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Inside the Greatest Trade of All Time—and What Bill Ackman Is Investing in Now

Inside the Greatest Trade of All Time—and What Bill Ackman Is Investing in Now

Next:ShareThis copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers visit http://www.djreprints.com.https://www.barrons.com/articles/the-greatest-trade-of-all-timeand-what-bill-ackman-is-investing-in-now-51600457809There are many worthwhile candidates on Wall Street for the Greatest Trade of All Time. There’s Jesse Livermore’s bet that the stock market would fall in 1929. He pocketed something like $100 million in profit, akin to $1.5 billion today. There is George Soros’ 1992 bet that the British...

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“They’re Saying, ‘We’d Like to See Biden Crush Trump’”: For Some on Wall Street Beating Trump Is More Important Than Money

“They’re Saying, ‘We’d Like to See Biden Crush Trump’”: For Some on Wall Street Beating Trump Is More Important Than Money

Most of Wall Street, it seems, is happily preparing for a Joe Biden victory in November. “The majority of my friends on Wall Street would like to see Trump lose to Biden,” one very senior investment banker tells me. “They’re saying, ‘We’d like to see Biden crush Trump.’” And that is without knowing exactly what Biden and the 117th Congress—to be elected on November 3—will do about such important economic topics such as the corporate tax rate, the capital gains tax rate, or taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The consensus on Wall Street seems to be that a Biden presidency will mean an...

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Can an artificial intelligence learn to beat the stock market?

Can an artificial intelligence learn to beat the stock market?

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementBy William D. CohanOn the far side of an office park in a suburb of Seattle, a supercomputer is teaching itself to beat the stock market.advertisementadvertisementThe holy grail of high finance doesn’t look like much: eight rows of servers enshrined in a black metal frame. But inside this austere enclosure, an incredible alchemy is taking place. Four hundred computers blink and hum as market data is digested at a rate of one quadrillion calculations per second, firing order requests to electronic traders in Chicago, 2,000 miles away. Outside the...

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“People Will Die. People Do Die.” Wall Street Has Had Enough of the Lockdown

“People Will Die. People Do Die.” Wall Street Has Had Enough of the Lockdown

When and how to reopen the American economy is not only plaguing Donald Trump, who all-caps in March that, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” Seven weeks later, with an unemployment rate at , and counting, with manufacturing output down a record in April, and retail spending collapsing a record , Trump likely has concluded that his only chance for reelection is if the economy—somehow—starts to improve. As more than people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, the question of opening or not is also preoccupying governors of the 50 states; of the states, for the...

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The Federal Reserve Has Pumped Money Into the Capital Markets. Guess Who’s Gotten It.

The Federal Reserve Has Pumped Money Into the Capital Markets. Guess Who’s Gotten It.

When the extraordinary history of the last six weeks in the financial markets gets written, it will have to record any number of minor miracles. And credit for them should go to the Federal Reserve, which on March 23 and again on April 9, essentially declared that it will do almost anything “for now”—a phrase it’s been using a lot lately—to backstop the capital markets to insure money continues to flow, at a price, to the creditworthy.Take, for instance, Boeing’s incredible journey through the markets in recent weeks. Boeing’s problems have been legion for more than a year, ever since two...

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Related’s Stephen Ross, Trump Crony, Has a Giant Coronavirus Hypocrisy Problem

Related’s Stephen Ross, Trump Crony, Has a Giant Coronavirus Hypocrisy Problem

On April 6, Jeff Blau, the CEO of Related Companies, the behemoth real estate developer, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box with Andrew Ross Sorkin to discuss the challenges Related’s retail tenants had in early April making their rent payments because of the coronavirus lockdowns.Related, one of Manhattan’s largest real estate developers, once as “the Harvard of real estate,” owns the swanky new $25 billion Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side and the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Related is also one of the of affordable housing in the United States. In sum, according to...

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