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(112) Renegade Inc. & What to expect in 2018 - YouTube
UK BOE QE trap - the road to normalisation - without counter engagement (productive investment), and further Austerity, tax evasion, inequality, income gap, secular stagnarion, less money to spend for the average joe === very bumpy uncertain ride. ... and add Brexit even more uncertainty. OUCH. real growth for real people not gonna happen. // see also RAWerden Richard Andreas Werner for bank reform (local non-profit et al) // also consumers will hold back. especially w trickle down of bad news. job losses here and there retail inflation wage growth etc. creating a impression of a malaise especially for the 50% who voted remain. and 30% who didnt go vote. // see also news 8or7 out of 10 workers broke/permanently skinned - and consumer debt at 2008 high //
BOE  QE  trap  Richard  Koo  UK  Austerity  productive  investment  underinvestment  productivity  Brexit  Steve  Keen  book  RAWerner  debt  bubble  asset  alternative  WallStreet  GDP  output  gap  uncertainty  2018  business  consumer  confidence  fiscal  policy  NHS  monetary  Carillion  PFI  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  credit  malaise  secular  stagnation  stagflation 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Banker Leonhard Fischer über selbstzerstörerischen Finanzkapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Fischer: Die Globalisierung der Finanzmärkte besteht im Wesentlichen darin, dass die Amerikaner sich in ihrer eigenen Währung verschulden können und den Dollar so in die ganze Welt exportiert haben, um ihr riesiges Leistungsbilanzdefizit zu finanzieren. Ich habe als junger Banker bei J.P. Morgan selbst erlebt, wie die Investmentbanker in Scharen erst nach London flogen, dann nach Tokio und schließlich nach China, um Dollaranleihen für Schuldner aus den USA zu platzieren. Gleichzeitig investierten wir das Geld amerikanischer Fonds weltweit in Unternehmen und Immobilien. Ganz Amerika hat sich wie ein gigantischer Hedgefonds verhalten. So entstand die globale Finanzmarktmaschinerie, die in Wahrheit vor allem eine amerikanische ist.
Bitcoin  Dollar  fiat  currency  GFC  petro  WallStreet  Chomsky  neoliberal  neoliberalism  globalisation  globalization  China  IMF  USA  Empire  Capitalism  exploitation  economic  history  Blyth  Austerity  Chicago  liberalism  trust  oil  OPEC  petrodollar  Fed  bailout  self-regulation  money 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Oxfam-Studie: Konzerne in den USA schaffen Billionen Dollar in Steueroasen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
US-Unternehmen schleusen immer größere Summen am Fiskus vorbei. Einer Studie zufolge haben die 50 größten Konzerne im Jahr 2015 1,6 Billionen Dollar in Steueroasen geparkt - und mehr in Lobbyarbeit investiert.
UK  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  crony  neoliberal  neoliberalism  capitalism  Lobby  WallStreet  revolving  door 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Pension Crisis (E 1052) - YouTube
halfway in. // United Health has eyes on NHS. // They are hiding everything behind NHS logo. CCG's are run Optum (not clinical, but management) // USA insurance companies are subsidized through tax. // propaganda against NHS is effective, cloud picture, telling NHS is broken. &! &! Sell-Off &! &! &! anything core business is going!
NHS  Privatisation  Tories  Austerity  STP  rationing  GP  A&E  Conservative  Party  Bupa  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  neoliberalism  BBC  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  Insurance  WallStreet  corporatism  CEO  pay  Brexit  CCG  Trust  ageing  population  sick  demographic  bubble  chronic  CVD  Cancer  Diabetes  Google  Big  Data  medical  advance  health  care  demand 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
DNC Chair Race Has Very Disappointing Result! - YouTube
pro-establishment pick, centre to the right. // lets have bernie sanders tell ppl not to protest dnc townhalls -
DNC  Democrats  BarackObama  HRC  Hillary  Clinton  USA  Bernie  Sanders  TPP  TTIP  TISA  NAFTA  WallStreet  GFC  recovery  bank  bailout  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Austerity was a bigger disaster than we thought - The Washington Post
That, at least, is what economists Christopher House and Linda Tesar of the University of Michigan and Christïan Proebsting of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne found when they looked at Europe's budget-cutting experience the last eight years. It turns out that cutting spending right after the worst crisis in 80 years only led to a lower gross domestic product and, in the most extreme cases, higher debt-to-GDP ratios. That's right: trying to reduce debt levels sometimes increased debt burdens. [...] In short, austerity hurt what it was supposed to help, and helped hurt the economy even more than a once-in-three-generations crisis already had.
Austerity  IMF  OECD  UK  USA  Germany  Schuldenbremse  Fiscal  Pact  NHS  Council  DWP  economic  history  GFC  recovery  bank  bailout  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  corporatism  ECB  BOE  Fed  monetary  policy  reflate  reflation  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  WallStreet  10%  1%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  Oligarchy 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
How The Democratic Party BETRAYED Workers & Its Base - THOMAS FRANK Interview Part 1 - YouTube
Dems doubled down on betrayal of labour - // chimes w Mark Blyth and Matt Taibbi assessment. - propaganda game for HRC! - professional class could not accept Bernie. DNC adopted professional class, abandoned working class (left behind, picked up by Trump at the ballot box after Sanders was gone). [...] Dems wiped out! Now counting on Trump to screw it up. That is their strategy! [...] also the draining the swamp, no accountability in the big league game - see nassim talebs skin in the game. see bank bailouts nobody went to jail. sank economy, sank the world, the working poor and middle class have to pay for it. and 1-10% ask for tax cut and get it (trickle-down) ... Austerity. There is no deterrent from white and blue collar crime - financial crime, fraud, like accounting. GFC after-math is precedent, not deterrent from greed. //
DNC  Democrats  Bill  Clinton  Hillary  HRC  BarackObama  NAFTA  TTIP  TPP  TISA  neoliberalism  deregulation  book  corporatism  Journalism  journalismus  bank  bailout  recovery  GFC  USA  working  poor  taxation  Trickle-down  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  lobby  squeezed  middle  class  Bernie  Sanders  revolving  door  Drone  Warfare  Mark  Blyth  Thomas  Frank  wage  growth  income  inequality  Poverty  gig  Economy  1099  social  mobility  gini  Coefficient  WallStreet 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Cancer drugs price rise 'costing NHS millions' - BBC News
[ capitalists love competition, but corporatists, not. they love raising profit margin ] The UK researchers said NHS negotiations with drug companies were failing to contain costs, and getting access to cheaper drugs would allow more people to be treated with more modern medicines. [...] Dr Hill said he was surprised to find several companies had consistently raised the prices of cancer treatment.
"We have found that some companies take over the supply of some generic cancer medicines and then raise the price progressively," he said. [...] As a result of the bill, companies found to be raising prices with no clear justification will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority, and could face fines.
NHS  Cancer  monopoly  Privatisation  Austerity  STP  rationing  oligopoly  oligopol  BigPharma  profit  maximisation  cartel  collusion  WallStreet  public  health  sick  population  ageing  care  demand  Demographic  bubble  crony  neoliberalism  Exploitation  Competition  Corporate  capitalism 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
