Hedge Fund News: John Arnold, Joel Greenblatt & Kenneth Tropin

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John Arnold Gives $2.8-Million to Nonprofit News Outlet (Philanthropy)
The Center for Public Integrity, which won journalism’s prestigious Pulitzer Prize earlier this year, has been awarded a $2.8-million gift that will help it expand operations, the International Business Times reports. The donor is John Arnold, a Houston-based former hedge-fund manager who made made his wealth trading natural gas. Under the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Mr. Arnold and his wife have pledged or given away 10s of millions of dollars in recent years.

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California Hedge Fund Manager Gets 14 Months For “Side Pocket” Investments (HedgeCo)
Former Bay Area hedge fund manager and philanthropist Lawrence Goldfarb has received a sentence of over a year behind bars for concealing more than $12 million in investment proceeds that was owed to investors in his fund. In 2011 Goldfarb agreed to pay more than $14 million to settle the charges, however, he failed to make the payments. The FBI said: “The Court determined that instead of paying the agreed upon restitution and disgorgement, Goldfarb spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on various personal indulgences, including Golden State Warriors season tickets, private air travel, and vacations.”

Greenblatt on the Valuation Dichotomy (TheGuruInvestor)
Hedge fund guru Joel Greenblatt says he’s seeing a wide disparity in the way the current market values large stocks and small stocks. Greenblatt tells Barron’s that, according to his valuation method, the Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks is in the 5th-most-expensive percentile over the past 23 or so years. When priced at these levels, stocks have gone on to lose an average of 3 to 4 percent over the next year. The Russell 1000 index of larger stocks, meanwhile, is only in the 36th-most-expensive percentile using that same timeframe. Historically, when stocks have been priced at that level, they have gone on to gain between 6 and 11 percent, on average, over the next year, Greenblatt said. Greenblatt also talked about his overall investing approach, and how he values stocks.

Quad Advisors debuts hedge fund incubator and accelerator (HedgeWeek)
Quad Advisors provides small and mid-size hedge funds a scalable trading platform, in-house analyst research, risk assessment, accounting and technology services, as well as access to Quad and investor capital. “This is the next step in the continuing evolution of Quad,” says John Guarino, managing partner of Quad. “Hedge funds we accept into Quad Advisors have instant access to capital and benefit from our lower cost and expense structure. We view this as a natural extension of our business, and a prelude to additional initiatives in the future.”

Rothstein Investors Say Hedge Fund Deal Doesn’t Bar Claims (Law360)
A group of investors in a feeder fund of jailed attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme on Tuesday fought back against hedge fund managers who say that their $32 million deal with Rothstein’s bankrupt law firm bar the investors’ state court claims. The investors, known as the FEP Group, filed an opposition to the hedge funds’ motion to enforce a release in the $32 million deal with the estate of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA, arguing that the general release was with the estate and that…

Ocwen lower after downgrade (CNBC)

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