The Emergence of Social Impact Bonds

Last month, the state of Massachusetts launched a program to offer social impact bonds. These bonds, which are also called “Pay for Success Bonds” have been very successful in the UK, providing vital funding for social programs as well as handsome returns for investors. In fact, the UK had so [...]

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How Hedge Funds Can Use Options to Reduce Risk

Investing in any sort of capacity can entail quite a bit of monetary risk. Hedge funds are no different, even if they are designed to alleviate the risk from high profile investors’ other investments. Just because a hedge fund is supposed to make money when other markets might be [...]

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Nokia: Just Punched or NOCKed Out?

Nokia’s Corporation (NYSE:NOK) fortunes have been mixed of late. Despite sales of over 4 million Lumia handsets, the company reported a $1b operating loss in Q2. The recent increase in its stock price attributed to insider buying as a confidence boosting measure has not worked; Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS)  downgraded it to a sell on [...]

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Procter & Gamble Could Get an Olympics Boost

The London Olympics with a budget of almost $15 billion kicked off with much fanfare last weekend. For worldwide partners of the Olympics like The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and partners like apparel maker Adidas AG (PINK:ADDYY) however, the games are a play at increasing the bottom line. Adidas expects the Olympics to increase sales [...]

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Perion Network: 3.7x EV/EBITDA, Good Management and a Catalyst

  OVERVIEW Trading at only 3.7x 2012E EBITDA and 5.8x 2012E Net Income, Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) (“PERI” or the “Company”) is a misunderstood, underfollowed company whose stock has declined in large part due to steps intentionally taken by a new CEO when he arrived in the summer of 2010.  These steps created [...]

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The US is Caught in a Debt Trap

  IN THIS EDITION CAUGHT IN A DEBT TRAP As with much of the euro area, the US is in a debt trap. All the politicking in DC does not change this economic fact. The federal debt is going to be devalued. Yet even now, amid a new economic slowdown, US consumer [...]

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Click Through Rates Could Be Deciding Factor In Google's Q2 Report

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is announcing their Q2 2012 earnings results today. Despite many side projects, Google remains today primarily an advertising business, with approximately 97% of revenues coming from its core search engine advertising business. As such, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)'s earnings are largely dependent on key advertising metrics such [...]

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Why HPQ Could Be Chanos' Value Trap: The Long (Long) Case

   On Wednesday, Jim Chanos CEO of the short biased Kynikos Associates hedge fund, called Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) “the ultimate value trap for investors.” Chanos states that many investors get stuck in value traps after following other famous investors into a stock. So.... we will take that logic and present the long case [...]

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Now Deutsche Bank In the Centre Of The LIBOR Scandal

Amid the LIBOR rigging scandal, attention is zeroing in on Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG (ETR:DBK) (NYSE:DB) (FRA:DBK). Analysts from Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have assessed the potential penalty for banks accused of manipulating the interest rate, concluding that Deutsche would have to pay the highest cost – up to 1.04 billion Dollars. The calculation [...]

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Apple, end of the cycle or time for an expansion?

Adil Reghai, head of quant research, equity markets, Natixis After strong gains for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares over the past few months (possibly due to the lead up of the iPhone 5 release this fall), one cannot help but wonder what the future holds for it. Looking back through recent history, tales [...]

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GMCR Refuses to Address Questions Regarding Accounting Irregularities

LongShortTrader released a report titled, "Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Profits: Overstated or Misunderstood" last Thursday morning, and GMCR's Suzanne DuLong provided the following response last Friday (after market close), via the Wall Street Journal:“The report erroneously defines the data that was reported and therefore the subsequent analysis is flawed,” said Suzanne [...]

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The Perfect Storm For Commercial Real Estate Investing

By Jacob Frydman Most of us know that timing is everything when it comes to investing. If you bought equities during the tech bubble over a decade ago, you’re investment probably hasn’t grown much over the last decade. Despite the crisis in housing market, many folks are wondering if now [...]

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Gold Could be Classified as Risk Free Asset by Bank Regulators

BREAKING NEWS: REGULATORS TO CLASSIFY GOLD AS ZERO-RISK ASSET In what might be the most underreported financial story of the year, US banking regulators recently circulated a memorandum for comment, including proposed adjustments to current regulatory capital risk-weightings for various assets. For the first time, unencumbered gold bullion is to [...]

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Depressions are Highly Inflationary: Evidence from the Federal Reserve

  FROM DEFLATION PUSH……TO INFLATION SHOVE For the third time since 2008, financial markets are pricing in a deflationary rather than inflationary future. The reasons for this are understandable. There is now strong evidence that global economic activity is slowing. The euro-area banking and sovereign debt crisis is worsening. The US [...]

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Hedge Fund Top Positions: AAPL, GOOG, WYNN and HCA

Below is a brief summary of the top hedge fund positions for Q1, followed by the full document embedded in scribd:The most crowded new ideas during the quarter were Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Wynn Resorts, Limited(NASDAQ:WYNN), and HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA). Other new positions shared among hedge [...]

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JANA Write-Up on Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS)

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) surges almost +90% today when they released a strategic partnership with Microsoft on their eBook segment the NOOK. This morning Goldman commented on the announcement: “Barnes & Noble and Microsoft formed a strategic partnership creating a subsidiary (“NewCo”) that will combine the digital and College assets of [...]

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Investing in Distressed Debt Using Capitalist Mindset

IN THIS EDITION WHY BANKRUPTCY IS THE NEW BLACK OK, OK, I’m not exactly one to write about fashion, but fashion is about trends, and investment analysis is frequently about identifying trends early, if possible even before they properly begin, to assume the vanguard position prior to a dramatic outperformance of [...]

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Unhappy RBS Investment Banking Employees – Morning Update

Every morning the Street of Walls team puts out an update on market levels, today’s top stories, and active M&A deals. Today’s Top Stories:FREE HF 13F Report: Next week the StreetofWalls team will be releasing the 4Q 2011 Hedge Fund Intelligence Report, free sign-up http://bit.ly/y2CMbx Europe Update: no G20 agreement on extra IMF funds [...]

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QE3 Starting To Get Priced In – Morning Update

Every morning the Street of Walls team puts out an update on market levels, today’s top stories, and active M&A deals. Today’s Top Stories:FREE HF 13F Report: Next week the StreetofWalls team will be releasing the 4Q 2011 Hedge Fund Intelligence Report, free sign-up http://bit.ly/y2CMbx Greece Update: There is a Eurozone finance ministers meeting [...]

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Morning News: John Paulson Dumps BAC Stake

Every morning the Street of Walls team puts out an update on market levels, today’s top stories, and active M&A deals. Today’s Top Stories:FREE HF 13F Report: Next week the StreetofWalls team will be releasing the 4Q 2011 Hedge Fund Intelligence Report, free sign-up http://bit.ly/y2CMbx Coatue Updates Positions: Coatue has completely sold out of [...]

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