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Matt Taibbi: "Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?" (Democracy Now! Interview) Who came up with the model for excessive pay? No, it wasn't the bankers – it was academics. Old mortgages rise from the dead, haunt homeowners. (Reuters) - In July 2009, Roy and Sheila Bowers refinanced the mortgage on their suburban ranch home in Topeka, Kansas.

Old mortgages rise from the dead, haunt homeowners

The couple wanted to take advantage of the low interest rates that were all the rage at the time. Roy, a truck driver, and Sheila, a former hotel housekeeping supervisor, knew their new loan from Wells Fargo would enable them to save $198.86 a month - a nice chunk to help with gas and groceries. But what the Bowers never imagined was that their old loan, the one Wells Fargo told them was paid off, would resurrect itself, trashing their credit report, scotching their son's student loans and throwing the whole family into foreclosure.

How banks get away with inventing profits. Both sides of the political divide are in agreement that bailing out the UK's failed banks in 2008 (and Northern Rock in 2007) was the right decision.

How banks get away with inventing profits

Taxpayers were told that the worst of all possible worlds would have occurred had banks been allowed to fail. By bailing them out, and by encouraging them to continue to reward executives on pre-crisis pay scales and incentives, politicians prophesied that things would be fine, and management were incentivised to hope that things were fine. The cream of banking talent would remain at the helm of each bank, steadying the ship, ensuring that liquidity would flow through the national economy, which would soon be back on its feet.

Both sides are wrong. The banking crisis is now out of control, made worse by the sloppy bailout structure. 1. Going Rogue: Share Traders More Reckless Than Psychopaths, Study Shows - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International. Two weeks ago, yet another case of rogue trading shocked the financial world when UBS trader Kweku Adoboli was arrested for allegedly squandering some $2.3 billion with a risky and unauthorized investment scheme.

Going Rogue: Share Traders More Reckless Than Psychopaths, Study Shows - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

The 31-year-old, who had been based in London for the Swiss bank, remains in jail. The bank's chief executive Oswald Grübel, meanwhile, has resigned over the scandal -- the third major embarrassment to rattle the institution in just a few years. The situation mirrors a similar scandal at French bank Société Générale, where another young "rogue trader," Jérôme Kerviel, gambled away billions in 2007 and 2008.

But why do these situations keep arising in the financial world? According to a new study at the University of St. Appetite for Destruction. A la Socgen, le trader qui en disait trop. «En seize ans de salle de marché à la Société générale, je n’ai jamais vu une telle situation, totalement délirante, surtout au vu de la communication de la banque sur les valeurs d’éthique, de rigueur et de professionnalisme.»

A la Socgen, le trader qui en disait trop


Banques américaines : l’étau se resserre sur les fraudes. Contrairement à la perception outre-Atlantique, les banques américaines sont en train de traverser une longue suite de poursuites judiciaires.

Banques américaines : l’étau se resserre sur les fraudes

Celles-ci visent quatre comportements qui ont, collectivement, été à l’origine de la crise financière de 2008 mais continuent encore à se produire. L’absence de transparence dans les conditions de crédit : il s’agit d’une série d’offres qui ont appâté les emprunteurs hypothécaires en leur proposant deux années de taux d’intérêt alléchants, qui allaient, à partir de 2007, hausser en fonction de conditions de marché sur lesquelles l’emprunteur n’avait aucun éclairage ou visibilité. Il s’agit incontestablement d’une tendance lourde qui continuera, et qui amène les banques américaines à prendre des précautions supplémentaires.

Tout cela serait très bien si le patron de MF Global, Jon S. Les pratiques de Wall Street ne semblent pas avoir fondamentalement évolué : ce qui change cependant, c’est qu’elles ne sont plus impunies. City's influence over Conservatives laid bare by research into donations. The influence of the City over the Conservatives has been laid bare by new research showing that more than half of the Tory party's donations since the general election have come from individuals and businesses working in finance.

City's influence over Conservatives laid bare by research into donations

Hedge funds, financiers and private equity firms contributed more than a quarter of all the Tories' private donations – which this year poured in at a rate equal to £1m a month – the study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found. The figures show an increase in the proportion of party funds coming from the financial sector, raising fears that the City's financial influence over the Tories is on the rise as key pieces of legislation are discussed by the coalition government. Big Bank Chart. Les détails de la plainte des Etats Unis contre 17 banques dont la Société Générale. Un cauchemar et le mot est faible : absorbés à fignoler leurs accusations en Appel contre Kerviel pour le mois prochain tout en assaisonnant leurs salades grecques pour les rendre plus digestes, Frédéric Oudéa et ses chics types de la Société Générale, pensaient avoir tourné la page des sub-primes américains.

Les détails de la plainte des Etats Unis contre 17 banques dont la Société Générale

Mauvaise pioche. Your Guide To The MASSIVE FHFA Bank Lawsuits. Here It Is: Presenting Goldman's "The World Is Ending So Let's All Profit" Report. A few days ago the WSJ made waves by disclosing that Goldman was in the process of recreating another "Abacus", by pitching to clients a global "pain trade" presentation created by Goldman's Alan Brazil, which, among others, speculated that funding needs for European banks would be far, far greater than the IMF-proposed $200 billion, and would in fact be closer to $1 trillion.

Here It Is: Presenting Goldman's "The World Is Ending So Let's All Profit" Report

This emphasis is actually odd, because Goldman focuses as much if not more attention on the end of the Chinese bubble as it does on the end of the European ponzi. It of course also did the usual Goldman thing, which is to allow select clients to piggyback with its prop, pardon flow, desk, in recreating the same fiasco for which it already had to pay a half a billion settlement to the SEC last year. Schwab sues banks for manipulating Libor rates. Eight Schwab mutual funds and related entities are the latest plaintiffs to sue a number of global banking institutions over alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate. In a suit filed August 23 in U.S. district court in San Francisco, the funds allege that from the beginning of 2007 through about March of this year the banks' manipulation of Libor allowed them to pay lower interest rates on short-term paper that the funds purchased from the banks as well as from other entities.

