在Covid恐慌中,佐治亚州参议员珀杜看到了股市机会

2020-11-26 00:04

Amid Covid panic, Georgia Sen. Perdue saw stock opportunity zVR世界播

在Covid恐慌中,佐治亚州参议员珀杜看到了股市机会zVR世界播


WASHINGTON — As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low. zVR世界播

华盛顿--随着新型冠状病毒的肆虐迫使数百万人失业,企业关门,退休账户缩水,道琼斯工业平均指数(Dow Jones Industrial Average)暴跌至三年来的最低点。zVR世界播


But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. zVR世界播

但对于佐治亚州共和党参议员大卫·珀杜(David Perdue)来说,去年3月的危机发出了另一个信号:一个买入股票的机会。zVR世界播


And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue’s timing was impeccable. He avoided a sharp loss and reaped a stunning gain by selling and then buying the same stock: Cardlytics, an Atlanta-based financial technology company on whose board of directors he once served. zVR世界播

在不到两个月的时间里,珀杜第二次选择了无可挑剔的时机。他避免了大幅亏损,通过卖出然后买入同样的股票获得了惊人的收益:Cardlytics,这是一家总部位于亚特兰大的金融科技公司,他曾在该公司的董事会任职。zVR世界播


On Jan. 23, as word spread through Congress that the coronavirus posed a major economic and public health threat, Perdue sold off $1 million to $5 million in Cardlytics stock at $86 a share before it plunged, according to congressional disclosures. zVR世界播

国会披露的信息显示,1月23日,随着冠状病毒对经济和公共卫生构成重大威胁的消息在国会传开,珀杜以每股86美元的价格抛售了100万至500万美元的Cardlytics股票,随后股价暴跌。zVR世界播


Weeks later, in March, after the company’s stock plunged further following an unexpected leadership shakeup and lower-than-forecast earnings, Perdue bought the stock back for $30 a share, investing between $200,000 and $500,000. zVR世界播

几周后,也就是3月份,在公司领导层意外变动、盈利低于预期后,公司股价进一步暴跌,珀杜以每股30美元的价格回购了该公司的股票,投资在20万至50万美元之间。zVR世界播


Those shares have now quadrupled in value, closing at $121 a share on Tuesday. zVR世界播

这些股票的价值现在已经翻了两番,周二收于每股121美元。zVR世界播


The Cardlytics transactions were just a slice of a large number of investment decisions made in the early days of the pandemic by Perdue and other senators. They stirred public outrage after it became clear that some members of Congress had been briefed on the economic and health threat the virus posed. The transactions were mentioned briefly in a story published by the Intercept in May. zVR世界播

Cardlytics的交易只是珀杜和其他参议员在疫情爆发初期做出的大量投资决定中的一小部分。在一些国会议员听取了有关该病毒构成的经济和健康威胁的简报后,他们激起了公众的愤怒。《拦截报》(The Intercept)在5月份发表的一篇报道中简要提到了这些交易。zVR世界播


Now that Perdue is locked in a pitched battle for reelection in a Jan. 5 runoff, his trades during a public health and economic crisis have become an issue in what already has become a negative, expensive campaign that will determine which party controls the Senate. zVR世界播

现在,珀杜在1月5日的决选中陷入了一场激烈的连任之战,他在公共卫生和经济危机期间的交易已经成为一个问题,这场已经成为负面的、代价高昂的竞选活动将决定哪个政党控制着参议院。zVR世界播


There is no evidence that Perdue, who is among the wealthier members of the Senate, acted on information gained as a member of Congress or through his long-standing relationship with company officials. It’s illegal to use nonpublic information gained as a company insider or member of Congress to make investment decisions. zVR世界播

珀杜是参议院中较富有的议员之一,没有证据表明他在担任国会议员期间或通过与公司官员的长期关系获得的信息采取了行动。使用作为公司内部人士或国会议员获得的非公开信息来做出投资决策是非法的。zVR世界播


But legal experts say the timing of his sale, the fact that he quickly bought Cardlytics stock back when it had lost two-thirds of its market value and his close ties to company officials all warrant scrutiny. zVR世界播

但法律专家表示,他出售股票的时机、他在Cardlytics市值缩水三分之二时迅速回购股票的事实,以及他与公司高管的密切关系,都值得仔细审查。zVR世界播


“This does seem suspicious,” said John C. Coffee Jr., a Columbia University law school professor who specializes in corporate and securities issues. But he added, “You need more than suspicions to convict.” zVR世界播

哥伦比亚大学(Columbia University)法学院教授小约翰·C·卡菲(John C.Coffee Jr.)专门研究公司和证券问题,他说:“这看起来确实很可疑。”但他补充说,“要定罪,你需要的不仅仅是怀疑。”zVR世界播


The Perdue campaign declined a request for an interview with the senator. In a statement, Perdue spokesperson John Burke said the senator had been cleared of wrongdoing but did not provide details. zVR世界播

