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.