One day, a trader injects billions of dollars into a technology fund. Just a few days later, that same trader suddenly withdraws all the money. What looks like the impulsive, erratic behavior of some off-the-rails investor is really a sophisticated tax dodge. Based on a 1969 tax law, this little-known maneuver, called a “heartbeat trade,” is legal in the United States, but some regard it as a scam. Eye-opening reporting from journalists Zachary R. Mider, Rachel Evans, Carolina Wilson and Christopher Cannon uncovers the way brokers, bankers and investors can legally game the system and avoid paying taxes.
About the Authors
Zachary R. Mider, Rachel Evans, Carolina Wilson and Christopher Cannon are reporters for Bloomberg News.