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The Volcker Rule: Comments and Questions

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 10th, 2013 6:02 AM |

The big news on Wall Street today is the reemergence of the Volcker Rule intended to make our banking system safer from the perils of proprietary trading activity.

The question that America will hear bandied about until it makes your head spin is “What exactly defines proprietary trading?”

My ‘sense on cents’ response is that not unlike pornography, proprietary trading might be hard to define but you know it when you see it. Let’s review and cross-examine The Wall Street Journal’s take on this newly proposed rule which attempts to accomplish the following: (more…)

Would You Buy a Used Car From Lloyd Blankfein?

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 8th, 2013 8:41 AM |

America awakes this morning with another 20 billion reasons not to trust those running our major financial institutions, our regulatory agencies, or those in Congress ultimately charged with overseeing them.

Wall Street’s merely paying of fines for activities (mortgage fraud) that by any measure would be defined as part and parcel of racketeering only serves to further erode what little trust the American public might still hold in these aforementioned entities.

Trust….what price does trust trade at? What value does it hold? Would you know it if you ‘saw’ it? (more…)

Amar Bhide Makes Case for Volcker Rule

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 20th, 2012 8:50 AM |

Why do you think former Fed chair and widely respected central banker Paul Volcker paid a visit the other day to SEC head Mary Schapiro?

I would gather that Mr. Volcker was not there merely to exchange pleasantries. No, clearly Mr. Volcker was exhorting Ms. Schapiro to withstand the pressure currently being applied by many members of the Wall Street-Washington Incest society to water down the Volcker Rule which would curtail proprietary trading on Wall Street. (more…)

Proprietary Trading Did Bring Down Wall Street

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 3rd, 2010 12:37 PM |

The Wall Street lobby in all its glory is fighting tooth and nail to defend its turf from the volley launched by former Fed Chair Paul Volcker. Recall that the newly designated Volcker Rule, if implemented, would disallow proprietary activities from those institutions taking consumer deposits. This implementation would effectively reinstitute the Glass-Steagall Act which was rescinded in 1999.

The proprietary activities most often highlighted by those in the banking community are investment and trading activity within private equity, hedge fund and prop trading desks. The banks are screaming that these activities should not and need not be separated from their overall operations because these activities did not cause our economic crisis. They would be correct on one hand, but how convenient that their definition of proprietary is not truly comprehensive. How so? (more…)

Goldman’s Easy Money Days Are Over

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 21st, 2010 11:32 AM |

If I had a nickel for the number of people who have asked me how Goldman Sachs makes money, I would have a lot of nickels.

Goldman Sachs as a company is easily vilified. America always wants a villain when times are tough. Goldman makes the most money on Wall Street so they must be the ‘baddest’ guys. Well, generally speaking people are never as good nor as bad as they may seem. Look at Tiger Woods. He fooled America for a good long time. The fact is, Goldman Sachs mastered a business model which no other Wall Street enterprise fully embraced. I am certainly not a Goldman apologist and believe they very likely took advantage of situations that drove enormous profits. I highlighted the Goldman business model last July in writing, “How Does Goldman Sachs Operate?”: >> (more…)






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