It may seem awkward, but is there anything actually wrong with a hedge fund manager bankrolling an all-out assault on a company?
Correction: March 10, 4:45 PM.
FORTUNE -- Bill Ackman really, really wants to prove that Herbalife is a fraud. That's not new. What's new is the lengths he is apparently going to to convince everyone, particularly regulators, that he is right.
On Monday, the New York Times detailed those efforts in MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 10, 2014 2:59 PM ET
Weather was a big factor last month, but it's not slowing the economy as much as some people think.
FORTUNE -- If it weren't for the cold and snow, February's jobs report would have registered as the strongest monthly gain in nearly four years. Adjusted for the weather, the economy added 468,000 jobs in February. (For how I calculated that, read this.) That would rank as the second-best monthly jobs gain MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 7, 2014 12:38 PM ET
As consumers wait for new loans, corporations are seeing a flood of new cash. It seems like good news that lending is up somewhere, unless, of course, the news is too good.
FORTUNE -- Some are worried that, at least in one part of the lending sector, we may now have the opposite of a crunch. Call it a credit stretch.
In the past three years, banks have upped their lending to MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 6, 2014 2:13 PM ET
Big IPO-like spikes, clients being favored over others, and the potential for unfair Wall Street profits. This certainly sounds like another manipulated market.
FORTUNE -- Wall Street may have a new debt problem.
Late last week, Goldman Sachs (GS) disclosed that regulators are probing how it allocates and trades bonds. Citigroup (C) is reportedly in regulators' crosshairs as well, along with the rest of Wall Street. At issue is how banks decide MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 6, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The nation's top stock market cop needs a better compliance policy.
FORTUNE -- Here's a twist in the government's recent crackdown on insider selling: One of the main regulators tasked with policing the illegal practice may be instructing its employees to do just that.
Securities and Exchange Commission employees regularly sell shares of companies in their personal portfolios that come under investigation by the agency before those investigations become public. Indeed, in MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 4, 2014 1:33 PM ET
Berkshire Hathaway's annual letter to shareholders has included pages on the stock market and where it's headed in previous years. This year? Silence.
FORTUNE -- The Oracle of Omaha's crystal ball must be cloudy these days.
In Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) shareholders, released Saturday morning, he says little about the stock market or where shares might be headed. Buffett does say, as he has in the past, that MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 1, 2014 8:00 AM ET
The Oracle of Omaha says he is pleased with the results of his biggest deal of 2013.
FORTUNE -- Warren Buffett may end up putting more money into ketchup maker Heinz.
Last year, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) bought the company with Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital. The deal essentially split the ownership of the company down the middle. Berkshire and 3G put up $4.25 billion each to buy the common shares of MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 1, 2014 8:00 AM ET
The Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO lost big on a wrong way bet on Energy Future Holdings.Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Mar 1, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Michael Corbat admits there have been ethical violations at his bank.
FORTUNE -- Citigroup appears to have evidence of wrongdoing at the bank.
On Friday, Citi (C) released a memo that CEO Michael Corbat sent to his staff two weeks ago saying he has knowledge of instances in which a number of the bank's employees have "violated our Code of Conduct and disrespected our values."
Corbat didn't say specifically what activity he was MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Feb 28, 2014 12:12 PM ET
The retailer is sitting on a hefty pile of cash. That's probably why it's an acquisition target. But it has also spooked analysts.
FORTUNE -- Back when it was still proudly called the schmatta trade, you would have expected retailers to be run as cash-focused operations.
But despite being a publicly traded company that prefers to be known as a menswear giant, Jos. A. Bank seems to have carried that accounting tradition MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Feb 27, 2014 2:46 PM ET
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