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Book Review: Is Wall Street Rigged? “Michael Lewis Is Just Scratching The Surface”

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 14th, 2014 6:40 PM |

ValueWalkI appreciate anybody who takes the time and makes the effort to read and review my book, In Bed with Wall Street.

That said, I deeply appreciate those who in reading my book really seem to “get it” and are then willing to lay it on the line in “delivering it” in their review. On that note, Mark Melin of ValueWalk goes to the front of  the class.

Melin dives deeply into the material. I give him credit for reaching out to Wall Street’s self-regulator FINRA to get their take on some of my hard hitting charges detailed in the book. In regard to my long held assertion that FINRA engaged in insider trading in its liquidation of ~$650 million of auction-rate securities, a FINRA spokesperson commented to Melin:  (more…)

ARS Update: Investors Still Getting Screwed

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 18th, 2013 7:59 AM |

I am long overdue to address the ongoing — as in 5+ years — nightmare that defines the world of auction-rate securities, aka Wall Street’s greatest scam.

“You mean this is still going on”  is a common refrain I have heard from a variety of media representatives, lawyers, investors, and even regulators.

Yes, indeed, the ARS nightmare continues with seemingly little evidence of meaningful support provided to those ARS investors still left standing in the cold wondering whatever happened to the concept of investor protection embedded in the securities reform legislation passed back in the 1930s.

We know that FINRA liquidated its own ARS holdings — all $650 million of them — back in 2007. If not for that fortuitous (??) stroke of luck (??), perhaps the regulator would also be waiting in line wondering if and when it might get its money back.

To check in on how the supposedly venerable firm of Goldman Sachs is partaking in the ongoing screwing of ARS clients, I thank a regular visitor to these parts who shared a commentary. (more…)

Auction-Rate Securities and Municipal Market Dislocation

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 13th, 2011 9:39 PM |


The demise of the $330 billion auction-rate securities market may have culminated in February 2008 but the impact of that reality continues to be felt today. How so?

Large segments of the ARS market provided financing for a wide array of municipal entities. How did those municipal entities receive financing when the ARS market froze? Reports indicate that bank letters of credit (LOCs) provided ongoing financing for many municipal borrowers. Now what?

As those LOCs are rolling off, banks are extremely reluctant to roll them forward and impending default is staring many of these municipal borrowers right in the face. The capital markets are not anxious to provide liquidity and banks are equally reluctant. Thus while the Federal Reserve throws support behind many market segments, the municipal market has retraced back to levels last seen in early 2009. (more…)

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