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The Wall Street Oligopoly at Work in the Oil Markets

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 19th, 2013 9:24 AM |

Information is everything. Unparalleled access to information and the hoarding of the data collected are cornerstone principles of an economic system that is defined as an oligopoly.

How does this work? Rather than my writing, let’s take a quick 2-minute view of what is going on within the oil markets.  (more…)

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…)

The Volcker Rule: Comments and Questions

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 10th, 2013 6:02 AM |

The big news on Wall Street today is the reemergence of the Volcker Rule intended to make our banking system safer from the perils of proprietary trading activity.

The question that America will hear bandied about until it makes your head spin is “What exactly defines proprietary trading?”

My ‘sense on cents’ response is that not unlike pornography, proprietary trading might be hard to define but you know it when you see it. Let’s review and cross-examine The Wall Street Journal’s take on this newly proposed rule which attempts to accomplish the following: (more…)

SIFMA to Address Investor Distrust of Wall Street . . . Really?

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 9th, 2013 6:34 AM |

When those paid to promote an organization or industry acknowledge that customers do not trust you, then you know you have a real problem.

On that note, Wall Street and, dare I say, Washington as well have real problems. Let’s navigate and work our way through some smokescreens.

The industry’s own trade organization, SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association), has recently launched an initiative designated as Our Partnership with You:

This is just one part of a series of initiatives that SIFMA will be rolling out to demonstrate our commitment to putting customers first.

Really? So quaint. Watch your wallets, folks. (more…)

‘Look Inside’ My Upcoming Book, In Bed with Wall St.

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 4th, 2013 7:21 AM |

IBWWS book jacketIs there any other reason or greater motivation than the virtue of truth for why people ultimately choose to read the material they do? I think not.

Yet all too often the truth is distorted, if not denied, by those who might benefit from seeing that it remains buried. I launched this blog almost 5 years ago in pursuit of the truth and continue to do so today.

On January 7th, I welcome elevating this pursuit of the truth to an entirely new level and a much larger platform. As most who visit here regularly are well aware, on that day my first book, In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

I am enormously proud of the endorsements the book has received from a number of individuals, including none other than a former assistant Inspector General for Investigations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, David Weber. Additionally, a recent review offered the following:

His deep digging . . . qualifies as investigative journalism, and the scandalous details he recounts are impressive. The author has clearly done his homework while thinking about a reform effort . . . An important book . . .

I recently learned that the book will be named as one of “Ten Books That Matter” by the Project on Government Oversight for its upcoming 2014 Winter Reading List.

I am understandably pleased by all these developments, but the success of this book will ultimately be determined by you the reader. In an attempt to help you gain a greater understanding and appreciation for my pursuit of the truth and “deep digging,” we can now take a ‘look inside’ the book. In doing so, readers can check out the Table of Contents, a selected number of pages from the first 3 chapters, almost all of the 140 plus referenced resources in the Notes, and the Index as well.

Look Inside: In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy

The book is available both in hard copy and on Kindle, and can be ordered via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound so that it will be delivered to you on the 7th of January.

I hope you will not only want to buy my book, but might also share this post with your family, friends, and colleagues so that they will do so as well. You can rest assured that I am not bashful in revealing details of people and situations from Wall Street to Washington lying ‘in bed’ with each other while the American public across the entire spectrum of our populace has paid and continues to pay a very heavy price.

I thank you for your support.

Larry Doyle

Please pre-order a copy of my book, In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy, that will be published by Palgrave Macmillan on January 7, 2014.

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Wall Street: A Crisis of Culture

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 2nd, 2013 10:22 AM |

Five plus years after the demise of Lehman Brothers and the onset of our ongoing economic crisis, the questions still beg as to whether Wall Street has learned the lessons needed to rebuild meaningful confidence in our markets and implemented real changes to do just that.

The Economist recently released a fabulous report addressing these very questions. For those with even a passing interest in Wall Street, this is a must read. (Props to the regular reader who brought this story to my attention.) What do we learn?

Back in 1980, just 9% of Harvard MBAs went into financial services. By 2008, the figure was up to 45%. Lured to Wall Street and the City by generous pay packages, financiers were encouraged to chase rapid earnings growth.   (more…)

Will ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks Charge for Deposits?

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 25th, 2013 9:38 AM |

$82 billion.

What does that figure represent? The subsidy (aka competitive advantage) that accrues to our major banking institutions from favorable borrowing rates given their status as ‘too big to fail.’

Those tens of billions of dollars truly represent a nice, big head start for a handful of banks, and a withering assault on the precepts of free market capitalism for the rest of us.

As if $82 billion were not enough of a subsidy, let’s not forget that these banks pay you, as a depositor, virtually zero interest for the ‘privilege’ of holding your money there. Well, that may be changing. How so? How would you like to actually pay interest to the banks in order to keep your money in their institutions? Really? No way?

Yes way.  (more…)

Judge Rakoff: Why Have No High Level Executives Been Prosecuted In Connection With The Financial Crisis?

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 14th, 2013 11:15 AM |

It is not often that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing two Sense on Cents instant classics in the course of just a few days but today I am excited to bring you another absolute MUST READ.

None other than Judge Jed Rakoff, who has heard many of the major financial suits brought over the course of the last few years, spoke the other day to the New York City Bar Association regarding the question so many in our nation still ask, “Why have no high level executives been prosecuted in connection with the financial crisis?

In what might have been a fabulous foreword to my upcoming book, Rakoff skillfully delivers what I believe is an incredibly excoriating indictment of those within the Department of Justice,the SEC, and elsewhere. (more…)

NY Fed’s Dudley Indicts Banks’ “Lack of Respect for Law, Regulation, Public Trust”

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 8th, 2013 7:33 AM |

Wow, just wow.

It is not often if ever that a major Federal Reserve governor will turn on his own banking bedmates, but we witnessed just that yesterday in an address delivered by New York Fed governor William Dudley at the Global Economic Policy Forum in New York City.

Dudley’s talk was intended to provide an outline for ending the ongoing ‘too big to fail’ reality of our major banking institutions.

Hey, wait a second. I thought Dodd-Frank ended too big to fail, didn’t it? President Obama told us so. Well, he also told us that if we liked our health care plan and our doctors and our hospitals that we could keep them . . . and we see where that got us. Back to Dudley’s talk in which he let slip a statement that should unnerve Wall Street and Washington to their very core.     (more…)

5 years After Lehman: Has Anything Really Changed?

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 10th, 2013 7:07 AM |

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For those in and around Wall Street and Washington who pretend that there has been meaningful change in the issues that brought about our crisis in 2008, I have endless archives to highlight all too much remains the same.

Rather than diving into the archives, though, let’s navigate a Bloomberg commentary that qualifies as a Sense on Cents instant classic (and would serve as a fabulous promo for my upcoming book).

The simple fact is both Wall Street and Washington remain very much the same as details within Banks Seen at Risk Five Years After Lehman Collapse attest. What is Wall street currently?  (more…)






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