Is J. Cramer's stint at CNBC over?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by garfangle, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Jim Cramer, outspoking markets commentator for CNBC's Kudlow and Cramer, is a director and major shareholder of, a firm he co-founded. Regularly on the program he tells viewers that he owns or is going to acquire certain securities that are a result of his stock selector service. However, according to the NY Times, CNBC has now implemented a new policy that forbids individual ownership of stocks (though funds are okay) for its managers and news staff and their spouses and dependants for the purpose of avoiding a potential conflict of interest (See story link (reg req.)).

    Since I assume that Cramer is not about to give up his lucrative service will he have to quit CNBC as a host (though he still might come on as a guest)? Can he go back to Fox where he once had a show (that got into some controversy about his touting of as a stock pick)? Might he have to camp out at CNNfn or (god forbid) PBS's Wall Street Week with Fortune? His run as a tv personality might be over. Which is too bad.
  2. cramer loves tv. i think he would do almost anything to be on tv so he can stroke that ego.
  3. gms


    Well, as long as you're looking for conjecture, here's a couple of thoughts:

    1. Cramer could be given some sort of classification, i.e., "guest editorialist", for which the new rule does not apply;

    2. Cramer could have his holdings in a non-individual entity and so bypass the rule;

    3. Maybe CNBC wanted a way to get rid him.
  4. If that article is correct, then your right, Cramers gonna face a very tough choice because I cannot see him giving up being able to own individual securities. On the other hand he seems to have a lot of fun with the Kudlow and Cramer thing.

    I wonder if CNBC is shooting themselves in the foot somewhat here. I mean to ban "spouses and dependents" as well from owning securities other than from their employers.

    Even considering the medium, that is a bit draconian if you ask me.

  5. I doubt CNBC own rules would permit him to be a major component of a show and still adhere to the policy, regardless of classification.

    If his holdings were in a blind trust then his service would be finished as he could not use it as a stock selector tool either for himself or his subscribers.

    I don't know about the ratings of the show.
  6. hope so,

    can't stand that yelling arrogant guy
  7. When Cramer gets excited he sounds just like porky pig.:D
  8. Babak


    Another possibility not brought up yet is that he himself lobbied heavily for CNBC to implement this policy so that it would give him a plausible reason to end the horrendous track record that he has racked up so far.

    Free of having to say what he bought when, he can do what he does best. Rant and rave about everything under the sun and then to only revisit the successes at a later time. Diabolical! :cool:
  9. nkhoi


    agree otherwise if he has any shame he wouldn't be on at all.
  10. What horrendous track record? :confused:
    #10     Jan 13, 2004