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Making Sense on Cents in 2010

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 31st, 2009 9:58 AM |

What can Americans do to make more “sense on cents” in 2010?

With the divide between Wall Street and Main Street never wider and only widening further, how can Americans collectively make their voices heard?

I will provide a few simple pieces of advice:

1. Send a message to both Wall Street and Washington supporting the lawsuits currently outstanding against Wall Street’s self-regulator FINRA. These lawsuits would go a long way in exposing the incestuous relationship between the Wall Street banks and the Washington establishment.

To facilitate this undertaking, I recommend readers forward “Mary Schapiro Owes America Some Answers” to their elected representatives, friends, family, and colleagues.

2. Hat tip to a Sense on Cents reader for providing a link to a great idea promoted by Arianna Huffington called Move Your Money. The website provides guidance as to the strongest community banks by zip code.¬†Very simply, this idea encourages people to move their money from the large Wall Street banks, which are wedded to Washington, into small community banks. I put this idea in the camp of “money talks, bull%$#@ walks.”

I encourage readers to make sure they stay within the FDIC-insured limits when making deposits in any bank. In the spirit of the season, the following video provides an inspiring look at the idea to “Move Your Money.”

Together we can make a difference.

LD

Wall Street’s Greatest Fraud

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 20th, 2009 9:07 AM |

Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has to be the greatest fraud of all time, right? Allen Stanford is likely a distant second, correct?

Well, actually, no. Madoff has certainly reserved a special place in financial ‘hell’ for his fraud, but make no mistake, the single greatest fraud ever perpetrated on investors is the collective Wall Street enterprise that marketed and distributed Auction-Rate Securities. The ARS market at its peak was a $330 BILLION market. Of that initial size, those on Wall Street tracking developments within the ARS market project that $165 BILLION held by thousands of retail and institutional investors remain frozen.

The Wall Street Journal highlights the next in what could be a long running series of ARS investigations in writing this morning, Cuomo Says Schwab Faces Fraud Suit:

In an official notice sent to Charles Schwab & Co. Friday, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo warned that his office plans to sue the largest online brokerage firm for civil fraud over its marketing and sales of auction-rate securities to clients. Emails and testimony cited in the letter show Schwab’s brokers had little idea of what they were selling and later failed to tell clients that the market was collapsing.

I am heartened to see AG Cuomo launch this action against Schwab but I wonder why he does not simultaneously take the same action against EVERY bank, broker, and investment management firm involved in the marketing and distribution of ARS.

Regular readers of Sense on Cents know that I believe the ARS trail leads back to the Wall Street self-regulatory organization, FINRA. For the benefit of our newer readers, allow me to reconnect the dots once again. (more…)






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