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In today's big story, inflation is cooling just in time for a US presidential election that will likely focus heavily on the economy . This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. The big storyThe economy and the electionAnna Moneymaker/Getty, Anna Moneymaker/Getty, Tyler Le/BISometimes, the biggest surprise is when there isn't one at all. AdvertisementOn Wednesday, Biden and Trump agreed to face off in two debates, the first coming in June . Now he has 18 direct reports, according to an internal org chart seen by Business Insider.
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Funds like Renaissance Technologies, Two Sigma, and D.E. RenTech founder Jim Simons died last week; the billionaire stepped down as chairman in 2021. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementThe last full month of returns Renaissance Technologies delivered during its founder's life were strong. The quant giant's two largest funds for outside investors, Renaissance Institutional Equities Fund and Renaissance Institutional Diversified Alpha, did well in April, before the firm lost its founder, 86-year-old billionaire Jim Simons, on Friday.
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A top hedge fund built a GameStop stake from scratch last quarter ahead of the meme stock's surge. Renaissance Technologies' 1 million shares were briefly worth $65 million at Tuesday's high. AdvertisementA world-beating hedge fund revealed it built a GameStop stake from scratch last quarter, making it a potential winner from the meme stock's explosive leap this week. Renaissance Technologies owned 1 million shares of the video-game retailer at the end of March, a position worth $13 million at the time, its first-quarter portfolio update shows. GameStop stock was up more than 400% at its Tuesday high, briefly valuing RenTech's stake at $65 million if still intact.
Persons: Jim Simons, Organizations: GameStop, Technologies, AMC, Nvidia, Service, Renaissance Technologies, Business
How I think about Jim Simons' legacy, and a trade on one of the most successful retailers, Costco, follows. First, a contrarian view in Costco: Costco (COST) is one of the best performing retailers over the past year. Last week, Costco released their four-week retail sales results for the period between Monday, April 8th and Sunday, May 5th. There is only one thing I don't like about Costco, the price. The weak form suggests past market prices, which are generally observable, are fully reflected in stock prices.
Persons: Jim Simons, that's, Jim, James Surowiecki, Francis Galton, Eugene Fama Organizations: Costco, Fund Locations: Costco, U.S, New York, Surowiecki
In today's big story, we're looking at the people preparing for the collapse of the financial system . The big storyPreparing for the worstAdobe; Chelsea Jia Feng/BIOpinions fluctuate on the economy, but one group has a decidedly strong take. In the subreddit r/economiccollapse, users are preparing for a Soviet Union-type fall of the US economy , writes Business Insider's Jennifer Sor. Further down the economic totem pole, ALICEs (asset limited, income constrained, employed) are struggling to make ends meet . 3 things in techAlex Wong/Getty Images, STR / Contributor/Getty Images, Stephane De Sakutin/Contributor/Getty Images, Abanti Chowdhury/BIHow Mark Zuckerberg turned against the news.
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Jim Simons, the legendary hedge fund manager who founded the prolific Renaissance Technologies, died on Friday, according to the foundation he started. AdvertisementThe MIT math professor and former NSA codebreaker was 86 years old. "Jim was an exceptional leader who did transformative work in mathematics and developed a world-leading investment company," Simons Foundation president David Spergel said in a statement. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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CNN —Jim Simons, the billionaire investor, mathematician and philanthropist, died on Friday in New York City, according to his foundation, the Simons Foundation. According to his foundation, Simons was fired from the institute in 1968 due to his opposition to the Vietnam War. Simons then joined the faculty at Stony Brook University as the head of the school’s mathematics department. Last year, Simons’ foundation donated $500 million to Stony Brook’s endowment, the largest unrestricted gift to an American university in history, according to the Simons Foundation. “I joined Stony Brook University in 1968 as chair of their Department of Mathematics,” Simons said at the time.
