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And Then There Were Three...

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Last September we were delighted to bring you the following great news:

  • DAVID BIANCO NO LONGER WORKS AT BOFA, SPOKESWOMAN SAYS

Now, we are even more delighted to bring you the following breaking news:

  • BLACKROCK CHIEF EQUITY STRATEGIST BOB DOLL TO RETIRE

And then there were three...

Recall the permaclown gathering from January 2011, USA Today:

Experts agree: Get over your fear and get back into stocks

Five Wall Street heavyweights say it's time for individual investors to shun the perceived safety of bonds — and get over their fear of the U.S. stock market — so they can take advantage of what they predict will be a third straight year of solid gains for stocks in 2011.

The major theme from USA TODAY's 15th annual Investment Roundtable is that the bond market is looking riskier amid signs the economy is gaining traction. The five panelists say stocks, which get a boost from stronger growth, will post better returns than bonds in 2011. They are advising investors, many still leery two years after the financial crisis, to start shifting some investment dollars out of bonds and back into stocks.

"If you don't believe in a depression, and I don't," says BlackRock's chief equity strategist Bob Doll, "stocks will go up and bonds will go down in the next few years."

Adds David Bianco, chief U.S. equity strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch: "We're broadly bullish on U.S. equities. It's important for investors to get back into the asset class. Go buy mutual funds. Go buy index funds."

With the odds of a double-dip recession fading, assets perceived as safe, such as bonds, may be riskier than investors think. And "risk assets" like stocks may be better priced than they appear, says Abby Joseph Cohen, senior investment strategist for Goldman Sachs' Global Markets Institute.

Each panelist predicted double-digit gains in 2011. Dan Chung, CEO and chief investment officer at Alger Funds, was the most optimistic, saying stocks could rise more than 20% sometime in 2011. Earnings will surprise to the upside, he says.

Richard Bernstein, CEO and chief investment officer of Richard Bernstein Advisors, says U.S. stocks "sort of have the wind at their back right now."

MARKET OUTLOOK

Is it time for Main Street investors to sell bonds and buy U.S. stocks?

Since the start of 2009, individual investors spooked by the financial crisis have poured more than $664 billion into bond funds and fled stocks. They have yanked more money out of U.S. stock funds than they have put in for 32 straight weeks. Are they making a mistake by being too risk-averse at this time?

Abby Joseph Cohen, Goldman Sachs:  The relevant part of your question is "at this time." My answer is yes, they are making a mistake. One can certainly understand why investors are so concerned. We have gone through an extraordinary experience between the credit crisis, very severe recession and extremely volatile markets.

But now that we're seeing that the U.S. economy has some traction, and the likelihood of a double-dip recession is remote, it's time to look again, not just at so-called risky securities like stocks, but to do the really hard work on valuation. Because a security that seems safe, if it is priced too high, is not safe.

I would put quite a few bonds in that category. To be buying a bond at record low yields makes one think that there is now risk there. Investors have to recognize that there may be risk in the so-called safe securities, but there's also the opportunity cost of not participating in some other securities.

When the economy does better, things like stocks and commodities tend to rise in price. U.S. equities are now trading between 13 and 14 times earnings, and that is significantly below the historical average. That suggests that there's good value there. Our 12-month market forecast for the S&P is 1450, (a 17% jump from Thursday's close of 1243).

Bob, what's your take on bonds vs. stocks?

Bob Doll, BlackRock:  I echo everything Abby said. Let me add a couple of things. First, why are individuals shunning stocks? We cut them in half in 2000. We cut them in half again from 2007-2009. They're scared. That's to be expected. You have to ask, OK, what are the alternatives? And where have they been putting their money? We all know they've been selling stocks and buying bonds. You look at the big gap that's opened up in the valuation of stocks vs. bonds, and you've got to believe, unless the world is going to end and we are going to have a depression, that the gap is going to close.

If you don't believe in depression, and I don't, in the next few years stocks will go up and bonds down. And we all know that the public tends to buy after things are moving up. So maybe what we've seen in the last few weeks is the beginning of the reversal.

What kind of stock market returns do you expect next year?

Doll:  Low double-digit returns, including dividends. The difference is, in 2010 the risks were more to the downside. In 2011, in my view, the risk is more to the upside. So if we're wrong, I think our forecast is too low.

Will higher stock prices boost confidence among consumers and investors?

Doll:  We've been through a period of very low confidence: consumer confidence, CEO confidence. And there's nothing like a slightly better economy, a slightly better stock market to argue that confidence will beget more confidence. CEOs are never more confident than when their stock price is going up.

They will be more willing to do some positive things with the $2 trillion-plus in excess cash sitting on their balance sheets: raise their dividend; buy back their stock; engage in M&A; re-invest in their business; hire a worker or two; or maybe put up a new plant. I think that's what's in front of us.

David, do you agree that investors should consider taking more risk next year?

David Bianco, Bank of America Merrill Lynch:  Yes. We have just a little bit more of an optimistic outlook, about 15%, in total returns. And from the perspective of someone whose firm is the world's largest wealth adviser, with 16,000 financial advisors, to Abby and Bob's point, the past two years have been about return of capital rather than return on capital.

But when we talk to clients and we look at portfolios that are largely cash, Treasuries, municipal bonds and gold, we point out that that's just not a balanced portfolio. It's a portfolio with its own kind of risks, and a portfolio that, over time, is not going to keep up with your wants and desires for funding your long-term financial needs.

