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 January 15th, 2013 9:20 AM |
If a cop were to a issue a challenge (perhaps even a threat), and an organization calls the cop’s bluff and beats him like a drum in the process, what does that say about the cop, the organization, and the activity in question? To what do I allude?
Well, let’s say for example, a criminal uses a laundromat for the purpose of facilitating his “business” but the laundromat is not held to proper account. Did the “business activity” ever really occur there? Did the cops ever fully and properly investigate and enforce their duty to uphold the law?
Not that Americans are not already fully aware of the charades being played out in the world of financial regulation and oversight but the latest iteration really takes the cake. To what do I refer? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on January 4th, 2013 11:57 AM |
Four years after the fact and America still does not know what really transpired within the Madoff scandal. Who knew what? Who did what?
Are we supposed to believe that only Bernie and a few other miscreants within his web perpetrated this scam unbeknownst to others on Wall Street and within the halls of our financial regulators? That premise would take the definition of naivete to an exceptionally elevated level.
What other entities benefited from feeding off Bernie Madoff? Well, if we needed to rely on the likes of JP Morgan, we will seemingly never learn that info and likely more. Why is that? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on September 6th, 2012 1:08 PM |
Should we even have to remind them?
Do the crowds on both sides of the political aisle think Americans are this naive? Well, actually, on that note, the pols from both sides are right. Many Americans remain exceptionally naive regarding far too many issues, financial and otherwise.
The media is clearly of little help in exposing the ugly underside of the Wall Street – Washington conspiracy. That said, many Americans are now far savvier than they were a few short years ago when it comes to appreciating the rackets being run by BOTH political parties, their cronies on Wall Street, and the puppets ensconced within too many of our regulators. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on March 5th, 2012 8:47 AM |
All too often I have heard over the last few years from investors violated by the Wall Street-Washington incestuous process and feeling totally disenfranchised as a result. Why have investors gotten trampled?
Great question and worthy of widespread debate and discussion. In an attempt to narrow our focus today, let’s zero in on the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, the organization designed to:
restoring funds to investors with assets in the hands of bankrupt and otherwise financially troubled brokerage firms. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation was not chartered by Congress to combat fraud.
From where does SIPC raise its funds in order to offer this protection to investors? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on December 1st, 2011 7:56 PM |
A lead editorial the other day in the Wall Street Journal highlighted:
“Federal Judge Jed Rakoff’s rejection Monday of a $285 million settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission is playing in some circles as a great populist victory against Wall Street. But it looks to us more like a rebuke of the cozy relationship between regulators and the regulated that too often leaves justice as an orphan.
Justice as an orphan sounds eerily similar to the fact that “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.”
Is there any greater failing in our nation than a lack of justice? I think not. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 28th, 2011 6:53 PM |
Many participants in our financial markets and political circles clearly have little interest in allowing a full exposition of facts and figures on a wide array of topics. Why let those trifling principles get in the way of maximizing profits and currying favor for political gain, right?
“That’s not how we roll” here at Sense on Cents. Truth, transparency, and integrity are ALWAYS the order of the day.
Our prized virtues may not be embraced in our nation and the world at large, but that does not mean we should or will ever forsake them. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on June 7th, 2011 6:55 AM |
Truth, transparency, and integrity.
The compromising of these virtues may be the cost of doing business in our nation but make no mistake the price we collectively pay is enormous. Whether in Washington or on Wall Street, the ability to compromise our prized virtues has truly been raised to an art form.
From derivative transactions which disguise unprecedented levels of risk to bond indentures which require advanced legal degrees to interpret, our ‘friends’ on Wall Street with assistance from ‘their’ friends in Washington have displayed little regard for the aforementioned virtues which are the foundation for real ‘sense on cents’.
More often than not,though,the violation of our virtues is viewed in an impersonal light. Wall Street and Washington are behemoths. The American public and investors at large are faceless. In my opinion, our financial services industry and government would just as soon keep it this way.
Let’s challenge them. (more…)