Posts filed under “Finance”

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley vs Rivals


Resurrection on Wall Street
Barron’s March 16, 2009

Category: Bailouts, Digital Media, Finance

iBanks Grabbed $50 Billion in AIG Bailout Cash

Yesterday, in Backdoor Bailouts for Goldman Sachs?, we noted that GS, as well as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank, were all made whole on their bad bets with AIG. That’s right, what was misleadingly described as systemic risk turned out to be in large part little more than a counter-party bailout — money…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Corporate Management, Finance, Legal, Markets, Politics, Really, really bad calls

Failings in Structured Finance Agency Conflicts

As we begin to address regulatory reform in the financial services industry there is a clear consensus view that the credit rating agencies played a role in fomenting the crisis environment. In February 2007, Joe Mason and I presented a paper warning of the risks that CDO market problems would present in the capital markets…Read More

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Finance, Markets, Real Estate, Really, really bad calls, Research

Volcker Urges More Transparency in Hedge Funds/Private Equity

Live! From Capitol Hill: Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker Testifies in Front of Senate Banking Committee

Bloomberg, February 05, 2009

Category: Finance, Video

Blame the Enablers

I couldn’t agree with this article more: Madoff Enablers Winked at Suspected Front-Running. I look at Madoff as a Sociopath — he is a sick individual. The enablers, on the other hand, were simply greedy hacks who didn’t, (and probably couldn’t) do the suitable investigation and due diligence into Madoff’s asset management business. Were they…Read More

Category: Finance, Investing, Legal, Regulation

Nationalize Like Real Capitalists

Steve Randy Waldman writes the blog interfluidity. His take is usually away from the mainstream, and always interesting. His most recent discussion on Bank Nationalization is quite interesting ~~~ It will come to no surprise of readers of this blog that I favor nationalization of failed, systemically important banks. But James Surowiecki and Floyd Norris…Read More

Category: Bailouts, BP Cafe, Credit, Finance

Selling Banks’ Crown Jewels

Analysis and Discussion with Ben Phillips of Casey Quirk & Associates

Category: Finance, M&A, Video

Niall Ferguson on Colbert Report

Niall Ferguson explains money as a relationship between a creditor and a debtor

Category: Economy, Finance, Video

Madoff’s Investors Had $43 Billion

via Bloomberg:

Client                   Total          Source

Access International     $1.4 billion   Company statement,
Advisors                                Bloomberg Data

Alicia Koplowitz,        $14 million    Bloomberg News
One of Spain’s richest

Aozora Bank Ltd.         12.4 billion   Company statement
                         yen ($137

Bard College             $3 million     Bloomberg News
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Category: Digital Media, Finance, Legal

Was There Really a Financial Crisis ?

Hale “Bonddad” Stewart is a former bond broker with several regional firms. He currently writes for Bonddad Blog, the Huffington Post and practices domestic and international tax law


Law office:


A recent paper by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve has gotten a lot of attention. The paper is titled Facts and Myths About the Financial Crisis of 2008 and it argues there was in fact no credit crisis. Several people have used this paper to argue that Wall Street overstated the severity of the credit crisis in order to get a bail-out they didn’t need. What these commentators have failed to heed is this paper was widely criticized within the financial community, even drawing a rare rebuke from a sister Federal Reserve Bank. In short, to argue there was no credit crisis — to say we were “punked by Wall Street” — flies in the face of every available fact on the crisis.

First, let’s provide some background for this debate. As of this writing 311 lenders have “imploded.” The XLFs — the ETF that tracks the financial sector – is down almost 70% from a high in the summer of 2007. Total credit losses at the world’s financial institutions have totaled 1 trillion dollars:

The gauge is down 46 percent in 2008 as credit losses and writedowns at the world’s largest banks surpassed $1 trillion and the U.S., Europe and Japan entered the first simultaneous recessions since World War II.

In other words, the financial sector’s economic position is terrible at best.

But the evidence runs deeper. About every six weeks the Federal Reserve issues a paper titled “The Beige Book.” This is a book complied from anecdotal evidence from the Federal Reserve Districts on the general economic environment. Every Beige book issued in 2008 has indicated credit conditions were tightening and loan demand was decreasing.

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Category: BP Cafe, Credit, Derivatives, Finance, Really, really bad calls, UnScience