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The Cost of Doing Business

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 28th, 2010 7:15 AM |

It takes money to make money.

Simple business principle, correct? A basic, fundamental business tenet, right?

Well if the money it ‘takes’ is used to pay inordinate fines and penalties resulting from management’s willingness to jeopardize reputation and principle in pursuit of profit, what does that say about the business enterprise itself?

Will the $550 million fine recently imposed on Goldman Sachs fundamentally change the manner in which Goldman engages clients and operates its business? I have chuckled more than a few times upon reading that Goldman’s mortgage employees involved in the structuring, trading, and sales of the securities at the center of this entire debacle will have to undergo continuing education type classes. These classes are truly nothing more than a ‘check the box’ perfunctory exercise. Honestly, I would love to be a fly on the wall during these classes as I am sure some of the material covered and accompanying discussions would provide real comedic fodder. (more…)

After Goldman, Who’s Next in the SEC’s Scope?

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 22nd, 2010 1:15 PM |

One would think the SEC’s settlement with Goldman Sachs was just the break we needed in the logjam to finally get some real truth and transparency into Wall Street business practices. Recall that the Goldman CDO Abacus represented a mere .2 of the total CDO market from 2006-2008.

There must be many more fish in that tank just waiting to get caught by the SEC. American taxpayers deserve nothing less than a full and total accounting and adjudication of the travesty and transgressions embedded in a number of structured transactions on Wall Street. Will we receive that accounting? Is the SEC sending a strong message to those on Wall Street that ‘there’s a new sheriff in town?’  Or is the SEC placating the American public, applying a sizable slap on the wrist to Goldman, and giving Wall Street a wink and a nod indicating that it is ‘business as usual?’ Let’s navigate. (more…)

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