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Trading more than Antiques on PBS

In Griot, Networking, News on January 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

QE_Joe and MikaThis morning Joe and Mika [MSNBC Morning Joe] talked about Steven Cohen’s stock trading case. Basically they dropped a dime on the upcoming PBS special covering the hedge funders moves that have landed him hot water with the Feds. In so many words, PBS reminds us that Martha Stewart ain’t the only one:

“The $8 billion fortune amassed by the hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen was stunning: a 35,000-square-foot mansion on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”; a $62 million beach house in the Hamptons; a $115 million duplex in New York City, furnished with some of the world’s most valuable art.

Was Cohen’s firm, SAC Capital, simply smarter than the other players on Wall Street? Or, as the U.S. Justice Department began to suspect, was there another explanation for how SAC managed to beat the stock market and bring in sky-high returns for Cohen and his investors year after year?

PBS has documented the Steve Cohen story for broadcast on FRONTLINE that will air today. So if you’re curious as to if Steven will be doing the Martha Stewart-in-orange anytime soon, you want definitely want to watch/DVR TO CATCH A TRADER tonight on PBS.

From the team behind FRONTLINE’s “The Untouchables” and “Money, Power and Wall Street”comes “To Catch A Trader” the suspenseful and compelling story of the unprecedented government investigation that led to the largest insider trading case in U.S. history.

Drawing on exclusively obtained video of Cohen, FBI wiretaps of other hedge fund traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders (including U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the “sheriff of Wall Street”), “To Catch A Trader” traces the rise of Cohen’s empire and goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading in the hedge fund industry.

To Catch A Trader - PBSOur investigation found that in 2006, for the first time, the FBI started to go after hedge funds the same way they went after the mob,” says FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith, who, along with director and producer Nick Verbitsky, spent six months digging into the government’s cases against traders at SAC Capital and other hedge funds. “They began investigating Cohen and his peers in the same fashion—wiretapping, flipping informants, basically using these methods to target white-collar criminals for the first time,” Smith says.

As FRONTLINE reports, since prosecutors first set their sights on the hedge fund industry, the FBI’s crackdown, known as “Operation Perfect Hedge,”,” has uncovered institutional, widespread malfeasance. As one agent tells FRONTLINE, “We likened it to the first ‘Jaws’ movie, that we’re ‘going to need a bigger boat.’”

To date, the government has convicted 76 people of securities fraud and conspiracy. In November 2013, SAC Capital agreed to plead guilty to what prosecutors called “insider trading that was substantial, pervasive, and on a scale without precedent in the history of hedge funds.” Under an agreement still pending a judge’s approval, the firm will cease to operate as a hedge fund and will pay a $1.8 billion penalty.

Steven Cohen has not been charged with insider trading; he instead faces civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly failing to supervise his employees and prevent misconduct.

U.S. Attorney Bharara tells FRONTLINE that the government’s investigation into insider trading at hedge funds will continue. “Our responsibility and obligation is to make sure that everybody understands that no one is above the law,” Bharara says, “that it doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, who you’re connected to, you have to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Unfolding with the urgency of a crime novel, “To Catch A Trader” is a must-watch primer for what happens next. Past episodes of FRONTLINE are available for  online viewing.

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What can I say, that isn’t already being said best 
by the current investigation, the prosecutor and PBS?

Life isn’t so bad, crack a smile and start glowin,’
I’m Qui
Nevermind your tiny problems this moment belongs to Cohen. 😉