Posted by Larry Doyle on December 11th, 2010 2:44 PM |
Bernie Madoff may currently be housed in the Butner Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina but with news this morning that his son Mark took his own life is there really any doubt that Bernie ‘killed’ his own son? I think not.
I feel sorry for the Madoff family and all those impacted by Mark Madoff’s suicide. Although I believe Bernie is evil incarnate, my faith principles hold that every life is precious. The loss of life–especially a relatively young life–is truly tragic. The taking of one’s own life strikes me as the most tragic. Why do I feel that?
Anybody impacted by death knows that the healing process requires closure. With suicide, there never truly is real closure.
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NoQuarter Radio’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle Interviews Head of Bernard Madoff Victims Coalition, Sunday Night at 8PM
Posted by Larry Doyle on August 15th, 2009 5:04 PM |
UPDATE: The show has concluded, but you can listen to a recording in its entirety by clicking the Play button on the audio player below. Once the playback has started, you can forward or rewind to any portion of the show by clicking at any point along the play bar. My interview with Ronnie Sue Ambrosino was extremely interesting, touching upon elements of investor protection that concern us all. For your reference, I’d like to provide two important websites that my guest mentioned: Bernie Madoff Victims Coalition and an online petition to show a unified support for investors to receive fair and legal treatment by the Securities Investor Protection Corp (SIPC).
Has our government ever failed us to the extent involved in the regulatory oversight connected to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme? How could these failures have perpetuated for such an extended period? How are these failures and their impact on the victims being handled? Is insult being added to injury?
Can the victims possibly receive real justice in terms of restitution and retribution? Where did the system falter? How are the victims of this travesty being treated by the powers that be on Wall Street, Washington, and in the media?
I am thrilled to address all these issues on my weekly program, No Quarter Radio’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle, this Sunday evening August 16th from 8-9pm as I welcome Ronnie Sue Ambrosino, head of the Bernard Madoff Victims Coalition.
As a sneak preview, Ms. Ambrosino was interviewed by Charlie Rose on June 29th, the day Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison. Ms. Ambrosino appears in the video clip at the 3 minute, 5 second mark.
The issues I will address with Ms. Ambrosino run well beyond the immediate concerns of the Madoff victims. The integrity and transparency of our financial regulatory system and legal process remain very much in question.
Don’t miss this important discussion Sunday evening on NQR’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle.
Posted by Larry Doyle on August 11th, 2009 4:55 PM |
What good is insurance if after the storm you do not get paid? What good is insurance if the premiums charged are so badly mispriced that they misrepresent and do not cover the embedded risks? Welcome to the world of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
Is SIPC a mere facade presented by the Wall Street titans?
Let’s get the take of those who recently relied upon SIPC to fulfill its obligations. To whom do I refer? The victims of the Madoff scam.
If these investors were not protected, then how are we to believe that other investors will be protected on a going forward basis?
Why do I make that statement? None other than current head of the SEC Mary Schapiro addressed this topic in recent Congressional testimony. In a press release put out by Madoff victims, Schapiro admitted that SIPC did not have sufficient funds to pay all of the Madoff claims.
Who funds SIPC? The Wall Street banks. Yes, those banks that have been printing massive revenues and believe that they are back to ‘business as usual.’ Why aren’t the premiums immediately increased on these institutions to properly compensate Madoff victims?
To the extent that certain Madoff investors were aware of the Ponzi scam, obviously they should not receive restitution. I have to believe that number is in the distinct minority.
Given the general lack of confidence in our financial regulators,(the SEC and FINRA) would Congress have the heart and courage to take on the financial behemoths on Wall Street in an attempt to protect the investing public?
These questions and issues lie at the core of badly needed financial regulatory reform. Yes, that reform which seems to be on the back burner now that the markets have rebounded and Wall Street is printing money once again.
Make no mistake, though, that pot is still boiling and these questions need to be fully addressed and answered to the public’s satisfaction.
For a deeper understanding of these questions from the perspectives of the victims of the Madoff scam, please read this recent press release from the Bernard Madoff Victims Coalition. Click on the image below to access a PDF of the full 2-page press release. Let me know what you think.