posted on May, 25 2013 @ 10:30 AM
How Did Major Hedge
Fund Earn 30% Returns for 20 Years Straight? Lots of Cheating.
There are 8,000 hedge funds, and they are up to their eyeballs in unethical behavior.
"Given the scope of the allegations to date, we are not talking simply about the occasional corrupt individual; we are talking about something
verging on a corrupt business model, for the defendants seem to have taken the concept of social networking and turned it into a criminal enterprise.
But aren't there many (some?) honest and ethical people working in America's 8,000 hedge funds?
Maybe so, but the overwhelming culture within hedge funds makes cheating a way of life, according to Lynn Stout of UCLA Law School.
The article talks about the way the system is set up deliberately to cheat...
The more we dig into what hedge funds actually do, the more we find that insider-trading is just one of many unethical strategies used to rig
bets. Their goal always is to find a sure thing. And the only sure way to secure such infallible investments is to cheat.
First it explains how the 'housing bubble' worked - and it's pretty common knowledge what happened with that mess.
High frequency hedge funds set up their super-computers next to the stock exchanges so they get the information a few nanoseconds before the rest
of us. This allows them to deploy automated systems to front-run our trades. Between the time you press your E-trade button and the time the trade
actually goes through, a high-frequency trader is buying what you want and selling it back to you for a few pennies more. By systematically fleecing
stock-market participants, high-frequency traders extract $5 to $20 billion a year from the rest of us.
[Jim Cramer]says that if you're not willing to lie, cheat and violate the law, "maybe you shouldn't be in the game."
Wonderful. And we are 'surprised' when they behave like the sociopathic criminals that they are.
What about taxes?
To provide even more incentive for hedge fund managers to cheat their way to riches, the federal tax code rewards them with a special tax loophole
called "carried interest." As a result, billionaire hedge fund managers pay a lower tax rate than the rest of us, and neither political party has
the nerve to remedy this blatant injustice.
It talks about how those outfits also 'donate' money to non-profits, libraries, colleges, pension funds, etc (another way to pay less taxes)
If you're receiving such largess, you don't want to know if the money is tainted. Better to pretend that these guys are just brilliant
investors with the uncanny gift for making 30 percent a year, year after year after year.
It's a runaway train, no brakes, and it IS going to derail.
I know I've been pushing this issue all week with these threads, and it might be annoying to some readers, but, people, we really need to be paying
attention to this stuff and blow the whistle to everyone we know. Please don't think it doesn't matter. Because it does.
We need justice to be applied.