Most Read on Bloomberg: Trader Bets, Ivy League, Putin, Oaktree

The following list comprises the of the most-read stories. Lists are based on daily statistics through Friday, Sept. 5.


1. Trader Who Scored $100 Million Payday Bets Shale Is Dud: Energy

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Andrew John Hall -- known as the God of Crude Oil Trading to some of his peers -- has built his success on a simple creed: Everyone who disagrees with him is wrong.

2. College Consultant Guarantees Ivy League Slot for $600,000 Fee

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The academic transcript looked like a rap sheet. The 16-year-old had dropped out of boarding schools in England and California because of behavioral problems and had only two semesters left at a small school in Utah. Somehow, he had to raise his grade-point average above a C before applying to college.

3. Putin Agrees on Steps for Ukraine Cease-Fire With Poroshenko

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed on steps toward a cease-fire in Ukraine’s easternmost regions, where a bloody conflict has raged for more than five months.

4. Oaktree Is Said to Seek $10 Billion Fund for Future Distress

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Oaktree Capital Group LLC is preparing for the economic recovery to falter.

5. Draghi Seeks Almost $1 Trillion Stimulus as QE Fight on Hold

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Mario Draghi signaled at least 700 billion euros ($906 billion) of fresh aid for his moribund economy and left a fight with Germany over sovereign-bond purchases for another day.

6. Draghi Says ECB to Buy Assets as Officials Split on Action

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The European Central Bank cut interest rates and will start buying assets, in a bid to boost the flow of funding for the euro-area economy while stopping short of broad-based quantitative easing.

7. Nasdaq Declines as Apple Tumbles; Emerging Markets, Ruble Jump

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Nasdaq Composite Index fell as Apple Inc. tumbled while investors assessed the prospects for a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine. Emerging-market stocks rallied and the ruble jumped with oil prices.

8. Obama Says Beheading Shows Need for World to Confront Extremists

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said a video showing the beheading of a second American journalist by Islamic State underscores the need for a global alliance to confront the extremist group.

9. Andrew Madoff, Convicted Conman’s Last Surviving Son, Dies at 48

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Andrew Madoff, convicted conman Bernard Madoff’s last surviving son, who insisted he had nothing to do with his father’s massive Ponzi scheme, has died. He was 48.

10. ECB Unexpectedly Cuts Key Rates as Deflation Risks Mount

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The European Central Bank unexpectedly cut interest rates to spur economic growth and stave off the threat of deflation.


1. Apple Isn’t Responsible for Your Nude Selfies: Leonid Bershidsky

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg View) -- What do you do if you’re a celebrity and nude pictures you happened to store in the cloud are suddenly all over the Internet? We’ve seen the full spectrum of possible reactions, only one of which makes sense.

2. ‘Girls Who Invest’ Would Change Wall Street: Seema R. Hingorani

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg View) -- Here’s something that puzzled me when I was the chief investment officer of New York City’s pension plan: Only 5 percent of the investment firms that managed the city’s $160 billion, and only 15 percent of the products the city invested in, were managed by women. The numbers plummeted when counting women of color or asset classes other than public equities.

3. Your Nude Selfies Are Never Safe From Bad People: Megan McArdle

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg View) -- Hello, Internet, it’s Megan McArdle again, with a friendly message about morality: You shouldn’t look at stolen nude photographs of celebrities.

4. Why the Summer Market Rally Is So Unloved: Mohamed A. El-Erian

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg View) -- Last week, with summer coming to an end, I asked readers of this column to offer their views on the state of financial markets. The responses I’ve received in the comment section, by e-mail and on Twitter shed light on why the recent impressive asset-price rallies remain so unloved and are constantly questioned.

5. Spain’s 50-Year Opportunism in Bond World Gone Mad: Mark Gilbert

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg View) -- In the crazy world of government bonds, some nations are getting paid for the privilege of borrowing money, while others are experiencing schizophrenia as yield behavior bears no relationship to the strength of their economies.


1. Draghi Says ECB to Start ABS Purchases as Rates Lowered

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at a news conference in Frankfurt about the decision to start buying a “broad portfolio” of asset-backed securities.

2. NFL’s Most High-Tech Stadium: 49ers’ $1.3 Billion Home

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Levi’s Stadium in Silicon Valley cost $1.3 billion to build and showcases innovation in ways no other pro-sports stadium has before. But the new home to the San Francisco 49ers has had its share of problems.

3. ECB Seen to Doubt Effectiveness of Quantitative Easing

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Jeffrey, chief investment officer at Cazenove Capital Management, discusses the European Central Bank’s use of monetary easing tools and the outlook for euro-area bond markets

4. RBA’s Stevens Speaks on Australian Economy, Policy

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia Glenn Stevens speaks in Adelaide about the nation’s economy and central bank policy.

5. Samsung Unveils New Note Smartphones, Gear S Watch

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Lee Don Joo, president and head of sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics Co.’s IT and mobile communications division, introduces the company’s new Galaxy Note smartphones, including one with a display extending down the side.

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