Friday, July 31, 2009

Death Threats Competition (Financial Division): Meredith Whitney 1 - Jim Rogers 0

Janet Tavakoli has penned an article where she takes on Meredith Whitney, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Charles Gasaprino, which would make an appearance of Tavakoli, Whitney, Taleb and Gasaparino, all in the same room, at the same time, a bookable event.

In her article, Tavkoli takes on Whitney's claims of death threats:

According to Reuters, Whitney said she got “several death threats” as a result of her Citi call. The rumored death threats were widely reported. But who told the press about death threats? Security consultants advise the target of death threats not to discuss it, particularly not with the press. The threats were downgraded faster than Whitney downgraded Citigroup—a Fortune interview said she received “one death threat.”

Jim Rogers then enters the frey by posting a comment to the article:

Jim Rogers said:
July 31, 2009 at 2:17 am Gosh, I have never received a death threat ever for saying I was short a stock or that a company would be going bankrupt. What have I been doing wrong!?
He then in a second comment, jumps on Taleb:

Jim Rogers said:
July 31, 2009 at 2:22 am“$20 billion” referred to a “notional” amount of derivatives that produced between $250 to $500 million in gains, it raises further strategy questions.
Strategy questions? It raises more questions than that. A “$250 to $500 million” gain on $20 billion is peanuts — 1 or 2%??
Note: For those who may question whether the posted comments were actually written by Rogers, he confirmed to me by email that he indeed did make the comments, but assures me he was joking about being disappointed in not getting any death threats, and is not looking to get any.

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