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Obama Earthquake Rocks Wall Street

Obama Earthquake Rocks Wall Street

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Details of Obama’s new proposal are still hard to come by but this looks huge. 

Sources inside major financial institutions are saying that they are scrambling to see if they will have to spin off operations, change their regulatory status, and perhaps find new business models.

Here’s the AP’s report:

President Obama is calling for tougher regulations on banks that would limit the size and complexity of large financial institutions.

The proposal would also limit banks’ ability to engage in high-risk trades. Restrictions would be placed on proprietary trading by commercial banks to separate those institutions from investment banks.

Obama said Thursday that without these regulations, the financial system will continue to operate under the same rules that led to its near collapse.

The announcement comes as Obama renews his calls for financial regulatory reform, which is being negotiated on Capitol Hill.

Obama’s announcement comes as the White House renewed Obama’s demand that any overhaul of banking regulations contain an independent consumer financial protection agency. The proposed agency is one of the major sticking points in the Senate and the central focus of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee.

"The president is not going to compromise because lobbyists tell somebody that we shouldn’t have an agency that protects consumers," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. "That’s something the president’s not willing to give up."

The tougher measures to be announced Thursday aim to limit speculation by commercial banks and to keep financial institutions from becoming so big that they pose a risk to the overall economic system.

In focusing attention on Wall Street,however, the administration is also seeking to halt a wave of public anxiety that is benefiting Republicans and undermining Obama’s agenda.

News of the announcement came shortly after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had a private dinner Wednesday night with chief executives from some of the top Wall Street banks.

There was also a new urgency in the Senate to move on the legislation — an attempt to respond to voter anger at Wall Street and bank bailouts that helped propel Republican Scott Brown


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YEAH, BABY! Massive Taxpayer-Sponsored Wall Street Bonuses!

YEAH, BABY! Massive Taxpayer-Sponsored Wall Street Bonuses!

Courtesy of Henry Blodget at Clusterstock/The Business Insider

Poverty Sucks

Thank you, Tim Geithner!  Thank you, Ben Bernanke!  Thank you, Hank Paulson!  Thank you, Larry Summers!  Thank you, Barack Obama!

Thank you, AMERICA, for making this yet another absolutely great year to work on Wall Street!

[Wall Street] executives acknowledge that the [bonus] numbers being tossed around — six-, seven- and even eight-figure sums for some chief executives and top producers — will probably stun the many Americans still hurting from the financial collapse and ensuing Great Recession.

Goldman Sachs is expected to pay its employees an average of about $595,000 apiece for 2009, one of the most profitable years in its 141-year history. Workers in the investment bank of JPMorgan Chase stand to collect about $463,000 on average…

(Kudos to Citi’s Vikram Pandit, though, who’s forgoing a bonus and taking a salary of $1).

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Louise Story, NYT: 7 Or 8 Figures For the Top Bonuses On Wall Street

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Goldman Desperate To Avoid PR Disaster Come Bonus Season

 


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Dylan Ratigan Goes Nuts On Goldman Exec Who Advocated Inequality

Dylan Ratigan Goes Nuts On Goldman Exec Who Advocated Inequality

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As soon as we saw this last night, we knew it was going to be huge.

Goldman Vice-Chairman Lord Fforestfatch defended his bank’s huge pay and the general notion of inequality at a debate in the UK.

Naturally, Dylan Ratigan was stunned and apoplectic. It starts around the 2:30 mark.

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Pay Czar Defangs Himself, Won’t Set Pay Caps

Pay Czar Defangs Himself, Won’t Set Pay Caps

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Relax TARP execs, the mobs aren’t coming for you.

Reuters: President Barack Obama’s "pay czar" said on Friday he will not cap compensation for the top employees at bailed-out companies, and will not reveal names, when he releases the first wave of decisions within a few weeks.

"We don’t want specific names next to dollars," said Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed in June to decide compensation packages for the highest-paid personnel at companies that received U.S. government bailouts.