About a dozen similar suits have reportedly been filed by investment funds in recent months as global regulators have launched investigations into the alleged rate manipulation. The banks “reaped hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in ill-gotten gains,” Schwab said in its claim. Bonnet d’âne pour le FMI, par Pierre Rimbert. Warren Buffet investit 5 milliards dans Bank of America. Nick Leeson. Leeson's legacy lives on in Singapore. Ten years ago this week, the rogue trader Nick Leeson fled Singapore after realising he could no longer hide his trading losses of more than $1bn.

Leeson's legacy lives on in Singapore

Leeson had already been racking up huge losses for over a year, but by the morning of 23 February 1995 the pressure had reached boiling point. In a final effort to recover the losses, the Barings trader had bet on the Nikkei index of leading Japanese shares to rise. Inside Story - Jerome Kerviel: Villain or victim? High-Frequency Firms Triple Trades in Rout. The stock market’s fastest electronic firms boosted trading threefold during the rout that erased $2.2 trillion from U.S. equity values, stepping up strategies that profit from volatility, according to one of their biggest brokers.

High-Frequency Firms Triple Trades in Rout

The increase from Aug. 1 to Aug. 10 over their 2011 average surpassed the 80 percent rise in U.S. equity volume, showing that high-frequency traders made up more of the market during the plunge, Gary Wedbush, executive vice president and head of capital markets at Wedbush Securities, said in a telephone interview. Wedbush is the largest broker supplying bids and offers on the Nasdaq Stock Market, according to exchange data. Federal Reserve Directors: A Study of Corporate and Banking Influence. Staff Report,Committee on Banking,Currency and Housing, House of Representatives, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, August 1976. COMMITTEE ON BANKING, CURRENCY AND HOUSINGHENRY S. REUSS, Wisconsin, Chairman LEONOR K. (MRS. JOHN B.) The World's Biggest Central Bank Has Private Shareholders.

11 La double arnaque. Le mot clef est : crédibilité. Un État fort et crédible déterminerait efficacement le rapport d’échange de sa monnaie aux biens à valeur consensuelle: il contrôlerait l’inflation. Nous n’avons pas dit “supprimerait” ou “réduirait” l’inflation – une décision politique qui peut être opportune ou malvenue! Les banques détournent l’argent du livret A. Quand les cours boursiers sont ouvertement manipulés. Pendant la crise, une banque US sauvée par l'argent de la drogue. 378 milliards – oui, milliards – de dollars blanchis par une des principales banques américaines, au bénéfice des cartels de la drogue mexicains : une enquête de The Observer vient de lever un gigantesque lièvre, ignoré jusqu'ici des médias français ou américains.

L'histoire est encore plus ahurissante quand on constate qu'elle sert de toile de fond au dernier roman de John Le Carré . La finance, facteur d'inégalités. La montée des inégalités aux États-Unis est désormais presque un fait de connaissance commune [1]. Ce phénomène ne se limite plus à ce seul pays, mais est bien plus général et international [2]. Les travaux de Camille Landais montrent qu’en France, les inégalités ont aussi recommencé à augmenter, à un rythme soutenu, mais ceci seulement depuis la fin des années 1990 [3].

La description analytique et l’interprétation de cette évolution ne font que commencer. Campaign via social media networks blocks Dutch bankers' bonuses. Britain has a rival when it comes to bashing bankers. After a furious row over pay packages at Amsterdam-based ING in which thousands of customers threatened to make mass withdrawals, the Netherlands is now vying for the title of Europe's most bonus-hating country. A growing Dutch political storm could end with a blanket ban on bonuses to financiers who work for institutions bailed out by the taxpayer. ING customers mobilised on Twitter and other social networks to protest at bonuses paid to bosses at the bank, one of the biggest in the country. Too Big To Fail.

Fannie, Freddie et les bonnes intentions. Do We Need Big Banks? Ted Kaufman's Friday Hearing Explains Everything That Is Broken With The US Financial System.

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Et si on fermait la Bourse..., par Frédéric Lordon. Frédéric Lordon : «il faut fermer la Bourse!» Observatoire des inégalités. Spéculation. Regulation & taxation. Goldman Now 3 Out Of 5 In World Monetary Domination: Goldmanite To Replace Andrew Sentance At Bank Of England. Le pouvoir de Wall Street. François Pérol, ex-conseiller de Sarkozy, pilote du lobby bancaire. A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives. This Goldman Partner Told Her Subordinates To Package And Hide The Crap They Couldn't Sell In CDOs. The Rising Power of Financial Blog Zero Hedge - Money 2009. Here Comes Executive Order 6102 For The QE Generation: Dutch Central Bank Orders Pension Fund To Sell Its Gold. Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? 24 Mars 2006 : M3 n’est plus publié par la Réserve fédérale US. UK's £80 Billion Pension Blunder?

Primary dealer. Discontinuance of M3. Livret A: 30 milliards pour les banques, qui en redemandent. Garantie des dépôts bancaires. Fonds de garantie des dépôts. Les banques britanniques sauvegardent leurs bonus en promettant de prêter davantage. Banques : des comptes courants qui polluent plus que les 4×4 » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism. Les crédits carbone: nouveau joujou toxique de la finance » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism. Fausses notes : Le blog de Stéphane Montabert.