So you're recommending investors ratchet up their stock exposure?

Bianco:  We are broadly bullish on U.S. equities. It's important for investors to get back into the asset class. Go buy mutual funds. Go buy index funds. Within the S&P 500, our advice is to stick with strength in 2011. And strength in the world is the emerging economies. But we want to point out that there are lots of plays on emerging economy growth within the S&P 500, particularly the technology, energy, industrial and materials sectors.

Rich, should people still fear stocks?

Richard Bernstein, Richard Bernstein Advisors:  With individual investors, it's understandable what their attitude is, and it's been accentuated by the amplitude of the cycle. We've had such a big downturn that they've been very scared. But the important thing that they've forgotten is that there is still a cycle! What they've done is, they've seen a big downdraft and they've just extrapolated a trend down and down and down. That's not atypical.

So it's not unusual?

Bernstein:  Markets go through four phases. The first phase is a period of denial, where people say, it can't happen (stocks rising despite risks), it won't happen, and if it's happening it can't continue. That's where we are in the U.S. The second phase is acceptance, like OK, I should probably be (buying stocks). The third is what I call the brave new world, things are never going to change, everything is wonderful. The fourth phase is the bear market.

What phase of the cycle are we in now?

Bernstein:  In the U.S. we're in phase one. The fact that the stock market is up more than 80% from its trough, and people refuse to believe that there's actually a bull market underway, reflects that we are in the denial phase.

Where I think there is more risk, and where we're closer to the brave new world and bear market scenario is in the emerging markets, where people do believe that there is something completely different going on, the world has changed and this is never-ending. There's clearly something going on there which is vastly different in terms of where we are in the stock market cycle in the U.S.

Investors are a little bit mispositioned in that they're probably in equity markets where they are taking more risk than they think they are. And they refuse to look at stock markets where the wind is at their back right now, and I would put the U.S. in that category. We've been telling clients to expect about a 15% rise on the S&P 500 in the next 12 months.

Dan, from a stock-picker's perspective, where are you on 2011?

Dan Chung, Alger Funds:  In some ways I'm more bullish than anyone here. This year was characterized by three double-digit swings in the S&P 500. I think that volatility continues; it's a reflection of the uncertainty among investors. But I think the volatility continues on the upside, and we're going to hit 1500-plus at some point in the S&P 500 next year.

We're going to see investors come back into U.S. equities next year, and we're going to see that U.S. returns are actually surprisingly good. My only concern is I'm not so sure we hold it for very long, because the market is very volatile.

Why don't you think the gains will hold?

Chung:  There are a lot of things that concern me about next year. In contrast to this year, where I was sort of cautious in the first half and bullish on the second, I'm a little bit on the reverse for next year.

Why is that?

Chung:  China policy, which has been the topic of almost every conversation that affects macro issues, is going to be very tricky next year. The Chinese government is clearly not happy with their efforts to slow what they believe is a rising property bubble. We are going to see some more (policy tightening) action there. Finally, the rest of the world, including China, isn't that happy with what the U.S. Federal Reserve has been doing with (its easy-money policies). There are risks related to policy responses by emerging markets.

Everyone seems bullish. What are key tail winds?

Will the deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and reduce payroll taxes give stocks a lift?

Chung: It's a very positive tail wind for accelerating something that's been occurring, which is increasing capital expenditures by business. The payroll tax cut is not insignificant in terms of putting more money in the pockets of working Americans. So, both of those are very pro growth.

Is the government turning more investor-friendly?

Doll:  We've been through a couple years where capital has been a bad thing, and people that had capital were bad people. This tax bill is saying returns on capital are good things.

Bianco:  There's a positive signal that the Obama administration's No. 1 focus is now the economy and that they are treating investors a little more investor-friendly, at least for now.

Is the Federal Reserve, which announced plans to inject an additional $600 billion of stimulus into markets, going to be a positive or negative driver?

Bernstein:  We can argue to great length as to whether all this monetary and fiscal policy is good for the long-term health of the U.S. economy. But it's hard to fight the fact that in the next 12 to 18 to 24 months, this is going to put the wind in the sails of the U.S. economy.

How can companies generate such big profits with so many people out of work?

Bianco:  About 40% of the S&P 500's revenue comes from abroad, where many countries are growing at a faster clip than the U.S. The S&P has a lot of powerful indirect exposures to the world economy, via emerging market and commodity demand. Commodity prices are very important to the energy, industrial and material companies. Business spending also has a lot of connections to global growth. And that's what drives S&P earnings.

WHY SO BULLISH ON THE U.S.?

What else is driving corporate earnings?

Chung:  Earnings are likely to be better than expectations for a while. Retail investors need to remind themselves that public companies represent some of the most dynamic innovation in our country. Netflix was recently added to the S&P 500. This is a company we invested in many years ago at $5 (Thursday's close: $181.65). Everyone knows it now. It's an example of zero international exposure, but pure innovation. Most of what it does is an old business of watching movies delivered by mail. Now they're moving to the Internet. This type of innovation is why U.S. stocks are very attractive now.

What are investors missing?

Doll:  One of the big mistakes investors are making is using the U.S. economy and U.S. stock market in the same sentence, and they're increasingly unrelated. We've touched on companies getting 40% of revenue abroad. Our guess is over the next five years, 60% to 70% of incremental profits to the S&P 500 will come from outside the U.S. And while the consumer is not in as bad shape as a lot of people think, they're still two-thirds of the U.S. economy. But discretionary consumer earnings are only 15% of the S&P 500. They're very different numbers.

