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Auction-Rate Securities UPDATE: SEC Brief May Help ARS Investors

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 26th, 2011 8:21 AM |

37 months and counting and still thousands of Americans holding untold billions of dollars in frozen auction-rate securities await the return of THEIR money.

The question of whether the injustice of all that went on in the ARS scandal might ever truly see the light of day seems to have long since been dismissed. Regrettably that fact would seem to mitigate a full understanding of the ARS mess and minimize the lessons that may otherwise have been learned by future generations. What a shame!!

Despite these realities, the fight goes on supported by the billions of reasons that may appear to be frozen in those outstanding ARS but are very much alive.

I have always maintained that the ARS market was the greatest scam ever perpetrated on Wall Street. What is new on the ARS front? (more…)

The BIG Hole in Financial Regulatory Reform

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 22nd, 2010 4:24 PM |

Why am I so skeptical that Senator Chris Dodd’s proposed Financial Regulatory Reform (for overachievers in the audience, the link connects to the 89-page proposal) will truly change behaviors on Wall Street? For the very simple reason that I have seen no highlighting of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority within the proposed Financial Regulatory Reform. Strike you as a little odd? It strikes me that the Wall Street lobby is hard at work keeping its self-regulator, that being FINRA, right where they want it.

Against this backdrop, I was pleasantly surprised to see highly regarded Barron’s columnist Jim McTague reference that the proposed reform would promote transparency and accountability of FINRA. (more…)

Billions in Municipal Losses Later…Sorry

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 25th, 2009 8:03 PM |

The municipal bond sector has always been conducive to a “pay to play” mentality. Picture a municipal executive, compensated in a high 5 figure range, making a decision on a multi-million dollar bond transaction in which Wall Street underwriters were generating millions in fees. If that scenario is not ripe for abuse, I don’t know what is. The “pay to play” game has been going on for years in municipal finance.

Well, with the launch and growth in municipal derivatives, it appears that the “games” likely continued. Wall Street firms certainly booked huge profits. Municipal executives very likely received under the table payments. Taxpayers  got screwed. (more…)

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