Hedge Paper No. 65: Insured to Profit: Conflicts of interests in the career of José Carrión III

14 Nov 2018
PDF of Hedge Paper No.65 – English PDF of Hedge Paper No.65 – Spanish It has been two years since the approval of the PROMESA Act and the establishment of the Financial Oversight and Management Board (the Oversight Board) in Puerto Rico. The austerity measures implemented have been catastrophic for millions of people in the Caribbean archipelago.... Read More

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 64: SEVEN WALL STREET BILLIONAIRES TRY TO BUY NEW YORK ELECTIONS

28 Oct 2018
PDF of hedgepaper #64 Hedge fund billionaires are once again attacking elections in New York, pouring millions into candidates, PACs and Super PACs aimed at keeping Congress and Albany – and particularly the State Senate – in Wall Street’s hands. Just seven billionaires gave over $30 million in New York state and federal campaign contributions this cycle. These are the billionaires who got the biggest benefits from the GOP Tax Scam passed by Congress last year. And they’re the billionaires who benefit when the one-seat Republican majority in the New York State blocks efforts to close their carried interest loophole and make them pay their fair share. In the age of populist rage against the elites, these billionaires are the elite of the elite: just the seven of them have more wealth than 3.9... Read More

HEDGEPAPER NO. 63 THE HEDGE FUNDS THAT KILLED TOYS “R” US STILL PREY ON PUERTO RICO

8 Oct 2018
Solus Alternative Asset Management & Angelo Gordon PDF of HedgePaper No. 63 (English)Download PDF of HedgePaper No. 63 (Spanish)Download Introduction The hedge funds that forced Toys R Us to shut down and threw tens of thousands of workers out of their jobs have played a similarly destructive role in Puerto Rico, speculating on government-issued debt and using aggressive tactics to pursue massive profits at the direct expense of Puerto Ricans. The hedge funds, Solus Alternative Asset Management and Angelo Gordon, use extremely short-sighted strategies in order to score payouts for themselves and their investors.... Read More

HEDGEPAPER NO. 62: DAN MCKEE AND THE RIGHT-WING BILLIONAIRES WHO BACK HIM

7 Sep 2018
Download HedgePaper No. 62Download Dan McKee has made some very powerful and very wealthy friends.  It’s worked out well for him — but not so great for regular families in Rhode Island. As the former Mayor of Cumberland and current Lieutenant Governor, McKee has pushed policies that have undermined Rhode Island’s public schools and thrown into question his commitment to holding accountable those who profited from the opioid crisis. McKee’s biggest campaign backers include the Walton family, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune and patrons of the Betsy DeVos education agenda.  ... Read More

HedgePaper No. 61: THE GOLDEN REVOLVING DOOR

21 Aug 2018
HedgePapers No. 61: THE GOLDEN REVOLVING DOOR: How A Planned Debt Restructuring Agreement Benefits The Bankers — and Could Block Puerto Rico From Holding Them Legally Accountable Spanish version of the report. Executive Summary An agreement nearing approval as part of Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring process could block many forms of legal accountability for a key set of government officials and bankers that oversaw the creation of the debt – and stick credit unions and municipalities with the tab. The restructuring agreement for $4 billion in Government Development Bank (GDB) debt was negotiated quietly and behind closed doors, as part of PROMESA’s out-of-court Title VI process, by conflicted players – revolving door figures who were previously officials at the GDB, have played some oversight role with respect to the debt, and/or have close ties to financial institutions that have profited from debt issuances over the years. The agreement is now in the voting stage, and will need to secure votes in favor from two-thirds of GDB creditors.... Read More

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 60: NEW JERSEY HEDGE FUNDS AND THEIR BILLION-DOLLAR TAX LOOPHOLE

26 Jun 2018
HEDGE PAPERS NO. 60 : NEW JERSEY HEDGE FUNDS AND THEIR BILLION-DOLLAR TAX LOOPHOLE INTRODUCTION: The Carried Interest Loophole. Understanding What it is and Why Trump and Congressional Republicans Kept it Alive in the Federal Tax Law  The carried interest loophole is among the most costly and wasteful tax loopholes out there.... Read More

Report No. 58: Pain and Profit After Maria

22 May 2018
Pain and Profit After Maria Companies Taking Puerto Rico by $torm Five months after Hurricane Maria, and amid a continuing austerity crisis, conditions in Puerto Rico remain dire. More than 1,000 people died from the hurricane, although the official estimate is only 64. The government of Puerto Rico estimates that another 200,000 people (about 5 percent of the population) could leave the island by the end of 2018, adding to the massive wave of out-migration over the past decade.[1]... Read More
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Report No. 57: Stopping the Opioid Profiteers – How Policymakers and Communities Can Fight Back

26 Apr 2018
Stopping the Opioid Profiteers: How Policymakers and Communities Can Fight Back In recent years, billionaire pharmaceutical executives and hedge fund managers have made billions in profit by creating, feeding, and treating a crisis of opioid addiction in the United States. This report examines how the biggest opioid profiteers operate, and offers a roadmap for how policymakers and communities can fight back.... Read More

REPORT NO. 56: CALIFORNIA HEDGE FUNDS AND THEIR BILLION-DOLLAR TAX LOOPHOLE

16 Apr 2018
CALIFORNIA HEDGE FUNDS AND THEIR BILLION-DOLLAR TAX LOOPHOLE Simply stated, the carried interest loophole is the mistreatment of hedge fund and private equity fees as capital gains, rather than ordinary income.... Read More

Report No. 55: DC / MD / VA Billionaires & their Lucrative Loophole

23 Mar 2018
Washington Dc / Maryland / Virginia Billionaires & their Lucrative Loophole This report uses hedge fund and private equity data from Preqin to show that Washington D.C.—along with Maryland and Virginia—could raise huge sums of revenue by acting to close the carried interest loophole.... Read More