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‘Look Inside’ My Upcoming Book, In Bed with Wall St.

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 4th, 2013 7:21 AM |

IBWWS book jacketIs there any other reason or greater motivation than the virtue of truth for why people ultimately choose to read the material they do? I think not.

Yet all too often the truth is distorted, if not denied, by those who might benefit from seeing that it remains buried. I launched this blog almost 5 years ago in pursuit of the truth and continue to do so today.

On January 7th, I welcome elevating this pursuit of the truth to an entirely new level and a much larger platform. As most who visit here regularly are well aware, on that day my first book, In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

I am enormously proud of the endorsements the book has received from a number of individuals, including none other than a former assistant Inspector General for Investigations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, David Weber. Additionally, a recent review offered the following:

His deep digging . . . qualifies as investigative journalism, and the scandalous details he recounts are impressive. The author has clearly done his homework while thinking about a reform effort . . . An important book . . .

I recently learned that the book will be named as one of “Ten Books That Matter” by the Project on Government Oversight for its upcoming 2014 Winter Reading List.

I am understandably pleased by all these developments, but the success of this book will ultimately be determined by you the reader. In an attempt to help you gain a greater understanding and appreciation for my pursuit of the truth and “deep digging,” we can now take a ‘look inside’ the book. In doing so, readers can check out the Table of Contents, a selected number of pages from the first 3 chapters, almost all of the 140 plus referenced resources in the Notes, and the Index as well.

Look Inside: In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy

The book is available both in hard copy and on Kindle, and can be ordered via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound so that it will be delivered to you on the 7th of January.

I hope you will not only want to buy my book, but might also share this post with your family, friends, and colleagues so that they will do so as well. You can rest assured that I am not bashful in revealing details of people and situations from Wall Street to Washington lying ‘in bed’ with each other while the American public across the entire spectrum of our populace has paid and continues to pay a very heavy price.

I thank you for your support.

Larry Doyle

Please pre-order a copy of my book, In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy, that will be published by Palgrave Macmillan on January 7, 2014.

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Where and When Did Wall Street Go Wrong?

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 23rd, 2011 8:32 AM |

You do not need to read Sense on Cents to know that Wall Street and America have problems. That said, the future of both the financial services industry and our nation are inextricably linked.

The innovative ideas which our nation must generate to drive future growth and employment require capital. Wall Street has that capital. In my opinion, Wall Street needs to seriously refine the use of its capital for its own benefit and that of our nation.

Can Wall Street adapt? Does Wall Street understand the errors of its ways? When might some real leaders on Wall Street call out for the industry to clean up its act? These questions can only be properly addressed in the future if there is an acknowledgment and understanding of where and when did Wall Street go wrong in the past. Let’s navigate.

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UPDATE: Did Wall Street Violate the Racketeering Act?

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 4th, 2011 11:50 AM |

A month ago I questioned whether there was sufficient evidence of abusive and fraudulent practices in the mortgage business on Wall Street (underwriting, servicing, securitizations, etc) to make a case that the industry as a whole violated the Racketeering Act? I would not expect that our ‘leaders’ in Washington would ever think about making that case; that said, I think there is plenty of reason to believe that a very real case could be made.

What will we likely see? Perhaps a number of individual cases. We witness just such a situation today with news that the Department of Justice yesterday filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank for lying about the quality of loans made by a mortgage subsidiary of the German bank. (more…)

Auction Rate Comments Reflect Real Pain

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 21st, 2011 8:05 AM |

Today’s commentary is a little lengthy but is very personal. I hope you will take the few extra minutes to read it and share it with friends, family, and colleagues. Thanks. LD

Each and every day I think of what I can write that will truly help people further understand the dynamics at work in our global economy. In the course of my writing I am often drawn to specifically help those who have been defrauded or abused by the system that operates on Wall Street and in Washington.

I derive tremendous personal satisfaction in providing an outlet and a sympathetic ear to those who feel that few if any people are in their corner. No group of investors and individuals deserves greater sympathy and a stronger voice than our fellow American citizens so badly mistreated in the entanglement of auction-rate securities.

