Lehman's Repo 105 Counterparties Barclays, Mizuho, UBS, Deutsche Bank, And KBC May Have Attempted To "Squeeze" The Bank

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Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:19 | 263182 bugs_
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Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:23 | 263184 Cognitive Dissonance
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"So now that we know who the counter parties were, here is how we know that they knew all too well that Lehman was in trouble and could be bled dry, as this was the last recourse the firm had:"

The code of the Wall Street jungle, bleed others or be bled yourself. Greed run riot, in all it's forms and nuances. Welcome to the jungle of self regulation, I want to watch you bleed.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:49 | 263211 Joe Davola
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Henry Hill and the Robert's Lounge Crew faced jail time when they busted out a joint - then again, they did have the judges and police in their pockets.


I enjoyed Goodfellas so much that I've read the book several times.  Other than the dollar amounts, there seems to be little difference between the schemes described in the book and how these firms are run.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:56 | 263218 Ned Zeppelin
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Nice Runny Noses reference.

Me I prefer the Bard: "where black is the color and none is the number."


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:13 | 263231 Crummy
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I prefer, The Pirate.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:32 | 263195 doublethink
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Fuld ‘Negligent’ as Lehman Hid Leverage, Report Says


Then-Chief Executive Officer Richard Fuld was “at least grossly negligent” for letting Lehman file financial reports in which a key gauge of strength was “reverse-engineered” through transactions known as Repo 105s, bankruptcy examiner Anton Valukas said in a report yesterday. Lehman auditor Ernst & Young LLP could be accused of “professional malpractice,” he said.




Just add "criminally" and we have the entire story.



Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:37 | 263202 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Just add "criminally" and we have the entire story."

In a world where semantics is the difference between a jail cell and a book deal, no one is going to say anything stronger than grossly negligent. The libel and slander lawyers would have a field day with anyone who stepped out on that limb without a court having said it first. Since the regulators and justice systems have been totally co-opted, don't expect verbal, written or legal charges of criminality any time soon.

The game is rigged. Don't expect anything otherwise and you won't be disappointed. It's not that the justice system has expectations that are too low, the public has expectations that are too high.

Don't worry, be happy.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:16 | 263234 Howard_Beale
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You are the DJ of the morning, CD.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:28 | 263247 Cognitive Dissonance
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And for my next number, I present to you .......Howard Beale in that fan favorite "Mad as Hell"


The short version.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:42 | 263275 masterinchancery
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Hang 'em high.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:30 | 263197 dumpster
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make sure i get my 100 million bonus ,, i was a obedient trooper

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:38 | 263204 Anonymous
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American media again silent. No reporting nor analysis.

US = Fraud as business model.

Capital flight is the logical consequence.

Get out. NOW !

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:08 | 263319 Cistercian
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 The fourth estate has been coverted into a propaganda mill.

  Thank goodness for ZH!

 Epic as always Tyler!

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:57 | 263215 Miles Kendig
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As the lists of fed counterparties from a variety of programs, from currency swaps to discount window access now notably moves full force into the tri-party repo market. This mornings game of musical chairs inside Romper Room gains in excitement.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:04 | 263223 Cognitive Dissonance
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"This is the song that doesn't end."

I LOVE Lamb Chops.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:23 | 263245 SteveNYC
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More appropriate before reading the crooks their last rites......

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:34 | 263266 Miles Kendig
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Classic ref fo sho.  Might I suggest that we could try this....


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:52 | 263292 Cognitive Dissonance
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Gathered with friends, passing the doobie and drinking a beer, stereo turned all the way up, listening to Pink Floyd and Rammstein. Those were the days of mind numbing naval gazing narcissistic self induced hypnosis where all was right in the world. Or at least in my little world. 

No wonder our generation has chosen the illusion of Fed speak, fiat currencies and puppet government. Power to the people has become the powers-that-be rocking a hypnotized world to sleep. One little sheep, two little sheep, all the sheep are happy, just don't stop the electronic television drug nor the IV drip of Zoloft.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:22 | 263297 Miles Kendig
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The power of the tweaker economy brought to life as it flails more fully into view for all to see as it is reflected back at each of us from our own bathroom mirror..


