Monday, May 25, 2009
Because it is the same as it ever was in Washington, and Obama supporters are as blindly partisan as any neocon. I don't think there are any obama supporters, just bush detractors.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Almost cult like, it has become the latest high velocity example of yellow journalism in America.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
INSOLVENT BANKS SHOULD FEEL MARKET DISCIPLINE
By Matthew Richardson and Nouriel RoubiniPublished: May 6 2009 14:48 | Last updated: May 6 2009 14:48
Joseph Schumpeter famously argued that the essence of capitalism was creative destruction, by which new economic structures are born from the rubble of older ones. The government stress tests on the 19 largest US banks, the results of which are due be announced on Thursday, could have facilitated this process. The opportunity looks likely to be missed.
The tests, which measure how viable banks are under adverse economic conditions, have no “failed” category, even if as many as 10 are reported to need additional capital. But, given that the economic environment already reflects the tests’ worst-case scenario and that recent estimates by the International Monetary Fund of financial sector losses have doubled in six months, the stress test results will not be credibly interpreted as a sign of bank health.
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Reuters.com - Obama seeks to double tax law enforcement budget
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Note: By coincidence, this post was written in International Waters a few miles off the coast of Grand Turks and Caicos. If Gold man Sachs wants to sue anyone over this, send your process server to the wreck of the B-29 bomber, off the north coast, approximately 80 feet below sea level . . .
Karl Denninger notes that a nasty rumor is circulating about Goldman Sachs amongst observers of the Street. Allegedly, GS is about to report their second-best quarter in history, +$12 billion or so…
In this era of finacial disasters, credit crisis, and recession, how is that possible?
Easy. You — and your grandkids — are the ones who paid for it:
“The fact that they (like so many others) are being paid by the taxpayer through AIG’s “conduit” for losses that didn’t (yet) happen at 100 cents on the dollar might be the basic math.
And further (and potentially much worse) there is the repeated statement by Goldman executives that they were “fully hedged” against a potential counterparty default by AIG. One wonders - was that “hedge” to be short the equity on AIG itself, perhaps?
Why is this important?
Because if that’s how Goldman hedged they got paid twice and the taxpayer literally got robbed. Someone in Congress needs to look into this now; there are already rumblings of investigation. Those rumblings need to get a lot louder and turn into subpoenas, not “polite inquiries.”
If in fact Goldman (or anyone else) was “hedged” against a possible credit loss from their CDS with AIG and they were able to collect on that hedge (no matter what it was) those payments through AIG need to be clawed back immediately as nobody is entitled to be paid twice for the same risk and reap what amounts to a windfall profit by quite literally engineering a multi-billion dollar transfer of funds from the Taxpayer to the firm!”
Makes you wonder if having a Treasury Secretary who was a former CEO of Goldman Sachs had anything to do with this.
Indeed, not only was Hank Paulson Goldie’s boy, but he was the same gentleman who so vociferously lobbied the SEC to allow the 5 largest iBanks to drop the net capital rule and leverage up 40 to 1.
So not only did he help set up the disaster, but he then oversaw the greatest transfer of wealth in the planets history — several trillion dollars from taxpayers to the management and shareholders of inept, incompetant, wildly irresponsible companies.
This is theft on the sort of grand scale thta calls for the population to revolt. Perhaps the French peasants were right; Time to bring the guillotine for executing nobles and bankers. . .
Goldman (and other banks’) “Hedges”
April 12. 2009
Article taken from The Big Picture - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog
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