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FINRA Owes America Answers on These Proposals

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 22nd, 2010 1:28 PM |

FINRA can talk about transparency and integrity all it wants. We all know talk is cheap. FINRA’s board and executives need to show America how they truly define and embrace transparency and integrity. How so?

FINRA is scheduled to hold its first Annual Meeting in almost three years on August 2nd. In anticipation of that meeting, FINRA member firm Amerivet Securities has submitted seven proposals to be included in the FINRA proxy materials. The FINRA board and executives owe their member firms, and ultimately America, the opportunity to address and then receive complete answers on each of these proposals. (more…)

The All Powerful Federal Reserve: Part II

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 12th, 2009 12:19 PM |

Is the All Powerful Federal Reserve omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent? Any institution that purports to be transparent but ultimately clouds itself in a shroud of “financial intrigue” deserves serious questioning. Congressional efforts on this front regularly fall woefully short. With a few exceptions, serious media analysis of the Fed is also deficient. Fortunately, the Wall Street Journal provides a reasonable overview of recent Fed maneuvers, Fed to Keep Lid on Bond Buys. Let’s navigate the inner workings of the Fed and play devil’s advocate in the process.

The WSJ highlights:

Fed officials have become more confident recently that they have stabilized the economy and set the stage for recovery. But divisions are brewing within the Fed over whether it should do more to speed the healing, pause, or start pulling back to avoid an outbreak of inflation.

Those crosscurrents are likely to inhibit bold new strokes by the Fed at its next meeting, in contrast to earlier in the year, when a bleak outlook spurred aggressive action.

At long last, a hint of sanity on the inflation front emanates from within the hallowed halls of the kingdom of the Federal Reserve.

Please recall that when the Fed announced its increased level of aggressive quantitative easing, the 10 yr Treasury rallied 50 basis points from a 3.1% to a 2.6% in one day. That sort of move is unprecedented. The 10yr, even with the Fed’s support, has since retraced 1.2% in the last three months. Where would the 10yr Treasury be without Fed support? 4%, 4.25%, 4.5%? Who could estimate for sure? (more…)

Bank Stress Tests: Threading the Needle

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 19th, 2009 12:44 PM |

For those involved in assessing the solvency of our domestic banking system, the prospects of releasing the results of the Bank Stress Tests are frightening. How do Secretary Geithner, Fed chair Bernanke, regulators, and President Obama himself maintain credibility with the markets while simultaneously growing confidence in the public? 

As Bloomberg reports, Bank Regulators Clash Over U.S. Stress-Tests Endgame.  Secretary Geithner clearly was trying to buy time when he proposed the Bank Stress Test model. The day of reckoning will soon be upon us. The administration will release the model used on April 24 and the results on May 4th. However, there are enormous conflicts within the administration and the regulatory community as to how to release the information and how much information to release.

As Bloomberg highlights, 

The U.S. Treasury and financial regulators are clashing with each other over how to disclose results from the stress tests of 19 U.S. banks, with some officials concerned at potential damage to weaker institutions.

With a May 4 deadline approaching, there is no set plan for how much information to release, how to categorize the results or who should make the announcements, people familiar with the matter said. While the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and other regulators want few details about the assessments to be publicized, the Treasury is pushing for broader disclosure.

The disarray highlights what threatens to be a lose-lose situation for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner: If all the banks pass, the tests’ credibility will be questioned, and if some banks get failing grades and are forced to accept more government capital and oversight, they may be punished by investors and customers.

“There are plenty of ways to go wrong here,” said Wayne Abernathy, executive vice president of the American Bankers Association in Washington. “It might have sounded good at the time, but now looking back, it has far more risk than benefit.” 

What will come of this? The pressure from all corners is increasing on Geithner. Can he snatch victory from what may appear to be a lose-lose situation? Can he somehow or other get the results forestalled and maintain credibility? Can he keep the various constituencies placated? Truly, he needs to “thread the needle.”

Listen to NQR’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle this evening from 8-9 p.m. as I discuss how I think Secretary Geithner will try to thread the needle.

LD

Clowns to the Left of Me…

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 24th, 2009 12:52 PM |

I wrote earlier today about the ongoing pressure being applied on our senior financial representatives in Washington by their counterparts in China. In Congressional testimony this morning, both Secretary Geithner and Fed chair Bernanke have discounted China’s call for a new international reserve currency. 

The Obama administration is not only being pressured by China prior to the upcoming G-20. Our European allies also have a decidedly different tact on the appropriate financial maneuvers for global governments at this time. While the United States is currently promoting the need for massive fiscal stimulus on a global basis, the WSJ reports from Europe, ECB Chief Says Stimulus Not Needed

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