How Trump Could Cause the Economic Meltdown - YouTube
Trump not addressing working poor, tech unemployment all unemployment and poor pay, growth of service sector jobs not caused by globalisation only. [...] Skidelsky promised leisure time is not in sight!!! bc tech put in place for profitmaximisation. more productivity, but worker retrained using robot paid same as before. not better. // Institutionalize Redistribution via Co-Ops (ie profit sharing, not CEO pay excess, no Wall Street shareholder dividends, but workers dividends (13th monthly payment), // Repeal ACA/Obamacare, is tax cut for 200k (250k as couple) households (10-1%)! canceling their progressive taxes on healthcare, to subsidize the poor and those without. what Obamacare enabled, insuring millions of uninsured, bc could not afford it. // Capitalism does not provide security to working class. bc taken over by neolib, crony, two rules, corruption, 1% fouvourism // do not reform, institutionalise from bottom and top redistribution ie co-op, progressive taxation (w investment tax free brackets), no tax evasion/avoidance harsher sentences, universal basic income w edu reform (Richard David Precht), ...
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Co-Op  wealth  redistribution  Precariat  working  poor  Service  Sector  USA  income  growth  wage  CEO  pay  WallStreet  shareholder  stakeholder  GFC  squeezed  middle  class  poverty  trap  Consumer  Debt  household  debtoverhang  discretionary  spending  disposable  AI  Robotics  Skidelsky  technological  Productivity  leisure  time  part-time  Obamacare  ACA  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  Capitalism  Exploitation 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
"On contact" with Chris Hedges (Episode 14) w Mark Blyth - YouTube
austerity works for those, who impose it. middle class and pood paying for the debt and bailouts they were not responsible for. // [...] when you shut down the casino economy. where is growth coming from? wage growth, productivity, investment, ... to pay those debts ... by the 80% who bailed out the 20%. current authoritarian depotism populism demagoge does not have the policy/answers. to make the economy work for the 80% so they can pay/serve their debt obligations. [...] young ppl in debt like never before, will not achieve life their parents had. [..] public scared of idea if you change fiscal policy ie tax raise and public investment you make it worse. [...] italy has not grown more than 1% since joined the euro.
Mark  Blyth  Austerity  bank  bailout  UK  George  Osborne  inequality  poverty  wage  growth  Fiscal  Pact  Schuldenbremse  reflate  WallStreet  Mainstreet  Economic  History  USA  European  Union  working  poor  credit  card  household  debt  car  loan  auto  property  bubble  squeezed  middle  class  Brexit  Precariat  1%  10%  20%  plutocracy  Super  Rich  book  welfare  social  security  Triple  Lock  Pension  neoliberalism  neoliberal 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Mom joins in (E981) - YouTube
extraction of profits. no accountability. share buyback // post-gfc fighting slowdown of velocity and m3 reduction w monetary policy QE // look post prexit 2017 - velocity of £, hgousehold debt, credit card debt, car loan,
underinvestment  profit  maximisation  recovery  GFC  technological  unemployment  structural  underemployed  Productivity  output  gap  globalisation  globalization  Brexit  CETA  TTIP  TTP  NAFTA  WallStreet  share  buyback  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  UK  USA  European  Union  austerity  economic  history  plutocracy  1%  10%  20%  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  deflation  deflationary  monetary  policy  reflate  QE  Super  Rich 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV (July 3rd, 2014)
Facebook feed a/b test - psychology/sociology study. Twitter product vision and leadership ... revenue/user ... history repeats itself; see Yahoo! - Wall Street fetish with GROWTH $$$: 'Either u get more users or more money per users. But we want to see the money!!!' << Unsustainable long-term, no long-term view. +++ where to post your content, types of content - intentions, where is the most and best engagement - ROI. +++ Linkedin's vertical content strategy to remain relevant (in an age where you are a media company and then X) and thus increase engagement and uniques and distribution. << adding value with this type of product - a product/feature adjacent to core product value proposition !!! Adding value to consumer - 99% free [do they have promoted content feature - paid content promotion?]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
- Startups - Kevin Rose of Milk - TWiST #218 - YouTube
ideas on paper are nothing. test them out. if it has traction - got to go all in. wear it as badge of honour, if your idea, that you put from paper into the real world, fails. its part of your body of work. it's nothing personal. [...] 1:04 hrs in "it's business, it is nothing personal." ... 1:06:25 - Lesson: If something has critical mass (centrifugal mass, has its own gravitational field ... pull), it can not be stopped even when mistakes are made; Fail Whale (Twitter Technical Fails and management-internal fights etc, Facebook and Privacy, Google and Privacy Yahoo! (mismanagement) and it's unsexy non-hip non-attractive brand, and uninspiring front-page). ... Further in: Focus has to be on product, to reach scale. Product centric CEO's (Larry Page, Dick Costolo, Zuckerberg) don't put a big banner ad on the front-page of their product. it ruins the user experience and adds no value. it subtracts value. where is the value proposition of that? +
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
BIS Slams "Market Euphoria", Finds "Puzzling Disconnect" Between Economy And Market | Zero Hedge
"... it is hard to avoid the sense of a puzzling disconnect between the markets’ buoyancy and underlying economic developments globally....  Despite the euphoria in financial markets, investment remains weak. Instead of adding to productive capacity, large firms prefer to buy back shares or engage in mergers and acquisitions.   As history reminds us, there is little appetite for taking the long-term view. Few are ready to curb financial booms that make everyone feel illusively richer.  Or to hold back on quick fixes for output slowdowns, even if such measures threaten to add fuel to unsustainable financial booms. Or to address balance sheet problems head-on during a bust when seemingly easier policies are on offer. The temptation to go for shortcuts is simply too strong, even if these shortcuts lead nowhere in the end. [...] " Never before have central banks tried to push so hard."
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Tesla Opens Up Patents to Promote Electric Vehicles | Re/code
Elon Musk's legacy will not just be Tesla Motors and SpaceX. It will also be this, being concerned about the future, that the velocity of which the electric car spreads to the consumer around the world isn't steep enough in order to make a dent in the world ... in the world's carbon emission reduction / global warming. He puts the common and public good before profits and WallStreet. Knowing and banking on the Tesla Brand and still having the first mover advantage in 5 years. Elon Musk picks his fights really well. Marrying a capitalistic profit motive of a company that was on the brink of failure and the public good/common good of reducing carbon footprint of the world. Establishing, enabling industry standards. Preventing technological incompatibilities and silos. Trying to prevent consumer frustration and friction. This is Win-Win. If Wall Street tanks the Stock this Friday, we should all give up ... on Wall Street already. //
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair - YouTube
