Guest Post: More Spin And Geithner Gobbledygook

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Submitted by Nomi Prins

More Spin And Geithner Gobbledygook

On the right hand side of the Treasury Department website homepage, under the subheading Wall Street Reform, is the following lofty statement: 

"It is time to restore responsibility and accountability to our financial system."

That's the spin. Now, it's been spinning there awhile, so it's not exactly news.

But today, in complete contrast to the meaning of that statement, Geithner suggested backing a 'risk-retention' proposal
that excludes banks that meet high underwriting standards (probably
those that got high marks on the latest Fed stress tests for which the
Fed isn't releasing any details) from having to retain portions of the
deals they securitize, you know, of having to maintain a stake in the
outcome of those deals and the performance and integrity of their
underlying loans.

To recap, as a result of the 2008
debacle, banks that passed their stress tests, effectively borrow money
at next to zero percent. The aftermath of the financial crisis is the
loosest monetary policy in our nation's history. Even with all that
help, banks don't want to be bothered holding anything that could screw
around with their capital ratios. Of course.

The watery and verbose Dodd-Frank bill
did very little to change the banking landscape (okay less than nothing,
big banks got bigger, Glass-Steagall wasn't resurrected, rating
agencies remain in control of rubber stamping deals and debt, funky
derivatives are excluded from exchanges, etc.) But it did manage to
churn out some language that suggested banks keep some 'skin in the
game' and retain up to 5% of each securitized deal they manufacture. 

Today, Geithner reconfirmed that any
potentially useful pieces of that bill (and you have to look really hard
for them to begin with) would be rendered impotent or be axed.
Shocking. So comforting he's leading the super-spin
systemic-risk-reducing-but-not-really, taxpayer funded Financial
Stability Oversight Council Board.

It's no surprise that the banks that
received trillions of dollars of federal backing don't want to hold more
of their concocted crap in the future. That would mean holding more
capital behind the crap too. That would mean not being able to use that
capital to create new crap. 

But it's not just them. It's the
regulators that manufacture their future employees too. Having
apparently forgotten everything that happened in the last few years, the
FDIC voted 5-0 to consider this proposal. The SEC's going to have a
think about it later this week. How about - no that's a dumb ass
proposal that flies against everything we've been babbling about when we
talk about containing systemic risk?  Course not.

It'll happen. The most powerful banks
will be deemed the highest quality issuers and nothing will have changed
- again. And what's the likelihood that JPM Chase, for example, is the
first exemption? High.

What's the likelihood that the
collateral underlying their loan portfolios retains the same value it
had when those loans were contracted? Zero.  If that were the case, then
only in JPM Chase land, for example, would the value of homes not have
deteriorated. Which isn't reality.
But that doesn't matter. Because they, and every other bank, can
continue to pretend that until a default happens or a foreclosure is
completed, there's no need to re-evaluate any of their loan portfolios
because they are under-collateralized on every single loan, or admit
their true risk. Certainly no accounting rule is going to make them.

Yep, banks know enough to lobby against
retaining a higher stake of risk in those loans and their related deals.
Which tells us something about how weak and shady the banking system
remains and how strong the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Regulatory and
Congressional spin to the contrary is.

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Duuude's picture



Cheyenne's picture

I presume you been from Bloombergs FOIA case. I thought C.J. Preska's order said five (5) days to cough up. That would've been yesterday. But then I got high and furthermore intoxicated and must have hallucinated an article saying the Fed had 14 days.

I practiced in federal court a long time and don't recall any shenanigans like this one.

I wouldn't hold your breath at this point.

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

USA = The worlds biggest banana republic. Go team.

Long-John-Silver's picture

No. The worlds biggest banana Oligarchy.

economessed's picture

......fruit-flavored plutocracy?

chindit13's picture

Correction:  (o)Bamana Republic

camaro68ss's picture

Someone needs to make a movie of all this crap

Cleanclog's picture

Saw Inside Job again last night.  Charles Ferguson (writer and director) spoke afterward of his ongoing troubles with the financial system and American political influences.

Highly recommend you see this documentary.  

Then maybe we should get a targeted twitter etc campaign going ala the recent success by a Dutch movement to clawback bonuses of ING banksters (they waived their awards last week- much smaller than NY bankster bonuses).  Parliament has since put a 100% tax on bonuses given by firms that received taxpayer bailout funds, retroactive to 2008.

Dr. Engali's picture

Make a movie? This is even more unbelievable than any of Arnold's movies. Maybe that's how they are able to get away with it.

Pepe's picture

We should produce a new series of "Cops" and go chase the real criminals for a change

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Thomas Jefferson's on tape right now, looking grim and forlorn. He put the tape together long ago, placing it in the hands of some trusted patriots, with instructions that it should only be played in an emergency. 

It started:

"My darlings. If you are watching this , it's because our Republic is dead."

It's playing on every TV in America on continuous loop. 

You have to have a decoder to view it though.

TIMMAYYY's picture

ooo, a game of musical chairs, how wonderful.

I cant wait to see who loses...everyones money.

wtf, when are we gonna get a chance to bitch slap these fools!

Drag Racer's picture

Which tells us something about how weak and shady the banking system remains and how strong the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Regulatory and Congressional spin to the contrary is.

And this is news to anyone???


Here is some news. US F15 goes down in Libya and Marines shoot at and injure 8 friendly civilians in rescue. US denies anyone opened fire.

AldoHux_IV's picture

Fuck Tim Geithner and the horse he rode in on too.

Carl Spackler's picture

Which reminds me to ask...


Is Timmy Geithner going to pay his taxes this year ? 

