Securities and Exchange Commission

"Frack Master" Busted For Blowing Investor Cash On "Whore Card"

Texas businessman Chris Faulkner charmed hundreds of investors and major media companies into believing he had extensive experience in energy markets, but, as Bloomberg reports, it turns out the self-proclaimed "frack master" had none and that at least $30 million he raised was spent on strippers, escorts, lavish vacations and other personal expenses.

HFTs Lose: IEX Granted Exchange Status As SEC Says The Speed Race Is Over

"The Staff acknowledges that market participants using the most sophisticated technology may today encounter access delays of substantially less than one millisecond when accessing the quotes of a single exchange whose data center is co-located with their own or located nearby.  However, even the most technologically advanced market participants today encounter delays in accessing protected quotations of other “away” automated trading centers that can substantially exceed one millisecond, that either are transitory or permanent."

Why Are So Many Bankers Committing Suicide?

"Yes he killed himself. But there’s a question: could it be suicide by extortion... There’s a couple suspicions I have..." - son of Deutsche Bank exec William Broeksmit

Goldman Fundraising For Failed Malaysian Wealth Fund Probed By NY Bank Regulator

The New York bank regulator has asked Goldman Sachs to "swiftly report" on its internal review of more than $6 billion in bond sales for 1MDB, Malaysia's failed sovereign wealth fund. In a letter, the New York bank regulator also asked Goldman to provide an overview, by June 14, of every investigation in the U.S. and abroad into its work for the fund. This is bad new for Mr. Kimora Lee.

The Task Confronting Libertarians

If libertarians lose on the inflation issue, they are threatened with the loss of every other issue. If libertarians could win the inflation issue, they could come close to winning everything else. If they could succeed in halting the increase in the quantity of money, it would be because they could halt the chronic deficits that force this increase. If they could halt these chronic deficits, it would be because they had halted the rapid increase in welfare spending and all the socialistic schemes that are dependent on welfare spending. If they could halt the constant increase in spending, they could halt the constant increase in government power.

Alibaba’s SEC Probe: What’s Missing From This Disclosure?

On 24-May-2016, Alibaba Group disclosed what appears to be an informal SEC investigation. This is the first time this matter has been disclosed. Details are scant, leaving the investor unable to adequately assess the risk it poses. Using the template of who/what/where/when/why, we will examine what is missing. Our conclusion is you are left with a risk that management views as material but you cannot analyze. We generally recommend avoiding such scenarios.

Frontrunning: May 27

  • Oil prices ease from seven-month high to below $49 (Reuters)
  • Wall Street Waits for Yellen Before Taking Off for a Long Weekend (BBG)
  • Donald Trump Celebrates Clinching GOP Delegate Race (WSJ)
  • Trump vows to undo Obama's climate agenda in appeal to oil sector (Reuters)
  • Japan Fails in Bid to Have G-7 Warn of Global Crisis Risk (BBG)
  • Valeant Rejected Joint Takeover Approach From Takeda, TPG (WSJ)

"We’re Moving To Tackle Systemic Risk" - India Cracks Down On HFT Scourge

While the corrupt and criminal US regulators are unable to do anything to stifle the market domination of algos which have totally destroyed the US equity market, and sucked up enough liquidity where neither buy nor sellsiders can generate a profit, India is already well on its way to crushing the parasitic - and perfectly legal - frontrunners of virtually ever trade. It will do so by increasing penalties on high-speed trading firms that flood exchanges with orders that don’t result into actual transactions, as part of steps aimed at strengthening its oversight of computerized trading.

SEC - Do Your Job!!

It looks like the SEC is finally ready to put a stop to accounting shenanigans.

Phil Mickelson Charged In Insider Trading Scam, Accused Of Illegal $931,000 Profit

Having denied any investigation as "inflammatory and speculative" when the Phil Mickelson insider-trading brouhaha initialy erupted two years ago, it appears the golfer's lawyers may have to shift from the "deny deny deny" defense to "let's make a deal."  Having been unable to pin anything on Wall Street insider Carl Icahn, Vegas sports gambler Billy Walters, and pro-golfer Mickelson with regard their trading in Clorox (during Icahn's takeover bid); the SEC has arrested Walters and announced criminal charges against Dean Foods' Chairman Thomas Davis (who stepped down after suspicions of leaking insider tips) and after generating nearly $1million in profits from the Dean Foods trading tip Phil Mickelson is charged with insider trading and wilb be forced to disgorge ill-gotten gains.

Frontrunning: May 16

  • European Stocks Fall as Chinese Economic Data Disappoint (WSJ)
  • Oil Climbs to Highest Since November as European Shares Retreat (BBG)
  • Yen weakens on Japan intervention talk before G7 meets (Reuters)
  • Wall Street’s Bond Forecasters Splinter as Fed Credibility Wanes (BBG)
  • Amazon to Expand Private-Label Offerings—From Food to Diapers (WSJ)
  • Oil prices rise on Nigerian outages, Goldman forecast (Reuters)

Peter Boockvar Warns "If Central Bankers Get Their Way, The Global Bond Market Will Blow Up"

"My fear is that central banks are now taking this too far through negative interest rates in particular and that they’re going to literally destroy their own banking systems. If they’re actually successful in generating higher inflation, then they’re going to destroy their own bond markets... our government officials, and I will include the Federal Reserve in that, have failed the American people."