What Happened on Wall St. Ahead of the Crisis? We May Yet Find Out

New York Times
Street Scene
WILLIAM D. COHAN

db-streetscene-master768The eighth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis is almost upon us, making this as good a moment as any to take stock of how little we know still about the bad behavior and deception that occurred inside the big Wall Street banks that helped to cause it — and how little we may ever know.

A wave of settlements between Wall Street and the Justice Department and regulators resulted in fines in excess of $200 billion flowing from the shareholders of these firms into the coffers of the various federal and state government entities. These payments still feel to me more like extortion than justice. After all, if the prosecutorial arm of the federal government that regulates you demands a 10- or 11-figure payment, it seems pointless to argue. Continue reading

The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives

TruthDig posted the latest Ellen Brown, Web of Debt examination of the financial market.

highrisk-435x235The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives

Five years after the financial collapse precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, the risk of another full-blown financial panic is still looming large, despite the Dodd Frank legislation designed to contain it. As noted in a recent Reuters article, the risk has just moved into the shadows: Continue reading

Where are Bear Stearns mortgage executives now?

Bear Sterns 8-5-13Bear Stearns mortgage executives have plum jobs on Wall Street…

The executives in charge of mortgage securities at the failed investment house are now at JPMorgan, Goldman and Bank of America…

Posted on The Center for Public Integrity By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Before Lehman crashed, there was “The Bear.”

Bear Stearns, once the nation’s fifth-largest investment bank, had been a fixture on Wall Street since 1923 and had survived the crash of 1929 without laying off any employees. Continue reading

Is Arrogant Bank Celebrity Jamie Dimon Too Big to Cuff?

Cufflinks AdSen. Kaufman on JPMorgan Chase: Private Lawsuit Found Evidence the Feds Didn’t – Huffington Post

“Think of it as the story of two antagonists,” writes Huffington Post’s Richard Eskow. “One of them was an honest senator who came to Washington to fight corruption.

The other is an arrogant banker who’s so sure of his untouchability that he wore “FBI” cuff-links when he made a public appearance last month.”  Eskrow continues in his brilliant exposé:

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Chris Whalen: The Fallacy of “Too Big To Fail”–Why the Big Banks Will Eventually Break Up

Jim Puplava is Author & Host of Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour providing weekly broadcasts and writing thought-provoking commentary for Financial Sense Online in addition to interviews with top financial thinkers.
In a riveting interview on the banking industry, Christopher Whalen of Tangent Capital Partners in New York joins Jim on Financial Sense Newshour to discuss the fallacy of “too big to fail,” conflicts of interest in the derivatives markets, problems with the 2005 bankruptcy laws, and political failures, policies and programs.

Chris Whalen elaborates on the present economic situation and why we are not seeing the changes Americans expect.   Continue reading

HAWAII SENATE RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE CASES WHERE FRAUDULENT TRANSFERS AND ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE LOAN DOCUMENTS ARE ALLEGED.

HAWAII SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION  S.C.R. NO. 39 – NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT AND TESTIMONY BEFORE MARCH 13, 2012 at 10:15 A.M.

Honolulu, Hawaii March 9, 2012    Mahalo Hawaii Senators!  

In an effort to get the Hawaii Attorney General’s focus on the fraudulent documents filed in the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances, the Hawaii Senate drafted a Concurrent Resolution in cooperation with the House Representatives:

DIRECTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO INVESTIGATE CASES WHERE FRAUDULENT TRANSFERS AND ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE LOAN DOCUMENTS ARE ALLEGED“…and just in time. Continue reading

Confidence Game – The Film Unraveling Mortgage Fraud

Are Promissory Notes actually Securities before the homeowner signed the mortgage documents?  That’s a heavy thought isn’t it?  Listen to short clip here.

As DeadlyClear interviewed Blue Chip Films Producer/Director Nick Verbitsky about his new documentary film Confidence Game based on the demise and collapse of Bear Stearns, there emerged a confirmation to a missing piece of the mortgage-backed securitization process long suspected by foreclosure defense researchers and analysts that may expose a whole new avenue of fraud and even invalidate/void mortgage loan documents.   Continue reading