Posted by Larry Doyle on May 16th, 2013 6:26 AM |
For those with an interest in learning how our financial regulators fail to perform in upholding both the law and their duty to protect investors, the SEC is “the gift that keeps on giving.”
As if we did not already know that the SEC has all too often failed to protect investors, let’s navigate and learn about the case of current SEC employee Kathleen Furey. From a recent complaint brought by Ms. Furey against the SEC:
The three-year ascent of Kathleen Furey to higher levels of official responsibility and pay came to an abrupt halt in 2008, shortly after she was forced to become a whistleblower. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on March 18th, 2013 11:52 AM |
News released late Friday afternoon that the SEC has agreed to a settlement of $616 million with entities connected to SAC Capital is viewed as another indication that our financial police are playing hardball, right?
I mean $616 million is a lot of money, correct? Yes and no. Money is relative and playing hardball is in the eye of the beholder.
Did SAC and its founder Steven A. Cohen, aka “Stevie Boy” Cohen, just enter the realm of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and the other heavyweights on Wall Street who have been defined as “too big to fail, to regulate, and to prosecute?” (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 19th, 2013 6:04 AM |
If Mary Jo White were to be confirmed as the new head of the SEC, might she be the most conflicted individual to be our nation’s chief financial cop since the first person to occupy that seat, that being Joe Kennedy himself?
The White House and Washington would like to position Ms. White’s confirmation as nothing more than a formality. Our democracy deserves better than that. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 12th, 2013 7:04 AM |
A few years back in the course of an interview with Fox Business host David Asman, I was asked what I thought of the exceptionally close relationships between the regulators and the industry. I responded, “David, I think the term there is ‘incestuous’.”
Fast forward three plus years and we receive a scathing review of just how widely developed and deeply embedded the incest runs. Let’s navigate as the folks at the Project on Government Oversight take us round and round through this revolving door in releasing,
SEC’s Revolving Door Blurs Line Between Regulator and Industry
A Project On Government Oversight (POGO) study of thousands of government records found that former staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) routinely: (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on January 24th, 2013 11:09 AM |
News breaks this morning that President Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to be the next head of the SEC.
The spin on the nomination is that she is a former prosecutor and US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and will hold Wall Street accountable. Is that right?
Before we coronate her, I think we may want her to address what I would deem to be a ‘skeleton in her closet.’ Really? Oh yeah!
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 November 19th, 2012 7:56 AM |
If the whistleblower complaint I read this weekend did not have the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Mary Schapiro as defendants, one might have thought it belonged in a cheap tabloid at a supermarket checkout.
Regrettably, given the incestuous (pun intended) activities that have been all too prevalent on Wall Street and in Washington over the last four years, this complaint brought by the recently deposed Assistant Inspector General of the SEC may be tawdry in its delivery but not surprising in its content. Let’s navigate and review David P. Weber, Plaintiff vs. United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Mary L. Schapiro, Chairman. (more…)
SEC Settles with JP Morgan/Bear Stearns: Crime Pays . . . . . . . . . . (“Why I Left Bear Stearns”) . . . . . . . . . . .
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 16th, 2012 8:29 PM |
This evening I feel the need to take a shower after having just read the most despicable settlement yet rendered by the SEC. In fact, having just read this settlement, I am embarrassed to be a citizen of a nation with such little moral fiber as to let what is a blatant criminal act go properly unpunished. This is a sad day in America. I do not write that for simple effect.
I write that because I believe a settlement this afternoon between the SEC and JP Morgan/Bear Stearns closes the door on perhaps the single most egregious criminal act I have yet come across while writing this blog. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 14th, 2012 8:16 AM |
Have you had enough of the crony capitalism that has been running rampant throughout our country?
Have you had enough of the “neither admitting nor denying” statements put forth by far too financial firms writing checks to cover corrupt activities?
Have you had enough of seeing Jon Corzine, Angelo Mozilo, Albert Loewenthal, and a whole host of other individuals connected to financial frauds walk free while ordinary everyday Americans pay the price for the ravage these fraudsters left in their wake?
Have you had enough of the financial dirt continually being swept under the rug as the pols and their cronies stuff their campaign coffers and pad their personal accounts/portfolios? When will “enough be enough”? (more…)