Neil Barofsky To Step Down As Head Of SIGTARP

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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:45 | 959612 naiverealist
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I always thought that Neil was an intelligent, motivated person asking the right questions.  Now, he is gone and what Goldman alum will take his place?  Has he told anyone why he is leaving?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:48 | 959624 hedgeless_horseman
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...what Goldman alum will take his place?

More likely an NYU intern.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:00 | 959681 ZackAttack
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I heard that he's leaving in order to spend more time with our money.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:36 | 959838 CynicLaureate
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+ $700bln

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:06 | 959705 the rookie cynic
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Yes. Someone with a BA in Newspeak and a PhD in Doublethink. Double plus good.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:04 | 960407 Zero Govt
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Is that a letter of resignation or the most sickening self-inspection of his own naval coming up roses on his own brilliance? ...the public sector is rammed with these arrogant deluded useless parasites ...i've never heard such crap, pass the sickbags 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:27 | 960816 DarkAgeAhead
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Man, NYU should have stayed in the noodle business.  One of the worst quality schools I've ever interacted with.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:46 | 959615 irishlink
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my ! what a day for fast and furious news reports. you would think all this chaos would unerve the markets . Instead  it looks like another boring day with low vol. Happy Valentines

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:47 | 959617 SwingForce
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Give him Eric Holder's job.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:52 | 959641 hedgeless_horseman
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Who is Eric Holder?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:56 | 959662 Orly
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The actor...

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:49 | 959618 AN0NYM0US
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with apologies this link to Business Insider circa 2009 when Carney was still there


Barofsky Discovers The Bailout Was Based On A Big, Fat Lie

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:49 | 959625 EscapeKey
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It would appear he's been pissing in a lot of pools:

TARP Watchdog Neil Barofsky: Government Bailout Has Increased Risk Of Economic Crisis
"Even if TARP saved our financial system from driving off a cliff back in 2008, absent meaningful reform, we are still driving on the same winding mountain road, but this time in a faster car," Barofsky wrote."

US banks face insider trading probe
Neil Barofsky, the special inspector-general overseeing the US government’s financial rescue efforts, is to probe allegations of insider trading among bank executives and their associates.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:00 | 959685 Fish Gone Bad
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I guess he did not learn a thing from Brooksley Born (  I honestly do not know if I can become any more creeped out.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:30 | 959800 gwar5
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Creepy is the only word I could think of, too, 2 years ago when I found out how it went down in 1998.

There's an NPR 90 min. video online of the whole episode re Brooksley Born called "The Warning"

Greenspan reportedly told Brooksley Born to ignore the fraud. They drummed her out using congress and just 8 weeks later the LTCM $1 Trillion collapse occurred. Quickly papered over of course.  

They literallly gave her a medal last year -- But no change at the Fed or CFTC.


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:00 | 959938 Bananamerican
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"They literallly gave her a medal last year"

did she accept it?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:13 | 959732 Northeaster
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In regards to the FT SEC article:


I wrote, in part:

"As a person NOT in the financial industry, but follows it for personal reasons, it's official, you and your organization are either completely corrupt, or, completely incompetent"


SEC reply:


Thank you for providing your comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) processes many comments received from individual investors and others.  We keep records of the correspondence we receive in a searchable database that SEC staff may make use of in inspections, examinations, and investigations.  In addition, some correspondence received by OIEA is referred directly to other SEC offices and divisions for their review.  If they have any questions or wish to respond directly to your comments, they will contact you.

Thank you for communicating your views.


April Keyes
Lead Investor Assistance Specialist
Office of Investor Education and Advocacy   
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
(800) 732-0330

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:19 | 959760 Mr. Poon
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It's the SEC's polite way of saying, "Thank you for filling our investor tip inbox with worthless political drivel; it will now take us that much longer to get to real investor complaints."

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:39 | 959846 Antipodeus
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It actually sounds more like the SEC saying:

"Thank you for your call.  Your call is important to us - no, REALLY.  Now, F@CK OFF.

P.S.: By the way, we are now watching YOU."


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:53 | 959915 MarketTruth
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Naaa, the SEC was just upset they wasted 5 minites reading/replying to his comment instead of being able to enjoy prime porn time online.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:51 | 959627 Cognitive Dissonance
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Everyone loves to be told what they want to hear. Why would the arch criminal class be any different? Yes men are in big demand.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:05 | 959702 Fish Gone Bad
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From this weekends NPR "Wait wait, don't tell me" show:

NPR (to Pete Caroll): What do you do when you work for one of the world's most rich and powerful men?

Pete Caroll: What ever they tell me to do.


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:24 | 959775 Cognitive Dissonance
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Big Boss: "What's that dripping down your chin? Oh, wait a minute. We both know what that is....right?"

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:49 | 959888 nevadan
Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:52 | 959642 Bearster
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Would it be any better to have the biggest supervised ponzi wealth transfer scheme?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:53 | 959649 Ancona
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It feels like rats deserting a sinking ship.

