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JP Morgan’s Five P’s and Bernie Madoff

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 27th, 2012 7:59 AM |

Have you ever had an experience while reading something when you stop and think, “They didn’t just say that, did they?” I had just such an experience yesterday while reading a Bloomberg commentary on JP Morgan.

Under the heading of “You cannot make this stuff up,” I virtually gagged when I read of why JP Morgan had chosen not to  allocate credit to Chesapeake Energy. Given current issues with Chesapeake, it would appear that JP Morgan’s decision not to engage Chesapeake was prudent. Then why the gag?  (more…)

Mark Madoff’s Suicide

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 11th, 2010 2:44 PM |

Bernie Madoff may currently be housed in the Butner Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina but with news this morning that his son Mark took his own life is there really any doubt that Bernie ‘killed’ his own son? I think not.

I feel sorry for the Madoff family and all those impacted by Mark Madoff’s suicide. Although I believe Bernie is evil incarnate, my faith principles hold that every life is precious. The loss of life–especially a relatively young life–is truly tragic. The taking of one’s own life strikes me as the most tragic. Why do I feel that?

Anybody impacted by death knows that the healing process requires closure. With suicide, there never truly is real closure.

“Why?” “Why?” “Why?” (more…)

Who Really Deserves to ‘Pay’ for Bernie Madoff’s Fraud?

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 9th, 2010 8:04 AM |

Bernie Madoff is back.

While news of deficits, tax packages, currency devaluation, and the like capture the business headlines, is there any doubt that far more people in our nation are interested and intrigued by what is going on with the Madoff scam? I have no doubt.

I have very mixed feelings about Irving Picard, the trustee assigned to recover funds for those victimized by Madoff’s Ponzi scam, going after Wall Street institutions and foreign banks who knew or should have known of Madoff’s operation. Mixed feelings? Am I going soft? Shouldn’t these institutions be held to account? Let’s navigate. (more…)

If My Aunt Had Balls, She’d Be Mary Schapiro

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 20th, 2010 7:04 PM |

“If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle!!”

I love that line. I first heard it on the trading desk at Bear Stearns in the early ’90s. For the last twenty years, I have used the line often to counter those who would bemoan an outcome with the standard, “If only . . .” My response typically generates a healthy chuckle and we then move on.

At this point, I feel comfortable amending the line from above to “If my aunt had balls, she’d be Mary Schapiro.” Too harsh, you say? I think not. How so? (more…)

CAUTION: SIPC Impostor Luring Madoff Investors

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 9th, 2010 2:22 PM |

There is never a lack of scumbags in the world who prey upon those in distress.

As if those crippled by the Madoff scam have not already gone through hell and back, today we learn that an impostor to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) has sprouted up targeting the investors victimized by the Madoff scam. The Wall Street Journal exposes this scum in writing, Copy-Cat Web Site Targeting Madoff Victims:

The Securities Investor Protection Corp., a securities industry group formed by Congress to help customers of failed brokerages, warned of an imposter Web site mimicking its own page to target victims of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff. (more…)

Harry Markopolos: “Don’t Trust Your Government”

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 1st, 2010 10:38 AM |

Harry Markopolos

In an interview on the Today show this morning (video clip after the fold), Harry Markopolos dropped a few bombshells. Harry’s statement that he had purchased a gun and mentally prepared himself to kill Bernie Madoff in self-defense if need be will likely grab the most attention. It shouldn’t.

Markopolos’ biggest bombshell this morning is his warning to America, “don’t trust your government.” No surprise that Today host Matt Lauer did not probe deeper. I am not confident that other outlets will delve deeper into Harry’s statement, either. I wonder why Harry himself is reticent to specifically point out the individuals and the instances which lead him to make that statement.

Recall that a year ago Harry defined the SEC as merely incompetent while simultaneously defining FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as ‘in bed with the industry’ that is Wall Street. Well, it does not take an advanced degree to connect Harry’s grenade toss into FINRA’s backyard a year ago with his volley this morning. (more…)

Madoff Investors Suing SIPC

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 24th, 2010 2:39 PM |

You can rest assured that the powers that be on Wall Street would just as soon have the Madoff saga over. The Madoff scam perpetrated on investors is an ugly reminder of the non-existent financial regulatory system during the better part of the last twenty years.