珀杜竞选团队拒绝了采访这位参议员的请求。珀杜发言人约翰·伯克(John Burke)在一份声明中表示,这位参议员已经洗清了不当行为,但没有提供细节。zVR世界播


“The bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee, DOJ and SEC all independently and swiftly cleared Senator Perdue months ago, which was reported on,” Burke said. zVR世界播

伯克说:“两党参议院道德委员会、美国司法部和美国证券交易委员会几个月前都独立迅速地证明了参议员珀杜的清白,这是有报道的。”zVR世界播


Perdue’s opponent, Democrat Jon Ossoff, has seized on his stock trading while trying to brand him as a “crook.” zVR世界播

珀杜的对手、民主党人乔恩·奥斯索夫(Jon Ossoff)抓住他的股票交易不放,试图给他贴上“骗子”的标签。zVR世界播


Perdue is not the only senator on the ballot in Georgia. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, also a Republican, is running against Democrat Raphael Warnock in a bid to complete the remainder of retired Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. zVR世界播

珀杜并不是佐治亚州唯一一名参选的参议员。共和党参议员凯利·卢弗勒(Kelly Loeffler)正在与民主党人拉斐尔·沃诺克(Raphael Warnock)竞争,以求完成退休参议员约翰尼·伊萨克森(Johnny Isakson)剩余的任期。zVR世界播


Perdue’s Cardlytics transactions fit into a broader pattern of stock moves he made when the coronavirus first struck the U.S. zVR世界播

珀杜的Cardlytics交易符合他在冠状病毒首次袭击美国时所采取的更广泛的股票走势模式。zVR世界播


At the time, Perdue publicly maintained that the economy was strong and praised President Donald Trump during a Feb. 24 interview on Fox News Channel for “executing the greatest economic turnaround in U.S. history.” zVR世界播

当时,珀杜公开坚称美国经济强劲,并在2月24日接受福克斯新闻频道(Fox News Channel)采访时称赞唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统“实现了美国历史上最伟大的经济转机”。zVR世界播


A series of swift transactions in his portfolio told a different story, however, showing the senator dumped some company stocks, while investing in others — like protective equipment maker DuPont and pharmaceutical company Pfizer — that were poised to do well during the pandemic. zVR世界播

然而,他的投资组合中的一系列快速交易讲述了一个不同的故事,显示这位参议员抛售了一些公司股票,同时投资了其他股票-如防护设备制造商杜邦(DuPont)和制药公司辉瑞(Pfizer)-这些股票准备在疫情期间表现良好。zVR世界播


Perdue has previously said that outside financial advisers make most of his trades. zVR世界播

珀杜此前曾表示,他的大部分交易都是由外部财务顾问进行的。zVR世界播


But Donna Nagy, an Indiana University law professor, said that type of arrangement doesn’t preclude Perdue from directing an adviser to make specific transactions. She said one way for members of Congress to avoid questions about their financial holdings is to put them in a blind trust, which Perdue has not done. zVR世界播

但印第安纳大学(Indiana University)法学教授唐娜·纳吉(Donna Nagy)说,这种安排并不妨碍珀杜指示顾问进行具体交易。她说,国会议员避免有关他们所持金融资产的问题的一种方法是将他们置于保密信托中,而珀杜并没有这样做。zVR世界播


“All of these questions about the motivations behind our members of Congress and their personal securities trading could be alleviated if Congress passed a law that limited investments,” said Nagy, who specializes in securities law. “Ordinary citizens should not have to question members of Congress about their investments.” zVR世界播

“如果国会通过一项限制投资的法律,所有这些关于我们国会议员及其个人证券交易背后动机的问题都可能得到缓解,”专门研究证券法的Nagy说.。“普通公民不应该质疑国会议员的投资。”zVR世界播


The issue was enough of a liability that Perdue abruptly sold off between $3.2 million and $9.4 million of his stock portfolio over a four-day period in mid-April, according to an Associated Press review of mandatory financial disclosures he has submitted to the Senate. He did not sell his stock in Cardlytics. zVR世界播

根据美联社(Associated Press)对珀杜提交给参议院的强制性财务披露的审查,这个问题足以让珀杜在4月中旬的四天时间里突然抛售他的股票投资组合中的320万至940万美元。他没有出售他在Cardlytics的股票。zVR世界播


Still, Perdue has largely avoided the same degree of scrutiny faced by some of his colleagues. zVR世界播

尽管如此,珀杜在很大程度上避免了他的一些同事面临的同样程度的审查。zVR世界播


Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina drew the most attention and stepped down as Senate Intelligence Committee chair amid a probe of his sale of upward of $1.7 million in stock, which came when he was privately warning some well-heeled constituents about the virus while publicly downplaying the threat. zVR世界播

北卡罗来纳州共和党参议员理查德·伯尔(Richard Burr)吸引了最多的关注,他辞去了参议院情报委员会(Senate Intelligence Committee)主席一职,原因是他出售了价值超过170万美元的股票。调查发生时,伯尔私下警告一些富有的选民注意这种病毒,同时公开淡化这种威胁。zVR世界播


