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Corruption, Leverage and Cheap Money: Archegos and the Fastest Loss of Wealth in History

A TL;DR on how Archegos went from betting $50B or more to having nothing overnight.

April 1, 2021

A TL;DR on how Archegos went from betting $50B or more to having nothing overnight.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

The financial world has been rocked by the Archegos scandal. A family office managing at least $10 billion and betting with $50 billion-$80 billion on leverage that was completely undone, literally overnight.

In this episode, NLW breaks down:

  • Bill Hwang’s origins in Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management
  • Hwang’s conviction for insider trading
  • How Hwang leveraged his fund’s performance to get off prime broker blacklists
  • Why Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and others decided to margin call Archegos last week
  • What the whole affair says about markets today

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