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Citi wages war with hedge funds — Pimco takes on BlackRock’s Aladdin — Balyasny’s PM training program

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Citi wages war with hedge funds

Michael Corbat

DAVOS 2016; World Economic Forum — Pictured: Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, in an interview at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2016 — (Photo by: David A.Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Back again with another great story out of Dakin Campbell, who has a scoop about Citigroup freezing out the firms it’s locked in a legal battle with over the $900 million wire it mistakenly sent. 

In case you missed it, Citi is currently at odds with about a dozen hedge funds and investment firms that refuse to return money the bank mistakenly sent to them last month on behalf of Revlon.

Most financial firms in that position would look to the legal system to try and claw their money back, something Citi has already done

But, Citi has another trick up its sleeve. Being one of the most powerful banks on Wall Street has its perks. And the bank has leveraged its position as a key trading partner to freeze out the firms it’s at odds with

Click here to read the full story.


Zumper, a home-listing site that has raised $150 million from backers like Blackstone and Kleiner Perkins, weeded out thousands of Section 8 renters in a practice some experts say may amount to discrimination

real estate broker

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Daniel Geiger has an absolute must-read story about home-listing site Zumper. Daniel got his hands on some data that shows how the startup, which has big-name backers like Blackstone and Kleiner Perkins, screens lower-income tenants who receive government assistance. This is one you want to give a read.  


Inside $8.3 billion Balyasny’s Anthem training program, where aspiring portfolio managers are handed hundreds of millions of dollars to prove they can cut it

Balyasny

Dmitry Balyasny speaks at the 2018 Milken Conference in Beverly Hills, California.
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Think you have what it takes to be a portfolio manager? Balyasny Asset Management has a program for you. Reed Alexander and Bradley Saacks have all the details on how the $8.3 billion hedge fund finds its next money managers. Here’s the full story


$1.9 trillion PIMCO just launched a new tech team aimed at taking on BlackRock’s massive Aladdin business — read the full memo here

Emmanuel Roman

PIMCO CEO Emmanuel Roman
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BlackRock’s Aladdin is arguably one of the most successful tech platforms since the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. So, it’s no wonder others would look to challenge its business. Enter $1.9 trillion PIMCO. Bradley Saacks and Rebecca Ungarino have a memo outlining the giant asset manager’s plans


A majority of Goldman Sachs’ summer interns prefer Instagram to TikTok, believe remote work hurts relationships, and think Biden will be elected president in November

Joe Biden

Joe Biden
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Biden over Trump. Instagram over TikTok. Dogs over cats. These are some of the takeaways from Goldman Sachs’ annual intern survey. Reed Alexander has the entire story here.


 Odd lots:

Davis Polk announces surprise associate bonuses of up to $40,000, becoming the latest firm to tout its financial strength amid the pandemic (BI)

Silver Lake-Led Group Pours $650 Million Into Payments Company Klarna (WSJ)

The rise of another Indian at Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank (The Economic Times)

After Wirecard, Ernst & Young Says Auditors Should Focus More on Fraud Prevention (WSJ)

Viral videos of a ‘UFO’ in New Jersey really captured a Goodyear blimp (Insider)

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