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Is the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Providing Cover for FINRA?

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 6, 2010 11:03 AM |

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is charged with the following:

… a bipartisan commission that has been given a critical non-partisan mission — to examine the causes of the financial crisis that has gripped the country and to report our findings to the Congress, the President, and the American people.

So far, I would grade the Commission’s work as an F, as in failing . . . as in f@*%ing pathetic. Why so harsh?  

The FCIC has allowed those who have presented to stick to script, and defined the crisis as the proverbial thousand year storm. From regulators to bank execs to ratings agencies, the Commission has brought NOTHING new to the American public that it did not already know before the hearings.  While I have been somewhat impressed with a few aggressive lines of questioning by some commissioners (Bill Thomas, Brooksley Born, Heather Murren), America has yet to receive that “Wow, are you kidding me?” moment that it so desperately wants.

Will America receive it? When and how might that “Wow” moment occur? If, and only if, the commission gets Mary Schapiro back on the stand, has her take the oath, and reveal what was going on inside of FINRA.

America still does not know who and what FINRA is. The American public is largely unfamiliar with the concept of a self-regulatory structure for Wall Street. The Commission will maintain its failing grade unless it brings FINRA out of the shadows.

If you are reading this, I encourage you to copy and paste this article to the FCIC’s Contact Us link and compel them to question Ms. Schapiro about FINRA. I have already sent all of my information about FINRA to the Commission. I have also sent it to the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

If the FCIC truly wants to uphold its charge as specified above, stop allowing the Wall Street and Washington crony capitalists to stonewall the process. Break down this wall, Mr. Angelides!! Question FINRA about all of its investment activities, including allegations that FINRA had money with Bernie Madoff. Subpoena FINRA’s books and records to expose details surrounding FINRA’s sale of auction-rate securities in mid-2007.  Expose the inherent conflicts of interest in the self-regulatory model for Wall Street.

To date, America has not received any new information from the FCIC. If the FCIC does not question Schapiro about FINRA, it is doomed to go into history as nothing more than a sham.


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  • john w

    SEC contact: If you do not want to communicate electronically, either print and fill out a form or write us a letter. Our address is: SEC Complaint Center, 100 F Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20549-0213. You can also send a fax to 703-813-6965.

    Inquiry Commission:
    Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
    1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Suite 800
    Washington, D.C. 20006-4614

    (202) 292-2799

    (202) 632-1604

    FINRA contacts:
    Please note that the Office of the Ombudsman is not meant to replace other channels—such as the Investor Complaint Center, the Office of the Whistleblower or BrokerCheck—for addressing issues related to other organizations. Rather, the Ombudsman’s Office can help resolve concerns about FINRA or its staff in a fair, impartial and confidential manner. If staff from the Ombudsman’s Office is unable to assist you with your concern, we will gladly direct you to FINRA personnel who can help you.

    Contact the Ombudsman:

    Call toll-free at (888) 700-0028, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET
    Write to:
    FINRA Ombudsman
    P.O. Box 9492
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-9492

  • Patricia Raeder


    Very good report. I have read a very interesting article on Brooksly Born and how she was trashed by Alan Greenspan and others in her time. She was one of the first to sound the whistle on derivatives and no one listened.
    The article was in the Stanford Alumni early last year. It is excellent.

  • disenchanted

    I have been out of touch for a while and just
    read this article. The response from John W is
    interesting. It is so nice to be given a fax #.
    Nothing like personal contact. As far as the
    Ombudsman, forget it. I have called them and
    was referred back to the district. Instead
    of this impersonal information, how about a
    name and telephone # of some top official who is willing to
    be impartial and take the bull by the horns.

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