Sunday, November 27, 2011

$700 Million Bank Heist: SEC files charges

Did Citbank swipe $700 million from investors? Well according to an SEC filing, which alleges that Citibank sold securitized housing bonds, which they knew were sub-standard, and bet against them, something is definitely amiss. It’s easy to see why Banks are no longer seen as a safe place to invest your money, as a depositor or shareholder.

Citibank, being charged with fraud, is fighting the charges, but Recommended settlement of $285 million is likely going to stick. The SEC asked a federal judge to approve the amount, citing that $285 million would not unfairly punish the shareholders, who were essentially victims of the bank's unethical acts. Of the $285 million, the settlement breaks down as follows: $95 million is the fine, $160 million in for ill-gotten profits and $30 million in interest. We're about 18 months post signing of the Finance Reform Bill, and we're still unraveling the spoils of unbridled greed.

The national Occupy Wall Street Protest was founded on just this type of offensive conduct. I had a feeling that the near collapse of our financial markets in 2008 was the tip of the iceberg, and so far it has proven to be true.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Geithner Joins EU Finance Ministers in Poland

Germany’s Chancellor, Merkel met with the Prime Minister of Finland on Tuesday, where I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall, given the growing concerns about several members of the Union. The Finance Ministers are gearing up for their meeting on Friday, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner in tow.
Perhaps this is a smart move for the European Union’s Finance Ministers, considering what’s at stake. We can’t ignore the fact that Geithner has first had experience in helping to save a major economy from “falling off a cliff “in 2008. All while maintaining a cool, “everything is in control” fa├žade, avoiding fear and panic, which would have caused total mayhem.

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DOW: Tripple Digit Gains – 9/14/11

It is believed that the Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor strongly declared the EU’s commitment to resolving the issues surrounding Greece’s fiscal troubles. Germany and France are applying pressure in an attempt to urge Greece to implement additional austerity measures.
The Dow Industrial Average closed up 140 point to yield 11, 246.73

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