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Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Deja Vu?: Part II

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 8th, 2010 11:51 AM |

On Christmas Eve 2009, the Obama administration provided a blank check to the wards of the state known as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. (“Fannie and Freddie’s Huge Christmas Bonus”)

What other quasi-government institutions have a very similar business profile as Freddie and Fannie? The Federal Home Loan Bank system, acronym FHLBs, commonly referred to within the financial industry as FLUBs. I will reserve comment on that moniker. Ten months ago, I questioned whether the dynamics at work within the FHLB system would be the equivalent of what has transpired at Freddie and Fannie. I wrote “Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Deja Vu?” and highlighted:

Can our economy absorb another financial hit of the magnitude of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae? (more…)

SEC Oversight of Lehman, or Ignorance is Not Bliss

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 1st, 2010 9:42 AM |

Ignorance is never an excuse. Whether in regard to law enforcement, financial regulation, or other forms of supervisory oversight, ignorance may be the reality . . . but we can never allow it to be used as an excuse. Regrettably, ignorance (if not worse) was clearly on rampant display as the SEC (and in my opinion, FINRA as well) failed America miserably in its oversight of Lehman Brothers.

One of my favorite financial journalists, Bloomberg’s Jonathan Weil, highlights the pathetic performance of the SEC regulators who were charged with overseeing one of the firms that catapulted our economy off a cliff. Weil writes, Wall Street’s Repo 105 Cops Wake Up From Dead:

The good news this week from the Securities and Exchange Commission is that it’s on the hunt for companies that have used Lehman-style accounting tricks to make themselves look less leveraged than they really are. Now for the downside: The headline-chasing agency is way too late, as usual. (more…)

IASB at Odds with FASB on ‘Extend and Pretend’

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 5th, 2009 3:15 PM |

Extend and pretend!!

What is that? In large measure, accounting practices for financial institutions in the United States promote practices which ‘extend’ the terms of the loan or asset while ‘pretending’ as to the real value of that loan or asset.

Regardless of what one thinks about the integrity of these business and accounting practices, the fact of the matter is they are prevalent in our financial industry today.

As I referenced in writing about the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) yesterday, I believe this board felt emasculated in having the relaxation of the fair value mark-to-market rammed down its throat by Wall Street and Congress.

There is another accounting board which has a decidedly different take on the accounting of financial assets. Who might that be? Let me introduce you to the International Accounting Standards Board, otherwise known as the IASB. (more…)






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