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The DOJ’s Double Standard

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 8th, 2014 9:00 AM |

Let’s see here.

The public at large rails on those in Washington for going easy on our ‘too big to fail’ banks for a host of clearly criminal practices.

Uncle Sam — that is the SEC, other regulators, and ultimately the Department of Justice — try to talk tough and hit an array of institutions with sizable fines but little really changes.

The public continues to see through the facade and lets Uncle Sam know it.

The ‘old man’ decides he needs to really get tough and begins to mandate that institutions admit guilt as part of the settlement process. The first guilty party is Credit Suisse, then next up is BNP Paribas.

Now we awake this morning to see that Germany’s second largest lender, Commerzbank, is likely next in the crosshairs. Do you detect a pattern here? Bloomberg provides further color in reporting: (more…)

CFTC’s Scott O’ Malia ‘Blows The Whistle’

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 8th, 2014 1:19 PM |

What does it say about a regulatory oversight system when individuals from inside start to ‘blow the whistle?’

I think it speaks volumes that all is not well, and somebody better start to really pay attention and take some meaningful action.

A month or so ago we heard from retiring SEC attorney James Kidney voicing real concerns in describing the commission as little more than a “tollbooth on the banksters’ turnpike.” Now we hear CFTC (Commodities Futures Trading Commission) commissioner Scott O’ Malia also blowing the whistle. Let’s navigate as Pensions and Investments highlights O’ Malia’s siren call:  (more…)

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…)

Wall Street’s Greatest Racket: FINRA’s ‘Meter Maids’

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 25th, 2014 6:45 AM |

In 2013 the six largest banks on Wall Street generated profits of $76 billion.

Last year, Wall Street’s primary self-regulatory organization FINRA imposed fines of $57 million.

Anybody still wondering why Wall Street likes being a self-regulated industry? Is Wall Street this clean or are the regulators little more than meter maids, as I have long maintained? Thanks to the folks at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, let’s look at the fines imposed by FINRA last year and over the last 9 years (including the years prior to FINRA’s formation in 2007 as a result of the merger of the NASD and the regulatory arm of the NYSE):

Numbers don’t lie.  (more…)

DANGER: Unknown Size, Location of Financial WMD

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 20th, 2014 6:31 AM |

If there are hackers in far off countries who can figure out how to penetrate the computer systems of our nation’s banks and retailers, how is it that a full 5 years after the greatest crisis since the Depression that our financial regulators are not able to properly monitor the financial weapons of mass destruction, aka derivatives contracts, running throughout our system?

I will tell you how. Because the ‘too big to fail’ banks have zero interest in making that happen. If anybody needed any further reason to break up our ‘too big to fail’  banking oligopoly, Bloomberg provides it in this recent editorial:

The recent turmoil in emerging markets raises an urgent question: If things get worse, if markets plunge or a government defaults, do regulators know which banks, hedge funds or other institutions are most at risk?  (more…)

Senator Warren Indicts Regulators ‘In Bed with Wall Street’

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 7th, 2014 10:06 AM |

“The question I’m asking is whether or not there’s adequate deterrent to prevent the largest financial institutions in this country from breaking the law,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing today. “Right now, if financial institutions can just settle their claims out of court, and get a raise for settling them, then where’s the deterrent?”

Senator Warren pressed regulators about their current enforcement efforts, noting that the “the public has little confidence in regulators’ willingness to seek the kind of penalties that will actually deter future financial crimes.”

With those two statements, Senator Warren (D-MA) indicts the current scandalous practices if not outright corruption that lies at the intersection of Wall Street and Washington and provides the public’s concluding sentiment as detailed in In Bed with Wall Street. The clip runs a mere 6-minutes.

What to do about this? How about we start with the following:

1. Congress should launch a privately run Office of Whistleblower Protection.
2. Wall Street’s private police detail, that is the financial self-regulatory organization FINRA, should no longer have absolute immunity and should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
3. Wall Street arbitration should be optional and not mandatory so as to end the kangaroo court.
4. End the self-regulatory oversight of Wall Street.
5. BREAK UP THE ‘TOO BIG TO FAIL’ BANKS!!

Is anybody in favor of the ongoing cronyism and corruption that defines our current system?

Larry Doyle

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

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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.

Gary Aguirre at Notre Dame Details SEC Corruption

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 16th, 2014 8:29 AM |

Instead of wasting three hours watching The Wolf of Wall Street, I have a much better video for you to view — and in less than half the time. Much better.

If  you really want to know what our financial regulators were doing while the destructive behaviors on Wall Street brought down our markets and our nation’s economy, find 80 minutes to watch remarks delivered recently by former SEC attorney and noted whistleblower Gary Aguirre at the University of Notre Dame. Aguirre’s remarks put a whole new spin on the moniker, Fightin’ Irish. Major props to those at ND for giving Aguirre the forum to speak and spread the truth. Other colleges and universities should be so courageous.

Gary Aguirre is a true American hero. If you cannot watch this video today, come back to it over the weekend. After you watch the clip, I guarantee you will want to share it with your friends and colleagues so they can understand how cronyism and corruption within the financial regulatory system has eroded the sense of trust and confidence that currently permeates our nation. You really need to watch this.

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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

For those reading this via a syndicated outlet or receiving it via e-mail or another delivery, please visit the blog to view this video and 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.

Madoff Trial Evidence Indicts NASD/FINRA

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.)

We awake this morning to learn startling new evidence from WSJ coverage of the ongoing Madoff trial, (more…)

Wall Street’s SRO Police Take MAJOR Hit

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 3rd, 2013 8:58 AM |

Did you feel a sizable tremor running between Washington and Wall Street overnight? I did.

At the epicenter of this tremor was the first meaningful questioning of the practice of self-regulation on Wall Street by their governmental overseers at the SEC.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White opened the door to a potential overhaul of financial-market oversight, saying the special regulatory status of U.S. exchanges may not best serve investors or public companies.

Wow. That simple statement may never lead anywhere, but the mere fact the SEC issued a statement of this sort is a tidal shift of epic proportions. Who else echoed the sentiments of this seismic activity?  (more…)

Richard Bowen: The Corruption Extends to the Highest Levels of Government

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 23rd, 2013 10:02 AM |

I thank the many devoted readers of Sense on Cents who made sure I was aware of a riveting, must-read article in yesterday’s New York Times written by Bill Cohan, a Wall Street-Washington critic without peer.

Cohan writes of the travails of Richard Bowen, former whistleblower at Citigroup, who ran headlong into the fortress manned by Robert Rubin and friends. Bowen was a Citi employee who blew the whistle regarding the preponderance of defective mortgages running through the Citi pipeline.

He brought the knowledge of this activity to the highest perch within the bank including the attention of Robert Rubin. How was he treated? With what most would define as ‘the silent treatment.’ Once silenced, he was then subsequently shown the door.

While Bowen was pushed out of Citigroup back in 2009, he has not been silenced since then.  (more…)






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