seller allegations
McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 22 December 2015
In October, 2015, short-sellers attacked three Canadian public companies: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., DH Corporation and Nobilis Health Corp. All three companies refuted the short sellers’ allegations in traditional media. We suggest below that these companies could have also used social media to get their side of the story out. In our view, there was a potential opportunity to further influence market sentiment about allegations that had already negatively impacted secondary market trading.
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Patrick Byrne’s warning about R3’s blockchain consortium
Michael del Castillo, 21 December 2015
The CEO of Overstock.com last week warned that a consortium of the world’s largest banks could be used to make sure the blockchain, a new way to track value exchanges, is controlled by the existing powers.
Speaking at the Blockchain Agenda San Diego, Patrick Byrne warned that New York City-based R3CEV, a consortium of 42 global banks, could stifle innovation, according to an InsideBitcoin’s report Friday. Continue reading “Article: Patrick Byrne’s warning about R3’s blockchain consortium”
Intertain Group Limited Statement on Spruce Point Capital Report
Marketwired, 18 December 2015
The Intertain Group Limited (“Intertain” or the “Company”) (IT.TO) today issued a statement to address what it considers to be a misleading and self-serving report that was published on December 17, 2015 by a self-identified short-seller of the Company’s common shares, Spruce Point Capital Management LLC (the “Fund”). Intertain stands behind the integrity of the Company’s public disclosures.
The Fund’s report reveals that the Fund and its affiliates had built a short position in Intertain’s common shares prior to the publication of the Fund’s December 17, 2015 report and therefore stand to realize significant gains in the event that the price of the Company’s stock declines.
Intertain has established a committee of non-management directors to closely review the allegations contained within the Fund’s report. Following that review, the Company will take any and all actions necessary and appropriate to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.
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Six former UBS forex staff banned by Swiss watchdog
Silke Koltrowitz, Steve Slater, Kirstin Ridley, 17 December 2015
Six former UBS managers and traders have been banned for up to five years for alleged manipulation of foreign exchange and precious metals markets in the first sanctions handed out by authorities in a global investigation. Continue reading “Article: Six former UBS forex staff banned by Swiss watchdog”
How Martin Shkreli Allegedly Created a ‘Ponzi Scheme’ With Biotech Stocks
Fortune, 17 December 2015
After racking up losses while running hedge fund firm MSMB Capital Management, which made bets against biotech stocks, Shkreli formed a biotech company of his own called Retrophin (RTRX) in 2011. He effectively used the company as his own personal piggybank to pay back his and the MSMB funds’ debts, according to the charges brought by the FBI and a separate SEC complaint.
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JPMorgan Asia Units Fined for Regulatory Breaches in Hong Kong
Cathy Kit Ching Chan
Bloomberg, 15 December 2015
JP Morgan Chase & Co. unites were fined HK$30 million ($3.9 million) in Hong Kong for regulatory breaches by the firm’s instituional equities business between 2010 and 2013, including breaking a ban on so-called naked short-selling.
PDF (4 pages): JP Morgan Fine Hong Kong
Ex- Goldman Macro Trader Lim Reopens $1.1 Billion Hedge Fund
Guard Capital Management, the Hong Kong-based firm led by former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trader Leland Lim, reopened its macro hedge fund to new investors this month after outperforming peers in 2015, said a person with knowledge of the matter.
PDF (4 pages): JP Morgan Fine Hong Kong
Bran Cornelisse’s Sohn London Presentation: Long First Group, Short Student Transportation
TYLER DURDEN, 07 December 2015
We’re posting up notes from the Sohn London Investment Conference 2015. Next up is Bran Cornelisse of Farringdon Capital who pitched a pair trade involving two bus companies. Bran Cornelisse’s Sohn London Presentation 2015. Short Student Transportation Inc (TSE: STB): Student Transport is a Canadian school bus company. It owns about 12,000 buses. STB appears to have good growth and pays a very large 10.7% dividend.
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UK banks may face another £40 billion in fines for misconduct, Bank of England warns
Nick Goodway, 02 December 2015
British banks may see their bill for past misconduct rise by another £40 billion, the Bank of England has warned.
The figure, which was included in the central bank’s stress test results on Tuesday, is virtually double what banks have already set aside to cover the cost of historic crimes and misdemeanours.
The Bank explained that while the extra £40 billion was “not a central projection for future misconduct costs”, it had been arrived at using the best available information.
It said: “Bank staff have generated these ‘stressed’ estimates for additional misconduct costs drawing on information provided by participating banks as well as other sources – including, for example, public reports of legal proceedings involving potential bank misconduct issues.”
The stress test assumed that £30 billion of the extra misconduct charges would fall in the first two years of the five-year scenario played out in the simulation.
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Naked Shorts at the Supreme Court
Bloomberg, 1 December 2015
When you’re trading securities, you generally think about being regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and federal law. Should you be worried about state law, too? That question isn’t merely theoretical, as shown by the naked short selling case that was argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court. The answer has practical consequences for traders of all kinds.
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