Hint : S.A.C.
The tactics echoed the approach the F.B.I. had used to dismantle the New York Mob. The plan was to arrest low-level soldiers, threaten them with lengthy jail terms, and then flip them, gathering information that could lead to arrests farther up the criminal hierarchy.
Over time, agents produced an organizational chart with names and faces, just as they had with La Cosa Nostra.
At the top of the pyramid was Steven Cohen.
It took me quite some time to read this gigantic piece, but as always, The New Yorker delivered a brilliant investigation. Here is another one from Vanity Fair.
→ The New Yorker
Update : Now Felix Salmon thinks PIMCO should exit the mutual fund business altogether.
Virtually no large pool of assets in this industry is completely Pimco-free, whether we’re talking about Total Return or any of their other funds and SMAs. The issue cannot be ignored because the end-customers of these investors will have read plenty on the topic this weekend and will have questions and concerns of their own. No amount of reassurance from Pimco can change this fact right now.
This is the question that will lead off almost every investment committee meeting on earth tomorrow.
→ The Reformed Broker
From Bloomberg’s Market Makers :
Celebrity sells. And it can sell mutual funds as well as it sells sneakers. Bill Gross helped build Pacific Investment Management Co. into a $1.97-trillion firm by becoming a star. He cultivated his fame with a busy media schedule and colorful commentary on everything from Paris Hilton to the U.S. economy’s “new normal.”
American businesses aren’t making enough capital investments to secure the economy’s future. And, unless that changes, we’ll never see the sort of recovery that we’ve all been hoping for.
→ The New Yorker