Cohen:  Let me put some numbers on that. If you go back to the bottom of the bear market that ended in 2002, early 2003, S&P stock prices were up 35%, but S&P earnings were up 75%. And while that's sort of a gross measure, there are very few valuation approaches which suggest anything other than the U.S. stock market being inexpensive.

Companies have also piled up tons of cash on their balance sheets. Is that bullish?

Cohen:  When publicly traded equities are inexpensively priced and corporations have cash sitting on the sidelines, they can do several things with that cash. They might pursue M&A activity. They may take a look at one of their competitors, or another company that they think might add to their business. They could return capital to shareholders in the form of a tax-advantaged share repurchase. They can also increase the dividend. We expect all of this to happen. All of this is positive for the stock market. The numbers involved are probably larger than that of individuals coming into the market.

Bianco:  Good point. Even if the retail client base doesn't come back to the stock market, you'll see corporations buying their shares. We also think asset-allocation funds will be moving into equities.

How can stocks go up if the economy remains sluggish, compared to prior recoveries?

Bernstein:  Individual investors are very scared of the equity market. Part of that is because they hear a lot of economists talk. There's a big difference in the way an economist looks at the world and the way an investor does. I don't think most people realize that the stock market does not move on good or bad economic numbers. It moves on better or worse.

If you're an individual investor, when you look at the data, most people would have to say there's a pretty good probability the U.S. economy will be better a year from now than it is today. Therefore, you should be at least reasonably bullish.

Shouldn't investors worry about interest rates soaring and hurting their bond holdings?

Bernstein:  I don't even think you have to be really wigged out about inflation to say that there's a little more risk in bonds than people think. Not that we're going to have massive inflation from printing dollars and that we're going to turn into Argentina. But the economy is simply going to get better, and as the economy gets better, you're going to have normal upward pressure on long-term interest rates. I don't think individuals can conceive that we could actually have a normal increase in long-term interest rates. It's not on their radar screen. But, in my opinion, that's where the risk really lies right now.

Does anyone consider the third year of the presidential cycle, which has historically been bullish for stocks, as a tail wind?

Chung:  I happen to think that the first half of 2011 will actually be somewhat positively biased, because I think that the new Congress is indicating that they want to get things done, as opposed to nothing. The risk is gridlock, and the market would be unhappy with gridlock. Both President Obama and Congress are well aware of that sentiment in the public. I think that's what the election results really mean, that we don't want to see gridlock, we want to see some compromises. And we're seeing that. It's very positive, in that sense. I don't think it's so much tied to the third-year cycle necessarily.

Isn't the typical reasoning that stocks do well in the third year of the cycle because the politicians are already worrying about re-election and, therefore, taking steps to prime the pump to get the economy firing on all cylinders?

Doll:  Well, look at the tax-cut package that's in the process of going through. We talked about why it's a positive for growth, and part of the reason is these guys are saying, if I want to get re-elected in 2012, I'd better do something good for the economy.

If the tax-cut deal is passed, how will it boost markets?

Doll:  A lot of economists are using the potential passage to raise their economic growth expectations. In September, October, November, almost every statistic was a little better than the last one. I think they're realizing that their numbers weren't high enough. A lot of economists are boosting their GDP growth expectations from around 2% to 3%.

What about the impact of the U.S. dollar? It's showing strength after months of weakness.

Bernstein:  Normally people say a weak dollar means your exports are going to go up, and there's something to that, although I don't think we're a big manufacturing economy. We export services and agricultural things, and that type of stuff.

But a stronger dollar will be a positive because it will reflect renewed confidence in the U.S. If there's one theme that transcends every bearish view — whether it's inflation, deflation, economic malaise — the general consensus is: You should not invest in the U.S.; there's no future in the U.S.; we're on our way down to some new low in global society. It's quite dramatic. My point is that in 2011 into 2012, people will be surprised by the growth in the U.S., and you will see investment flows come towards the U.S., and that will be a big support for the dollar.

Bianco:  A stronger dollar will be a bit of a head wind to earnings growth, but there will still be strong earnings growth. The focus is going to shift to interest rates: How far can they go up? A stronger dollar is going to help keep interests rates from going up a whole lot. It's also going to attract foreign investors to things like the U.S. equity markets.

Will higher stock prices create a wealth effect and boost the economy and stocks?

Chung:  Where the wealth effect tends to play out very directly is in upper-end consumers that have a lot of discretionary income. We're watching very carefully how the luxury goods manufacturers, or companies that service higher-end consumers, are doing. They've seen some of the strongest comebacks. It seems very unlikely that that gets derailed in 2011. I think sentiment improves, as does spending on higher-end luxury items, and more actual investing in U.S. stocks, something that even high-end consumers have been shy of in the last couple years.

Cohen: The wealth effect impact will be very different on middle-income investors than on others. For many middle-income families, their most significant asset is still their home. Middle-income families and lower are skewed much more towards fixed income. So even if we were to see a meaningful rally in stocks, the impact would be very uneven in terms of which families would benefit.

 

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:11 | 2493780 BigMike
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NFLX mention...hysterical

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:16 | 2493789 Jay Gould Esq.
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In retropect, it appears that it was quite an occupational hazard being one of Rukeyser's "Elves."

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:20 | 2493807 ihedgemyhedges
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If they wanted real research, the banks would fire ALL their strategists and just subscribe to Rosenberg at Gluskin Sheff.................

