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Jon Corzine v Edith O’ Brien: Let’s Rumble

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 18th, 2012 11:41 AM |

Some of the largest financial debacles of our lifetime revolved around individuals who were able to effectively arbitrage, that is knowingly manipulate, their back office operations.

I refer specifically to the financial follies surrounding Joe Jett and Kidder Peabody in the early 1990s, Nick Leeson and Barings in 1995, and Yasuo Hamanaka and Sumitomo in the copper scandal of the mid 1990s.

I would maintain that due to a shortage of quality collateral in our financial system, it is highly likely that over the course of the last few years many of our large financial firms have knowingly manipulated their back offices and accounting operations. (more…)

Goldman’s Hatzius v Morgan’s Kasman: “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble”

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 30th, 2009 11:20 AM |

I love a good debate. Much like a prize fight, a healthy debate can ebb and flow as those ‘in the ring’ bob and weave while trying to score points. I so enjoyed a debate highlighted by The Wall Street Journal between the chief economists from Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan that I highlighted it in the Newsworthy section of Sense on Cents. For those who don’t visit that section of my site, I am compelled to replay this debate here.

In the inimitable words of Michael Buffer, “let’s get ready to rumble” as Goldman, J.P. Morgan Economists Debate Shape of Recovery:

The recession might be over, but how goes the recovery?

We posed that question to two prominent Wall Street economists with two very different views of 2010. Bruce Kasman, chief economist at J.P. Morgan, sees the U.S. growing at about a 3.5% pace for most of next year. That appears optimistic compared to Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, who sees gross domestic product growth of 2% or so at the start of the year tapering off to just 1.5% by year-end.

The following is an edited transcript of their remarks during a recent conference call with The Wall Street Journal.

Looking ahead to 2010, what kind of recovery do you see? (more…)

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