"Aruncati telefoanele mobile si laptopul si bucurati-va de viata!", asa suna fraza de incheiere a "mesajului de adio" a
unui celebru investitor american catre "idioti plini de privilegii" din fruntea marilor companii financiare care l-au
Recent, Andrew Lahde, un om de afaceri in varsta de 37 de ani, si-a informat clientii ca a urat
tot timpul domeniul financiar si ca nu s-a implicat in aceasta industrie decat pentru bani. Acesta intentioneaza ca pe
viitor sa se ocupe de sanatatea sa, subrezita din cauza stresului acumulat in ultimii ani, informeaza The Guardian.
"Fructele care atarnau greu de copac, adica idiotii ai caror parinti platesc pentru scoli scumpe precum Yale si
Harvard, abia asteptau sa fie culese. Acesti oameni care nu sunt demni de educatia primita (daca au primit asa ceva) au
ajuns in fruntea unor companii mari precum AIG, Bear Stearns si Lehman Brothers si la toate nivelurile guvernului
nostru... Tot acest comportament care a sprijinit aristocratia n-a facut altceva decat sa faciliteze misiunea unora ca
mine, care cautau oameni prosti pentru a face avere pe seama lor. Dumnezeu sa binecuvanteze America", a precizat
Acesta nu s-a aratat "suparat" pe ce care au reusit sa faca mai multi bani decat el
speculand aceste oportunitati. In scrisoarea de multumire catre "prostii care l-au facut bogat", Andrew Lahde a facut si
un indemn la legalizarea marijuanei.
Andrew Lahde a inceput sa se bucure de notorietate dupa ce unul dintre
fondurile sale a produs un profit de 866% anul trecut, in mare parte doar multumita prezicerii colapsului imprumuturilor
Lahde Capital Management este considerat a fi unul dintre cele mai de succes fonduri de investitii
speculative din SUA, valoarea sa de piata cifrandu-se la 80 milionae de dolari.
Cititi mai jos scrisoarea
de ramas bun a lui Andrew Lahde
"Today I write not to gloat. Given the pain that nearly everyone is
experiencing, that would be entirely inappropriate. Nor am I writing to make further predictions, as most of my
forecasts in previous letters have unfolded or are in the process of unfolding. Instead, I am writing to say goodbye.
Recently, on the front page of Section C of the Wall Street Journal, a hedge fund manager who was also closing up
shop (a $300 million fund), was quoted as saying, "What I have learned about the hedge fund business is that I hate it."
I could not agree more with that statement. I was in this game for the money. The low hanging fruit, i.e. idiots whose
parents paid for prep school, Yale, and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking. These people who were (often)
truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear
Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government. All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy, only
ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America.
There are far too many people for me to sincerely thank for my success.
However, I do not want to sound like a
Hollywood actor accepting an award.
The money was reward enough. Furthermore, the endless list those deserving
thanks know who they are.
I will no longer manage money for other people or institutions. I have enough of my
own wealth to manage. Some people, who think they have arrived at a reasonable estimate of my net worth, might be
surprised that I would call it quits with such a small war chest. That is fine; I am content with my rewards. Moreover,
I will let others try to amass nine, ten or eleven figure net worths. Meanwhile, their lives suck. Appointments back to
back, booked solid for the next three months, they look forward to their two week vacation in January during which they
will likely be glued to their Blackberries or other such devices. What is the point? They will all be forgotten in fifty
years anyway. Steve Balmer, Steven Cohen, and Larry Ellison will all be forgotten. I do not understand the legacy thing.
Nearly everyone will be forgotten. Give up on leaving your mark. Throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life.
this is it. With all due respect, I am dropping out. Please do not expect any type of reply to emails or voicemails
within normal time frames or at all.
Andy Springer and his company will be handling the dissolution of the fund. And
don’t worry about my employees, they were always employed by Mr. Springer’s company and only one (who has
been well-rewarded) will lose his job.
I have no interest in any deals in which anyone would like me to
I truly do not have a strong opinion about any market right now, other than to say that things will
continue to get worse for some time, probably years. I am content sitting on the sidelines and waiting. After all,
sitting and waiting is how we made money from the subprime debacle. I now have time to repair my health, which was
destroyed by the stress I layered onto myself over the past two years, as well as my entire life — where I had to
compete for spaces in universities and graduate schools, jobs and assets under management — with those who had all
the advantages (rich parents) that I did not. May meritocracy be part of a new form of government, which needs to be
On the issue of the U.S. Government, I would like to make a modest proposal. First, I point out
the obvious flaws, whereby legislation was repeatedly brought forth to Congress over the past eight years, which would
have reigned in the predatory lending practices of now mostly defunct institutions. These institutions regularly filled
the coffers of both parties in return for voting down all of this legislation designed to protect the common citizen.
This is an outrage, yet no one seems to know or care about it. Since Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith passed, I would
argue that there has been a dearth of worthy philosophers in this country, at least ones focused on improving
government. Capitalism worked for two hundred years, but times change, and systems become corrupt. George Soros, a man
of staggering wealth, has stated that he would like to be remembered as a philosopher. My suggestion is that this great
man start and sponsor a forum for great minds to come together to create a new system of government that truly
represents the common man’s interest, while at the same time creating rewards great enough to attract the best and
brightest minds to serve in government roles without having to rely on corruption to further their interests or
This forum could be similar to the one used to create the operating system, Linux, which competes with
Microsoft’s near monopoly. I believe there is an answer, but for now the system is clearly broken.
Lastly, while I still have an audience, I would like to bring attention to an alternative food and energy source.
You won’t see it included in BP’s, "Feel good. We are working on sustainable solutions", television
commercials, nor is it mentioned in ADM’s similar commercials. But hemp has been used for at least 5,000 years for
cloth and food, as well as just about everything that is produced from petroleum products. Hemp is not marijuana and
vice versa. Hemp is the male plant and it grows like a weed, hence the slang term. The original American flag was made
of hemp fiber and our Constitution was printed on paper made of hemp. It was used as recently as World War II by the
U.S. Government, and then promptly made illegal after the war was won. At a time when rhetoric is flying about becoming
more self-sufficient in terms of energy, why is it illegal to grow this plant in this country? Ah, the female. The evil
female plant — marijuana. It gets you high, it makes you laugh, it does not produce a hangover. Unlike alcohol, it
does not result in bar fights or wife beating. So, why is this innocuous plant illegal? Is it a gateway drug? No, that
would be alcohol, which is so heavily advertised in this country. My only conclusion as to why it is illegal, is that
Corporate America, which owns Congress, would rather sell you Paxil, Zoloft, Xanax and other additive drugs, than allow
you to grow a plant in your home without some of the profits going into their coffers. This policy is ludicrous. It has
surely contributed to our dependency on foreign energy sources. Our policies have other countries literally laughing at
our stupidity, most notably Canada, as well as several European nations (both Eastern and Western). You would not know
this by paying attention to U.S. media sources though, as they tend not to elaborate on who is laughing at the United
States this week. Please people, let's stop the rhetoric and start thinking about how we can truly become
With that I say good-bye and good luck.
All the best,
Sursa: Ziare.com / Miercuri, 22 Oct 2008