Does anyone have information that details just how many people have abandoned the Nobama since he took office?

It sure feels like a lot.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:49 | 959894 MrBoompi
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Does anyone have information that details just how many people have abandoned the Nobama since he took office?


Most of us have abandoned his economic agenda a long time ago, but which Republican't out there can beat him? Ron Paul has some common sense, but doesn't stand a chance. The way I see it, Obama's doing a good job for the elites. They'll put up someone like Romney again, or maybe even Palin, who will have no problem spending all that anonymous money in a losing cause.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:54 | 959650 alien-IQ
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This should secure yet another green close.


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:59 | 959676 SheepDog-One
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He never really was a thorn in the side of anyone, I appreciate Neil saying the real cost is $26 trillion or whatever but it made no difference with the machines cntrl alt del function. May as well put the 3 Stooges in charge of oversight.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:21 | 959767 skunzie
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Ouch!!!  You offended the 3 Stooges.!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:26 | 959783 Cognitive Dissonance
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Interesting article in the January Wired Mag about Artificial Intelligence and HFT/Wall Street.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:02 | 959688 dick cheneys ghost
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wisconsin gov. briefs National guard about possible unrest.........its coming....

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:02 | 959692 buzzsaw99
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Rally on!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:12 | 959694 plocequ1
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Is this why NFLX is up 13? Zenmaster ( Bater ) is confused. Please share some wisdom with the  falconer

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:19 | 959759 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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In the fiat ponzi casino, the slaves are given Netflix as their deserts.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:20 | 959764 EscapeKey
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Do you really have to ask? NFLX is up because of the improving economy.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:03 | 959696 velobabe
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never trusted him from the start.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:06 | 959704 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The greatest unsupervised ponzi wealth transfer has just been greenlighted.

You refer to the budget?

And it is a shame that he is stepping down.  With Barofsky we have lost a big dog in the fight.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:19 | 959758 SheepDog-One
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I never saw any fight anyway, its been just 2 years of solid punch-fest ropeadope monetization and manipulation. Where was there even a bump in the road?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:24 | 959769 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Barofsky asked for with held documents and was never given said documents. I understand his frustration.  How can someone audit when the usuratory US Treasurie and fiat Private Reserve have no transparency??

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:29 | 960287 In Fed We Trust
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The bigger crimes and scandals are yet out in the future.

Now with Neil out of the picture, its time for the cartel to resume crashing the dollar.

The cartel will be all out of dollars and into other curriencies along with gold and oil right before the dollar crashes. 

The IMF announced a few days ago that they want a new reserve currency or specifical a "SDR".  AT the very least they want oil and gold priced in SDR's.

What does that tell you? It tells, the 2 commodity markets manipulated of all times is gold and oil. So it will continue to the end. No need to interprut the insider trader ring.

It tells me that "they" know the dollar will be worthless, so they want oil and gold priced in this new thing called an"SDR." Maybe they acculmating alot of gold and oil?  They are saying if you dont let us issue a new currency, they will just contorl this 2 vital commodities.

So the dollar crashes, along with the bond market. The bankers have cashed out and left the country.  Obama gets blamed for the mess.

I have a feeling the stock market will stay resilent through it all , after all it is now The United Corporations of Amercia, which this country is really about.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:09 | 960421 JW n FL
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no they didnt... source it and site it... it better not be Palin 2012 either you fucking idiot.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:06 | 959709 Oh regional Indian
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Me thinks many people are finding out the overt and implied meanings of the word culpability.

Serious culpability can result in somethign unpleasant that can effect your gulpability.



Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:12 | 959710 Oh regional Indian
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Over Under.



Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:07 | 959714 tradewithdave
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"The methodology for calculating losses had not really changed although its assumptions had."

I guess the assumption Treasury was referring to was that of Mr. Barofsky assuming his integrity would be a welcome character trait within the government.  Wrong.  When you assume, you know what that makes out of "u and me."

Dave Harrison

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:21 | 959770 Mr. Poon
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With all due respect, Barofsky's stay was typical for high-profile political positions in Washington.  I may be a bit cynical, but I would be more inclined to take note if somebody stayed in a position like his for longer than two years.  In Washington, a "short" tenure is measured in months (see:  Kashkari, Neal), a "long" tenure is more than a year.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:27 | 959789 tradewithdave
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See something...

Say something...

reSign something...


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:40 | 959847 MrBoompi
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So we really "got tough", cracked down and collected $150 Million in fines (successfully funding the SIGTARP program) while letting TRILLIONS slip out the back door unaccounted for.

This is a LOSE/LOSE proposition IMO.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:41 | 959854 gwar5
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Barofsky was one of the good ones. This is not a good development.

He reamed the administration on the unnecessary closings of the autodealerships and has been critical of TARP.

I hope he didn't have to sign a gag order and sings like a bird.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:05 | 959947 Cursive
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Don't know if he's the type, but a tell-all book wold be "off the hook."

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