Posts filed under “Finance”
Call it the Laundromat. It’s a complex system for laundering more than $20 billion in Russian money stolen from the government by corrupt politicians or earned through organized crime activity. It was designed to not only move money from Russian shell companies into EU banks through Latvia, it had the added feature of getting corrupt or uncaring judges in Moldova to legitimize the funds. The state-of-the-art system provided exceptionally clean money backed by a court ruling at a fraction of the cost of regular laundering schemes. It made up for the low costs by laundering huge volumes. The system used just one bank in Latvia and one bank in Moldova but 19 banks in Russia, some of them controlled by rich and powerful figures including the cousin of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The year-end holidays are when the interests of donors and charities are most in synch. However, after several disturbing news reports, I decided it was time to revisit how to give away money. With a bit of digging and diligence, you can make your generosity more effective and efficient. First, the bad news: A few…Read More
How much compensation the folks at Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as Pimco, haul in each year has always been a topic of fascination on Wall Street. In 2012, news reports suggested that the firm’s top 30 partners “pulled down an average $33 million a year in compensation in recent years.” A subsequent column…Read More
> My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the various legal standards of care financial advisors must adhere to. The print version had the full headline Why Two Standards for Financial Advice? while the online version was Find a financial adviser who will put your interests first. As I…Read More
I have been getting the Bloomberg Brief for a long time — its a very good daily subscription showing an overview of a variety of market and economic factors. Readers of the Big Picture can get a 2 month free trail subscription on the graphic below and filling out the usual forms. (No, I don’t…Read More