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These PE Firms Are About To Get Crushed By Their Subprime Auto Bets

In the aftermath of the ‘great recession,’ private equity firms placed massive bets on subprime auto finance companies with the typical “thesis” going something like this: “well, people have to get to work don’t they?”…genius, if we understand it correctly. Of course, the “thesis” seemed to be confirmed when auto securitizations performed relatively well throughout […]


India’s $207 Billion Mess Is Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity For Asia’s Richest Banker

In October, we discussed Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s, decision to hand over $32bn to recapitalise India’s state banks. The motivation was India’s slowing growth rate and the need to add one million Indians to the workforce every month. Crippled by massive bad debts, the state-owned banks were struggling to extend more credit to the […]


Kyle Bass Is Having A Bad Day – Greek Bank Stocks Crash To 16-Month Lows

Just over a month ago, Kyle Bass discussed why he was long effectively "long Greece." Bass penned a Bloomberg editorial in which the hedge fund founder and CIO called on the IMF to stop bullying Greece –  publicizing the fact that he is now effectively long Greece. Greek government bonds have performed reasonably well so […]


Yield Curve Crushed To 10 Year Lows As Stocks Signal Trump-Tax-Plan Won’t Pass

The bond market's reaction to the Trump Tax Plan…   Bonds and Bullion were immediately bid and stocks and the dollar sank on the Trump Tax plan release – but as Europe closed, gold was 'managed' down, leaving bonds outperforming on the day… And stocks back to unchanged as the market realized there is little […]


Founding Trio Of $158 PE Titan Carlyle Is Stepping Down From Day To Day Operations

Carlyle, the favorite private equity firm of Washington D.C. and the “military industrial complex”, has named two executives as successors to the ageing founders of the $158 billion fund, the latest rare move in an industry where similar succession plans are not usually telegraphed in advance.  Kewsong Lee and Glenn Youngkin have been appointed as […]


Founding Trio Of $158 Billion PE Titan Carlyle Is Stepping Down From Day To Day Operations

Carlyle, the favorite private equity firm of Washington D.C. and the “military industrial complex”, has named two executives as successors to the ageing founders of the $158 billion fund, the latest rare move in an industry where similar succession plans are not usually telegraphed in advance.  Kewsong Lee and Glenn Youngkin have been appointed as […]


Toys “R” Us Files Chapter 11: Second Largest US Retail Bankruptcy In History

Toys “R” Us Inc., the largest US “brick and mortar” toys retailer, filed for bankruptcy late on Monday night, as a result of a crushing post-LBO debt load and relentless competition from warehouse and online retailers, the “latest blow to a retail industry reeling from store closures, sluggish mall traffic and the gravitational pull of […]


Toys “R” Us To File Bankruptcy Any Minute; Bonds Crash

Over the weekend, we reported that vendors to iconic toy retailer Toys “R” Us had halted shipments over payment concerns and/or getting their receivables crammed down alongside other unsecured claims ahead of what appeared to be an imminent bankruptcy. Well, they were right, and according to Bloomberg a Chapter 11 filing by Toys “R” Us […]


Facing Imminent Bankruptcy, Toys “R” Us Enters Death Spiral

Last week’s news that Toys “R” Us has hired bankruptcy lawyers Kirkland & Ellis to help restructure its heavy debt load, came as a shock to the company’s creditors, who promptly sent its bond crashing from nearly par at the start of the month to 43 cents on the dollar as of Friday. As Bloomberg […]


VIX Tumbles, Global Stocks And Dollar Rally As Korea Tensions Ease

Overnight bulletin summary Global equities trade higher amid easing geopolitical tensions Pound tumbles on weaker than expected inflation data Today’s calendar includes US retail sales, Empire Fed, import prices, NAHB, and API crude oil inventories Global stocks and US futures are up for a second day, with the VIX sliding 0.65 vols to 11.68 (-5.2%) […]