• Pivotfarm
    04/18/2014 - 12:44
    Peering in from the outside or through the looking glass at what’s going down on the other side is always a distortion of reality. We sit here in the west looking at the development, the changes and...

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Then they got cute and produced either the actual note, a copy of the note or a forged note, or an assignment or a fabricated assignment from a party who at best had dubious rights to ownership of the loan to another party who had equally dubious rights, neither of whom parted with any cash to fund either the loan or the transfer of the obligation. . . .


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Scientists, Secrets and Wall Street's Lost $4 Trillion

What Wall Street bears no relationship to any longer is its primary mission in the U.S. economy: to be a fair and efficient allocator of capital to worthy businesses and innovators to propel job growth while also providing a medium for allowing investors to buy or sell stocks and bonds of those businesses at a fair price.


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Can Pensions Get Out of the Red?

Are "pension-protection bonds" the solution to the ongoing pension crisis? I don't think so...


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European Rescue Facility Gets Moody's Lowest Pre-Bankruptcy Rating Of AAA As Europe Prepares For Next Round Of Bailouts

Earlier today, after a few prodding phone calls from European based sources to remind the rating agencies that their only purpose in life is to continue validating the global ponzi system, both Fitch and Moody's announced they would slap the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) with its lowest pre-bankruptcy rating of AAA. Of course, this kind of rude reminder that the facility exists, and ergo, that Europe is still broke can only mean one thing: the EFSF is about to be used again, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, when Ireland, whose largest banks are insolvent, will attempt to sell €1-1.5 billion of bonds (although today's most recent blow up in Irish-Bunds spreads does not bode well for that particular auction). In fact, even Goldman's traditionally cheery Erik Nielsen says "As I have discussed in recent weeks, we think there is a measurable probability that [the EFSF] be activated some time next year – along with the IMF – for Ireland and Portugal, and it could also be used if Greece needs another dose of cash sometime later on." And just to confirm that even a cursory glance beneath the covers demonstrates that Europe is and continues to be locked out of general liquidity markets, is today's ongoing 7 day Liquidity Providing tender result, which for the 5th week in a row shows that one solitary bank is using the Fed's swap line to borrow the meager amount of $60 million at the whopping rate of 1.17%.


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Will Steve Forbes be the Tea Party Presidential Candidate in 2012?

A Chat With Steve Forbes. The crash was a failure of government. We have the most hard left president and congress in history. The Fed should pursue a strong dollar policy. The rating agencies are a cartel we should get rid of. George Bush betrayed the Republican party by abandoning its principles.


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Goldman Exposes The "Lend To Play" Conflict Scheme Involved In IPO Underwriter Allocation

In providing commentary to the FASB's attempt to solicit public response on its recent foray into bringing some transparency into "loans held to maturity" by Wall Street banks, Goldman Sachs does a terrific job of exposing the very prevalent, and very conflicted phenomenon better known as "lending to play" in Wall Street firms' attempt to get an allocation on the IPO underwriter syndicate of public company candidates, in exchange for providing debt to the same firm on very disadvantageous terms to both the underwriters' shareholders, and to secondary purchasers of such debt. In addition to providing broad mispricing incentive to an entire capital structure product, this practice also completely destroys the credibility of the ratings of the newly public company by the Underwriter syndicate due to tremendous conflicts of interest.


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SEC Refuses To Sue Moody's Over Computer "Glitch" Which Inflated Ratings By 1.5-3.5 Notches On Thousands Of CDOs

Another day, another SEC farce. Today, Schapiro's captured henchmen sent a notice to credit rating agencies about internal conduct and methods the firms use to determine the riskiness of financial products. As the alternative was to pursue a fraud enforcement action, in this particular case against Mark Zandi's Moody's, one can see why the SEC opted out for the action that would not implicitly open it up as well to like legal treatment by millions of investors, who had kinda, sorta hoped that the SEC would not allow this kind of fraud in the first place. As Housing Wire reports, "the SEC announcement stems from an inquiry by its enforcement division into whether Moody's Investors Service violated registration provisions or anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws." Additionally, "the commission notes that Dodd-Frank gives federal district courts jurisdiction over SEC enforcement actions that allege violations of the anti-fraud provisions of the securities laws." In other words, while the SEC is a toothless, gutless, corrupt POS, others may take offense to this lack of responsible action and sue Moody's directly. And what is the reason for the SEC investigation? Why, a computer "glitch", which "inadvertently" raised the ratings of various notes by up to 3.5 notches! Housing Wire notes: "The SEC inquiry stems from allegations that a Moody's computer coding
error improved, "by 1.5 to 3.5 notches," the credit ratings for certain
debt obligation notes."
Yet having been caught with its pants down was not enough for Moody's to actually fix the "glitch" - "shortly thereafter during a
meeting in Europe, a Moody's rating committee voted against taking
responsive rating action, in part because of concerns that doing so
would negatively impact Moody's business reputation." And people are surprised that wholesale market manipulation occurs on a day to day basis, with the ongoing blessing of the SEC...


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Guest Post: Ghost Money

Some people in Asia burn joss paper, also called ghost money, on the Lunar New Year, to give their deceased ancestors something to spend in the afterlife. Because ghost money doesn’t represent a claim on any actual goods or services in this world, there is no reason for its issuers to exercise any particular restraint, and in Singapore it is possible to find notes issued by the First Bank of Hell, with the mythical Jade Emperor’s picture on the front, in denominations ranging into the millions and billions of dollars. Perhaps we’re counting on this charming tradition to make Asian investors comfortable with the prospect of continuing to add to their holdings of European and American sovereign debt, despite the obvious fact that the money they’ve already lent us is money they’ll never get a chance to spend in this life. - Daniel Cloud


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