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The Six Hundred Forty One Million Dollar Carcass

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The Six Hundred Forty One Million Dollar Carcass

Buried in a story about how what’s left of Lehman Brothers is looking to emerge from Chapter 11, there was an astounding statistic that I’ll ask you to savor like the last suckle of a Werther’s Original…

From Reuters:

Lehman has paid $641.9 million in U.S. professional fees since it filed for bankruptcy, according to a January 2010 report.

Hilarious.  Lehman Brothers was the biggest bankruptcy filing in history – so why shouldn’t the "clean up effort" be the biggest legal and advisory bonanza in history as well?

Everyone got involved – restructuring firms, bankruptcy trustees, law firms of every stripe, sushi chefs, PR firms, jugglers and stilt-walkers and fire eaters, consultants, advisors, tax experts, witch doctors, real estate appraisers, hairdressers, financial engineers, secretaries, bassoonists etc.

What a Norman Rockwell moment for America – just picture this hideous tableaux – bespoke-suited and bespectacled millionaires sifting through the carrion offal of disgraced-but-still-filthy-rich billionaires while the rest of American Business looks on without a line of credit or a paying customer in sight.

Just like Walt Disney imagineered it for Main Street USA.

$641 million in fees generated during Chapter 11?  Hell, that’s a stimulus plan in and of itself!  Who can we bring to its knees next quarter?  Can we incinerate another hundred billion dollar company so that the bourgeoisie can snort those ashes off a conference table, too?

Someone’s gotta do it, so I’m not mad at the restructo-vulture complex.  In fact, to the contrary, I’m glad to see that we haven’t found a way to offshore the jobs of corporate undertakers just yet. 

Still got one booming industry left, then.  Cool. 


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Excessive Use of Repo 105 is White Collar Crime

Excessive Use of Repo 105 is White Collar Crime

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Courtesy of Joshua M Brown, The Reformed Broker 

I won’t bore anyone with a two page dissembling of Lehman‘s use of Repo 105 which we learned about from the report on its demise this week.  Rather, this post will simply be a sledgehammer that slams the obvious into the side of the blogosphere.

For the uninitiated, the scam that was being perpetrated by Lehman Bros senior execs and their auditors isn’t a new one, it was just pulled off on a massive scale, costing investors and the economy dearly.

Repo 105 was an accounting trick that allowed Lehman to temporarily shift $50 billion in liability off of their balance sheet just in time to show investors a quarterly report demonstrating reduced leverage.  Once the quarter was closed, Lehman would then repurchase (repo) that debt back onto its balance sheet.  And they did this several times.

This window dressing allowed the company to fake solvency and sucker in investors, both in the stock market and, the company had hoped, from the sovereign wealth funds it was flirting with.

They would hide tens of billions of dollars temporarily and then trot out "Rock Star CFO" Erin Callan to lie to the world on television about how everything in Lehmanland was just fine.

Auditors Ernst & Young, the Lehman Bros Board of Directors and especially the Senior Executives who signed off on this practice have committed a crime.  This is securities fraud.  Their culpability ranges from negligence to outright thievery.  It may be Ivy League caliber securities fraud, but it is fraud nonetheless.  And if technology or industrial executives had engaged in this exact same behavior, they’d be in court defending themselves right now.

Not much more to it.

Now we’ll see if Sarbanes-Oxley has any actual teeth or if it turns out to have only been an Enron band-aid all along.

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Lehman Report May Point Way For Criminal Charges (Reuters)

Lehman Report Points Way To Plaintiffs, Not Prison (BusinessWeek)

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How Lehman, With The Fed’s Complicity, Created Another Illegal Precedent In Abusing The Primary Dealer Credit Facility

How Lehman, With The Fed’s Complicity, Created Another Illegal Precedent In Abusing The Primary Dealer Credit Facility

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Five months ago, Zero Hedge observed the nuances of the Federal Reserve’s Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF) and concluded that this artificial liquidity boosting construct was nothing more than yet another scam to allow banks to extract ever more money from taxpayers, with the complicit blessing of the Federal Reserve Board Of New York (as the original piece also provided an in-depth discussion of the triparty repo market which is now a parallel to the buzzword of the day in the form of Lehman’s "Repo 105" off balance sheet contraption, it should serve as a useful refresher course to anyone who wishes to understand why while Repo 105 with its $50 billion in liability contingency may have been an issue, the true Repo market, with over $3 trillion of likely just as toxic assets, is where the real pain in the future will come from). The PDCF would allow assets of declining and even inexistent value to be pledged as collateral, thus making sure that taxpayer cash was funneled into sham institutions holding predominantly toxic assets, and whose viability was and is limited, yet still is backed by the Fed, which to this day continues to pour our money into them. Today, with a tip from the NYT’s Eric Dash, we demonstrate just how grossly negligent the Federal Reserve was when it came to Lehman’s abuse of the PDCF, and how the trail of slime of Lehman’s increasingly obvious manipulation of its books goes to the very top of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and its then governor – a very much complicit Tim Geithner.

1. The Liquidity Conundrum And the PDCF

In our original piece, we posited the following observation on the Fed’s constant involvement in liquidity provisioning, particularly in the context of the repo market:

Here is the liquidity crunch in its full flow-chart glory:

  1. If can not obtain short-term (overnight or term) funding in repo market, go to Eurodollar market
  2. If can not obtain short-term funding in Eurodollar market (LIBOR), go to asset sales
  3. If asset sales are impossible due to lack bids, illiquid markets, and collateral consists of toxic MBS and CCC-rated junk bonds, yet margin calls are streaming and repo counterparties are demanding their


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Global Banking Stocks Are Crashing Hard - Just Like They Did In 2008

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Short the S&P 500 and Go Long Gold Miners Time?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The precious metals sector continues to be a “grind”, offering a few trades but mostly sideways to lower action. Gold prices have slogged along and this had held the Gold Miners (NYSEARCA:GDX) back… until recently.  The Gold Miners (GDX) and the broader Gold & Silver Miners Index (XAU) came to life in September and October.

The miners are in a multi-year down trend, however there is a potential bullish setup in place. See the chart below where we highlight the ratio of the Mining Index (XAU) to the S&P 500 (SPY). The ratio, which Gold Bugs want to see rising, looks to have created a bullish reversal last month at the 2016 lows at point (1).

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The risk of 'cascading' natural disasters is on the rise

 

The risk of 'cascading' natural disasters is on the rise

Deadly debris flows came to Los Angeles after heavy rain pounded wildfire-scarred land. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Courtesy of Farshid Vahedifard, Mississippi State University and Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine

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Weekly Market Recap Oct 21, 2018

Courtesy of Blain.

After the heavy selling the week prior there was sure to be an oversold bounce and indeed last Tuesday brought much of that.  It is always interesting to see what happens after that bounce – often in this bull market, once the indexes turn back up they move like a freight train.  This time – thus far at least – the action has been less aggressive.  Selling on Thursday took the S&P 500 right back down to the 200 day moving average and rally attempts Friday were fruitless.  In whole the S&P 500 barely budged for the week.

Yields on the 10 year have thus far held their own “breakout” level:

The Chinese market had an interesting Friday with an “...



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Morgan Stanley Downgrades A Fleet Of Freight Stocks

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Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

 

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

Five people died and more than 200 got sick during a 2018 E. coli outbreak, the largest in more than a decade. The bacteria was traced to contaminated romaine lettuce. (Shutterstock)

Courtesy of Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University

In the wake of this year’s large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019.

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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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Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

 

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Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

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Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

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