So Kenneth Feinberg has probably taken the first step towards making his office irrelevent, though theoretically he still has the power to intervene when a pay package is somehow excessive or likely to induce risk. In reality, he probably won’t do much of anything.

Folks, the pay issue is fading, even if the G20 promises a "coordinated effort ."

At least until Michael Moore’s "Capitalism" drops in October…

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Obama's man, the "Pay Czar," Kenneth Feinberg

Citi Is Pissed Off About The Pay Czar’s Comp Restrictions (C)

Obama’s Pay Czar Ready To Crack Heads On Wall Street

Pandit Says He’s Embarrassed By Andrew Hall’s $100 Million Bonus (C)

 

 


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UK Watchdog Wants To Shrink The Financial Sector

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"Americans are heading home as Britain plans a 50 percent tax rate for those who earn more than 150,000 pounds ($248,000) a year and employers cut benefits for workers living abroad, reducing the allure of London. That comes a year after the U.K. said foreigners who have lived in the country for more than seven years must pay 30,000 pounds annually or give up the special status that shields overseas income from British taxes."  Elle Macpherson Can’t Counter London Gloom as Americans Flee, Bloomberg.

UK Watchdog Wants To Shrink The Financial Sector

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Now We Know Who Approved The Outrageous Bonuses

Now We Know Who Approved The Outrageous Bonuses At Merrill Lynch

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At yesterday’s hearing over the SEC’s case against Bank of America, judge Jed Rakoff hammered away with persistent questions about who knew what and when they knew it. The judge was focused on the question of the enormous bonus payments that were made to Merrill employees just before the merger was completed.

The SEC hadn’t offered up any names in its complaint against Bank of America, saying it wasn’t targeting individuals. But as Rakoff kept pointing out, instituions don’t make decisions about bonsues. People inside of institutions do.

Under persistent questions from the judge the SEC offered two names, Reuter’s Rolfe Winkler reports. The bonus discussions, according to the SEC, were handled by Greg Curl of Bank of America and Greg Fleming of Merrill.  Fleming was reportedly the person who originally brokered the deal with Bank of America. As sole president at Merrill at the time, he would likely have been well placed to know of the losses mounting on Merrill’s balance sheet.

Interestingly, Bank of America’s lawyer says that Merill CEO John Thain and BofA CEO Ken Lewis weren’t aware of the of details of the bonuses because those were contained in a "disclosure schedule" that was supposed to be attached to the SEC filing detailing the merger. The disclosure schedule was never atttached, and the lawyer says that Thain and Lewis didn’t even see it.

Which is mightily convenient for those at the top seeking to avoid taking responsibility for the decisions.


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Goldman’s Secret Plan: Ignore Public, Give Themselves A Raise

Goldman’s Secret Plan: Ignore Public, Give Themselves A Raise (GS)

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But one of our favorite parts comes at the end, when Hagan reports that Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein isn’t really too worried about the "vampire squid" business. (For those of you totally out of touch, Rolling Stone described Goldman as a "vampire squid" that created and profited from every financial bubble in American history.) He’s actually pretty much indifferent to public perception, except when it affects internal morale.

And internal morale problems can be remedied with that universal solvent of bad feelings: more money.

From Hagan:

In the end, Goldman’s reputation is a luxury they may well be able to do without. Robert Rubin has been privately critical of how the firm has handled the threats to its prestige, and Rogers recently addressed the firm’s reputation in seminars with Goldman staff. But a person who frequently talks to senior executives at Goldman sums up the company’s attitude this way: “If we can push the envelope without D.C. punishing us, we don’t care about our Main Street reputation.” Blankfein in particular is said to be dismissive of the firm’s critics. According to a person close to him, the CEO believes Goldman’s internal problems will disappear once compensation comes back. In other words, money will solve everything.

With enough money, perhaps he can even get the taxpayers off his back. Last week, Blankfein took a stab at assuaging public anger by paying a $1.1 billion return on the government’s $10 billion investment last fall—not a bad profit. It was a shrewd move, a prudent PR investment that prompted a round of stories about the firm’s “generosity to taxpayers.” Feel better?

