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Jesse Eisinger

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Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter at ProPublica, covering Wall Street and finance. He writes a regular column for The New York Times’s Dealbook section.


In April 2011, he and Jake Bernstein were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that helped make the financial crisis the worst since the Great Depression. He and Bernstein were also finalists for the 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series.


Prior to joining ProPublica, Eisinger was the Wall Street editor of Conde Nast Portfolio, where he wrote a November 2007 cover story titled "Wall Street Requiem," in which he predicted the demise of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Before joining Portfolio, he worked at The Wall Street Journal, where he was the founding writer of two market commentary columns, and he played a leading role in exposing accounting fraud at Belgium-based Lernout & Hauspie. During his tenure at The Wall Street Journal's European edition in London, Eisinger won a "Best in Business" award from the UK-based World Leadership Forum for his coverage of accounting irregularities at the Irish drug maker Elan Corp. Earlier in his career, he covered biotechnology and pharmaceuticals for TheStreet.com and Dow Jones Newswires. Prior to that, he lived and worked as a journalist in Chile.


He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the journalist Sarah Ellison, and their daughters.

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New Documents Show Hedge Fund Magnetar Influenced Deal, Despite Denials

A Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission document shows Magnetar selected assets for a billion dollar Merrill Lynch mortgage securities deal, despite having long asserted otherwise.

Goldman’s Self-Help: Eat, Pay, Trade

What Do 50 Cent, Carmen Electra & Shaquille O’Neal Have in Common? Touting Penny Stocks

A penny stock leaps when 50 Cent praises it on twitter, creating paper profits for the rap star.

Standard & Poor’s Triple A Ratings Collapse Again. The Question is Why?

The ‘Subsidy’: How a Handful of Merrill Lynch Bankers Helped Blow Up Their Own Firm

The builders of mortgage securities at industry giant Merrill Lynch couldn’t find buyers for their wares. So they paid another group at Merrill to take billions of dollars of the unwanted assets.

Where Are the Financial Crisis Prosecutions?

Trading for the Client? Or Winning on Its Own?

SEC Investigating Citigroup Mortgage Deal

The SEC is investigating whether in the run-up to the financial crisis Citi acted improperly as it created and marketed a $1 billion CDO.

The Dukes of Moral Hazard: The Dangers of Quantitative Easing

SEC Investigating Deal Between JPMorgan and Hedge Fund Magnetar

The SEC is investigating whether JPMorgan adequately disclosed to investors that the hedge fund Magnetar influenced a deal it was also betting against.

Magnetar Responds to Our April Story—And Our Response

Magnetar Deals at Center of New Lawsuit

A European-based investment fund and a French bank are battling it out in New York state court over complex securities created at the behest of the hedge fund Magnetar

Which CDOs and Banks Had Deals With the Most Cross-ownership?

See which CDOs exchanged pieces with other CDOs through our interactive feature that reveals the incestuous nature of Wall Street’s CDO business.

A Bank’s Best Customer: Its Own CDOs

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Chart: A Bank’s Best Customers

In the last two years of the boom, CDOs created by one bank commonly purchased slices of other CDOs created by the same bank.

Banks’ Self-Dealing Super-Charged Financial Crisis

As investors left the market in the run-up to the meltdown, Wall Street created fake demand, increasing their bonuses — and ultimately making the crisis worse.

Graphic: The Timeline of Magnetar’s Deals

How did Magnetar's deals in subprime mortgage securities compare to the overall market's?

Magnetar Gets Started

E-mails Give Glimpse of How Magnetar Worked

A deal that fell apart shows how Magnetar pressed to include risky bonds in CDOs.
Jesse Eisinger
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