Is Net Neutrality Dead? - ""pressure from ISP and Cable Provider lobby in Washington not to call them a utility"" - - +++ Bill Moyers Essay: As the SEC Door Revolves - v=pqA4RGI5i8A
Susan  Crawford  USA  Europe  Net  Neutrality  ISP  Cable  Provider  oligopoly  revolving  door  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  fiduciary  responsibility  public  utility  public  good  WallStreet  presidency  barackobama  book  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  digital  divide  skill-biased  technological  change  knowledge  worker  White-collar  Blue-collar  productivity  social  mobility  income  mobility  Gini  coefficient  inequality  Tom  Wheeler  democracy  barriers  to  entry  trust  trustagent  antitrust  Career  Politicians  transparency  accountability  governance  Don't  be  evil  corporate  governance  choice  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  innovation  market  plurality  marketplace  plurality  pluralistic  society  pluralism  plurality  utilities  internet  tiering  internet  metering  Access  oversight  short-term  thinking  FCC  public  policy  leadership  Vision  national  interest  public  interest  Principle  regulators  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  discrimination  Google  Fiber  greed  crony  capitalism  corporatism  capitalism  Comcast  AT&T  Verizon  TimeWarner 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Larry Page shares annual [2013 version] Founders' letter for shareholders:- Google is processing | LAUNCH
Few incremental changes leads to irrelevance over time; Google will continue to invest for the long term. Larry Page & Google wollen sich nicht den Rang ablaufen lassen von Elon Musk (Tesla & Space X) sowohl von Zuckerbergs Facebook (welcher auch das Internet zur restlichen weltbevoelkerung bringen will.) ... have to hand it to them that they are able to pursue and work on their grand visions while under quarterly scrutiny by Shareholders.
Google  Larry  Page  long-term  thinking  investment  technological  progress  Don't  be  evil  shareholder  stakeholder  WallStreet  crony  capitalism  greed  short-term  thinking  human  progress  humanity  complexity  unknown  unknowns  corporate  governance  governance  transparency  accountability  interest  groups  Vision  Elon  Musk  elonmusk  Facebook  Mark  Zuckerberg  Tesla  SpaceX 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Pfizer and AstraZeneca: Deal or no deal | The Economist
IT'S ALL A MATTER OF DEGREE. Degree of vitality, dynamism, plurality & competition further reduced within the pharmaceutical industry in case of a M&A deal. + "M&A deals intended specifically 2 enable growth fail 2 achieve their expressed growth objective." + /// vs. Internal Growth through start-up/entrepreneurial culture within. --->> once you are a public company, your options to facilitate growth are hugely curtailed do to the short-term thinking of money, crony capitalism >> Wall Street. /// + + | BRITISH INTEREST IS & SHOULD BE MARKET PLURALITY. From May 7th. - 7 days later | this case; fiduciary responsibility = short-term thinking
market  plurality  Pfizer  AstraZeneca  UK  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  oligopol  oligopoly  crony  capitalism  corporate  governance  WallStreet  growth  though  acquisition  M&A  mergers  merger  growth  through  merger  Career  Politicians  business  management  short-term  thinking  long-term  thinking  public  policy  antitrust  Competition  collusion  research  medical  research  public  health  policy  trust  trustagent  confidence  Science  R&D  European  Competition  Commission  Europe  regulators  regulation  governance  transparency  accountability  davidcameron  general  election  2015  GeorgeOsborne  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  interest  groups  national  interest  job  market  productivity  skill-biased  technological  change  skill  skills  capital  skills  knowledge  worker  White-collar  Blue-collar  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  fiduciary  responsibility  greed  stakeholder  shareholder  unknown  unknowns  unintended  consequences  complexity  human  progress  technological  progress  humanity  post-antibiotic  era  external  threats  externalaties  externality 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Paxman interviews economist Thomas Piketty - Newsnight - YouTube
IT IS ALL A MATTER OF DEGREE. thus you have to marry liberalism & conservatism, throw the junk out. u get liberal-conservatism. The rise of the working poor & squeezed middle class had not been good 4 economic growth & vitality. || +Thomas Piketty on Wealth, Income and Inequality >> watch?v=zytqTSh3oGw || + || + << Edward Conard WRONG! || +++ What the 1% Don't Want You to Know with Paul Krugman - watch?v=QzQYA9Qjsi0 "All men are created equal" NO MORE. 'commanding heights' >> + market income inequality vs disposable income inequality ... "We live in such an ugliness in America." || Wealth Concentration is a agglomeration of Politica & Public Policy Power. || + Robert Reich >> v=q-rpkZe2OEo || v=heOVJM2JZxI
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Yahoo’s China Syndrome Now Morphs Into WWMD? (What Will Marissa Do?) | Re/code
meeting expectations by WallStreet analysts + meaingful long-term value creation = are incompatible. PERIOD. That is organic, "true growth."
Yahoo!  WallStreet  value  creation  conflict  of  interest  Marissa  Mayer  organic  growth  acqui-hire  acquisitions  customer  acquisition  acquisition  acquihire  M&A  AOL 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Thomas Piketty: on tour with the 'rock-star economist' -video | Business |
Thomas Piketty. funny thing, at this meeting in min 3. no handshake, no spreading germs. less sick days. ;) ... +++ Faisal Islam on The Default Line - video interview - || + Michael Lewis: the stock market is rigged – video interview - ||
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may 2014 by asterisk2a Parent Automattic Has Raised $160 Million, Now Valued at $1.16 Billion Post-Money | Re/code
Wordpress - democratising publishing. Wordpress VIP plus its new corporate communication platform - will compete with the likes of Yammer (MSFT owned) and Slack, atlassian's platforms as well as Salesforce's platform. smart raising a round when money is flushing around - hunt for yield. taking the money for the long-term. likely giving them +5 years runway and solidifying their publishing platform might. there will be acqui-hires along the way I guess. + Automattic’s competitors have certainly been investing, noted Mullenweg. In their last rounds, Weebly raised $35 million, Squarespace $40 million and Medium $25 million. In addition, Wix is currently valued at around $730 million, raising $127 million, in an IPO. ... Automattic's aim is, to become cash-flow positive - I guess. Not in a hurry but naturally with pushing mobile, e-commerce and the Freemium model (driving up conversion) on
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Warning: Stocks Will Collapse by 50
Billion-dollar investor Warren Buffett is rumored to be preparing for a crash as well. The “Warren Buffett Indicator,” also known as the “Total-Market-Cap to GDP Ratio,” is breaching sell-alert status and a collapse may happen at any moment. + Fed took this week extra meeting. for what, nobody knows - only speculations.
stockmarekt  WallStreet  warrenbuffet  asset  bubble  speculative  bubbles  equity  bubble  Fed  ZIRP  QE  BOE  ECB  OMT  NIRP  New  Normal  hunt  for  yield  unintended  consequences  complexity  unknown  unknowns  unconventional  monetary  policy  monetary  transmission  mechanism  monetary  policy  2014  GFC  economic  history 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Andreessen: Beware Non-Silicon Valley Investors Bearing High Valuations - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
9/Key to win-win: Both company and investor should thoroughly understand each other prior to signing term sheet. Best path to glory.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk's industrial empire HD - YouTube
