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Chris Whalen: True Perpetrators in Michael Lewis’ Tale of Wall Street Greed and Corruption Are Congress, SEC, FINRA, Major Exchanges

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 23rd, 2014 8:23 AM |

Today I am pleased to elevate author and investment banker Chris Whalen into the highest echelon of the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame.

Whalen distinguishes himself as he properly frames the ongoing debate surrounding the scandalous practices within high frequency trading in a recent commentary that ran at Zero Hedge entitled, In “Flash Boys” Michael Lewis Misses the Point — Deliberately.

Let’s navigate as Whalen further exposes how our public officials and regulators charged with protecting the public interest are really “in bed with Wall Street.” (more…)

Clinton Presidential Documents c.1998: “Who’s on First?”

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 22nd, 2014 2:27 PM |

Every now and then I come across a document or statement that simply stops me in my tracks. In the process of pondering the weight and importance of the embedded message, I am typically left totally aghast.

Today I had one of those experiences as I continued to review the treasure trove of material in the recently released documents from the Clinton Presidential Library. From a document covering the work of the Council of Economic Advisers, I almost spilled my coffee when I read the following: (more…)

Clinton Presidential Documents on Glass-Steagall Repeal: No Good Reason For Doing This

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 21st, 2014 9:44 AM |

I do not think there is any single piece of legislation in the last 50 years that has had such a profoundly detrimental impact on the American public than the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act separating commercial and investment banking.

That repeal is certainly not the sole factor that led to the economic crisis of 2008 and the ongoing pain we experience today, but it was certainly critical to the eventual meltdown. There is no great revelation in that assessment.

The recent release of documents from the Clinton Presidential Library provides real transparency on the dynamic at play back in the mid to late ’90s that led to the eventual dismantling of Glass-Steagall. Perhaps no surprise that we have yet to see meaningful review of these documents from media outlets on our side of the pond, but the UK-based The Guardian hits these revealing documents hard.

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SEC Failures in Systems and Controls: Matter of National Security

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 18th, 2014 7:20 AM |

As I sit here collecting my thoughts in the early morning hours of April 18, 2014, I think back to the chilling days of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.

Most reading this will certainly never forget the tragedy that is forever known as 9-11. However, that fateful day was foreshadowed 8 years prior when another World Trade Center bombing took place. Both attacks were clear-cut indications that terrorist forces were at work to assault American interests by massively disrupting activity on Wall Street. We live with this reality each and every day knowing that these same forces remain at work.

After the attack of 1993, Wall Street firms began implementing significant measures for disaster recovery programs and information systems controls. Against that 20 plus year backdrop, I have to admit I am bewildered if not totally dismayed this morning. Why so? Stick with me here.  (more…)

FINRA Broker Check: Watch Your Wallet, Folks

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 17th, 2014 10:54 AM |

Of all the questions facing investors these days, I would think two of the most important are: (1) with whom are you doing business? (2) how much are you paying for the investment product being pitched to you?

Watch this 6-minute clip and you will understand why I write at length, both at my blog and in my book, on the need for real transparency on Wall Street and especially within the regulatory system so as to help people avoid the perils and pitfalls that inevitably come their way when unsavory characters call on them.


I touched on this topic a few weeks back to expose the fact that Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization FINRA allowed close to 97% of the data on its Broker Check system to be “expunged” over a two and a half year period (mid-2009 to late 2011).

What might they have allowed the industry to hide in doing so? Even the host takes a less than subtle shot at FINRA in this segment.

Watch your wallet, folks.

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

Please order a hard copy or Kindle version of my book, In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy.

For those reading this via a syndicated outlet or by e-mail or another delivery, please visit the blog to comment on this piece of ‘sense on cents.’

Please subscribe to all my work via e-mail.

The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

Sharyl Attkisson: Death of Investigative Journalism

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 16th, 2014 10:31 AM |

What does it say about a nation when a highly respected investigative journalist speaks out that she is compelled to leave her place of employment because her voice and her stories are not being given air time?