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:28 | 2493994 flacon
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Bank Of Fucking America = BOFA

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:23 | 2493818 CPL
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What hazard...other than the fact they are completely unemployable and too old to act as organ donors?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:18 | 2494136 Buck Johnson
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There getting out while they can, because they know where all this money printing is headed.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:12 | 2493781 fonzannoon
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That dude in the front right with the curly hair is next.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:27 | 2493832 EhKnowKneeMass
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And that dude got beaten with an ugly stick, too.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:47 | 2493890 machineh
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Yep, if 'he' teamed up with Elena Kagan, it could put you off ladyboys for good.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:59 | 2493921 Divided States ...
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Yup, the she-male is next.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:17 | 2494135 knukles
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Careful, you guys'll be attracting unwanted SEC attention with "ladyboys" and "shemales".  If you want them to ignore you use terms like "embezzlement", "theft", "wire fraud", "bank robbery", "stealing from women and children", "fiscal rape" and "skullfuck".

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:44 | 2494626 AetosAeros
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Dude, I choked on that comment. Didn't know whether to laugh until I cried or what. Stopped breathing while my mental process caught up to the bodies dilemma. Funny Stuff there. Too bad it's true.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:02 | 2494776 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Rehypothication

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:14 | 2493786 kato
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Abby deperately wants the Lou Rukeyser era back.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:04 | 2493933 johngaltfla
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Necrophilia? Ewwwwww.....

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:11 | 2493947 Acorn10012
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The '80s-'90s bull market helped alot of the elves look smart. The degree of difficulty has increased over the last several years.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:14 | 2493787 FOC 1183
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 Gay Bob Doll probably would have added more value http://thechive.com/2009/01/08/gay-bob-doll-8-photos/

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:24 | 2493821 Cdad
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It is about time this particular perma bull finally decided to spend more time with family.  Bod Doll is an absolute embarrassement within the industry.

Good grief...what took so long?  You know, it would be better for markets if all of these corrupt members of the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street simply quit at once...and we were just done with them.  Just sayin' ...Jamie Dimon.

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:25 | 2493824 fonzannoon
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They are going to replace him with more shitheads.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:49 | 2493898 Dr. Engali
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Where are these markets you speak of ?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:14 | 2493952 Cdad
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The real market is around the corner.  It will be rediscovered after the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street, the current crop of bankers and brokers, are purged from the system, along with their HFT computers.  It is then that real price discovery can finally occur again, and capital formation can restart.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:06 | 2493937 Rainman
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Doll's the sacrificial lamb for His 100% Equities Royal Highness Larry Fink.

 

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-08/markets/31034621_1_bond-yields-equities-stocks

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:15 | 2493955 Cdad
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Agreed.  Larry Fink is just another name on a long list of names that need to be purged from the system.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:25 | 2493825 fonzannoon
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My guess is Jim Paulson. He seems to be the right kind of shithead.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:26 | 2493828 azengrcat
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LOLOLOLOL

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:30 | 2493843 Rainman
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Coin flip on when/if the Bernank hits the printer.....50-50 is bad odds unless you are inside or betting with other people's fiat.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:40 | 2493869 dcb
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I don't like the persma bulls or bears. but the article is a bit unbalanced. if you bought jan 1st you are about even year to date. the s and p top this year so far is 1415. not too far from 1450. the issue should be not what their call in jan to buy, but if they advised to sell near the top. now at that time I figured the majority of teh move was over and was selling a small amount at each new hight, butting that back nearthe weekly low, with a stop looss. I understand why whey made the call bedcause we crossed the down trend. the problem is the hft front run crowd runs past this to sucker the dumb money in if you went in, and sold at teh righ time, it wasn't a bad trade.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:43 | 2494422 mkhs
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You might want to check a calendar.  Those predictions were for last year.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:42 | 2493875 Seasmoke
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the joooos always last longer than the eye tale ins, why is that ????

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:49 | 2493897 machineh
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That's show biz ...

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 07:23 | 2495097 Disenchanted
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"why is that ????"

 

tribal nepotism, with large side orders of cronyism and patronage thrown in?

 

status quo establishment version:

"they're smarter and work harder than the(goy) rest of us"

 

right...that's why the financial world is in such great shape. /s

 

of course if worldwide financial and economic destruction is the plan, then they do a bang-up job.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:43 | 2493877 LawsofPhysics
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Clowns, where is this "market" they speak of? Why no mention of revenues or wages? All this tells me is that the banks and corporations are now more secure than ever in knowing that they will never be prosecuted for the fraud that kills the middle class. Either way, the elections will be a win for them. Bought and paid for already.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:44 | 2493880 Dr. Engali
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How anybody takes Abby Joseph Cohen serious about anything is beyond me. I guess she's always done a good drawing the muppets in.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:45 | 2493883 LooseLee
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I've never heard Doll or Cohen say it is not a good time to buy US equities. Either they are mentally deficient or part of the propaganda machine. Which do you think?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:49 | 2494240 Ned Zeppelin
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What's wrong about both being true? Seems the most likely, actually.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:48 | 2493892 johngaltfla
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Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah!

WTF is CNBS going to do for a guest list in the morning shows, er, afternoon shows, er, period if they keep getting fired for blowing more than Monica in their predictions?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:49 | 2493895 yogibear
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They could all retire and there would be no loss. Their all useless leeches. 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:57 | 2493916 tahoebumsmith
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Kinda reminds me of the picture taken a few years back of President Obama's Economic Council..Remember that photo of Larry Summers, Christina Romer, Austan Goolsbee ,Peter Orszag and Timmothy Geithner all posing together? Yup their all gone too except for Timmay the lap dog...