Cardlytics works at the intersection of banking and online marketing. It helps run rewards programs for financial institutions, including Wells Fargo, using data the banks have gathered on their customers to market to them — similar to what Facebook does with targeted ads. zVR世界播

Cardlytics是银行业和在线营销的交汇点。它帮助包括富国银行(Wells Fargo)在内的金融机构实施奖励计划,利用银行收集的客户数据向他们推销-类似于Facebook对定向广告的做法。zVR世界播


The company did not respond to a request for comment. zVR世界播

该公司没有回复记者的置评请求。zVR世界播


After the March turmoil, its share price dramatically rebounded. Lynne Laube, Cardlytics’ current CEO, said the pandemic had a lot to do with it, driving consumer interest in savings programs. zVR世界播

在3月份的动荡之后,它的股价戏剧性地反弹。Cardlytics现任首席执行官林恩·劳贝(Lynne Laube)表示,疫情与此有很大关系,推动了消费者对储蓄计划的兴趣。zVR世界播


“I hate to say this pandemic is playing in our favor, but it’s playing in our favor,” she said during an earnings call in May. zVR世界播

她在5月份的一次财报电话会议上说:“我不想说这场流行病对我们有利,但它确实对我们有利。”zVR世界播


Perdue acquired 75,000 shares in Cardlytics through stock options offered for his service on the company’s board from 2010 to 2014, when he stepped down after winning his Senate seat, Securities and Exchange Commission filings show. The company, which at the time had not yet gone public, also offered him options that would become available in October 2020 and January 2022. zVR世界播

美国证券交易委员会(Securities And Exchange Commission)的文件显示,珀杜在2010年至2014年期间,通过为他在Cardlytics董事会服务的股票期权购买了7.5万股Cardlytics股票,当时他在赢得参议院席位后辞职。当时尚未上市的该公司还向他提供了选项,这些选项将于2020年10月和2022年1月生效。zVR世界播


Perdue’s latest financial disclosures do not indicate whether he has exercised the options that became available in October. zVR世界播

珀杜的最新财务披露没有表明他是否行使了10月份提供的选择权。zVR世界播


But according to Coffee, the Columbia University law professor, it’s an unusual move by the company. zVR世界播

但哥伦比亚大学法学教授卡菲表示,这是该公司不同寻常的举动。zVR世界播


“I’ve never seen options extended from 2014 to 2022,” he said. “That’s a very long extension.” zVR世界播

他说:“我从未见过选项从2014年延长到2022年。”“这是一个非常长的延期。”zVR世界播


While Perdue left the company’s board, he has maintained ties to some of its executives, who have donated more than $30,000 to his political committees. Donations made to Perdue account for nearly 80% of all giving to federal candidates by Cardlytics employees over the past decade, records show. zVR世界播

在珀杜离开公司董事会期间,他一直与公司的一些高管保持联系,这些高管已经向他的政治委员会捐赠了超过3万美元。记录显示,过去十年,Cardlytics员工向珀杜捐赠的款项占联邦候选人捐款总额的近80%。zVR世界播


Perdue, meanwhile, has used social media to publicize the company. In August 2016, he took a tour of its office and posed for a photo with Laube and then-CEO Scott Grimes, which he posted to Facebook. In fall 2019, he introduced Laube and Grimes at a gala in Atlanta, where they received a business achievement award. zVR世界播

与此同时,珀杜利用社交媒体宣传该公司。2016年8月,他参观了该公司的办公室,并与劳贝和时任首席执行官的斯科特·格里姆斯合影留念,并将照片发布在Facebook上。2019年秋天,他在亚特兰大的一个晚会上介绍了劳贝和格里姆斯,他们在那里获得了商业成就奖。zVR世界播


Isakson, who served with Perdue, took steps to avoid the type of scrutiny Perdue is now facing. Isakson, a Republican, put most of his own holdings in a blind trust after some of his assets drew unwanted attention in 2012. zVR世界播

曾在珀杜任职的伊萨克森采取措施,避免了珀杜现在面临的那种审查。共和党人伊萨克森(Isakson)在2012年他的一些资产引起了不必要的关注后,将自己持有的大部分资产置于保密信托中。zVR世界播


“I said I need to be as patently pure and patently clean as anybody, and the best way to do that is a blind trust,” Isakson, who served on the Senate’s finance and ethics committees, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2017. “I don’t know what I own.” zVR世界播

曾在参议院财政和道德委员会任职的伊萨克森在2017年接受亚特兰大宪法采访时表示:“我说过,我需要和其他人一样纯洁、干净,而要做到这一点,最好的办法就是保密信任。”伊萨克森曾在参议院财政和道德委员会任职,他曾在2017年接受“亚特兰大宪法”采访时表示。“我不知道我拥有什么。”zVR世界播

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