Tony Stark of our time. self described: engineer fist. - same w Apple: about engineering and design (UI, UX). ### meaningful, sizeable impact on people and or world. ## 2008 he was on the brink of loosing it all; a divorce, personal tragedy. as well as financially. and company wise Tesla Motors and SpaceX (Jeff Besoz and Richard Branson have Space programs as well) were on the brink too. If I remember well, TechCrunch wrote that he had problems at times financing his monthly personal expenses, something along this line. == + "Tesla Motors has been playing the long game since the very beginning." +
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
HBO VICE: The World Is Sinking - YouTube
currently there is no plan b, bc there is no planet b. how do you adapt to rapid change. Hurricane Sandy - was only a tropical storm, 13ft storm surge "Climate Change is here." Storm Surge - 2013/14 UK has been a victim too. >> Climate change deniers are sponsored and supported by the lobby of the Fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuel industry is the strongest most powerful political lobby industry in history, followed by Wall Street and big Pharma. *Christian Parenti // Koch Industries - Koch Brothers have huge interest in keeping the petrochemical industries they own, running. Thus fund climate change denier campaigns massively. + + +
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
This Is Why People Love Elizabeth Warren - YouTube
Career Politicians are responsive only to lobby, think tanks with corporate neoliberal corporate background, and fat donors.
elizabethwarren  presidency  barackobama  crony  capitalism  corporatism  USA  progressive  WallStreet  Career  Politicians  neoliberal  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Wie Europa Schulden loswerden kann - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[Rogoff & Reinhart advocating financial repression] [...] [Because Austerity didn't work.] Tatsächlich habe die europäische Wirtschaftspolitik - die Haushaltsdefizite senkt und Strukturreformen für mehr Wachstum durchführt - recht wenig getan, um den Schuldenberg wirklich zu verringern. Die Politik könnte die Last für die nächsten Jahre sogar verschlimmert haben, sagen viele Volkswirte. Die Sparpolitik hat das Wachstum überraschend stark beeinträchtigt. Während die Hinweise darauf, dass die Strukturreformen tatsächlich die Wirtschaft beflügeln, eher überschaubar ausfallen. Stattdessen sinken Einkommen, Gewinne und Steuereinnahmen, was die Schuldenlast immer schwerer erträglich macht.
debt  servicing  sovereign  debt  crisis  consumer  debt  Super  Cycle  Europe  zombie  consumer  zombie  corporations  ZIRP  liquidity-trap  QE  KennethRogoff  liberal  economic  reform  economic  history  MarioDraghi  ECB  unconventional  monetary  policy  monetary  theory  monetary  transmission  mechanism  deflation  deflationary  debtoverhang  balance  sheet  recession  GFC  greatrecession  greatdepression  lostdecade  lostgeneration  youth  unemployment  austerity  IMF  Japan  UK  USA  budget  deficit  France  financial  repression  hunt  for  yield  asset  bubble  speculative  bubbles  New  Normal  PIMCO  Mohamed  El-Erian  debt  jubilee  debt  bubble  debt  monetization  debt  monetisation  debt  restructuring  private  debt  public  debt  household  debt  carmenreinhart  WallStreet  inflation  targeting  inflation  expectation  communication  babyboomers  haircut  PIGS  toobigtofail  TBTF  Richardkoo 
january 2014 by asterisk2a
Hugh Hendry Capitulates: "Can't Look At Himself In The Mirror" As He Throws In The Towel, Turns Bullish | Zero Hedge
First David Rosenberg, then Jeremy Grantham, and now Hugh Hendry: one after another the bears are throwing in the towel. As Investment Week reports, speaking at Harrington Cooper's 2013 conference this morning, Hugh Hendry said "he is no longer fighting the two-way feedback loop which is continuing to boost risk assets." The reflexive feedback loop envisioned by Hendry is the following and centres on the currency war being played out between the US and China, "in which US QE prompts dollar-denominated investment to head to China, and China fights the resulting upwards pressure on its currency by manufacturing an investment boom. Hendry said this creates a "global supply glut", leading to falling US inflation expectations (as this supply far outweights US domestic demand) - which in turn prompts the Federal Reserve to loosen policy once again." Rinse. Repeat. [... DONT FIGHT THE FED ...] [...] You have got to be in things that are trending.
HughHendry  supply-demand  savings  glut  supply  glut  QE  ZIRP  deflation  deflationary  reflation  inflation  monetary  policy  unconventional  monetary  policy  modern  monetary  theory  NIRP  negative  real  interest  rate  liquidity  liquidity-trap  WallStreet  asset  bubble  blackswan  fat  tail  Fed  GFC  Debt  Super  Cycle  trading  proptrading  hunt  for  yield  financial  repression  New  Normal 
november 2013 by asterisk2a
David Stockman Blasts "It's 2007/8 All Over Again" | Zero Hedge
"This is a destructive poisonous monetary medicine that is being put into the system that is distorting all kinds of economic mechanisms with malinvestments on a massive scale"
QE  ZIRP  Fed  WallStreet  NIRP  negative  real  interest  rate  hunt  for  yield  unconventional  monetary  policy  monetary  transmission  mechanism  USA  UK  Europe  2013  asset  bubble  reflation  deflation  deflationary  unintended  consequences 
november 2013 by asterisk2a
FCA tells banks to pay up faster over mis-sold swaps | Reuters
FCA made private agreement, struck a deal, with the Banks in the City (including exclusion clauses (big businesses by profit of 10m and or 6m turnover)). Because they knew that the FCA knew that if something did go to court to show in-fornt of court mis-selling - could be costly and lengthy process. ... Banks threw their weight around again to get their way, easier off. Demand to have their say how it all will go down. Doesn't instill trust for the consumer. +
trustagent  Interestrateswap  WallStreet  trust  banking  FCA  confidence  banks 
november 2013 by asterisk2a
Debatte um die US-Schuldenobergrenze: Schlüsse für Privatanleger - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Vertrauen ist das Fundament der Rolle des US-Dollars als Weltleitwährung. Daher erlaubt das Top-Rating der USA auch ein höheres Schuldenniveau als das anderer Staaten", schreibt etwa die Rating-Agentur Fitch. An der höchsten Rating-Note drehe man nur im Falle eines echten Zahlungsausfalls, gab Moody's 2011 bekannt und hat diese Meinung bis heute nicht verändert. Und auch Standard & Poor's gibt sich lässig und lässt wissen, ein Tanz am Abgrund wie derzeit sei ja der Grund gewesen, warum man die USA vor zwei Jahren leicht herabgestuft hätte. Alle drei verweisen zudem auf das seit 2009 halbierte Defizit.
debtceiling  Career  Politicians  fiatmoney  complexity  financial  market  barackobama  fiat  money  political  folly  policy  error  policy  folly  2013  complacency  creditrating  trust  fiat  currency  budget  deficit  confidence  political  error  trustagent  USA  unknown  unkown  WallStreet  global  imbalances  ratingagencies  Dollar  presidency  faultlines 
october 2013 by asterisk2a
PIMCO Mohamed El-Erian nonfarm payroll labor market 23 September 2013 | ForexLive
But – these headline numbers are not the full picture, there is much detail in the report that paints a much more sobering view: [...] Taken together, “rather than confirming the paradigm of gradual and steady improvement, these disaggregated numbers attest to a highly segmented, multi-speed labor market – one with features that could become more deeply embedded in the structure of the economy”