While many within our nation and the markets today may care to focus on recent earnings reports, a rebounding equity market, or the upcoming long weekend, let us remember that there are thousands in this country who still experience real pain from the ARS scandal. Is it easier to forget about them? If you care.

I choose to reach out to them again and spread their stories of real pain and anguish. Why? (more…)

Sense on Cents Calls for Independent Investigation of FINRA

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 27th, 2010 4:51 PM |

PLEASE READ and ENDORSE THIS CALL for an INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION. PLEASE SHARE. Thanks!! LD

I have publicly stated time and again that I believe the Wall Street self-regulatory organization, FINRA, did sit and likely still sits at the nexus of the Wall Street-Washington incest that has brought our nation’s economy to its knees.

Regrettably, we have had no Congressional inquiries into the failures at FINRA. Dare I say, we have had no public pressure from the media to drive a Congressional inquiry.

I am tremendously sickened by Congress not working for America’s citizens interests by investigating FINRA. Please recall that FINRA not only failed to protect investors, but there are strong allegations that FINRA itself participated in some of the greatest frauds on Wall Street via its own internal investment portfolio. Which frauds?

We know they dumped $647 million auction-rate securities in mid-2007 and likely front ran the ARS market while doing it. I unearthed the fact that FINRA owned these ARS in January 2009 when reading FINRA’s 2007 Annual Report. Meanwhile, $150 BILLION held by thousands of investors remains in frozen ARS investments.

There is an outstanding allegation that FINRA invested its own funds in Bernie Madoff. We know they failed to properly regulate and monitor Lehman, Bear Stears, and Merrill Lynch. How much more should Congress need to know?

FINRA needs to be introduced to the American public and investigated by Congress. FINRA has not even received direct focus or attention in Senator Dodd’s proposed Financial Regulatory Reform.

We can sit idly by and allow Wall Street and Congress to dictate to us or we can do something. I choose the latter. I want this post and this site to be the lightning rod to bring attention to how Wall Street’s self-regulation, embodied in FINRA, drove our economy into the ditch.

Please add your support by leaving a comment endorsing this investigation. I intend to keep a focus on this topic until FINRA’s failures are fully exposed and people are held to account. Get your friends and colleagues to do the same. If we can create a groundswell of support, I feel confident I can get some selected media friends to pick this up. From there, I welcome leading this march to Washington.

The American public and American investors deserve nothing else.

Any questions. Please do not hesitate to ask here or write me at senseoncents@aol.com.

Who’s with me?

FINRA must be independently investigated. America needs to learn how the Wall Street cop was not only asleep, but also in bed with the financial industry as Wall Street brought America to the brink of disaster.

LD

Wall Street Scams Main Street: SIPC Investor Insurance for $150 Premium

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 2nd, 2009 12:25 PM |

Of all the insults, and all the fraud, and all the arrogance that has emanated from Wall Street over the last few years, there is no doubt that one of the greatest unknown travesties perpetrated on the American public is the insurance purchased by Wall Street firms to protect investor interests.  How so?

For those listening to my interview with noted attorney Helen Davis Chaitman of Phillips Nizer last evening, you would have heard how the Securities Investor Protection Corporation funds itself. Who exactly is SIPC? From SIPC’s website we learn:

When a brokerage firm is closed due to bankruptcy or other financial difficulties and customer assets are missing, SIPC steps in as quickly as possible and, within certain limits, works to return customers’ cash, stock and other securities. Without SIPC, investors at financially troubled brokerage firms might lose their securities or money forever or wait for years while their assets are tied up in court.

Although not every investor is protected by SIPC, no fewer than 99 percent of persons who are eligible get their investments back from SIPC. From its creation by Congress in 1970 through December 2008, SIPC advanced $520 million in order to make possible the recovery of $160 billion in assets for an estimated 761,000 investors.

Thus we learn SIPC is an insurance fund launched in 1970 to protect investor interests. Sounds like a good idea.

Ms. Chaitman informed us that SIPC has reserves of $1.7 billion dollars. Is that good, bad, or indifferent? Well, for an industry with trillions in exposure, reserves of $1.7 billion seem rather light. (more…)






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