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4151/5006051956_23ba78ff0a.jpg

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 06:43 | 2495116 Disenchanted
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just look at all those Muslims that have or do surround the 'Arab-in-chief'

Axelrod, Bernstein, Pritzker, Crown, Emmanuel, Lew, Gensler, Schapiro, Shapiro, Kagan, Sperling, Plouffe, Borrin, Rattner, Ross etc., etc.....

 

he sure is tight with those Mooselims

http://media.washtimes.com/media/community/image/2011/05/28/aipac-obama-...

 

/s

 

You might ask about the "Crown" I named above:

 

General Dynamics, Henry and Lester Crown


One family stands out as playing exactly that role in the political career of Barack Obama: the Crown family of Chicago. The importance of this relationship in Obama’s career exposes some of the roots of his subservience to the government of Israel, his threats of aggression against Iran, his expansion of the JSOC/CIA targeted killing program, and his unswerving commitment to record military budgets in a time of economic and fiscal crisis.

 

The Crowns are the children and grandchildren of Henry Crown, who made a fortune in the building materials business, had reputed links to the Chicago Mafia, and discovered the armaments business as a military procurement officer during the Second World War. Henry Crown bought a controlling interest in General Dynamics in 1959 and developed it into the largest weapons maker in the world, building the Trident submarine, the Atlas rocket, the F-16 fighter, the Abrams tank and much of America’s Cold War arsenal. The General Dynamics board forced him out as CEO in 1966, but he bought back a 20 percent share in the company and regained effective control in 1970.

 

Henry’s son Lester succeeded him as chair of General Dynamics in 1986 and as president of Henry Crown & Co, the family’s private investment firm. Lester is 86 now, but still takes a keen interest in politics. He is chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and founded the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, which also received a $2.5 million grant directly from General Dynamics. He supports the arts in the U.S. and Israel—the Jewish Symphony Orchestra plays in Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem. The Crown family is worth at least $4 billion, making it one of the richest families in America.

 

Under Lester Crown’s watchful eye, his children now handle most of the family’s business and political interests. His son James became President of Henry Crown & Co. in 2003 and sits on the board of General Dynamics. Altogether the Crown family gave at least $128,000 to Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign, in which Henry Crown & Co. was also Obama’s third largest institutional donor. In 2008, James Crown and his wife Paula were Obama’s fundraising chairs in Illinois and his fourth largest “bundlers” nationwide, raising millions of dollars for his presidential campaign.

 

Lester Crown first met Obama when he was a 27-year-old intern at the Sidley Austin law firm in Chicago in the summer of 1989. One of Obama’s law professors at Harvard, Martha Minow, had recommended Obama to her father, Newton Minow, who was a partner at the firm. Minow took Obama under his wing and introduced him to his friend Lester Crown. Crown recalls that Minow called him and “said we have in our office a young man who I think is really going places and I’d like you to meet him.” Crown says he has been a supporter ever since.

 

from: http://warisacrime.org/content/crown-family-investing-weapons-war-and-obama

 

Did billionaire Lester Crown get to Obama on Israel?

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/08/how-to-pressure-an-american-president-read...

 

 

Now tell me again that fairytale about the bad ol Muslim in the White House...fucking idjits

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:16 | 2493934 XRAYD
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So much for Mr. Doll's "cautious" optimism. Wish I had a dollar everytime he said that!  

 

BlackRock's Bob Doll Makes 10 Predictions For 2012

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/blackrock-bob-doll-predictions-2012-2011-12?op=1#ixzz1wrxDlZvG


Europe contracts, but the crisis recedes


US economy grows slowly


China and India lead global growth


Earnings beat expectations


Treasury rates rise


Double-digit gains in stocks


US stocks lead the world


Companies return cash to investors


Overweight healthcare and energy


Republicans take over Washington

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:37 | 2494015 Miles Kendig
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Some shit is stranger than fiction ... to the point where these "private sector" clowns are a bigger drain on the national treasure than any bureaucrat.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:45 | 2494025 Convolved Man
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Damn bank zombies.

 

No need to drag the East River for the two missing in the photo.  Their gas filled bloated corpses will eventually bob to the surface.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:50 | 2494040 Zgangsta
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"And Then There Were Three" was a highly underrated Genesis album.  Nearly 25 years later, the lead song "Down and Out" seems most appropriate for these times.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:09 | 2494103 geewhiz190
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the one thing that amazes me is how long it's taken the public to realize they're getting hosed. now they're finding out from how many directions

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 23:32 | 2494137 LoneStarHog
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If I covered the remaining three with Preparation-H, would the pain and inflammation finally go away?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:47 | 2494223 booboo
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Yes, but the itching will remain the same, warn the wifey so she can bleach out the stubborn skid marks

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:47 | 2494229 Ned Zeppelin
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Imagine you get up in the morning, and your job to be completely, utterly full of shit, voicing opinions without any foundation, shamelessly shilling all day long, literally making it up as you go along.   Imagine your disconnect with reality as absolutely no one says anything to contradict you, as they seek your "opinion" on what to do with their investment portfolio, even as you know all too well, you are utterly, completely full of shit.  CNBC quotes you, Bloomberg Radio has you on as a guest, and all the while you must be thinking, "how stupid are all of these people? I am clearly full of shit." 

No wonder this guy Joe Cohen looks so bad. 

