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Chris Whalen: True Perpetrators in Michael Lewis’ Tale of Wall Street Greed and Corruption Are Congress, SEC, FINRA, Major Exchanges

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 23rd, 2014 8:23 AM |

Today I am pleased to elevate author and investment banker Chris Whalen into the highest echelon of the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame.

Whalen distinguishes himself as he properly frames the ongoing debate surrounding the scandalous practices within high frequency trading in a recent commentary that ran at Zero Hedge entitled, In “Flash Boys” Michael Lewis Misses the Point — Deliberately.

Let’s navigate as Whalen further exposes how our public officials and regulators charged with protecting the public interest are really “in bed with Wall Street.” (more…)

HFT Exposed: Market Is Not Fair; Little Guy Loses

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 8th, 2014 8:53 AM |

Of all the questions on all the topics across all the market segments, the one that keeps being repeated by most investors — both institutional and retail alike — is the question regarding the fairness of the game.

That question and others were posed yesterday to James McCaughan who, as President of Principal Global Investors, just so happens to oversee the management of $300 billion and was interviewed by Tom Keene and Michael McKee on Bloomberg Surveillance.

Regarding market fairness in the midst of current high frequency trading practices, McCaughan does not equivocate in stating, “the market is not fair.” (more…)

My Talk at Baruch: In Bed with Wall Street

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 2nd, 2014 12:03 PM |

Baruch College eventI thank the countless number of individuals who have introduced me to various media representatives (print, radio, and TV) throughout the country to discuss my work both here at Sense on Cents and in my book In Bed with Wall Street. In the hope that even more media doors might open, I would like to link to a talk I gave earlier this week at Baruch College.

I thank the individual whom I have not met and do not know for having captured my remarks and posted them online. In my talk, I touch upon a host of topics addressed in my book including serious allegations and evidence connected to the misappropriation of funds and insider trading within Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization FINRA, abuse of whistleblowers, sham protection provided by SIPC, and much more including my proposed reforms.

Confident that more than one door to media outlets will be opened by my posting these remarks, I thank those who might share this link with friends and colleagues both inside and outside of the world of media.

Transparency remains the only true disinfectant.

Thank you.

Larry Doyle

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The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

FINRA ‘Cracks Down’ on High-Risk Brokers. What About Management?

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 22nd, 2013 6:53 AM |

I have long maintained that a self-regulatory model for monitoring Wall Street does not and will not work. To think that the brokerage industry could be properly monitored by an organization that it funds in large measure strikes me as ridiculous.

I witness further evidence of this reality in a report that some might think is an indication that this self-regulator, FINRA, is getting tough on Wall Street. If this is tough, then let me puff up the pillows for you and get you a cup of warm cocoa. Let’s navigate as The Wall Street Journal writes this morning:

Under pressure from Washington to crack down on rogue stockbrokers, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is highlighting a fast-track program it began earlier this year to go after what it calls “high-risk brokers.” (more…)

Wall Street Regulation: Different Day, Same Dog$hit

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 3rd, 2012 9:05 AM |

Despite a wealth of political bluster that Wall Street has been reformed, we awake this morning to see that very little has really changed on this front. Financial regulatory reform? Not today, folks.

The simple fact is when it comes to Wall Street regulation, investors, consumers, and the American public at large are being fed the same helping of dog$hit.

We need look no further than a meeting held just yesterday of industry executives and securities regulators to see exactly this.  (more…)

Will “Fix” Remain In at SEC After Schapiro?

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 19th, 2012 4:31 AM |

Reports circulating that Mary Schapiro will step down from her post at the SEC pending an Obama re-election are increasing. Unless Ms. Schapiro is relinquishing her throne in preemptive fashion I do not know why this story is even getting legs. It is certainly not uncommon for significant turnover within a President’s cabinet after the completion of a first term.

I sincerely hope that she is not in ill health but that concern is raised in a story in the New York Post, SEC You Later, Pal: Schapiro May Be Heading for The Exit,

Chatter surrounding Schapiro’s status at the regulatory agency has reached a crescendo in the past few days as an undisclosed medical procedure has resulted in her taking a leave of absence — set to end tomorrow.

An SEC official told The Post that Schapiro has been on medical leave since last Thursday and has been working from home as she recovers. (more…)

FINRA “Meter Maids” Top 25 Fines: “Ain’t No Party”

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 2nd, 2012 9:09 AM |

Wall Street’s self-regulator FINRA just celebrated its 5 year anniversary. Congratulations to them. Sympathies and condolences to the rest of us.

The Securities Technology Monitor highlights FINRA’s birthday with a grandiose slideshow presentation entitled, The First Five Years; FINRA’s Top 25 Enforcement Cases. While those at FINRA might be celebrating the anniversary with cookies, cupcakes, and lemonade, let’s take a more critical review of Wall Street’s industry-funded private police detail.  (more…)

The 4 Reasons Wall Street Cannot Be Trusted

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 20th, 2012 6:47 AM |

What are some of the great failures and subsequent lessons America has learned about Wall Street since the outset of our economic crisis 5 years ago?

Well, we have witnessed more failures and learned more lessons than I have space here to highlight. The failures and lessons actually go back a lot further than this crisis.

Regrettably, the industry titans running Wall Street and their crony capitalist partners lining their pockets in Washington have shown little to no inclination to address what Sense on Cents believes are the greatest failures and lessons.

Dodd-Frank? Nope, that doesn’t do it. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, perhaps? Nope, not there either. See, the fix is still in on Wall Street and far too many in America are not aware of the regulatory sting being perpetrated on investors each and every day.  (more…)

Attention: All Investment Advisers and Investors…

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 3rd, 2012 7:29 AM |

The financial regulatory landscape is poised to change and, as far as I am concerned, not necessarily for the better.

Will you be merely a spectator or do you care to participate in the legislative process that WILL impact most of you? Are you an investment adviser? Are you an investor with funds managed by an investment adviser?

If you fall into either of those camps, I exhort you to get involved. I encourage you to become part of the process and the solution and not merely a bystander. How so? Let’s navigate.  (more…)

Did Mary Schapiro Engage in a Fraud?

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 3rd, 2012 10:22 AM |

Will we learn in 2012 if Mary Schapiro, current chair of the SEC, and other then senior executives at the Wall Street self-regulatory organization, FINRA, engaged in a fraud?

The case addressing this question, Standard Chartered v FINRA, has been appealed to the highest court in our land.

As such, one might think that most Americans would care to learn if our nation’s top financial regulator did, in fact, engage in a fraud which had a monetary value of between $175-$350 MILLION plus. That’s right, $175-350 million plus!! Not exactly chicken feed.

Why hasn’t this case received more attention?  (more…)






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