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Jim Simons, the prizewinning mathematician who abandoned a stellar academic career, then plunged into finance — a world he knew nothing about — and became one of the most successful Wall Street investors ever, died on Friday in his home in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by his spokesman, Jonathan Gasthalter, who did not specify a cause. After publishing breakthrough studies in pattern recognition, string theory and a framework that combined geometry and topology with quantum field theory, Mr. Simons decided to apply his genius to a more prosaic subject — making as much money as he could in as short a time as possible. Spurning financial analysts and business school graduates, he hired like-minded mathematicians and scientists. Mr. Simons equipped his colleagues with advanced computers to process torrents of data filtered through mathematical models, and turned the four investment funds in his new firm, Renaissance Technologies, into virtual money printing machines.
Persons: Jim Simons, Jonathan Gasthalter, Simons Organizations: Street, Renaissance Technologies Locations: Manhattan
Jim Simons, a mathematician who founded the most successful quantitative hedge fund of all time, passed away on Friday in New York City, his foundation announced on its website. Pioneering mathematical models and algorithms to make investment decisions, Simons left behind an otherworldly track record at Renaissance Technologies, that bested legends such as Warren Buffett and George Soros. Its flagship Medallion Fund enjoyed annual returns of 66% during a period starting in 2018, according to Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Man Who Solved the Market." Simons received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from MIT in 1958, and he earned his PhD in mathematics from University of California, Berkeley at the age of only 23. He was active in the work of the Simons Foundation until the end of his life.
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Brown had the idea for IBM's "Deep Blue," and has spent over 2,000 nights sleeping in his office. RenTech was founded by Jim Simons, a former MIT math professor and Cold War codebreaker. Peter Brown is the CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a quant fund founded by former Cold War codebreaker and MIT math professor Jim Simons. And the job is so demanding, I really don't see how I could do it otherwise." We don't know any economics.
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The CEO of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies used to ride a unicycle around the office. Peter Brown said staff once had to install mirrors in the office to stop him crashing into them. The hedge fund boss confirmed the story was true, before adding he no longer rode a unicycle anymore because he crashed and broke it. AdvertisementAdvertisementFounded in 1982, New York-based Renaissance Technologies is widely regarded as one of the world's most successful hedge funds. In the 45-minute podcast interview, Brown discussed some of his other working habits, including the amount of time he spent sleeping in the office and what he looks for in potential employees.
Persons: Peter Brown, Brown, Goldman Sachs, Raj Mahajan, Jim Simons, Bob Mercer, Simons Organizations: Technologies, Service, Goldman, IBM, Bloomberg Locations: Wall, Silicon, New York
Stony Brook University, a public school on Long Island, received a donation of $500 million on Thursday from a foundation formed by an alumnus and a former faculty member, making it the recipient of one of the largest gifts to a university in American history. The school said it hopes the gift will spur other donations that could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. Gifts of that size are rare for universities, and especially so for public institutions like Stony Brook, which is one of the flagship schools of the State University of New York. The donation plus the state matching funds amount to nearly twice the amount of Stony Brook’s current endowment of $370 million, the university president, Maurie McInnis, said in an interview. The donation was made by the Simons Foundation, which was formed in 1994 by Jim Simons, a former Stony Brook math professor who later made billions as a hedge fund manager, and his wife Marilyn Simons, who received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate at Stony Brook.
Persons: Maurie McInnis, Jim Simons, Marilyn Simons Organizations: Stony Brook University, New York State, State University of New, Simons Foundation, Brook Locations: Long, Stony, State University of New York, Stony Brook
The S&P Regional Banking Index fell approximately 25% during the quarter as a run on deposits sank Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March, both of which were at the time the largest banking failures since the Great Financial Crisis. The S&P Regional Banking index is now down 36% for the year to date. Famed "Big Short" investor Michael Burry's Scion Asset Management, meanwhile, added a number of new positions in regional banks, including stakes in First Republic, PacWest (PACW.O) and Western Alliance Bancorp (WAL.N). Shares of regional banks have remained volatile in recent weeks, with some investors wary of more tumult to come in the sector. London-based Marshall Wace sold 51,300 shares of First Republic in the first quarter, closing its position in the bank.