microeconomic  policy  unemployment  2013  monetary  policy  Fed  communication  microeconomics  GFC  complexity  economic  history  NFP  working  poor  stagflation  recovery  babyboomers  USA  Taper  participation  rate  barackobama  greatdepression  WallStreet  long-term  unemployment  presidency  greatrecession 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Reuters Breakingviews: Beware the "blinkered" Fed - YouTube
Fed policy / theory goes along the line that you can ignore rising and falling asset prices (bubbles) that come and go according with your policy actions.
unemployment  monetary  policy  complexity  asset  bubble  monetary  theory  reflation  unintended  consequences  rebalancing  greatrecession  QE  NIRP  2013  communication  Fed  short-term  thinking  economic  history  stagflation  structural  imbalance  recovery  ZIRP  Taper  USA  greatdepression  WallStreet  inflation  faultlines 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Regulators Repeat Exactly What They Did During the Last Housing Boom | The Baseline Scenario
Even leaving aside the specific merits of this decision, the worrying thing is that the intellectual, regulatory, and political climate seems to be basically the same as it was in 2004: no one wants to to anything that might be construed as hurting the economy, and no one wants to offend the housing industry.
political  theory  Politics  trust  lobbyist  GFC  property  bubble  MBS  confidence  political  error  Dodd-Frank  trustagent  USA  Lobbying  barackobama  WallStreet  subprime  political  folly  regulation  Lobby  policy  error  presidency  policy  folly 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
▶ Reuters Breakingviews: UK inflation an embarrassment to BoE - YouTube
Mark Carney left CAD with house price bubble Mark Carney ignores house price bubble and impending doom of too much debt when interest rates wise - one or the other way.
unemployment  monetary  policy  Politics  asset  bubble  monetary  theory  unintended  consequences  Help  to  Buy  Scheme  davidcameron  EPS  BOE  monetary  system  political  folly  policy  error  policy  folly  2013  short-term  thinking  Debt  Super  Cycle  stagflation  property  bubble  UK  political  error  bubble  sovereign  crisis  dividends  austerity  WallStreet  zombie  consumer  inflation  Funding  for  Lending  Scheme  GeorgeOsborne 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
A German Giant in Decline: How Siemens Lost its Way - SPIEGEL ONLINE
never ending growth on a planet with finite resources. never ending growth under a system that rewards short-term thinking. - not possible.
EPS  WallStreet  short-term  thinking  economic-thought  economic  history  philosophy  economics  Siemens  creative  destruction 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
This short-term thinking will lead to huge long-term damage - MoneyWeekMoneyWeek
Global acting Companies - steered by Wall Street and EPS (earnings per shares) - are not incentivised to invest into the future of the company, but to keep Wall Street happy till the next quarter and thus keeping their job.
stakeholder  unemployment  lostgeneration  complexity  incentive  short-term  thinking  shareholder  Great  Moderation  output-gap  unintended  consequences  investment  corporate  investment  ZIRP  EPS  WallStreet  zombie  corporations  financial  incentive  lostdecade  share  buyback  corporate  governance 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Inside SAC's Dell trade - YouTube
DOJ can't go after Cohen, goes after its Hedge Fund. >>> /watch?v=bNMjkwaEsfI + /watch?v=5LSuqeZGRbU + + + "SAC is almost DONE. [...] lead about SAC insider trading extend came from other investigations; Raj Rajaratnam & Rajat Gupta. + /watch?v=8cC30LvTY38 + /watch?v=bIYWMfbtJAo + /watch?v=2Np2qP2ux1s
SAC  Capital  Advisors  DOJ  barofsky  Neil  hedgefund  barackobama  banking  crisis  too  big  to  jail  Rajat  Gupta  bank  crisis  policy  error  Raj  Rajaratnam  policy  folly  Hedge  Fund  insidertrading  trust  SEC  Steve  Cohen  confidence  hedgefonds  trustagent  confidenciality  WallStreet  insider  trading  presidency  Preet  Bharara  governance  corporate  governance 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Santelli: Yen and High Frequency Trading Linked?
mini-Flashcrash because of AP-hacked-Twitter-account false "White House bomb, President injured" tweet. ( / ) Yen Crosses are linked to equity risk moves. Especially AUD and NZD/JPY correlate with equity. ... Borrow Yen cheaply - buy higher yielding assets with that money.
algos  WallStreet  HFT  algorithms  Carry  Trade  Yen  flashcrash 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
The Value of “Top Talent” | The Baseline Scenario
“[The fund] lost 43% in 2008, among the worst losses by a hedge-fund that year.” “Both investors and employees defected during the crisis, with top talent leaving to start hedge funds of their own.” “But with a 30% return in 2012 and a 14% gain this year, TCI has crossed its high-water mark.” Makes you think.
hedgefonds  bonuses  investment  banking  hedgefund  war-for-talent  retailinvestment  hedgefunds  WallStreet  Top  Talent  bonus  salary  occupywallstreet  Talent  investment  management 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
If You Thought The European Crisis Was Over... | Zero Hedge [...] Austerity has failed. European Banks remain Rotten to the Core Sovereigns remain in Crisis [...] Since the start of the debt crisis financial markets have provided wrong signals; led by fear and panic, they pushed the spreads to artificially high levels and forced cash-strapped nations into intense austerity that produced great suffering. [...] Panic and fear are not good guides for economic policies. [...] The intense austerity programs that have been dictated by financial markets create new risks for the Eurozone. While the ECB 2012 decision to be a lender of last resort in the government bond markets eliminated the existential fears about the future of the Eurozone, the new risks for the future of the Eurozone now have shifted into the social and political sphere.
2008  debtoverhang  2013  Politics  GFC  lostgeneration  economic  history  Europe  zombie  banks  sovereign  debt  crisis  austerity  PIIGS  banking  crisis  greatdepression  WallStreet  deleveraging  lostdecade  greatrecession  balance  sheet  recession 
february 2013 by asterisk2a
US-Klage gegen S&P: Details der Klageschrift - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Analyst scheint ziemlich baff. "Dieser Deal ist lächerlich", schreibt er einer Kollegin in einer E-Mail. "Wir sollten ihm kein Rating geben." Die Kollegin sieht das ähnlich - wenn auch nur bedingt: "Das Modell erfasst nicht mal die Hälfte des Risikos", stimmt sie zu. Aber: "Wir geben jedem Deal ein Rating… Er könnte von Kühen strukturiert werden, wir würden ihm ein Rating geben." Der saloppe Wortwechsel stammt vom April 2007, dem Beginn der US-Kreditkrise. Besagter "Deal" war ein besonders wackliges Hypothekenpapier - und die Analysten, die sich darüber lustig machen, arbeiten für Standard & Poor's (S&P), eine der drei großen Rating-Agenturen Amerikas. ist ein regelrechter Finanzkrimi: Gnadenlos enthüllt er, wie Insider lange vor anderen wussten, dass der Crash kommen würde - und trotzdem fleißig weiterzockten, um abzukassieren.
2008  GFC  creditrating  CDS  accountability  creditcrunch  WallStreet  creditrisk  corruption  subprime  CDO  ratingagencies  insider-trading 
february 2013 by asterisk2a
The Farce Is Complete: In The Case Of Countrywide, Congress Finds Itself Innocent Of Being "Friends Of Angelo" | ZeroHedge
Just when you thought the seemingly endless rabbit hole of Wall Street-Washington corruption, cronyism, co-option, crime and kickbacks may have finally come to an end, here comes the House Ethic Committee to pronounce that no ethics breaches were found among House members in its investigation involving the scandal surrounding Countrywide "VIP loans" and the "Friends of Angelo." And in just doing so, the House effectively cleared itself of any wrongdoing and that's it, case closed - move along... Move along.

