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Sense on Cents Supports HR 757

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 31st, 2012 6:05 AM |

Earlier this year I came out in support of HR 757, legislation drafted and proposed by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), to address the sham perpetrated by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) upon innocent investors. As I wrote in support of HR 757 then,

Why are we discussing SIPC today? Recall that post Bernie Madoff, the SIPC fund was depleted. Recall also that for approximately 13 years those paying into SIPC were charged an annual premium of $150 in order to put the SIPC stamp of protection on their brokerage statements.

Did you just spill your coffee and think I must have mistyped that figure. I didn’t. I highlighted that ridiculous figure in November 2009.

$150 annual premium paid by each and every Wall Street brokerage house to put a stamp of investor protection on their statements. What type of insurance do you purchase for a $150 annual premium? Seriously.  (more…)

Madoff Investors Suing SIPC

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 24th, 2010 2:39 PM |

You can rest assured that the powers that be on Wall Street would just as soon have the Madoff saga over. The Madoff scam perpetrated on investors is an ugly reminder of the non-existent financial regulatory system during the better part of the last twenty years.

I also believe many in Washington also might like to see the Madoff saga quietly pass by. The failures of the SEC, FINRA, and SIPC in this greatest of scams are an ugly reminder of the Wall Street-Washington incest.

Well, while many of the incestuous partners would like to turn the page, there remains a lot of filth that still needs to be cleaned up and a lot of individuals and institutions that need to be held to account. (more…)

Kanjorski and Ackerman Undress the SEC and SIPC

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 15th, 2009 2:47 PM |

Having written about the massive regulatory failures on Wall Street for the better part of 2009, I am heartened by the House Finance Sub-Committee on Capital Markets hearing last week. The bell that tolled in this hearing deserves to ring loud, long, and clear across our great land. The regulatory and insurance failures on Wall Street deserve to be exposed far beyond Sense on Cents.

Rackets operate best in the dark. Well, let’s get that flashlight out again!

For those unaware, SIPC (the Securities Investor Protection Corporation) is an insurance fund in which member firms pay premiums to cover losses. From SIPC’s own website, we learn:

What SIPC Covers . . . What it Does Not

The cash and securities – such as stocks and bonds – held by a customer at a financially troubled brokerage firm are protected by SIPC.

Among the investments that are ineligible for SIPC protection are commodity futures contracts and currency, as well as investment contracts (such as limited partnerships) and fixed annuity contracts that are not registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933.

It is important to recognize that SIPC does not work the same way as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in terms of blanket protection of losses.

For this insurance coverage, SIPC charged its member firms an annual premium of $150 from 1996 until April 2009. That is no joke. Wall Street firms paid a token $150 a year to promote the idea that your investments were protected. While SIPC did have a $1 billion reserve fund, that was woefully insufficient to cover the losses incurred in the Madoff scam. Make no mistake, though, the SIPC annual premium of $150 should also be looked upon as a scam.

Think of it. Individuals pay far more for auto insurance than Goldman Sachs paid for investor insurance for over 12 years.

Are you getting increasingly pissed off? America should be extremely pissed off. The SIPC coverage has been a critical part of the Wall Street racket. (more…)

Will Wall Street Banks be Compelled to Compensate Madoff Investors?

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 15th, 2009 11:46 AM |

Will Congress hit the Wall Street banks with a one-time assessment in order to compensate Madoff investors? Why might that happen? Very simply because SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation) was woefully underfunded given the fact that SIPC member-firms, including all the large Wall Street banks, paid a token $150 (yes, that is not a misprint, a token $150) annual premium from 1996 until April 2009 for SIPC coverage.

Each and every investor in America should be livid at the insurance scam perpetrated by SIPC and its member firms, but especially by the largest firms taking the greatest risks!

I will address this insurance scam in a post later today, but for now I want to highlight an engagement between Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) and Stephen Harbeck, the head of SIPC that occurred last week during a hearing on securities investor protection reform.

This interaction should have received massive coverage by the mainstream media. Regrettably, but not surprisingly, it did not. Why? If it received the appropriate coverage, it would shine a laser beam on the incestuous nature of the relationship between Wall Street firms and its regulators (SEC and FINRA) and insurer (SIPC).

From the transcript of the hearing last week: (more…)

Helen Davis Chaitman Provides Congress with Sense on Cents

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 15th, 2009 6:53 AM |

Helen Davis Chaitman, esteemed and distinguished attorney with Phillips Nizer in New York City, was my guest on No Quarter Radio’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle on November 5th. We addressed the gross inequity embedded in the business practices of SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation). How gross? What inequity? The fact that SIPC member firms (i.e. every broker dealer and bank on Wall Street) paid a “whopping” $150 annual assessment from 1996-2009 in order to promote and accord protection for their investors.

$150 per year for Goldman Sachs? JP Morgan? Bank of America? Yes, for 13 years SIPC member firms paid annual assessments of only $150. Of all the travesties on Wall Street, this SIPC joke may be the biggest of them all.

Ms. Chaitman, who has worked diligently on behalf of the Madoff Coalition for Investor Protection on a pro bono basis, provided riveting details and dialogue during my interview. This past Wednesday, Ms. Chaitman did the same for the House Finance Sub-Committee on Capital markets chaired by Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA).

I strongly exhort people to realize that the Madoff scam is not merely a fraud strictly impacting Madoff investors. The failure of our financial regulators, the financial regulatory system, and SIPC impacts us all. The regulators, the regulatory system, and SIPC have failed all investors. Why? How?

The lack of confidence in our markets on behalf of investors remains pervasive. Helen Davis Chaitman provides a tremendous public service in highlighting the aformentioned failures. I encourage readers here at Sense on Cents to watch this 9-minute video clip of Ms. Chaitman’s testimony. She speaks for all of us.

LD






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