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Dick Fuld Unaware of Lehman’s ‘Cooking the Books’? STOP IT!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 13th, 2010 2:34 PM |

Given the global interest in this story, I am bumping it up from the original posting on 3/12/2010.  LD

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Former Lehman Bros. CEO, Dick Fuld

Reports that Lehman was effectively ‘cooking its books’ prior to its ultimate demise are not a surprise.

Reports that Dick Fuld, then CEO of Lehman, was not aware of the nature of this cooking are both ridiculous and pathetic.

The lifeblood of every financial institution on Wall Street is access to financing for its operations. That financing very often comes in the form of repurchase agreements (repo financing), in which the institution borrows funds while pledging assets. These short term loans, often overnight loans, are unwound at a preset date and preset prices. The rates borrowers have to pay for funds borrowed depend on the credit quality of the borrower itself and the quality of the assets pledged. (more…)






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