He is a guy, right?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:50 | 2494245 fonzannoon
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holy shit that was funny

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:39 | 2494615 AgShaman
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funny......like a politician

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:57 | 2494260 Caviar Emptor
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To perform that job properly you need to do lines when you first wake up, give head to the higher ups all through the morning, have 4 Martinis and go on CNBS for the afternoon as a pumper

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 23:16 | 2494700 obejoyful
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That is what Kudlow has been doing for 20 yrs.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:13 | 2494886 StychoKiller
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Chauncey Gardener FTW!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:51 | 2494241 Downtoolong
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It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Just how wrong must a Wall Street economist and market forecaster be to ever admit they were wrong? I’m not sure I want to find out. It’s so easy to be perfect when you accept failure as the normal standard. No wonder they can justify paying themselves huge salaries and bonuses in their minds. Salesmen and story-tellers. That's 99% of Wall Street.

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:22 | 2494316 Village Smithy
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The sad truth is that these individuals never believed for a moment what they were saying and you can be damn sure they didn't invest their own money according to those forecasts. They make the big bucks because they can spin a line of bullshit and make  the sheeple believe it. Ever seen Abby interviewed? It's hard to believe that within that matronly exterior exists a snakeoil saleswoman that could compete with the best of them. Obviously she isn't paid for her economic forecasting skills.

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:17 | 2494303 slewie-the-pi-rat
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Bob Fcking Doll will make more in an hour of his "retirement" than most gainfully or otherwise employed will make in a year.

Bob Fcking Doll will in his "retirement  jet (company) from house to house to house

Bob Fcking Doll will eventuallly replace Arthur Fcking Levitt as shill in chief at Bloomberg as Tom Fcking Keene kisses ass in his new found (and so very very temporary) fame

 

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:41 | 2494619 AgShaman
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I sense....you're angry

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:37 | 2494411 steelrules
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This is a massive post, but it shows that the rats are jumping ship all over the world.

81 RESIGNATIONS FROM WORLD BANKS 2/27/12
(1) 9/01/11 (USA NY) Bank of New York Mellon Chief Resigns in a Shake-UP

http://loanworkout.org/2011/09/bank-of- ... -shake-up/

(2) 09/20/12 (SCOTLAND) SCOTTISH WIDOWS (RETIREMENT INVESTMENT SAVINGS FUND) There could be no Scottish representative on the board of Lloyds Banking Group, owner of Bank of Scotland, in future after it announced the departure of Lord Sandy Leitch, the chairman of Scottish Widows and group deputy chairman.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/bu ... 9fca7eeb2a

(3) 9/25/11 (SWITZERLAND) Bank chief resigns over £1.5bn rogue trader crisis

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... andal.html

(4) 9/28/11 (SWITZERLAND) SNB Bank Council: Fritz Studer resigns as per end-April 2012

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http ... 028.en.pdf

(5) 10/29/11 (CHINA) Resignations Suggest Shift for China’s Banks

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 22426.html

(6) 11/01/12 (INDIA) More directors of the Beed district bank resign

http://www.thenews.coop/article/more-di ... ank-resign

(7) 11/02/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Lloyds Banking Group chief executive, António Horta-Osório, is to take leave of absence on health grounds for six to eight weeks, the BBC has reported. (STILL OUT AS OF 2/24/12 – DEFACTO RESIGNATION)

http://www.bankingtimes.co.uk/2011/11/0 ... ick-leave/

(8) 11/21/11 (JAPAN) UBS’s Japan Investment Banking Chairman Matsui to Resign

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-2 ... esign.html

(9) 11/29/11 (Iran) Iran’s Bank Melli CEO Resigns Over Loan Scam?http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlcznz_iran-s-bank-melli-ceo-resigns-ov...
(10) 12/15/11 (UNITED KINGDOM) Senior private banker resigns from Coutts [a very exclusive private bank]

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/ ... 3S20111215

(11) 12/22/11 (FRANCE) Societe Generale’s Investment Banking Chief Steps Down

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/ ... teps-down/

(12) 12/23/11 (USA VA) Bank feud: Chairman Giles quits VNB with other directors

http://www.readthehook.com/102524/bank- ... -directors

(13) 1/01/12 (NIGERIA) The Board of United Bank for Africa Plc, the pan African financial services Group with presence in 19 countries across Africa, has accepted the resignation of Mr. Victor Osadolor, from the board with effect from January 9, 2012.

http://www.ubagroup.com/mediacentre/newsdetails/343

(14) 1/01/12 (ISRAEL) Israel’s Bank Leumi CEO Maor steps down after 16 years

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/ ... 8220120101

(15) 1/03/12 (USA VA) Suffolk Bancorp president and CEO steps down

http://riverheadlocal.com/local-news/41 ... steps-down

(16) 1/03/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Departures from Board at Arbuthnot Banking Group: Neil Kirton?Shortly before the market closed at 12.30 p.m. on Friday the company disclosed that Neil Kirton had resigned from the Board the previous day.

http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/ ... Group.html

(17) 1/03/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Departures from Board at Arbuthnot Banking Group: Atholl Turrell?It has today stated that Atholl Turrell has left the Board.