Sat, 03/13/2010 - 02:19 | 264150 Real Estate Geek
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"The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think . . . oh, by the way, which one's Pink?"

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 16:35 | 264487 Miles Kendig
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We don't know.  We were really drunk at the time .. and said..  like..  wow...

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:28 | 263255 Howard_Beale
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LMAO---so appropriate, Miles.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:58 | 263219 Ned Zeppelin
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Astonishing reporting, TD.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:58 | 263220 SDRII
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Didnt the Fed extend Barclays a $20B line after the Bear Stearns fiasco? timeline?

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:05 | 263225 SteveNYC
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It really is time, these mother fuckers should be hanged. The ENTIRE "banking" system, "capital markets", are a huge Ponzi/shell scheme, take your pick.

These firms EXIST for the sole purpose of extracting rent from society, each other, and any other schlep with cash they can get their hands on. They produce NOTHING except crime, fraud, greed and disgust.

America is completely FUCKED if these people are not prosecuted ASAP.

And another non-surprise here, that cesspool UBS was right bang in the middle of this. What a POS!

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:30 | 263261 Anonymous
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+1 Amen Brother

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:21 | 263243 Anonymous
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Now that we know who the counterparties were, we should ask them how their firm's and auditors valued the Repo 105s on their balance sheets.

Were they treated as purchases as LEH stated or financing arrangements? If none of them valued them as purchases as per the apparent accounting rules LEH relied upon then if adds further proof the statements were knowingly false and LEH's auditors looked the other way.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:29 | 263257 bobbleheadbanger
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squeeze the 'lehman'!!! ha ha, I get it.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:52 | 263296 Orly
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Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:33 | 263264 AnonymousMonetarist
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'The lights are growing dim Otto. I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate, and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.'
- Duke (Repo Man)

Motorcycle Cop: Whatcha got in the trunk?
J. Frank Parnell: Oh... You don't wanna look in there.
(Repo Man)

'Sensors show there something's there, Captain.'

'Lehman Brothers' liquidity was a mirage. The firm said in early September 2008 that it had liquidity of $41 billion. The {bankruptcy examiner's} report says it had shrunk to just $2 billion two days later.'
-WSJ Heard on the Street

'People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.'
-President Andrew Shepherd

'Reading through the thousands and thousands of pages of Valukas' report has proven...quite entertaining. After having first uncovered the Repo 105 accounting gimmick, and E&Y (and, in a normal society, Tim Geithner) coffin nail, we are convinced that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and sure enough, as we read along, more stunners come to light. We will update .... with new discoveries, but for now, we present the episode of the Fenway Tri-Party Repo Market Clusterf%$* ("FTPRMC"), The Part Where Lehman Lied To Its Shareholders, And The SEC Gets The Middle Finger (Again), and the parable of Ben Bernanke's And His Scale Of 0 To 100 Of Systemic F%*$%dupedness.'
-Zero Hedge

These are the voyages of the starship Nancy Capitalism; to explore new outrages, to geek out new strife and new rationalizations, to boldly go where no pablum narrative has gone before.

Chances are if you're reading this post you're also a ZH reader so won't belabor the pins they are currently pushing into the Lehman pablum narrative voodoo doll.

Suffice to say, mistakes were made.

Mistakes, oh gentle reader, that would not be so graciously afforded to us common folk.

You see, if you or I, were to have a small business, with small creditors, and were then perchance to happen upon misfortune, say insolvency, then creating transactions out of whole cloth would not be an accounting gimmick or a balance sheet irregularity...

Verily, you or I, would be welcomed by the stilettos of opposing counsel doing a 'fraudulent conveyance' dance on our collective noggins.

But you see, in the Land of the Elites, the straw man of 'ordinary course of business' is raised up the Nancy Capitalism flagpole. It is, sardonically, a moving argument in the context that fraudulent conveyance has been institutionalized by GAAP, the SEC, the rating agencies, and their enablers.

