Author Archives: Katie Benner
  • Neil Barsky: Reporter, hedge fund manager, movie director

    A former ace journalist and wealthy investor, Neil Barsky is now a first-time filmmaker with Koch.

    By Katie Benner, writer

    FORTUNE -- The view from Barsky Ventures is opulent: Midtown Manhattan from 57 stories up, eye to eye with the city's penthouse apartments and executive suites. The office itself, however, is spartan. A few sticks of generic office furniture dot a sea of rough beige carpeting, giving the place the look MORE

    - Sep 5, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Hank Paulson: Why Fannie and Freddie remain a big threat

    No one had a better view of the chaos of the financial crisis five years ago than former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. In this expansive Q&A, he tells Fortune where the trigger points for the next meltdown may be.

    FORTUNE -- To commemorate the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson has written a new prologue to his memoir On the Brink, which chronicles the dark days MORE

    - Aug 28, 2013 10:45 AM ET
  • SAC Capital punished for the government's own failure

    Criminal charges against hedge fund are a backdoor way to end Steve Cohen's career.

    FORTUNE -- When criminal charges were filed Thursday against the hedge fund SAC Capital, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, held a press conference to announce the fruits of a years-long government investigation.

    "SAC became, over time, a veritable magnet for market cheaters," Bharara told reporters. "That's why the institution, and MORE

    - Jul 26, 2013 7:01 AM ET
  • Why David Herro still likes Japan

    The noted contrarian investor and long-time manager of the Oakmark International Fund explains why he's still bullish even as the country's stock rally stalls out.

    By Katie Benner, writer

    FORTUNE--David Herro liked Japanese stocks way back in 2011, when some economists and fund managers were convinced that the country was heading for a financial blowup. He thought many of Japan's companies were producing excellent returns on equity while trading at low MORE

    Jun 18, 2013 12:32 PM ET
  • A Davos grows in the desert

    Anthony Scaramucci has elevated a Vegas hedge fund confab into a conference of big ideas.

    FORTUNE -- Hedge fund-of-funds manager Anthony Scaramucci is often referred to by his nickname, "the Mooch." His hair is coiffed, his shirts are pink, and he likes to throw off brow-raising quotes with the recklessness of a man who's living in a powder keg and giving off sparks. Take, for example, what he told New York Magazine last spring: "I MORE

    - May 8, 2013 8:00 PM ET
  • Larry Fink's radical retirement recommendation

    BlackRock's CEO says that the U.S. may need to make retirement savings mandatory.

    FORTUNE -- BlackRock Inc. chief executive Larry Fink said during a speech Tuesday that longer life spans and underfunded retirement plans are the defining challenge of our age, and went so far as to recommend that the U.S. consider making retirement savings mandatory.

    Fink acknowledged that retirement under-funding is not a new issue, but times have changed and the MORE

    - May 7, 2013 2:20 PM ET
  • David Stockman's dystopia

    Ronald Reagan's former budget director, David Stockman, talks about his new book, what Republicans got wrong, and why private equity is the great deformation.

    FORTUNE -- The sun shines on David Stockman, streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows in a conference room high above Midtown Manhattan. Stockman, 66, is smiling, thoroughly relishing our conversation about his new book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America. It's a 700-page polemic full of MORE

    - Apr 4, 2013 6:38 AM ET
  • Should Steve Cohen shut down SAC?

    A new arrest at an SAC fund brings the government closer to Steve Cohen's door. Now might be a good time to become a family office in order to avoid future scrutiny.

    FORTUNE -- The past few days haven't been kind to Steve Cohen, founder of the mega-hedge fund SAC Capital.

    On Thursday, a judge decided not to approve his firm's settlement of insider trading charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    A MORE

    - Mar 29, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • SAC Capital settles insider trading charges

    Hedge fund affiliates of SAC Capital will pay more than $600 million.

    FORTUNE -- Regulators announced Friday that affiliates of the hedge fund SAC Capital had settled insider trading charges for more than $600 million. While the amount is stunning -- with one settlement touted by the Securities and Exchange Commission as "the largest ever in an insider trading case" -- some believe that this could actually be a positive development for MORE

    - Mar 15, 2013 5:59 PM ET
  • Meet Content Partners: The investors who bought CSI

    Content Partners lands its largest deal to date with CSI, one of television's most profitable properties.

    FORTUNE -- When Content Partners said that it had bought a 50% interest in the CSI television franchise, the announcement marked a major milestone for a specialty financial firm that is quietly transforming the way that producers, artists, directors, and even major financial firms buy and sell the rights to future cash flows from film, television, MORE

    - Mar 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
About This Author
Katie Benner
Katie Benner
Writer, Fortune

Katie Benner joined Fortune in October 2006. As a writer for the magazine and the website, she focuses on Wall Street and the economy. Prior to joining Fortune, Benner worked at, CNNMoney, and as a freelancer in Beijing for China International Business, the South China Morning Post, and as a columnist for Beijing Review. She has a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College.

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