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.
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…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on August 19th, 2013 9:27 AM |
There was a point in time — pre-crisis, of course but in reality not all that long ago — when former Fed chair Alan Greenspan was viewed as almost god-like. Greenspan was supposedly smarter than all other central bankers. Well, those times have passed.
In retrospect, Greenspan has been shown to be a central player amid the cabal that controls our market and economy. In a recent commentary, Bloomberg’s Bill Cohan defines this group as The Club.
The Club has many wannabe members running around Washington and Wall Street, but the true inner circle of The Club consists of a small handful of power brokers and none bigger than Robert Rubin.
You remember Rubin, right? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on April 8th, 2010 9:15 AM |
Perhaps no one single individual is more representative of the Wall Street-Washington incestuous relationship than Robert Rubin.
Today, Mr. Rubin will provide testimony to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission which is charged with investigating the root causes of the economic crisis which emanated on Wall Street. Will the FCIC allow Mr. Rubin to hide behind the veil of platitudes, unnamed consultants, unknown risks, and the like? Will the FCIC finally stand up for American citizens and drill Mr. Rubin to expose the deeply embedded, culturally corrosive nature of the incestuous relationship between Wall Street and Washington? (more…)