If only there was some way for us gentle folks to comprehend such meanderings...

March 10, 2010
By Robert Sanders

An analysis of more than 70,000 galaxies by University of California, Berkeley, University of Zurich and Princeton University physicists demonstrates that the universe - at least up to a distance of 3.5 billion light years from Earth - plays by the rules set out 95 years ago by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity.

By calculating the clustering of these galaxies, which stretch nearly one-third of the way to the edge of the universe, and analyzing their velocities and distortion from intervening material, the researchers have shown that Einstein's theory explains the nearby universe better than alternative theories of gravity.

One major implication of the new study is that the existence of dark matter is the most likely explanation for the observation that galaxies and galaxy clusters move as if under the influence of some unseen mass, in addition to the stars astronomers observe.

Einstein's General Theory of Relativity holds that gravity warps space and time, which means that light bends as it passes near a massive object, such as the core of a galaxy. The theory has been validated numerous times on the scale of the solar system, but tests on a galactic or cosmic scale have been inconclusive.

These tests do not tell astronomers the actual identity of dark matter or dark energy. That can only be determined by other types of observations, such as direct detection experiments.

AM Here : Methinks you get the gist of my jibe. In the shadow banking system, only the occasional direct detection experiment
(bankruptcy examiner's report) can provide the actual identity of the dark matter, the unseen mass, that is exerting its' influence on our observable economic universe.

We all see, and are all experiencing, the distortions from this intervening material.

Nancy Capitalists in a Sovereign Democracy that are Hell Bent to Seek Rent. (AM Rule #10)

To stretch the analogy to a more chilling conclusion, dark matter accounts for the vast majority of the mass in the observable universe. Only future direct detection experiments / bankruptcy examiner reports / Fed Audits will truly tell us how far down the quantum rabbithole we are.

Or in other words , yes Virginia there is no collateral. (AM Rule #4)

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:19 | 263341 Cognitive Dissonance
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"We all see, and are all experiencing, the distortions from this intervening material."

By far the greatest fraud perpetrated upon the many by the few is the illusion that we are alone, apart from each other, that we are born alone, live alone and eventually die alone. Meaning we're all powerless and so we should simply accept our lot in life. If that's the case, watch TV, each nachos and shut the fuck up.

Sadly there is no evidence at all of our isolation. To the contrary, there is ample evidence of a collective consciousness, that we are all connected in ways we simply have been blinded to by thousands of years of cultural indoctrination and "education". But we can't see it because of the distortions from this intervening material, which is the collective illusion we accept as truth and reality. 

This is why the indigenous cultures are slaughtered, one after another. For in these cultures there still lay the understanding of our collective oneness. So off with their head and assimilate the rest. The homogenization of humans. We are all living in Amerika.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 14:53 | 263460 AnonymousMonetarist
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An add-on per a Q&A on the concept of fraudulent conveyance ...

Q : Where is the fraudulent conveyance? The ZH post says that Lehman sold assets in repos with an obligation to buy them back, that in substance was a borrowing by Lehman. A fraudulent conveyance requires a disposition of assets for less than fair value consideration while insolvent. Where is the transfer of assets for less than fair value?

If Lehman filed bankruptcy, I could see how the use of cash to pay off some creditors instead of others resulted in a preferential payment that could be canceled by the bankruptcy trustee.

But I'm not seeing the fraudulent conveyance.

A: They represented financing transactions as sales days prior to reporting periods to reduce reported net leverage and balance sheet.

Was Lehman insolvent?

Was this transfer made to swindle,hinder or delay a creditor?

Was this material misrepresention of their balance sheet and leverage resultant from transferring assets for less than the reasonable equivalent value of those assets?

That would turn on whether or not the overcollaterization and resultant haircut would meet that threshold...

On a stand-alone basis maybe/ maybe not.. but when you are insolvent any cash out the door that is less than fair value is fair game for creditors.

In Q4 2007 Repo 105 usage was 38.6B, in Q1 2008 49.1B and in Q2 2008 50.38B ... so the overcollaterization/haircut would not be just a pittance.

