Hedge Hogs

Hedge Hogs

The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster

Book - 2013
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A scathing assessment of the infamous Amaranth LLC hedge fund collapse documents its spectacular fall from a $9 billion value to failure level over a three-week course, evaluating the pivotal roles of high-risk energy trader Brian Hunter and his major competitor, John Arnold.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068395
Branch Call Number: 332.64524 DREYFUSS
Characteristics: xxvii, 285 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 18, 2013

The author has penned a dispassionate, non-polemical exposition of financial natural gas trading, post the Enron debacle. The stage on which the Amaranth drama unfolds is constructively delineated. The character traits of the main actors and their organizations are outlined, and behavioral antecedents presented. No one wore a white hat or a black one. Players at a commodity poker game participate of their own volition. Everyone kept raising the ante; no one was willing to quit the game because it got too rich. Dreyfuss has written a book akin to a manuscript arising from a coroner's inquest into a catastrophe. We are offered insight, not vituperative judgement. What is truly remarkable is that Dreyfuss at the outset had no experience of the financial, or for that matter physical, nat gas trading milieu. Her expertise lies in health care matters. Perhaps this played no small part in producing a work whose (documented) objectivity is of a very high caliber. Excellent investigative reporting indeed. Disclaimer: financial natural gas trading is my sphere of activity.


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