http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/ ... Group.html

(18) 1/05/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Chief executive of Saunderson House [Private Bank] steps down

http://www.ftadviser.com/2012/01/05/ifa ... ticle.html

(19)1/09/12 (SWITZERLAND) Switzerland’s central bank chief resigns

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/20 ... 35171.html

(20) 1/12/12 (United Kingdom) Lloyds’ head of wholesale quits

http://www.bankingtimes.co.uk/2012/02/0 ... ale-quits/

(21) 1/19/12 (SPAIN) Spanish bank Santander’s Americas chief quits

http://www.expatica.com/es/news/spanish ... 02395.html

(22) 1/30/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Head Of UK Private Bank Steps Down [Butterfield Private Bank]

http://www.wealthbriefing.com/html/arti ... n&id=43933

(23) 1/20/12 (JAPAN) Normura’s head of wholesale banking quits

http://www.euromoney.com/Article/295902 ... quits.html

(24) 1/29/12 (NEW ZEALAND) New Zealand Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard to Step Down in September

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-2 ... ember.html

(25) 1/21/12 (Greece) Banks’ top negotiator quits Greece, but talks go on

http://www.france24.com/en/20120121-ban ... t-talks-go

(26) 2/01/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) ABSA falls as deputy CEO steps down [UK Barclay's Bank Controlledl

http://m.news24.com/fin24/Companies/Fin ... n-20120201

(27) 2/01/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Truett Tate - Lloyds Bankging Group head of wholesale quits

http://www.bankingtimes.co.uk/2012/02/0 ... ale-quits/

(28) 2/01/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Tim TOokey - Llyods Banking Group leaving end of February having served as interim group chief executive in addition to group finance director

http://www.bankingtimes.co.uk/2012/02/0 ... ale-quits/

"Mr Tookey, who has been with the group since 2006, will leave at the end of February after preparing the bank’s accounts for 2011. He will not get a pay-off."

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/bu ... 9fca7eeb2a

(29) 2/02/12 (VENEZUELA) Key Chavez Minister Resigns Amid Banking Corruption Fallout

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?Categor ... eId=348565

(30) 2/05/12 (USA - NY) Two Top Morgan Stanley Bankers Resign

http://www.stockbroker-fraud.com/lawyer ... 33774.html

(31) 2/06/12 (INDIA) Dhanlaxmi Bank CEO Amitabh Chaturvedi quits:

http://www.livemint.com/2012/02/0616011 ... h-Cha.html

(32) 2/7/12 (USA) Bank Of America's Mortgage Business Chief Resigns

http://www.mortgageorb.com/e107_plugins ... tent.10881

(33) 2/07/12 (INDIA) Falguni Nayar quits Kotak Mahindra Bank

http://articles.economictimes.indiatime ... -ekambaram

(34) 2/07/12 (IRAN) Iran denies central bank resignation rumor (don't believe until its denied?)

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/iran-deni ... 54294.html

(35) 2/09/12 (VATICAN) Four Priests Charged In Vatican Banking Scandal

http://articles.businessinsider.com/201 ... italian-tv

(36) 2/10/12 (KOREA) Korea Exchange Bank chief steps down

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/busines ... 00320.HTML

(37) 2/10/12 (INDIA) Tamilnad Mercantile Bank CEO resigns

http://www.business-standard.com/india/ ... ns/464259/

(38) 2/13/12 (KUWAIT) Kuwait Central Bank CEO resigns

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ ... story.html

(39) 2/14/12 (NICARAQUA) Nicaraqua Central Bank Pres Rosales resigns

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-1 ... d-row.html

(40) 2/14/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Social finance pioneer Hayday steps down from Charity Bank

http://www.socialenterpriselive.com/sec ... arity-bank

(41) 2/14/12 (UKRAINE) The National Bank of Ukraine issued a short statement on Thursday announcing the resignation of deputy governor Volodymyr Krotiuk.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... us&strip=1

(42) 2/15/12 (WORLD) World Bank CEO Zoellick resigns

http://business.time.com/2012/02/15/wor ... k-resigns/

Did the White House tell the World Bank president that he's out?

http://bosco.foreignpolicy.com/posts/20 ... at_hes_out

(43) 2/15/12 (SLOVENIA) Slovenia TWO largest Banks CEO's (2) resign

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-1 ... signs.html

(44) 2/15/12 (KENYA) Governor of Kenyan Central Bank to Resign

http://www.centralbanking.com/central-b ... nor-resign

(45) 2/16/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) The Financial Services Authority’s (FSA’s) interim managing director, Conduct Business Unit, Margaret Cole, is to step down later this year.?FSA is the regulator of all providers of financial services in the UK; Bank of England retains?responsibility for systemic risk.

http://www.bankingtimes.co.uk/2012/02/1 ... step-down/

(46) 2/16/12 (GHANA) Ken Ofori-Atta steps down as Executive Chair of Databank Group

http://business.thinkghana.com/pages/fi ... /57429.php

(47) 2/16/12 (SAUDI ARABIA) Saudi Hollandi Banks Managing Director Quits

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... clnk&gl=us

(48) 2/16/12 (AUSTRALIA) Anz Bank CFO Australia resigns

http://www.proformative.com/news/147024 ... d-turmoill

(49) 2/16/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Royal Bank of Scotland Bankers Arrested

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/fina ... probe.html

(50) 2/16/12 (AUSTRALIA) Royal Bank of Scotland Austrailan CEO Stephen Williams resigns

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busines ... 6272513981

(51) 2/17/12 (USA) Blankfein out as Goldman Sachs CEO by summer

http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/02/ ... man-sachs/

(52) 2/17/12 (SWITZERLAND) SNB Council President Hansueli Raggenbass To Leave Central Bank