NEW YORK, May 15 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Jim Simons' Renaissance Technologies LLC was among the prominent funds that took positions in embattled regional bank First Republic Bank (FRCB.PK) during the first quarter ahead of the firm's May 1 collapse, according to securities filings released on Monday. Renaissance Technologies LLC, which has more than $100 billion in assets under management, bought approximately 7.1 million shares of First Republic during the first quarter and held them as of March 31, when they closed at $13.99 per share. Boston-based Adage Capital Partners, meanwhile, added a new position of approximately 185,000 shares of First Republic during the quarter, while New York-based Alpine Global Management LP added a new position of approximately 1.7 million shares in the company, filings showed. Renaissance Technologies, Adage Capital and Alpine Global did not respond to requests to comment for this story. Reporting by David Randall; Editing by Ira Iosebashvili and Marguerita ChoyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Billionaire investor George Soros's family office loaded up on Tesla stock in the last quarter of 2022. Soros Fund Management grew its stake in the EV maker by nearly 50%, a SEC filing showed this week. Concerns about CEO Elon Musk's fueled a Q4 selloff in Tesla, but its share price has risen 58% in 2023. Soros Fund Management bought about 42,000 Tesla shares in the three months ending December 31, lifting its stake by 47% to around 132,000 shares, according to a 13F filing published Monday. Soros Fund Management also snapped up 500,000 call options on ARK's Innovation ETF – the Cathie Wood-managed fund that tumbled in 2022 but lists Tesla as its biggest holding.
Renaissance Technologies eviscerated its Tesla and Twitter stakes last quarter. Jim Simons' quant fund also slashed the value of its Twitter bet from around $94 million to below $11 million. The quantitative fund pared its Tesla position from a split-adjusted 2.2 million shares valued at $504 million at the end of June, to only 1,400 shares worth less than $400,000 at the end of September. Moreover, it cut its Twitter stake from 2.5 million shares worth $94 million at the midpoint of this year, to 248,000 shares valued around $11 million on September 30. On the other hand, it boosted its Airbnb bet by 30% to 7.3 million shares, meaning the home-rental platform jumped from its 17th-largest holding to number four on the list.
Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb, and David Einhorn built sizeable stakes in Twitter last quarter. Icahn and his team amassed 12.5 million Twitter shares, valued at $549 million on September 30. Similarly, Einhorn's Greenlight Capital scooped up 4.3 million shares, worth $188 million at the end of last quarter. It snapped up 5.5 million shares worth $241 million on September 30. It also purchased bullish call options on 34,000 shares, and bearish put options on 1.1 million shares.
Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which struck down limits on political contributions by corporations or unions, political contributions of billionaires made up around 3% of overall political contributions, she said. Griffin said in a statement: "I hope that my political engagement will help to protect the American Dream. * Crypto-billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX was the sixth-largest donor, at $39.8 million with the vast majority going to help Democrats. * Elliott Management founder Paul Singer spent $19.7 million to support Republicans, making him the 15th-largest donor. * Renaissance Technologies founder Jim Simons, together with Marilyn Simons, were the 20th-largest donors, spending nearly $16 million to help Democrats.
Carlyle's David Rubenstein on how to invest now
  + stars: | 2022-10-31 | by ( Chris Taylor | )   time to read: +5 min
It may have been drawn up under England's King John, but these days it belongs to David M. Rubenstein. To learn how Rubenstein amassed those kind of resources, look no further than his new book, “How To Invest: Masters on the Craft." At that time, there was not a whole lot of investing going on, with his father working a blue-collar existence for the Post Office, living paycheck-to-paycheck. Nevertheless, Rubenstein seems to have done alright, with a net worth currently estimated by Forbes at $3.2 billion. RUBENSTEIN'S ADVICE TO INVESTORS BIG AND SMALLWhen it comes to philanthropy, Rubenstein takes a surprisingly hands-on approach – no foundation, no staff, just him.
Current and former employees at prominent quant trading operations spoke to Insider anonymously for this story, citing fear of legal reprisals. "At the NSA, the penalty for leaking is twenty-five years in prison," Simons liked to tell employees, according to Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Man Who Solved the Market." In the early 2000s, quant noncompetes were narrower and shorter — six to nine months was industry standard, quant recruiters who had to navigate these obstacles told Insider. But it has aggressively pursued employees it believes have crossed the firm, according to court filings and media reports. Absent such changes, quant noncompetes will likely continue to proliferate with little resistance from employees.
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