Posted by Larry Doyle on December 11th, 2013 8:46 AM |
For five years America has been fed a line of bull$h!t that absolved the regulators at the NASD and its offspring at FINRA from their oversight responsibilities in the operation that encompassed Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scam.
I never believed it for a second when regulators and assorted sycophants said that Madoff’s broker-dealer operation was fully separate and distinct from the Ponzi scheme.
I challenged former SEC chair Harvey Pitt in September 2009 when he tried to provide cover for the NASD/FINRA on its oversight and responsibilities related to Madoff. (Those interested can review that engagement and a lot more on the 20-minute video within this commentary.)
Posted by Larry Doyle on December 3rd, 2012 8:19 AM |
Why is it that America suffers from a very real lack of leadership?
Many reasons, starting with the fact that we do not have many real leaders in the truest sense of the word. The lack of leadership goes beyond that, though. Regrettably, far too many of those charged with leading our nation are too concerned with appearances rather than standing on principle and doing the right thing. These people are not leaders. They are politicians and they get bought and sold everyday.
I shook my head this weekend when I read how our soon to depart “leader” of the SEC is concerned about her legacy in relation to pending implementation of the JOBS Act. Folks, you cannot make this stuff up. (I recommend a second barf bag before reading any further.) (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 27th, 2012 9:06 AM |
The news released yesterday that SEC chair Mary Schapiro is leaving her post comes as no surprise. There have been many indications over the past four years that Ms. Schapiro has not exactly ‘enjoyed’ the challenges that came with her position.
Her departure a full year before the end of her five year term has been met with standard gratuitous comments by many in the financial industry, atop Capitol Hill, and in the press.
What do I think of the reviews of Ms. Schapiro’s tenure at the SEC? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on September 10th, 2012 9:09 PM |
Sense on Cents first crossed paths with current SEC chair and former FINRA head Mary Schapiro in mid-January 2009.
I have often thought Ms. Schapiro – more than any other single individual – knows where more of the bones are buried on Wall Street and throughout the incestuous Wall Street – Washington circle of influence and intrigue. I have tried to be fair but aggressive in questioning Mary’s lack of transparency on so many fronts.
Well readers, if reports circulating around Washington have a measure of truth to them, we will likely not have Mary to kick around all that much longer. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on January 3rd, 2012 10:22 AM |
Will we learn in 2012 if Mary Schapiro, current chair of the SEC, and other then senior executives at the Wall Street self-regulatory organization, FINRA, engaged in a fraud?
The case addressing this question, Standard Chartered v FINRA, has been appealed to the highest court in our land.
As such, one might think that most Americans would care to learn if our nation’s top financial regulator did, in fact, engage in a fraud which had a monetary value of between $175-$350 MILLION plus. That’s right, $175-350 million plus!! Not exactly chicken feed.
Why hasn’t this case received more attention? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on June 17th, 2011 6:46 AM |
“Good corporate governance is a system in which those who manage a company — that is, officers and directors — are effectively held accountable for their decisions and performance. But accountability is impossible without transparency.”
Truer words were never spoken. The above statement very succinctly highlights a cornerstone principle of Sense on Cents. Whomever issued this proclamation would certainly seem to be a strong candidate for the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame. Regrettably not.
Our current SEC chair Mary Schapiro offered those pearls of wisdom in December 2009 and the Washington Post concluded its commentary SEC Tightens Rules On Investment Advisers, Corporate Transparency with that quote from Ms. Schapiro. If only Mary would practice what she preached. (more…)
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…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on May 26th, 2010 9:14 AM |
I would expect that Time is likely now relegated to 9th grade Civics classrooms given the depth of reporting embodied in the recent cover article, The New Sheriffs of Wall Street.
If Time would like to be considered a serious publication, they should dig a little deeper prior to reporting this sort of powder puff commentary. Time rightfully does address the fact that Wall Street has been a bastion of male domination. Additionally, they pay proper respect to FDIC Chair Sheila Bair and Tarp watchdog and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, but they fall woefully short in their characterization and review of SEC Chair Mary Schapiro.
In this article, Schapiro would clearly like to portray herself as tough as nails on Wall Street while protecting the interests of investors. As Time highlights: (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on April 20th, 2010 1:10 PM |
I am heartened when great Americans across our country are willing to stand up and lash out at those involved in the Wall Street-Washington incest. I crossed paths with just such an American this morning in Ed Morrow, the chairman and CEO of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, a non-profit educational society for the financial planning industry.
Ed wrote to his representaitve John Boehner (R-OH) on financial regulatory topics which he feels are vitally important to his members. I thank Ed for his courage to speak his mind and his willingness to let me run his letter here at Sense on Cents. Thank you to our great American Ed Morrow for writing the following: (more…)