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The Madoff Trial: Conflicts of Interest

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 7th, 2013 10:30 AM |

Close to 5 years after Bernie Madoff turned himself in to authorities for running the largest acknowledged Ponzi scheme on Wall Street, America still knows little as to what truly transpired within those offices in the Lipstick Building on 3rd Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

Do you find it decidedly suspicious that the government has not brought the case against assorted individuals in Madoff’s operation for close to 5 years? I do.

Recall that none other than Harry Markopolos said that it took him little more than 5 minutes to know that Madoff was running a Ponzi scam.

Has the government employed stall tactics in just now bringing this case to trial so as to protect itself and its friends on Wall Street fromg its failures to properly regulate Madoff’s operation and protect investors? How so?  (more…)

If My Aunt Had Balls, She’d Be Mary Schapiro

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 20th, 2010 7:04 PM |

“If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle!!”

I love that line. I first heard it on the trading desk at Bear Stearns in the early ’90s. For the last twenty years, I have used the line often to counter those who would bemoan an outcome with the standard, “If only . . .” My response typically generates a healthy chuckle and we then move on.

At this point, I feel comfortable amending the line from above to “If my aunt had balls, she’d be Mary Schapiro.” Too harsh, you say? I think not. How so? (more…)

How Bernie “Madoff” With $50 Billion!!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 14th, 2008 4:20 PM |

The neighborhood of Far Rockaway in Queens, NY epitomizes the essence of middle income urban life. To say that the kids from this neighborhood develop “street smarts” at a very early age is a huge understatement.

Hustlers of every strain, predominantly positive in nature, grow up early in Rockaway. The movie, “Flamingo Kid,” starring Matt Dillon is set in Rockaway Beach. From the beaches in Rockaway one could see the Twin Towers off in the distance. Dreams of fortunes and fame earned on Wall St. drove many with real ambition. Bernie Madoff was one of those boys filled with ambition. However, while ambition can be an amazingly powerful force, if left unchecked it can be fatal.

When the tide is high and the surf is pounding in Rockaway, the kids frolic and never want to come out of the water. However, when the tide goes out, the ocean can leave a few gems. Often times, though, the waves leave a mix of driftwood and waste and a very unpleasant, if not putrid, odor.

Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff

In similar fashion, in 2008 the tide on Wall St. has gone out. While there will be some gems amidst the rubble, it is also mostly a mix of driftwood and waste left upon the shore. Just as at times large fish are trapped and die as the tide recedes, this past Thursday,the unchecked ambition from one of Rockaway’s boys finally caught up with him and in so doing left the biggest “carcass” in the person of Bernard Madoff on the shore for all to observe.

How is it that this “fish” which appeared to be the marvel that created wonderment in the form of outsized financial returns for so many for so long was actually a shark that enveloped and ultimately devoured his followers? Let’s enter the world of this “shark.”

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