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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Revenge of the Real Companies

By Herb Greenberg

Toward the end of last year, you didn't have to be a chartist or market technician to know that stocks had officially arrived in the outer reaches of looney land... Sometimes you just know an inflection point is imminent... When I was focusing mostly on shorts as a journalist, I used to joke that the […]

Friday, April 8, 2022

Regulations Don't Get More Absurd Than This One

By Herb Greenberg

We're all used to regulations that make no sense, but there's one that isn't just absurd, but downright offending... Or, at least, it should be to any and every U.S. investor. I'm talking about the enormous disconnect between insider trading rules that apply to executives at public U.S. companies and foreign companies that trade here. […]

Friday, April 1, 2022

Talking SPACs, Levered ETFs, GoodRx, and Neckties

By Herb Greenberg

Up first, I can't let the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's ('SEC') proposed new investor disclosure rules for special purpose acquisition companies ('SPACs') go without comment... As my colleague Berna Barshay wrote yesterday in Empire Financial Daily... The SEC getting involved now feels a bit like closing the barn doors after the horses have already […]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Cracks in the 'Creator Economy'

By Herb Greenberg

I can't be the only one who has wondered... Who has time for all of those podcasts... or newsletters... or blogs? It has reached the point where there's simply so much information and so little time, and the result is a firehose of content. Some of it is free, but quite a bit of it […]

Saturday, March 26, 2022

How Decades Covering Wall Street Led Me to My Latest Exposé

By Herb Greenberg

I've devoted most of my career to outing companies with potential issues... I even created the imaginary "Hostile React-O-Meter" in my columns to gauge responses to anything I write that is remotely controversial. It has since become a contra-indicator of sorts. But constantly poking around the underbelly of the seamier side of Wall Street had […]

Friday, March 25, 2022

This Is What It's Like to Switch Sides

By Herb Greenberg

Well, that was interesting... Yesterday, we formally launched my newsletter: Herb Greenberg's Investment Opportunities. The process of getting there, which took weeks, was far more involved than I imagined. My colleagues at Empire Financial Research take these kinds of launches seriously... everything from the newsletter's focus, to what it will be called, and to how […]

Thursday, March 24, 2022

How I Sounded the Alarm on One of the Greatest Scandals in Wall Street History

By Herb Greenberg

It all started with an offhand comment famed short seller Jim Chanos made in a CNBC interview back in late 2013 about 'a company' he had in his sights... I gave him a call, curious about what company he was talking about. Without getting into detail or confirming the name, he suggested I look at […]

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Construction Cuts, Pizza Hats, and the CEO Who Got Caught Red-Handed

By Herb Greenberg

People know me as the guy who has exposed some of the worst stocks in America... I take tremendous pleasure in exposing a popular name that's involved in some kind of wrongdoing. For example, in 1995, I published an exposé in the San Francisco Chronicle called "The Tangled World of Supercuts." Supercuts is a nationwide […]

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

How I Became One of the Most Hated People on Wall Street

By Herb Greenberg

Throughout nearly four decades as a journalist, I unintentionally became known in some circles as 'the worst man' on Wall Street... It's not like I set out to make enemies. My first job out of college was with the now-defunct Boca Raton News, where I was the paper's first business reporter. Next, I spent a […]

Monday, March 21, 2022

How Open-Heart Surgery Led to Launching My First Newsletter

By Herb Greenberg

A funny thing happened on the way to starting a new venture in activist short selling... Something else came along. It was an out-of-the-blue e-mail from Enrique Abeyta, a source from my days as a journalist, that simply said, "Catch up?" This was about a month into my new gig, and since he's a former […]

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Housing Puzzle: To Sell or Not to Sell... And Checking In on the SPAC Unwind

By Herb Greenberg

Talk to friends in almost any part of the country – certainly here in California – and the conversation goes something like this... "You won't believe what the house down the block sold for – and it needs to be totally gutted." "Yeah, can't believe it. We should sell." "We've thought the same thing, but […]

Monday, February 7, 2022

Recurring Revenues as Takeover Bait... You Decide Who's Next

By Herb Greenberg

With the market having been whacked – especially some of the highest fliers – there's a new popular pastime... Guessing which companies will get acquired. Predicting takeovers is generally little more than luck. It's the ultimate fool's game – often sparked by wishful thinking or intentionally planted rumors steeped in little more than fantasy... especially […]

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Great Biotech Disconnect

By Herb Greenberg

Based on commercial real estate in San Diego – or in any biotech hub, for that matter – you would never know that stocks in the sector have gone bust... It's like boomtown here in San Diego, where I live. It seems that every time I go out, which is often, I see another new […]

Friday, January 28, 2022

The Psychology of the 'Meme Madness'

By Herb Greenberg

With Robinhood getting crushed and meme madness celebrating the peak of its insanity, this quick note in a book explains exactly what happened... Here we are, a year after the fact, and we're still talking about "meme madness." Or at least some of us are. It was a moment you remember, even if you weren't […]

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Herb Greenberg

Herb Greenberg is a senior editor at Empire Financial Research. Previously, he was the co-founder of Pacific Square Research and Greenberg Meritz Research & Analytics – both independent, short-biased investment research firms. Greenberg spent more than 40 years as a financial journalist at some of the country's leading newspapers, websites, and broadcast media, where he covered almost every industry. He served as senior stocks commentator at CNBC and was financial correspondent at the Chicago Tribune. He also spent 10 years as the daily business columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, during which time he started his five-year run as Fortune's monthly Against the Grain columnist and was the morning business reporter for San Francisco's KRON-TV. When the Internet and online media were still emerging, Greenberg was one of the first mainstream journalists to make the shift online, when he became senior columnist at TheStreet. He later shifted to the same role at MarketWatch. When Dow Jones bought out MarketWatch, he added a weekend investor column for the Wall Street Journal to the mix. Earlier in his career, Greenberg was a reporter at Crain's Chicago Business and a business reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He also spent a year as an analyst at a risk arbitrage firm. Greenberg holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Miami and completed the Herbert J. Davenport Fellowship at the University of Missouri.

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