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The Eerie Silence Surrounding Wall Street Price Fixing

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 6th, 2012 8:48 AM |

Shhhhhhhh………

What is that eerie silence emanating from Wall Street lately? No, it’s not the quiet on the floors of the equity exchanges in the midst of anemic trading volumes. It is also not the empty echoes emanating from trading desks once bursting with activity.

The eerie silence to which I allude goes to the price fixing at the very core of how our Wall Street banks fund themselves in the overnight market. Sounds ominous, no? Let’s navigate and enter the world of Libor based funding. What is Libor? ……………….. (more…)

Wall Street’s Oligopoly Flexes Its Muscle

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 15th, 2010 12:51 PM |

Pricing power is everything.

What businessman wouldn’t like greater control and influence over the pricing of his goods and services? How are prices determined? In a capitalist system, prices are a function of the competitive forces of supply and demand. What happens when competition dwindles? Pricing power for the suppliers increases. How does competition dwindle? When barriers to entry are so high, or competitors go out of business. This economic reality is also known as an oligopoly and it defines the current state of our financial industry known as Wall Street.

Is Wall Street taking advantage of the lessened competition and flexing its muscle to drive revenue? Is the Pope Catholic? (more…)

Hedge Fund Collusion to Pound Euro?

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 3rd, 2010 12:35 PM |

Meeting industry friends and colleagues for dinner, drinks, and market talk is standard fare. In fact, I would say it is good business as it is important to develop relationships within the industry.

That said, the development of these professional relationships and the interaction amongst the professionals should never come at the expense of professional ethics and integrity. I did witness more than a handful of times individuals from different shops on both the buy-side and the sell-side of the industry push the envelope very close and sometimes over that ethical line.

Not always, but very often, the ethical shortcomings involved hedge funds. Why? The revenue model for hedge funds (typically 2% asset management fee and 20% of profits derived) serves as a huge incentive for traders at hedge funds to gain an edge and act upon it as much as possible. The fact that the hedge fund traders and managers have a direct stake and an accompanying vested interest in the profits fuels this crowd like nothing else. (more…)

The Wall Street Oligopoly Rails on Compensation Controls

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 22nd, 2009 3:48 PM |

Is there a hotter topic currently on Wall Street than compensation? I have to admit, I have a range of emotions on this issue.

I pride myself on being a proponent of free market capitalism. As such, while the government needs to be actively involved in regulating the marketplace, beyond that I would just as soon see Uncle Sam stay out of the way. One may think I would be vehemently against the Wall Street pay czar Ken Feinberg getting involved in compensation on Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal reports on the far-reaching net cast by Uncle Sam on this issue and writes, U.S. Unveils New Rules on Banker’s Pay. Rest assured, the crowd on Wall Street right now is seething. Let’s navigate.

As I think more and more on the compensation topic, I have come to the following conclusions: (more…)






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