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AIG may be worth nothing, so quick, get the bonuses out

Here are a couple updates on AIG, courtesy of John Carney of ClusterStock.

Citi Says AIG May Be Worth Nothing

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You may have forgotten that America’s deepest money pit, also known as AIG, is still publicly traded somehow. In fact, they did a 1-for-20 reverse stock split a week or so ago. Since then the financial calamity manufacturer has lost half its value.

So what should AIG be worth? Our feeling is that this company has so little knowledge about what its been doing that investors would be crazy to put a dime into it. Every few months we learn of a new toxic product line AIG dealt to others. First it was credit default swaps, then stock-lending and now some mysterious derivatives sold to European banks.

Citi analysts recently said that there’s a good chance that AIG could be worth nothing at all.

“Our valuation includes a 70 percent chance that the equity at AIG is zero,” said Citi analyst Joshua Shanker. The problem is that AIG owes so much to the US government that it would need to raise $135 billion before shareholders ever see a dime.

Doug McIntyre offers a contrarian take on AIG, noting that its current market cap is so low that buyers could actually make out. "With any luck, there will be a sliver of value left over for common shareholders. It is a big bet, but one that could pay off. If the equity in the company ends up being worth only $3 billion, investors could almost double their money based on where the stock trades now," he writes.

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AIG Wants To Pay Financial Products Group $235 Million In Bonuses

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Uh oh. Here we go again.

From The Associated Press:

After its bonus payments ignited a firestorm of criticism earlier this year, American International Group is asking the federal government to weigh in on the insurer’s plan to resume paying millions in promised retention incentives next week, according to media reports.

AIG, once the world’s largest insurer, has asked the Obama administration’s compensation czar, Kenneth R. Feinberg, to approve the payments in order to head off any public outrage, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening.

While the company isn’t required to get the government’s blessing because


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women's rights - even before she went on the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice RBG passed away from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer yesterday. RIP, the Notorious RBG.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women's rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg paying a courtesy call on Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., in June 1993, before her confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court. AP/Marcy Nighswander

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Stocks are not done yet - Update

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There are a few times in history when a third party said this US paper (stocks, funds or bonds) is worthless.

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2) 2007 Bear Stern Fund Collapse - Investors said their funds collateral was worth much less than stated. This of course was the beginning of the great america housing bust of 2008.


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The Ultra Wealthy Are Selling Billions Of Dollars In Stock

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As the market has "rebounded" off its lows back in March, the world's super wealthy are jumping at the chance to offload billions of dollars in stock while global central banks - and most notably the Federal Reserve - keeps a bid under the market and acts as a Mr. Magoo-like counterparty.

Many investors have been prompted to sell by market volatility over the last two weeks, which appears as though it could be signaling an end to the V-shaped recovery. This has likely helped spook the ultra wealthy into take some cash off the table. 

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Markets Crash Two Days In A Row: The American Dream Is Dead

By Eloise Williams. Originally published at ValueWalk.

The American dream is dead, she thinks to herself. After all her hard work. All the blood, sweat and tears. Long nights in the office away from her family.  Diligently saving up every penny so they could have that white picket fence. A big screen television. And even an iPhone 11 Pro.

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Gold Breakout Triggers Buy Signal, Is $3000 Next Target?

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90-days ago this cup & handle pattern was discussed on See It Market when Gold was trading at 1717.

Fast-forward to today and Gold is up 15 percent. So it’s time for an update!

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Smoke from wildfires can worsen COVID-19 risk, putting firefighters in even more danger

Firefighters have battled camp crud before, but COVID-19 brings new risks with the potential for heart and lung damage. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle.

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Cryptocurrencies Rarely Used To Launder Money, Fiat Preferred

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Traditional channels continue to dominate the estimated $2 trillion global money laundering racket instead of cryptocurrencies, a report says.

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Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia - The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

 

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