[...] It gets better:

The committee statement added, "Of greatest concern...was email evidence regarding the specific conduct of some employees...who may have reached out to lobbyists or other government affairs officials at Countrywide for assistance with their personal loans."
oversight  ethics  Angelo  Mozilo  WallStreet  Lobby  confidence  trustagent  trust  transparency  accountability  governance  GFC  USA  Politics  Mozilo  CountrywideFinancial 
december 2012 by asterisk2a
Yet Another Lawsuit Against Bank Of America Over Countrywide's Legacy Toxic Mortgages | ZeroHedge

Bank of America Corp. (BAC) was sued by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan for allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The complaint alleges that Countrywide Financial Corp., which was later bought by Bank of America, implemented a loan- origination process that generated thousands of fraudulent or defective loans that were sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a statement today from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office.

>> That is what you get with blank cheque guarantee of mortgage risk.
WallStreet  government  governance  corporate  governance  toobigtofail  GFC  mortgage  market  subprime  freddiemac  FannieMea  BofA  CountrywideFinancial 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
The Exchange: Greg Smith on Leaving Goldman Sachs - YouTube
Greg Smith, author of "Why I Left Goldman Sachs," joins Rob Cox to discuss his contention that the firm's shift away from serving clients inspired his public exit from the investment bank.
fiduciary  responsibility  derivatives  Dodd-Frank  Politics  accountability  transparency  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  conflict  of  interest  proptrading  WallStreet  GFC  Eliot  Spitzer  Glass-Steagall  Abacus  bank  crisis  banking  crisis  banking  book  GoldmanSachs 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers - Telegraph
The Chicago Plan Revisited

