Will Legacy Liabilities Sink General Electric (GE)?

August 15, 2019 was a rough day for General Electric's (GE) stock. Harry Markopolos, the guy who unraveled the Enron accounting fraud, released a 169-page report claiming that GE was a bigger fraud than Enron. The gist of the report was that GE was hiding a bunch of long-term care insurance liabilities and that if… Continue reading Will Legacy Liabilities Sink General Electric (GE)?

Now is the Time for Pension Liability Risk Transfer!

I know, I know: I apologize. That must be the most click-baity headline you've seen today. But stay with me because, with a little financial engineering, every blue-chip company out there that still has underfunded pension liabilities now has the opportunity of a generation. With a phone call to their favorite investment banker they can… Continue reading Now is the Time for Pension Liability Risk Transfer!

Patent Alpha: Anecdote & Data

There's a not very funny joke among statisticians that with enough anecdotes you can create a data set. Alternatively, if you're a finance researcher you can take an anecdote, put together a data set, and see if the anecdote's conclusion matches. Dr. Herbert Wartheim Earlier this year there was a profile piece in Forbes called… Continue reading Patent Alpha: Anecdote & Data

Submitting Financial Statements to a Bank: an Explainer

Now is as good as time as any to explain the difference between unaudited and audited personal financial statements that get submitted to a bank, how a banker looks at personal financial statements, and what crosses the line between normal and criminal. Personal Financial Statements A personal financial statement that an individual submits to a… Continue reading Submitting Financial Statements to a Bank: an Explainer

China Ding Yi Feng Holdings Ltd.

Quick: name a publicly traded stock that has gone up 8,500+ percent over the past 5 years. Do you immediately start thinking of Silicon Valley unicorns and IPOs that have occurred sometime since 2014? I know that's the first thing I did. It turns out that China Ding Yi Feng Holdings Ltd.,¬†which is an investment… Continue reading China Ding Yi Feng Holdings Ltd.

New Age Beverages Corp (NBEV)

New Age Beverages Corp (NBEV) is a distributor of ready-to-drink teas, coffees, coconut waters, and energy drinks. Brand names under their current umbrella include: XingTea XingEnergy Coco-Libre Aspen Pure I'll forgive you if you haven't heard of any of them. NBEV assembled this motley collection by acquiring other struggling beverage companies. Why were they struggling?… Continue reading New Age Beverages Corp (NBEV)