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The Greatest Trade EverIn this fascinating speech based on the critically-acclaimed book, The Greatest Trade Ever, Gregory Zuckerman gives audiences an inside look at one of the most interesting - and inspiring - stories to come out of the 2008 market crash.
In 2006, hedge fund manager John Paulson realized something few others suspected--that the housing market and the value of subprime mortgages were grossly inflated and headed for a major fall. He had spent a career as an also-ran on Wall Street. But Paulson was convinced this was his chance to make his mark. Paulson and a handful of renegade investors such as Jeffrey Greene and Michael Burry began to bet heavily against risky mortgages and precarious financial companies.
In 2007, John Paulson pulled off the greatest trade in financial history, earning more than $15 billion for his firm. Paulson made billions more in 2008 by transforming his gutsy move. Some of the underdog investors who attempted the daring trade also reaped fortunes. But others who got the timing wrong met devastating failure, discovering that being early and right wasn't nearly enough.
About Gregory Zuckerman
Greg was part of a team that won the 2007 Gerald Loeb award -- the highest honor in business journalism -- for breaking news coverage of the collapse of hedge fund Amaranth Advisors, and he was part of a team that won the 2003 Gerald Loeb award for breaking news coverage of the demise of telecom provider WorldCom. Greg also was part of a team that won the New York Press Club Journalism award, and he was nominated for a 2008 Gerald Loeb award, for coverage of the mortgage meltdown.
Greg appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business and other television networks to discuss hedge funds, stocks and financial trades, and he makes regular appearances on National Public Radio, Bloomberg Radio and radio stations around the globe.
Greg joined the Journal in 1996 after writing about media companies for the New York Post. Previously, he was the managing editor of Mergers & Acquisitions Report, a newsletter published by Investment Dealers' Digest. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, N.J., where they enjoy the New York Yankees in the summer, and suffer with the New York Knicks in the winter.
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