Or is he going to shirk that responsibility and call it "an honest mistake"?



Al Gorerhythm's picture

Wouldn't that be just a little extreme? Couldn't we just hang the weasel instead and just let the horse go? 

chindit13's picture

As a dues paying member of PETA I take exception to the latter part of your rant.

As a dues paying member of the human race, I'm perfectly comfortable with the first part.

SilverFiend's picture

Introduce your local Chase branch to fire.

earnyermoney's picture

Mr. McVeigh was ahead of his time.

MarketTruth's picture

"In the absence of a gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold. If everyone decided, for example, to convert all his bank deposits to silver or copper or any other good and thereafter decline to accept checks as payment for goods, bank deposits would lose their purchasing power and government-created bank credit would be worthless as claims on goods. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to be able to protect themselves.

This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard."

The above was said by Alan Greenspan, 'Gold and Economic Freedom' in 1966.


"Given the very high level of reserve balances currently in the banking system, the Federal Reserve has ample time to consider the best long-run framework for policy implementation. The Federal Reserve believes it is possible that, ultimately, its operating framework will allow the elimination of minimum reserve requirements, which impose costs and distortions on the banking system" -- Federal Reserve February 10, 2010

The German Chairman's picture

this is just unbelievable! Thanks for the post. These opportunistic bastards.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Great post,  lawyers guns and money, what is one honest person to do?

WALLST8MY8BALL's picture

Can we use Super Glue to stop the spin and to keep down the Geithner Gobbledygook?

TradingJoe's picture

Watching Marc Faber on Bl(D)oomBerg, hilarious! Calls US Economy a "bad" emerging market hehehe! US Economy out of control already, QE3 coming but The Benster wants a "correction" to "justify" infinitum! Must watch!

Urban Redneck's picture

I have to disagree with Faber on that one- I work in "bad" emerging and undeveloped economies- and I would't touch the US.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

"ZeroHedge is a cult of bunker dwelling dimwits. That don't let you post there very long if you have anything positive to say. The moronic cult leader hates when anybody posts something to negate his often sensational or flat out fraudulent "news" stories."

-- HWagner, A MarketWatch Dimwit

nobusiness's picture

Does anyone in the world not use PCLN for travel?  That stock is unstoppable.

chindit13's picture

Apparently NASA is using PCLN for its Mission to Mars.  Hence the stock's escape velocity.

lesterbegood's picture

Apparently Geithner learned to speak gobbeledygook from Al Greenspan...

Sudden Debt's picture

and we all know to who the FED answers... JPM & GS...


RobotTrader's picture

Veritable meltup into the bell.

Must be quarter end tape painting.

100% success rate.

nobusiness's picture

Looks like they finally ran out of paint

nobusiness's picture

Fed found some more green paint in the utility closet.


Resume BTFD

Fernley Girl's picture

Anyone remember this?

I've been waiting for some ginormous SHTF headlines. Anyone read anything?

nobusiness's picture

25000 pages to be released tomorrow (Thursday)

Duuude's picture


25000 pages...following tha Squids Sigtarp playbook...





nobusiness's picture

Any of the statements made today by Hoenig would have tanked the market in the 90's.

Today new highs

Nuclear disaster would have caused new lows.

Today no effect.

Catullus's picture

If banks retained risks for bad loans, does that mean they'd actually have to track the loans they've made? "uh, all these mortgages have the same social security number and 'yes please' under signator sex." don't worry, the bank now has "skin in the game". Hahaha.

Kickaha's picture

There is some reputable anecdotal evidence that when the flow of new mortgages began to dry up, those wonderful folks in the MBS industry simple bought some credit default protection and then sold clone offerings backed by the same set of underlying mortgages, over and over again.  The beast had to be fed.

This was sort of a fractional MBS banking system.  Get one set of sliced and diced mortgages and sell a dozen rounds of MBS securities.

People who fight the Motion to Lift the Automatic Stay in bankruptcy court often find three or four entities showing up claiming that they own the right to foreclose on the underlying mortgage after MERS is kicked out of the case.

Retaining the loan and all of the risk would prevent this sort of opportunity for the sort of obscene profits that only fraud can provide.

PulauHantu29's picture

Timmy has been very quiet recently. I want to see his new haircut but I hear he is hanging out with Charlie Sheen....who knows?

citta vritti's picture

For what it's worth, SIGTARP Barofsky used NYT's op-ed page to pen a sad recapitulation farewell of how the banks turned TARP into just another day at the office. I guess he rightly concluded that WSJ and FT just weren't interested in publicizing the truth about their major advertisers. 

Meanwhile over at the Financial Times, Greenspan removed his prominent proboscis long enough from brown nose truffle hunting to snort a few derisive comments about the hints of regulation wafting bankward from Dodd-Frank. He's probably right, so long as the other part of the equation were true, that when they screw up, it's not TBTF, but Bob Marley: "The harder they come, the harder they fall."

Silver bullets and wooden stakes don't seem to be enough for that guy -- I guess they cost too much. 

slewie the pi-rat's picture

t.y., nomi.

1st, "mark to myth."

then, have the goobermint & FED start up about how we don't wanna risk weakening their balance sheets, here. 

one more domino isn't there?  how "we"'ll be at a competitive disandvantage, globally, by "forcing" these fuking criminals to do pretty much of anything they didn't dream up, themselves.

Ich bin ein whatever's picture

"It is time to restore responsibility and accountability to our financial system."

How about he start it off by resigning, and he can take Bernanke with him.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

I would love to see a big Gorilla fuck Giethner up the ass for an half hour or so and then face fuck him hard...

The SEC would even buy tickets.