I also believe many in Washington also might like to see the Madoff saga quietly pass by. The failures of the SEC, FINRA, and SIPC in this greatest of scams are an ugly reminder of the Wall Street-Washington incest.

Well, while many of the incestuous partners would like to turn the page, there remains a lot of filth that still needs to be cleaned up and a lot of individuals and institutions that need to be held to account. (more…)

Britain Sweeps Madoff Investigation Under the Rug

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 2nd, 2010 11:12 AM |

Great Britain just took the definition of America’s strongest ally to a whole new level. How so?

News this morning that the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) will not pursue legal action against the local operations of Bernard Madoff Investment Securities is just another kick in the balls to investors everywhere and the innocent Madoff investors especially.

The New York Times highlights this breaking news story in writing, Britain Will Not Pursue Legal Action Against Madoff:

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said Tuesday that it would not pursue legal action against the local operations of Bernard L. Madoff, the U.S. financier now in jail in the United States.

In a statement, the S.F.O. said its investigation had found “ insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction” against either the company or its directors.

What did investigators find?   (more…)

Will Wall Street Banks be Compelled to Compensate Madoff Investors?

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 15th, 2009 11:46 AM |

Will Congress hit the Wall Street banks with a one-time assessment in order to compensate Madoff investors? Why might that happen? Very simply because SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation) was woefully underfunded given the fact that SIPC member-firms, including all the large Wall Street banks, paid a token $150 (yes, that is not a misprint, a token $150) annual premium from 1996 until April 2009 for SIPC coverage.

Each and every investor in America should be livid at the insurance scam perpetrated by SIPC and its member firms, but especially by the largest firms taking the greatest risks!

I will address this insurance scam in a post later today, but for now I want to highlight an engagement between Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) and Stephen Harbeck, the head of SIPC that occurred last week during a hearing on securities investor protection reform.

This interaction should have received massive coverage by the mainstream media. Regrettably, but not surprisingly, it did not. Why? If it received the appropriate coverage, it would shine a laser beam on the incestuous nature of the relationship between Wall Street firms and its regulators (SEC and FINRA) and insurer (SIPC).

From the transcript of the hearing last week: (more…)

Helen Davis Chaitman Provides Congress with Sense on Cents

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 15th, 2009 6:53 AM |

Helen Davis Chaitman, esteemed and distinguished attorney with Phillips Nizer in New York City, was my guest on No Quarter Radio’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle on November 5th. We addressed the gross inequity embedded in the business practices of SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation). How gross? What inequity? The fact that SIPC member firms (i.e. every broker dealer and bank on Wall Street) paid a “whopping” $150 annual assessment from 1996-2009 in order to promote and accord protection for their investors.

$150 per year for Goldman Sachs? JP Morgan? Bank of America? Yes, for 13 years SIPC member firms paid annual assessments of only $150. Of all the travesties on Wall Street, this SIPC joke may be the biggest of them all.

Ms. Chaitman, who has worked diligently on behalf of the Madoff Coalition for Investor Protection on a pro bono basis, provided riveting details and dialogue during my interview. This past Wednesday, Ms. Chaitman did the same for the House Finance Sub-Committee on Capital markets chaired by Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA).

I strongly exhort people to realize that the Madoff scam is not merely a fraud strictly impacting Madoff investors. The failure of our financial regulators, the financial regulatory system, and SIPC impacts us all. The regulators, the regulatory system, and SIPC have failed all investors. Why? How?

The lack of confidence in our markets on behalf of investors remains pervasive. Helen Davis Chaitman provides a tremendous public service in highlighting the aformentioned failures. I encourage readers here at Sense on Cents to watch this 9-minute video clip of Ms. Chaitman’s testimony. She speaks for all of us.


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