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FBI Investigation of Wall Street HFT But “‘Big Boys’ Always Seem to Get Away with Murder”

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 1st, 2014 10:18 AM |

News late yesterday that the FBI is investigating high frequency trading operations for potential securities violations including insider trading sent a shock wave through the industry.

As well it should.

All too much evidence from respected industry insiders over the last five years has painted a picture of massive front running via HFT disguised as providing liquidity. Front running and collusion are supposed to be illegal practices.

To think that these conspiratorial behaviors are the work of a few rogue traders or computer programmers is ludicrous. Yet I remain very suspect that we will be fed a diet of just such nonsense as an indication that the Feds are going to clean up this practice.

Why am I so suspect? A number of reasons, including:  Read the rest »


Michael Lewis on HFT: “It’s All A Scam”; Here’s the Cause and Effect

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 30th, 2014 8:42 PM |

Major props to renowned writer Michael Lewis for using his enormous platform to direct light on the scam that has come to define our equity markets under the construct of high frequency trading.

As Lewis states, the scam is not only restricted to HFT activity but rather the market as a whole has become a scam. Powerful words and worth the minute to listen to the video clip below.

But let’s go deeper than that. Read the rest »


Wall St ‘Too Big to Fail’ Subsidy: You Pay, They Play

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 27th, 2014 9:19 AM |

In the midst of your morning routine, you can probably lay out a number of situations in which you reach into your pocket to pay people or vendors for services/products provided. I would imagine that many reading this blog pay for a daily coffee and newspaper, perhaps a periodic shoe shine, a highway toll, or train and bus fare.

In addition to these fees, how do you feel about reaching into your pocket on a daily basis to pay a surcharge to support banking institutions on Wall Street that are deemed ‘too big to fail?’ How does that feel? Not very good, does it? I did not think so.

Yet, make no mistake, that daily banking toll you pay, and the subsidy the banks receive, are very much a reality in America circa 2014. Read the rest »


Taking Stock on Bloomberg: Expose the Corruption

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 26th, 2014 6:54 AM |

I thank Bill Cohan, Carol Massar, and those at Bloomberg for having me on the show Taking Stock yesterday afternoon to address my take on the recent guilty verdict handed down in the Madoff employees case, corruption within the financial-political-regulatory system, and recent developments within the executive offices at JP Morgan.

Those who have read my book In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy will understand exactly what I mean when I say in this 5-minute interview that we need to “expose the corruption.”

For those who have not yet read the book — I hope you will — but would like to know more specifically what I am referring to when I make the statement that we need to “expose the corruption,” I am speaking of the following all of which is voluminously detailed in the book: Read the rest »


Madoff Verdict Further Indicts JPM, SEC and FINRA

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 25th, 2014 7:00 AM |

If the guilty verdict rendered yesterday in the trial of Madoff employees qualifies as full and fair justice in our nation, then we need to rethink our justice system.

Now, do not get me wrong. I do not have any sympathy for the sorry looking lot of defendants found guilty yesterday. In my opinion, they deserve what they get and were likely integral in aiding and abetting the massive fraud perpetrated by the swindler Bernard Madoff.

Are we to think, though, that the decades long scam perpetrated by Bernie and his rag tag team began and ended strictly inside his offices?

Folks, let’s not be so naive. Read the rest »


AG Holder Owes America Answers on Mortgage Fraud

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 18th, 2014 4:34 AM |

Are you sick of being lied to?

Seriously.

At what point do we as a nation say ENOUGH to the lies and scandalous practices within and around Washington?

I am referring to the lies — and yes, they are lies — that were put forth by the Attorney General’s office in the investigation of mortgage fraud. If you do not think Eric Holder, Lanny Breuer, and others intentionally misrepresented — er, lied — regarding the efforts of the DOJ to the American public, I beg to differ. Read the rest »


A Great Day for The Irish: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 17th, 2014 7:28 AM |

It seems only fitting that, with a surname like Doyle, on the 17th of March I should take a break from the daily navigation of the economic landscape, show off my ancestors’ breastplate, and spread a wee bit of Irish hopefulness to all who come here. On that note, I welcome sharing this Irish blessing:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

With best wishes and Godspeed, I also hope people might take just a few minutes to enjoy this Irish classic:

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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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.


Rolling Stone Interview: Bill Gates Is Clueless on US Government Corruption

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 16th, 2014 6:33 AM |

Bill Gates did not become one of the wealthiest individuals in the world by accident. Gates is a visionary, exceedingly charitable, and clearly ‘scary smart’.

All this said, Gates is neither perfect nor infallible. In fact, on some of the most critically important topics of the day, I think he is downright clueless. Let’s navigate.

I thank the readers who shared a recent interview Gates had with Rolling Stone in which there was the following ‘must read’ brief exchange:  Read the rest »


Congress: Telemarketing Central USA

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 15th, 2014 7:05 AM |

Do you get annoyed by telemarketing calls coming into your home at all hours? Imagine, instead of a pitchman for just another product you would never need, that the individual on the other end of the line is your US Congressman. Ridiculous? Think again.

Have we sunk so low that our elected officials now spend endless hours literally ‘dialing for dollars’? Indeed they do.

Represent.Us, a grassroots organization you will hear a lot more of in the coming years, highlights a brief 3-minute clip so we can watch and learn as Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School and highly acclaimed political activist, spoke on just such a topic with Bill Moyers:

Larry Doyle

Please order a hard copy or Kindle version 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 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.


DOJ Lies, Lies, and Damn Lies re: Mortgage Fraud

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 14th, 2014 9:21 AM |

When people knowingly misrepresent critically important information to you and do so on a repeated basis, why would you ever trust them?

Human nature being what it is, you would not.

That is exactly the quandary the Department of Justice finds itself in currently. How so? Let’s navigate and review a recently released report from none other than the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Justice which outlines how the DOJ repeatedly delivered grossly exaggerated information to the American public regarding mortgage fraud investigations.   Read the rest »


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