We’re not sure what this means but we’re sure it means something when Sarah Lewitinn, the famous hipster DJ and music taste-maker who is also known as Ultragrrrl, starts worrying about subprime effects on the broader financial markets.
So what is going on with the quants? Goldman North American Equity Opportunities is forced to sell off assets. Rumors say it may close down entirely. Tykhe Capital hit with losses of about 20%. Unconfirmed rumors circulating about the demise of quant giants such as AQR. (Update: We’re hearing from very reliable sources that AQR is off 6% in primary market neutral fund down 9% in smaller stock selector fund just this month).
By now you’ve heard that BNP Paribas has suspended redemptions on three of its hedge funds, telling investors that problems in the US sub-prime mortgage sector have made it “impossible to value certain assets fairly.” The funds had about 2 billion euros or $2.76 billion of assets. Or, you know, was pretty sure it did. Those assets included something like 700 million euros in securitized debt products rated AA or higher. But now it says that it has no idea what the assets might be worth.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".