Benes and Kumhof argue that credit-cycle trauma - caused by private money creation - dates deep into history and lies at the root of debt jubilees in the ancient religions of Mesopotian and the Middle East.


The key of the Chicago Plan was to separate the "monetary and credit functions" of the banking system. "The quantity of money and the quantity of credit would become completely independent of each other."

[...] Private lenders would no longer be able to create new deposits "ex nihilo". New bank credit would have to be financed by retained earnings.

[...] The finding is startling. Simons and Fisher understated their claims. It is perhaps possible to confront the banking plutocracy head without endangering the economy.
WallStreet  plutocracy  oligopol  banking  banking  crisis  miltonfriedman  Fed  moneysupply  monetary  theory  monetary  policy  System  fiat  money  deleveraging  balance  sheet  recession  debtoverhang  GFC  greatrecession  greatdepression  IMF  fiat  currency  fractional  reserve  banking  IrvingFisher  Irving  debt  jubilee  credit  bubble  credit  cycle  economic  cycle  economic  history 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
James Bianco: The US Economy Has Not Created New Wealth - YouTube
Real world Economics.

James Bianco, President of Bianco Research, L.L.C., argues that the US economy isn't creating a wealth effect. In fact, there has been no wealth creation during following the economic collapse of 2008. According to Bianco, if the market stays the same, the rich will get richer, and the poor poorer.
bank  crisis  banking  crisis  toobigtofail  lobby  Lobbying  WallStreet  policy-makers  policy  folly  policy  error  greatrecession  GFC  monetary  policy  fiscal  policy  academics  academia  economic  cycle  economic-thought  economic  model  economic  history  economy  economics  wealth  creation 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Allgemeine Zeitung - „Finanzindustrie tötet sich selbst“

Was können Unternehmen in Krisenzeiten tun, um einen fairen Umgang miteinander zu fördern?

Der faire Umgang wird vor allem gefördert, wenn der finanzielle Unterschied in der Belegschaft nicht zu groß ist. Wenn sie gewaltige Gehaltsgefälle in einem Unternehmen haben, können sie noch so lange erzählen, dass alle Mitarbeiter im gleichen Boot sitzen.


Karrieren verlaufen stromlinienförmig. Quereinsteiger haben im Gegensatz zu früher kaum noch eine Chance.


Ich glaube, dass wir ein Jahrhundert der Frauen erleben werden.
philosophy  book  equality  women  education  bubble  university  un-college  college  education  WallStreet  Fortune  500  corporate  culture  corporate  governance  inequality 
september 2012 by asterisk2a
Rosenberg Sees U.S. Growth Potential Near 2%-2.5%: Video - Bloomberg
Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc., talks about the outlook for financial markets, the U.S. economy and Federal Reserve policy. Rosenberg, speaking with Tom Keene and Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance," also discusses Deutsche Bank AG and the banking industry (Source: Bloomberg)

Even with credit growth resuming, GDP output will be less than in the past.

Structural imbalance, impairment.

Talking about Equity Monologue all have (Bloomberg, WSJ, FT).

Lack of domestic demand, due to still existing problems that partially caused GFC.

Businesses lack confidence to start new projects. New projects, new technologies, new industries (ie renewable energy, infrastructure, recycling industry?).
Long-term goals needed - to instil certainty. The spark is missing. That moment in time, realisation, inspiration.
Fix fiscal policy.
Political courage, shared sacrifice.
No fairy tales.
lostgeneration  fiscal  policy  election2012  Politics  confidence  uncertainty  economics  supply-demand  WallStreet  debtoverhang  structural  imbalance  balance  sheet  recession  lostdecade  greatrecession  GFC  2012  USA  output-gap 
september 2012 by asterisk2a
TEDxNewWallStreet - Sean Gourley - High frequency trading and the new algorithmic ecosystem - YouTube
The speed of human strategic thinking is fundamentally limited by the biological hardware that makes up the brain. As humans we simply cannot operate on the millisecond time scale -- but algorithms can, and it is these algorithms that are now dominating the financial landscape. In this talk Sean Gourley examines this high frequency algorithmic ecosystem. An ecosystem, Gourley argues, that has evolved to the point where we as humans are no longer fully in control.
ecosystem  Artificial  intelligence  AI  algorithms  flashcrash  unintended  consequences  complexity  WallStreet  algo  HFT 
august 2012 by asterisk2a
Simon Johnson: Why Does Wall Street Always Win? -
Book: “The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins,”

Mr. Connaughton is a fascinating witness and raconteur because he has been through the revolving door several times: in between work in the Senate and the Clinton White House, he spent 12 years in one of Washington’s top lobbying firms. This author has really lived in and understood the Wall Street-Washington corridor. The book is partly about his education — and ultimate disappointment, most of all with the Obama administration but definitely with both parties.


The system is rotten, to be sure, but this president came to office promising change — and that is exactly what we did not get on most crucial dimensions related to the financial sector. The failure depicted on this front is political and ultimately about money — and all the power that Wall Street can buy, one way or another.
GFC  toobigtofail  accountability  transparency  governance  Politics  revolving-door  lobbyist  Lobbying  lobby  WallStreet  barackobama  presidency 
august 2012 by asterisk2a
Microwaving high frequency trading - ft trading room - markets -
In the perpetual search for faster trading, the latest tool for high frequency trading is point-to-point microwave links.
WallStreet  HFT 
august 2012 by asterisk2a
Broken Market Chronicles: Algos Gone Autosell Wild - Video Explanation Of What Happened | ZeroHedge
Algos (automated trading strategies, via quantitative analysis and computing power) did disrupt the Equity markets again, substantially.

