Hedge Fund News: Bill Ackman, Joel Greenblatt & Highfields Capital Management

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Bill Ackman Is About To Deliver Another ‘Nail To Herbalife’s Coffin’ (BusinessInsider)
Famed investor Bill Ackman has been in a long-running battle against Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF), a maker of health shakes. Ackman is loudly short the company, and believes the business is scam. Anyway, Value investor Whitney Tilson, who runs Kase Capital, writes that Bill Ackman is going to put a nail in Herbalife’s coffin tomorrow. “Bill Ackman will be adding his latest nail to Herbalife’s coffin in a webcast at 10 am on Tuesday (available at herbalifepyramidscheme.com), where he will reveal what he’s found after a nearly two-year probe of Herbalife’s nutrition clubs (of which there are 3,000 in the NY area alone!)…

Bill Ackman in crowd

Citadel’s Ken Griffin: ‘Can’t see’ gubernatorial run (CNBC)
Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin has sounded quite political in recent public appearances and has written big checks to candidates he likes. But until now, no one one has ever asked him directly if he would consider running for public office himself. Griffin faced just that question, however, at the Delivering Alpha conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor. Griffin’s answer? “I can’t see that in my future.” “You wouldn’t rule it out?” CNBC’s Kate Kelly followed up.

Stanley Druckenmiller Says Fed’s ‘Emergency’ Measures ‘No Longer Necessary’ (JewishBusinessNews)
High-profile hedge fund manager, Stanley Druckenmiller of Duquesne Capital, said that the “once-in-a century emergency measures” of artificially low interest rates to stimulate the economy “are no longer necessary.” At the Delivering Alpha conference in New York last week, Druckenmiller criticized the present Federal Reserve: “The current policy makes no sense from a risk-reward basis…extraordinary money measures are likely running into sharply diminishing rewards. On the other hand, history shows potential long term costs could be quite severe.”

John Paulson Is Wrong: A House Is a Lousy Investment (WallStCheatSheet)
John Paulson — the infamous hedge fund manager who shorted the sub-prime mortgage market back during the financial crisis — recently told CNBC that he believes that buying a home that you live in is the best investment that an individual can make. I think there are several things wrong with this claim, and several of the reasons he gives overlook certain aspects of home ownership that make it undesirable from an investment standpoint. But before I go into these, let me just first point out that this isn’t necessarily an argument against home ownership. There are many benefits to owning a home that make it preferable to renting for certain individuals.

Avoid unappetizing ‘stock stew’: Don’t tinker with strategy (TheGlobeAndMail)
Have you ever followed a recipe in a cookbook and thought, “I can make this better”? Maybe you add a little more butter than is called for. Maybe you substitute asiago cheese for mozzarella, and throw in some cayenne pepper as well. …In one study, hedge-fund guru Joel Greenblatt found that over a two-year period investors who were able to pick and choose between stocks his formula approved of and pick the timing of their trades fared far worse than those who had their buying and selling done on automated fixed intervals, with no ability to veto picks.

Herbalife shares plunge on Ackman comments (CNBC)

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