It is not a stretch to suggest that this gimmickery when uncovered by a potential buyer would have DRAMATICALLY reduced the value of the debtor's estate. So there are the transactions and then the add-on effect of same.

Regardless, a ruse by any other name still smells as %$*@@.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 15:24 | 263519 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Regardless, a ruse by any other name still smells as %$*@@."

One must always ask why the transaction, movement, conveyance, whatever you want to call it, was done. There must always be a material business purpose which, when looking back and examined by a prudent and disinterested person, could be seen as either reasonable or unreasonable. Would you do this if you were dealing with your mother/son/wife, assuming you wish to deal fairly with your mother/wife/son? 

As in all things relating to conspiracy, what was the intent of the conveyance. Just because I can convey the assets in and out doesn't mean I should. What was the business purpose? Clearly in this case, it was to obscure. If one can't see that, then one is looking for reasons not to see.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 23:39 | 264068 Anonymous
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"This is why the indigenous cultures are slaughtered, one after another. For in these cultures there still lay the understanding of our collective oneness."

Have any or all of you read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn?

Highly recommended.....

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:38 | 263270 Arm
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So who else was/is using Repo's 105?  How about a tiny little investigation? 

PwC, Ernst & Young, KPMG you know that these are fraudulent now... how about for once doing your job and publishing your going concern letters on the lot?

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:46 | 263285 BlackBeard
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It's kinda like how skinheads rape other skinheads in jail!

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 12:46 | 263287 tip e. canoe
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hmmm, all foreign banks.

what a convenient cowinkidink.

croissant, mr. morgan?

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:04 | 263311 Anonymous
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do you recall massive stock buyback announced by LEH in the summer of 2007, at the very top of the market? (great timing too!)
Is there a way to see who among LEH insiders unloaded their LEH shares back to the firm at over $70/share starting in the summer '07 and who among them were "in the know" about the REPO 105?
When corporate officers do "bend" accounting rules, it's not because they do it "for the fir", heck no! They always do it to enrich THEMSELVES, and in this case - to cash out at the top.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:06 | 263314 Ripped Chunk
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What!?!?  I thought bankers were gentlemen?

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:10 | 263323 Anonymous
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Let's go after the beast of all these whore's the US Gov!

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 16:30 | 263605 Ripped Chunk
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US Government (why do I capitalize?????? habit I guess) has impressive powers but still just a tool and not the real power.

The real power is so well hidden and pervasive that it is seldom seen and mostly imagined by anyone even intelligent enough to percieve it.

Yet it is there and it acts swiftly and decisively when it hears an answer it doesn't like from ANYBODY.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 17:04 | 263654 SRV - ES339
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Nothing new here folks (same old, same old)... move along please.


The Money Masters...   





Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:24 | 263360 SilverIsKing
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DXY getting hammered.

Gold down.


Fri, 03/12/2010 - 14:49 | 263453 ToNYC
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Buying/Burying gold is the ultimate trade for a dead future..all the live cash that as usual gets worth less after time could be doing right things is buried along with the lack of imagination. The point about cash is to make things happen; gold is a short circuit to a silo future. Thanks for getting out of play!

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 15:06 | 263477 SilverIsKing
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Thanks for the stupid response.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 16:32 | 263610 Ripped Chunk
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A dead future?  It really depends on what you have in mind to occupy one's self now doesn't it?????

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 14:19 | 263427 Anonymous
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The US Supreme Court insulated any counterparty from liability from private suit for aiding and abetting fraud in the Stoneridge case 5-4 decision. I wondered how long it would take....

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 14:22 | 263430 Anonymous
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The US Supreme Court insulated any counterparty from liability from private suit for aiding and abetting fraud in the Stoneridge case 5-4 decision. I wondered how long it would take....

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 16:13 | 263588 carbonmutant
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We need to subpoena all Goldman emails regarding repo 105.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 16:25 | 263598 Anonymous
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In semi-related news:

Treasury selling it's BOA warrants:


I'd bet that BOA is among the king daddies of REPO 105 creativity.

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