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Sharyl Attkisson: Death of Investigative Journalism

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 16th, 2014 10:31 AM |

What does it say about a nation when a highly respected investigative journalist speaks out that she is compelled to leave her place of employment because her voice and her stories are not being given air time?

I do not know about you but that tells me the money and power behind the forces at work to keep the truth from the public are only getting that much stronger. Make no mistake, that money and that power are working for interests on both ends of the political spectrum and their friends doing their bidding on both sides of the aisle.

Given her willingness to depart CBS News and speak out on this corrosive reality within our media today, I welcome immediately inducting Sharyl Attkisson into the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame. What she has to say regarding media bias may not be surprising but it should trouble to no end all who care about a free and democratic society.  (more…)

Taibbi Further Investigates Furey v SEC

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 3rd, 2013 10:11 AM |

Wouldn’t you like to have been a fly on the wall to witness what really went on  — and still goes on — within the offices of the SEC and our other financial regulators?

Oh the stories and tales of woe that one might be able to share. Every now and then, though, one does not need to worry about being a fly because details of internal intrigue make their way out of the commission.

To that end, a few weeks back both Bloomberg’s Bill Cohan and I shed light on the incredible allegations of incompetence, negligence, if not outright corruption within the SEC made by an internal whistleblower Kathleen Furey.

Over the weekend Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi provided even greater transparency on the incredible — or in light of what we have learned about the SEC, perhaps not so unbelievable — allegations made by Ms. Furey in her whistleblower complaint. Those familiar with this case may recall that Furey alleged her superiors within the SEC’s New York office maintained that they did not handle cases dealing with investment managers. Incredible? Unbelievable? Maybe not so much.

SEC Exposes Whistleblower: Inadvertent? STOP IT!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 25th, 2012 10:24 AM |

News this morning that an SEC attorney, in the midst of an investigation, blew the cover of a whistleblower might have been formerly thought of as inadvertent or unfortunate. America is no longer so naive.

The Wall Street Journal’s lead story today highlights, Source’s Cover Blown by SEC:

Federal securities regulators, in a sensitive breach, inadvertently revealed the identity of a whistleblower during a probe of a firm that ran a stock trading platform.  (more…)

Can Whistleblowers ‘Cross-Examine’ the SEC? Part II

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 10th, 2012 6:37 PM |

My commentary the other day entitled Can Whistleblowers ‘Cross-Examine’ the SEC? received a fair bit of attention and some rather interesting comments. In light of the very fluid developments within the realm of financial regulation, I strongly recommend that post.

The primary concern I raised within that commentary – and hence the title – was that a key panel at the upcoming 39th Annual Securities Regulation Institute consists solely of industry insiders. Why might that be such a concern?

Well, one of the main critiques of our financial regulatory system made by many, including Harry Markopolos, has been the revolving door between our regulators and the industry.

Why is a revolving door such a concern? Stick with me here.  (more…)

Can Whistleblowers ‘Cross-Examine’ the SEC?

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 9th, 2012 7:09 AM |

Later this month, Northwestern Law will be hosting its 39th Annual Securities Regulation Institute in Coronado, California. In light of everything that has occurred on Wall Street and in Washington, one might think this could be a lively conference as it looks to provide:

A timely analysis of recent laws and developments in the corporate and securities law fields presented by senior SEC officials and leading practitioners.

While reviewing the conference invitation, I am particularly intrigued by one workshop to be held on Friday morning, January 20th. What is this workshop? Who is involved? Why am I so intrigued? Please stick with me here as we preemptively try to connect some dots.


Matt Taibbi Presents ‘The People vs. Goldman Sachs’

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 13th, 2011 8:58 AM |

Lloyd Blankfein Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, hears from a lawyer while preparing to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on April 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The subcommittee is investigating the role of investment banks during the Wall Street financial crisis.(This is a long commentary, but if you have any interest whatsoever in Wall Street, our markets, our economy, and our national character it is a MUST READ. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi lays out in voluminous detail why I have aggressively questioned the validity of a self-regulatory model for Wall Street and whether under that construct Wall Street violated the Racketeering Act. Read it and weep. Then for our national interest, please share this with your friends and colleagues. I thank the loyal Sense on Cents supporter who brought this story to my attention. LD)

On March 2, 2010, I was invited on CNBC’s Street Signs to discuss Goldman Sachs. I pulled no punches that day in cautioning people interested in Goldman Sachs that the greatest risk with Goldman was its’ ‘reputational risk’. For those who care to view that 4 minute Media Appearance on CNBC, my specific comments about GS’ reputation come in at about the 3-minute mark.

Over the last fourteen plus months, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is higher by approximately 20% and Goldman Sachs’ stock is lower by approximately 10%.  (more…)

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