Posted by Larry Doyle on July 14th, 2014 11:40 AM |
Running down the clock used to be a strategy employed by renowned North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith to win many a game. College basketball ultimately employed a shot clock to keep the games going.
Perhaps the Department of Justice should also have some sort of effective ‘shot clock’ imposed upon it in certain circumstances. Why so?
Just look at the announcement today (July 14, 2014) that Citigroup is paying a $7 billion fine to settle an array of egregious practices involved in transactions the firm brought from 2003 to 2008. The WSJ offers that AG Eric Holder will provide the following details: (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on April 23rd, 2012 7:28 AM |
Having been away for the weekend, I missed last night’s edition of 60 Minutes and thank a loyal reader who brought it to my attention.
How is it possible that even today an institution such as Lehman Brothers, which clearly engaged in accounting maneuvers designed to disguise its true financial position, is not pursued so real justice can be meted out?
We keep coming back to the same old question: Where were the regulators, both the SEC and FINRA? Pervasive evidence over the years continues to persist that our regulators were and are fully and totally captured as they served to protect Lehman and virtually every other major Wall Street firm. The fact that the SEC has still not chosen to pursue Lehman executives is a massive indictment of our financial regulatory system. This is not a difficult assessment to make. Enough with the sovereign immunity for the SEC and absolute immunity for FINRA. Put these institutions and appropriate individuals on trial along with the appropriate Lehman execs…and many more. The integrity of our nation is at stake.
Watch this 13 minute video and ask yourself the question, “Is our system corrupt”? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on June 29th, 2011 6:44 AM |
They must think we’re stupid.
News that Bank of America is poised to pay an $8.5 billion settlement in a claim by investors that the firm and a predecessor sold packages of loans/securities which did not meet standards and provide proper disclosures is a joke. Regrettably the joke is on us, that is, the citizens of this great land.
$8.5 billion may be a lot of money but what price warrants real justice? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on April 25th, 2011 8:55 AM |
Things could be so much worse.
Try telling that to an individual ravaged by an investment scam, sold out by financial regulators, abused by her bank, and left paying substantially more at the gas pump and checkout line.
If these travesties were not bad enough, how do you think this individual may feel about the lack of real justice meted out against those individuals and organizations which perpetrated obvious scams and abuses? How do you think this individual may vote in upcoming elections? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on December 7th, 2010 9:21 AM |
Who is willing to stand up and call out the companies, the financial regulators, and others who both enabled and embodied the practices which brought about our financial crisis?
There have been and will continue to be many well written books highlighting some of the finer points from this economic period. Will there be any books written which truly take off the gloves and call out the individuals and institutions deeply involved in the ‘Wall Street-Washington incest’ central to our economic demise? One book I plan to read seems to address this very theme. I thank a regular reader of Sense on Cents for bringing David Einhorn’s Fooling Some of the People All of the Time to my attention.
To those involved in the financial industry, Einhorn needs no introduction. To those in the general public, let me inform you that David Einhorn–more than any other individual– publicly called out Lehman Bros. as a disaster waiting to happen, and well in advance of anybody saying the same. What does Einhorn have to say now? What does he address in this book? Let’s navigate. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on September 16th, 2010 7:36 AM |
Information is everything.
Without access to information, how can we ever learn the full and true stories currently buried beneath our financial and economic landscape? Unearthing information through every means possible is a tedious — but necessary — pursuit if we are ever to learn our mistakes and failings of the past so that we can improve our economic standing in the future.
While those in Washington would maintain that they are charged with unearthing this information, there is little doubt that the American populace at large has little confidence in the rigor of that pursuit. The greatest of Jesuit principles instilled in me from my days at Holy Cross is the ‘never ending pursuit of the truth.’ That pursuit brings us today to a story which has received significant coverage here at Sense on Cents, but not nearly enough coverage elsewhere. Let’s navigate as The Wall Street Journal writes, SEC Looks to Allay Fears on FOIA Limits: (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on June 21st, 2010 2:04 PM |
America has learned all too well about the revolving door between financial regulators and financial firms along with their legal counterparts. While these revolving doors are not necessarily incestuous by themselves, the fact is the proximity of the relationships that develop has clearly led to an overall atmosphere filled with incest.
Has this incest crept into the corner offices of a high profile Washington D.C. based law firm? (more…)