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Barclays Libor Scandal: Who’s Really to Blame?

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 10th, 2012 8:10 AM |

The London Interbank Overnight Rate, aka Libor, is the referenced benchmark rate for only some multiple hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of securities and contracts. As such, the rate is of enormous importance to the markets and global economy. I personally recall beginning almost every day as a trader on Wall Street by inquiring of an individual on the finance desk, “Where’s Libor?”

With the manipulation of this rate rocking the markets, everybody wants to know who’s to blame.  There is certainly plenty of blame to go around.

If we were to listen to Bob Diamond, former CEO of Barclays, we would be inclined to believe that the blame in that organization rested merely within a very small group of individuals. How convenient. Do you think the CEOs of other banks would also like to ring fence this issue to a small group of expendable individuals on selected trading desks? No doubt.  (more…)

Oscar Winner Charles Ferguson Rips Wall Street and Washington

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 28th, 2011 5:28 AM |

Charles Ferguson

“Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”

With those words last evening, Charles Ferguson, the winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary for his film Inside Job, did a lot more than merely begin an acceptance speech. Ferguson touched the third rail and made a political statement. But did he really? Really? Not in my opinion. Ferguson spoke the truth.

When did the mere voicing of the truth become political? Perhaps in America 2011 those who speak the truth actually stand out because we hear so little of the prized virtue. That reality is a sad commentary on our society.

I commend Ferguson. Backstage he had even more to say. (more…)






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