Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest by Sheelah Kolhatkar

By Sheelah Kolhatkar

The tale of the billionaire dealer Steven A. Cohen, the increase and fall of his hedge fund, SAC Capital, and the most important insider buying and selling research in history—for readers of The gigantic ShortDen of Thieves, and Dark Money.

the increase during the last twenty years of a strong new category of billionaire financiers marks a unique shift within the American fiscal and political panorama. Their titanic reserves of focused wealth have allowed a small staff of huge winners to put in writing their very own principles of capitalism and public coverage. How did we get the following? via meticulous reporting and strong storytelling, New Yorker employees author Sheelah Kolhatkar exhibits how Steve Cohen turned one of many richest and such a lot influential figures in finance—and what occurred whilst the Justice division positioned him in its crosshairs.

Cohen and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund didn’t lay railroads, construct factories, or invent new applied sciences. quite, they made their billions via hypothesis, via putting bets available in the market that grew to become out to be correct extra frequently than wrong—and for this they've got received not just severe own wealth yet bold effect all through society. Hedge cash now deal with approximately $3 trillion in resources, and festival among them is so fierce that investors will do no matter what they could to get an edge.

Cohen used to be one of many industry’s maximum good fortune tales. He mastered poker in highschool, went off to Wharton, and in 1992 introduced SAC Capital, which he outfitted right into a $15 billion empire, virtually completely at the foundation of his wizardlike inventory buying and selling. He cultivated an charisma, reclusiveness, and severe extra, construction a 35,000 sq. foot mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and collecting one of many biggest inner most artwork collections on this planet. On Wall highway, Cohen was once respected as a genius.

That picture was once shattered whilst SAC turned the objective of a sprawling, seven-year executive research. categorised through prosecutors as a “magnet for industry cheaters” whose tradition inspired the relentless hunt for “edge”—and even “black edge,” or inside of information—SAC used to be eventually indicted in reference to an unlimited insider buying and selling scheme, at the same time Cohen himself used to be by no means charged.

Black Edge bargains a revelatory examine the grey sector within which lots of Wall road features, and a window into the transformation of the U.S. economic climate. It’s a riveting, true-life criminal mystery that takes readers contained in the government’s pursuit of Cohen and his staff, and increases pressing questions on the facility and wealth of these who sit down on the top of contemporary Wall Street.

Advance compliment for Black Edge

“Well-written, with pointed characterizations of the formidable gamers and their factors, this ebook is extremely instructed for readers drawn to finance, crime, and politics.”Library Journal (starred review)

“A travel de strength of groundbreaking reporting and really good storytelling, a revealing inside of account of the way the Feds song a high-profile target—and, simply as very important, an unsettling portrayal of the way Wall road works today.”—Jeffrey Toobin, New York instances bestselling writer of American Heiress

Black Edge is not only a piece of significant value, it's also addictively readable—and horrifyingly compelling.”—Jane Mayer, New York instances bestselling writer of Dark Money

“Fast-paced and packed with twists, Black Edge has the grip of a thriller.”—David Grann, New York Times bestselling writer of The misplaced urban of Z

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All this card-playing helped Cohen learn an important lesson about capitalism. 85 an hour, which he did one summer and found to be excruciating. And there were much easier ways to earn a buck, like beating his friends at the poker table, which he found to be quite enjoyable. Cohen would stumble home early in the morning with bundles of cash, making sure to return his dad’s car keys in time for his father to make his morning commute to work. Watching his father trudge off to work each day, Cohen had one thought: This life is not for me.

For a while, Patricia kept looking over his shoulder, watching for her friend. But eventually, against her better instincts, she was drawn in. She and Cohen ended up talking for hours. Before he left that night, Cohen convinced Patricia to give him her phone number. He spent the next few weeks pursuing her, calling three times a day, asking to know when they’d see each other again. They dated for the next several months. Some of Patricia’s friends couldn’t understand what she was doing with Cohen, who seemed so unsophisticated, a money-obsessed schlub from Long Island.

The agents walked back to their car. That night, Far was in distress. He couldn’t sleep. Despite Kang’s warning, Far placed a call to his partner, C. B. Lee. The voicemail answered. “The FBI just showed up at my house,” Far said, then abruptly hung up. It was critical to the FBI that word of the investigation and the wiretaps not leak into the hedge fund community. Kang had to talk to C. B. Lee as soon as possible in order to try to contain the disclosure. Lee lived with his mother just twenty minutes from Far, and two days later Kang went to see him.

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