I do not know about you but that tells me the money and power behind the forces at work to keep the truth from the public are only getting that much stronger. Make no mistake, that money and that power are working for interests on both ends of the political spectrum and their friends doing their bidding on both sides of the aisle.

Given her willingness to depart CBS News and speak out on this corrosive reality within our media today, I welcome immediately inducting Sharyl Attkisson into the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame. What she has to say regarding media bias may not be surprising but it should trouble to no end all who care about a free and democratic society.  (more…)

Book Review: Is Wall Street Rigged? “Michael Lewis Is Just Scratching The Surface”

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 14th, 2014 6:40 PM |

ValueWalkI appreciate anybody who takes the time and makes the effort to read and review my book, In Bed with Wall Street.

That said, I deeply appreciate those who in reading my book really seem to “get it” and are then willing to lay it on the line in “delivering it” in their review. On that note, Mark Melin of ValueWalk goes to the front of  the class.

Melin dives deeply into the material. I give him credit for reaching out to Wall Street’s self-regulator FINRA to get their take on some of my hard hitting charges detailed in the book. In regard to my long held assertion that FINRA engaged in insider trading in its liquidation of ~$650 million of auction-rate securities, a FINRA spokesperson commented to Melin:  (more…)

Book Review: All The Presidents’ Bankers by Nomi Prins

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 14th, 2014 11:06 AM |

While all too much of our analysis of market developments comes to us in the form of sound bites and snippets, leave it to the great writers of our time to provide real depth and study of the business and political relationships that ultimately impact all of us.

I recently completed reading just such a study, All The Presidents’ Bankers by Nomi Prins. The author is not only a Wall Street insider but also highly regarded for her prior books and well documented written and spoken commentaries.

I very much had the sensation of sitting in on a semester long tutorial in Financial and Political History while working my way through this book. While at times the level of detail provided required me to take a break to ponder the magnitude of the message, the picture never lost focus. (more…)

UPDATED w/Podcast: Listen to LD and Gary Aguirre Saturday Night on KFMB 760AM San Diego, CA

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 11th, 2014 2:11 PM |

gary-aguirreLast evening I was truly honored to share the forum of “It’s Your Money and Your Life” with renowned securities lawyer and SEC whistleblower Gary Aguirre.

What has and still is going on within the realm of our financial regulators while corrosive practices such as high frequency trading and much more perpetuate on Wall Street? I strongly recommend you grab a second cup of coffee and find 40 minutes to listen to this interview:

It’s Your Money and Your Life

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

Please order a hard copy or Kindle version of my book, In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy.

For those reading this via a syndicated outlet or by e-mail or another delivery, please visit the blog to comment on this piece of ‘sense on cents.’

Please subscribe to all my work via e-mail.

The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

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On Saturday, April 12th (10pm EST, 7pmPST),  I will be on “It’s Your Money and Your Life,” an exceptionally popular radio show airing on KFMB-760AM in San Diego, California. I am incredibly pleased to highlight this interview.

Why will this show be so special? Joining me as a guest on the show is a true American hero, former SEC whistleblower Gary Aguirre. In my opinion, Gary Aguirre is a lawyer without peer and may be the only individual in the nation today who could be favorably compared to Ferdinand Pecora. I say that with no sense of hyperbole.

Please make sure to listen in to this show. I am confident you will not be disappointed. Listen LIVE at 7pm PST (10pm EST) on KFMB 760 AM or online here.

LD

James Kidney Stones the SEC: “A Tollbooth on The Bankster Turnpike”

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 9th, 2014 9:07 AM |

James Kidney recently retired from the SEC.  He skewered the commission’s culture and management on the way out the door.

For those who care to understand how Wall Street has gotten away with incredibly egregious offenses over the years, Kidney’s brief remarks are well worth the few minutes to review. The highlights include:

1. The revolving door is a very serious problem. I have had bosses, and bosses of my bosses, whose names we all know, who made little secret that they were here to punch their ticket. They mouthed serious regard for the mission of the Commission, but their actions were tentative and fearful in many instances. (more…)






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