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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

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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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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

Courtesy of Vincent Fernando

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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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The US government has huge debts, and House Democrats could lead the way on solutions - an economist explains how

 

The US government has huge debts, and House Democrats could lead the way on solutions – an economist explains how

Democrat Nancy Pelosi spoke in D.C. the night of the midterm elections. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Courtesy of Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Boston University

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PG&E Plummets After Drawing Down Billions On Its Revolvers

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Two days after California utilities PG&E and Edison crashed, losing a third of their market cap in 48 hours amid investor fears over their exposure to the devastating California fires which are still raging, moments ago PG&E stock tumbled over 20% in premarket trading after the company disclosed it has fully drawn down its revolving credit facilities, in anticipation of soaring liquidity needs.

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Stock Market Correction Lingers As 800 Pound Resistance Levels Hold

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Key stock market indices continue to struggle beneath 800-pound Fibonacci extension levels (resistance).

In today’s “6-pack” chart, we illustrate these key bull/bear lines for investors – see below. The Dow Jones Industrials, Transports, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 are all experiencing weakness and selling pressure at long-term Fibonacci extension levels each at (1).

But the overhead resistance spreads to other key sectors like the Banks and Semiconductors. The Banks are experiencing weakness at the 2007 highs at (2) and the Semiconductors are experiencing weakness at the 2000 highs at (3).

Expect market weakness (or consolidation) to continue until these stock indexes and key market sectors breakout above resistance. Stay tuned!

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Weekly Market Recap Nov 11, 2018

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This past week was saw another positive move up by bulls – especially in the Dow and S&P 500; the NASDAQ was not quite as enthusiastic.   Wednesday’s rally was on the legs of an election that was seen as market friendly or at least not as bad as it could have been.   Essentially – paying people a lot of money to get nothing done the next 2 years – woo hoo!

The market is interpreting Wedneday’s result as insuring that “no big things will get done,” in Washington between now and 2020, Craig Birk, chief investment officer at Personal Capital told MarketWatch. “The market appreciates the relative certainty of the slow legislative agenda.” he said.

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Bitcoin's high energy consumption is a concern - but it may be a price worth paying

 

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Vilas Fund Up 55% In Q3; 3Q18 Letter: A Bull Market In Bearish Forecasts

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

The Vilas Fund, LP letter for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018; titled, “A Bull Market in Bearish Forecasts.”

Ever since the financial crisis, there has been a huge fascination with predictions of the next “big crash” right around the next corner. Whether it is Greece, Italy, Chinese debt, the “overvalued” stock market, the Shiller Ratio, Puerto Rico, underfunded pensions in Illinois and New Jersey, the Fed (both for QE a few years ago and now for removing QE), rising interest rates, Federal budget deficits, peaking profit margins, etc...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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