__ 1 day later:

What Does It Cost When Your Algo Goes Haywire?

$440 mln, in the case of Knight Capital, the giant market-making firm.

The company has essentially put itself up for sale after yesterday’s major technical snafu…
Knight  Capital  market  maker  HFT  SEC  WallStreet  algo 
august 2012 by asterisk2a
Have $2,000 In Cash In Your Fidelity Account? Then You Too Can Qualify To Lose Money On The Manchester United IPO | ZeroHedge
Don't buy what your broker want you to buy.
When a broker comes to mom and dad - here is that IPO offering you can get into - then there is too much supply because there is not much demand from institutional side of the market. Which is the biggest red sign that this stinks.
IPO  Stockmarket  WallStreet  broker 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
REVEALED: Corzine’s MF Global Was Client of Eric Holder’s Law Firm
revolving door between corporations / Wall Street / Law - to politics and justice departments and regulators - and vice versa.
regulators  revolving-door  WallStreet  lobby  barackobama  presidency  GFC  EricHolder  transparency  fraud  accountability  MFGlobal  DOJ 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Simon Johnson: The Federal Reserve and the Libor Scandal -
Bernanke on banking scandals: “I think the real issue is too big to fail,” correct, but the market cannot fix this
This New York Fed memo stands out as a model of clear thinking about the deep governance problems that allowed Libor to become rigged.
At the same time, the timing and content of the memo raises troubling questions regarding the Fed’s own involvement in the Libor scandal – both then and now.

According to the recent order against and settlement with Barclays by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Libor “market” had by 2005 become a hotbed of collusion and price-fixing

Fed is responsible 4 the “safety and soundness” of the financial system in the USA, THEY had to make a decision, either to let them fail (GFC) and thus the economy, the people and the world. LIBOR rigging scandal and TBTF is the aftermath et al
lobby  credibility  society  double-standard  WallStreet  corporate  governance  governance  accountability  confidence  trustagent  trust  2012  2008  bailout  BBA  misconduct  fraud  barclays  CFTC  MervynKing  timgeithner  PaulTucker  BOJ  ECB  BOE  Fed  NYFed  bank  crisis  banking  crisis  greatrecession  moral  moralhazard  GFC  toobigtofail  LIBOR  rigging  scandal  benbernake 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Video: Braking the banks | Need to Know | PBS
In the wake of the recent JP Morgan losses and current LIBOR scandal, the fight over banking regulations continues to rage in Washington as an alphabet soup of federal agencies write the complex regulations to put the Dodd-Frank law in motion.

On the front-lines of this effort is Better Markets, a relatively new advocacy group pushing to ensure new regulations are as strong as possible. Better Markets President and CEO Dennis Kelleher says that if Wall Street’s current practices are not reigned in, the next financial crisis could be right around the corner — and could be much worse.

"Braking the banks" - Separating Deposit and Loan/Credit/Mortgage Banks from the Casino/Investment/Pro-trading.

UK is on its way to that.
investment  banking  proptrading  USA  greatrecession  capitalism  lobby  2012  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  Glass-Steagal  economic  history  greatdepression  GFC  oversight  Dodd-Frank  Food  Industry  WallStreet  regulators  regulation 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Investmentbanker: Was der Libor-Skandal bei Barclays verändert hat - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Schock des Libor-Skandals trifft das Finanzzentrum London besonders hart. Dort hatte die Politik den Bankern immer besonders lange Leine gelassen, weil das Land außer der Finanz- nun mal nicht mehr viel andere Industrie hat. Dass dieses Vertrauen so missbraucht wurde ...

Der "Tobacco Moment" der Finanzindustrie

Jede weitere Enthüllung wird die Reste des Vertrauens in die Banker zerstören - und den Regulierungswillen der Politiker stärken. Der britische "Economist" spricht angesichts der Ausmaße des Skandals von einem "Tobacco Moment" für die Finanzindustrie - einer Situation, in der sich die gesellschaftliche Stimmung gegen eine Branche wendet und diese Branche mit harten Sanktionen belegt wird, wie einst bei der Zigarettenindustrie.


[...] "Die Eigenkapitalrendite kann gut auf eine einstellige Prozentzahl sinken."
- and thus the bonuses and base salary will shrink


LIBOR might be the last straw that breaks the neck of "banking"
culture  ethics  toobigtofail  CDS  derivatives  VolckerRule  proptrading  greatrecession  EBA  WallStreet  financialtransactiontax  financialtransactionfee  Europe  BaFin  deutschebank  investment  banking  UK  Politics  transparency  oversight  regulation  regulators  NYFed  BBA  FSA  BOE  LIBOR  rigging  scandal  accountability  confidence  banking  banking  crisis  GFC  bank  crisis  trustagent  trust 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
PFG's Chairman Was Forging Bank Documents For Years Even As The CFTC Gave An "All Clear" | ZeroHedge

If there is an event that should cost Gary Gensler his job as head regulator at the CFTC, it is this. According to a just released Reuters report, the head of MFG(lobal) part 2, PFG, whose story we broke yesterday, Russell Wasendorf Sr. "intercepted and forged bank documents for more than two years to cover up hundreds of millions of dollars in missing money, a person close to the situation." [...]

the CFTC gave the firm a clean bill of health in its January inspection of Peregrine Financial Group. That's 6 months ago. The CFTC, as a reminder, was it regulator. The entity whose sole charge is to make sure that firms at least have real, not rehypothecated, cash in their segregated client bank accounts. PFG never did for the past two years. And somehow the CFTC missed this. MF Global was a warning shot, and the CFTC missed it entirely. And not only that but 2 months later ir pronounced PFG clean. For this Gensler has to be fired immediately, and with prejudice.
WallStreet  accounting  accountability  Oversight  brokerage  broker  MFGlobal  regulation  regulators  CFTC  PFGBest 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
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