Hedge Fund Corporate Welfare

TPMCafé – Last November, Ken Griffin told investors in his Citadel Hedge Funds that they couldn’t withdraw their money, but he was still going to charge a 2% management fee on their trapped funds. Oren Kramer a rival hedge fund manager said, "It’s like telling someone at a hotel that they can’t check out and then charging them for the privilege of staying."

Things were bad for Citadel, but this evening we learned that Ken Griffin isn’t really the hyper-capitalist he’s always portrayed as–he’s just another corporate socialist, passing his losses off on the public. It turns out that $200 million of taxpayer dollars have been turned over to Ken Griffin by AIG for his speculation in Credit Default Swaps. As I said last week, there is no good reason for this to happen.

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