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Libor Scam/Tom Hayes: Goes Much Higher Than Me

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 8th, 2013 9:04 AM |

I have long maintained that senior executives on Wall Street were very much aware of the collusive racketeering in the Libor rigging scandal. Why so? When a trader ‘makes it rain,’ that is, he is connected to a P/L that generates hundreds of millions of dollars, you better believe that the execs up the chain of command will want to know how the money is being made.

To think otherwise would display a level of naivete not found in these markets.

What evidence do we learn this morning that supports my premise that senior execs on Wall Street were aware that Libor was being manipulated? Let’s navigate as the WSJ writes about the “Rain-Man” >>>>>>>> (more…)

Libor Scandal: “Companies Do NOT Commit Fraud, People Do”

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 7th, 2013 6:19 AM |

What does it mean when news that one of the world’s largest financial firms pays a $612 million fine for behaviors that clearly smack of racketeering and nobody even blinks?

I will tell you what it means. It means that free market capitalism is losing, and cronyism in the financial system is simply becoming more deeply embedded. Do you disagree? (more…)

Libor Scandal: Bloomberg Echoes Sense on Cents Call

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 19th, 2012 1:59 PM |

I have maintained literally from the outset that the manipulation and rigging of Libor and other benchmark interest rates could not have occurred without the knowledge and blessing of senior executives within the banks.

We read today that senior executives at UBS were very much aware of the collusive practices that went on for years. The question now begs what will happen from here. Will selected executives who may have left the firm voluntarily or otherwise be allowed protective cover? Remember, justice neglected is justice denied. (more…)

Libor Scandal: “Biggest Financial Fraud of All Time”

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 13th, 2012 2:00 PM |

With news leaking that Union Bank of Switzerland is poised to pay a $1 billion fine for its involvement in the manipulation of Libor, we once again are led to the conclusion that, for those involved in running the major global financial institutions, “CRIME PAYS.”

It is insulting to those who have even an ounce of decency in their body to think that institutions such as Barclays, UBS, and certainly many more can engage in the “biggest financial fraud of all time” and simply write a check for their complicity.

The “biggest financial fraud of all time,” LD?  Yes, I have defined this price rigging racket in just such a fashion many times. Those are not merely my words today. Who else joins me and echoes those sentiments?  (more…)

Libor Scandal: This is Racketeering, Folks!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 10th, 2012 9:00 AM |

If it looks like a racket, and smells like a racket, and feels like a racket, it is probably a racket.

Those involved in the Libor scandal either directly or on the periphery certainly have little interest in this scandal being defined as a racket and thus subject to the RICO Act. Yet if we are going to have a degree of integrity in defining just what the hell goes on in our financial markets, then we had better hold the bar at the appropriate level if we ever care to root out the cronyism that is eroding our public interest.

The key point there being whether those charged with regulating our markets are truly willing and able to do just that. What is racketeering(more…)

Libor Scandal Update: More Evidence from Mid-1990s

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 21st, 2012 10:00 AM |

Headlines this morning highlight the fact that SAC’s “portfolio manager A”, aka Steven A. Cohen, is linked to the largest insider trading scandal brought to date by the US Attorney’s Office in New York.

This $276 million scandal and the fact that Stevie-boy might finally be hooked is sure to create ooh’s and aah’s across Wall Street and the nation. If proven, Cohen and other conspirators deserve what they get in terms of hard time.

Meanwhile in the adult pool little attention is paid to the fact that the “institutional” Libor manipulation scandal had bombshell developments yesterday. Let’s navigate. (more…)

Barclays Libor Scandal: Holding Regulators to Account

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 14th, 2012 11:15 AM |

Oh what a tangled web they weave.

With the Libor scandal rocking Barclays Bank and ricocheting throughout the British banking system, we now begin to see the defenses go up on this side of the pond.

Recently released reports indicate that then New York Fed President and current U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made recommendations to British authorities for reforming the process used to set Libor. Is that right?

My ‘sense on cents’ would categorize those reports and that recommendation under the heading of ‘the best defense is a good offense.’

How is it that a Barclays employee could have reported in early 2008 to the New York Fed that Libor was being manipulated, yet the rigging continued into 2009? (more…)

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