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-201 ... 10604.html

(53) 2/18/12 (PAKISTAN) AJK Bank’s executive steps down

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news- ... st+News%29

(54) 2/20/12 (RUSSIA) Head of Russian Bank Regulator Steps Down

http://newsley.com/articles/head-of-rus ... own/206711

(55) 2/20/12 (SWITZERLAND) Credit Suisse Chief Joseph Tan resigns

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-0 ... signs.html

(56) 2/20/12 (ISRAEL) Bank Leumi le-Israel Ltd. : Mr. Zvi Itskovitch Announces his Decision to Redesign From Bank Leumi

http://www.4-traders.com/BANK-LEUMI-LE- ... -14031540/

(57) 2/20/12 (USA) R. David Land Submits Resignation from the Boards of Directors of Peoples Bancorporation, Inc. and Seneca National Bank

http://investing.businessweek.com/resea ... d=25695731

(58) 2/20/12 (USA WA) First Financial Northwest Director Quits in Candy Austerity Push[shades of the movie The Caine Mutiny?] First Financial Northwest Inc., a Renton, Washington-based lender, said director Spencer Schneider resigned after asking the bank to remove pictures of past directors and serve only hard candies at annual meetings.Schneider made the requests at a Feb. 15 board meeting as “symbols of austerity,” and also asked that the bank suspend serving refreshments at the annual shareholders’ meeting, offering just hard candies instead, he said. Schneider, general counsel for shareholder Joseph Stilwell, resigned immediately when the company asked that his requests be placed on the agenda for a board meeting next month, the bank said yesterday.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-0 ... -push.html

(59) 2/21/12 (ARGENTINA) The general manager of the Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA), Benigno Velez, resigned his position today.

http://m24digital.com/en/2012/02/21/the ... ned-today/

(60) 2/21/12 (BANGLADESH) Five bank, insurance directors resign

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/m ... 2012-02-21

(61) 2/21/12 (JAPAN) CITIBANK JAPAN: Bakhshi is taking over duties from Brian Mccappin, who the bank said in December would resign after the unit was banned for two weeks from trading tied to the London and Tokyo interbank offered rates.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-2 ... iance.html

(62) 2/22/12 (USA) Wietschner, Goldman Hedge Fund Advisory Chief, Retires

https://www.finalternatives.com/node/19689

(63) 2/23/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) Richard Gush resigns from Standard Bank

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0 ... anker-gush

(64) 2/23/12 (SCOTLAND) Royal Bank of Scotland Group has announced that John McFarlane will step down as a Non-executive Director on 31 March 2012, as a regulatory condition of his impending appointment at Aviva.
(65) 2/24/12 (INDIA) Breaking: ICICI Bank GC Pramod Rao resigns, may start up law firm

http://www.legallyindia.com/20120224260 ... p-law-firm

(66) 2/24/12 (HONG KONG) Citigroup Private Bank’s Co-Head of Global Real Estate Resigns?Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — Kwang Meng Quek, co-head of the global real estate group at Citigroup Inc.’s private banking unit, resigned.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-0 ... signs.html

(67) 2/24/12 (NEW ZEALAND) FSF Executive Director resigns?After two years leading the Financial Services Federation (“FSF”) executive director, Kirk Hope has resigned to take up the role of chief executive of the New Zealand Bankers? Association.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/fsf-exec ... s/5/115797

(68) 2/24/12 (USA) Evercore’s Mestre steps down as U.S. banking head?(Reuters) – Eduardo Mestre has stepped down as day-to-day head of Evercore Partners Inc’s U.S. investment banking business, the New York-based company said in a regulatory filing
(69) 2/25/12 (AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND) Goldman Sachs: Fitz quits?Stephen Fitzgerald has resigned as Australia and New Zealand chairman and advisory director at Goldman Sachs, after 20 years with the bank. His departure comes less than a year after Goldman took full control of its Australian joint venture, formerly known as Goldman Sachs JBWere.

http://www.ifrasia.com/goldman-sachs-fi ... 56.article

(70) 2/27/12 (GERMANY) Deutsche Bank Americas chief steps down

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162- ... teps-down/

(71) 2/27/12 (BAHRAIN) Ebrahim Ebrahim quits as CEO of Khaleeji Commercial Bank

http://www.cpifinancial.net/news/post/1 ... rcial-bank

(72) 2/27/12 (FRANCE) Societe Generale’s Investment Banking Chief Steps Down

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/ ... teps-down/

(73) 2/27/12 (MALAYSIA) Elaf Bank CEO Dr El Jaroudi resigns

http://twentyfoursevennews.com/banking- ... i-resigns/

(74) 2/27/12 (JAPAN) Nomura’s Head Of Wholesale Banking Quits

http://atomiclotusbox.wordpress.com/201 ... ing-quits/

(75) 2/27/12 (INDIA) Falguni Nayar Quits Kotak Mahindra Bank

http://atomiclotusbox.wordpress.com/201 ... ndra-bank/

(76) 2/27/12 (GERMANY) Equiduct chairman steps down

http://www.efinancialnews.com/story/201 ... es-home-TT

(77) 2/27/12 (BAHRAIN) Al Zain steps down as Mumtalakat Holding CEO?The board of directors of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat),Bahrain’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, has accepted the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer, Talal Al Zain, following the completion of a four year term as head of the investment arm for non-oil and gas assets of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

http://twentyfoursevennews.com/bahrain- ... lding-ceo/

(78) 2/27/12 (IRAN) Iran’s Bank Melli CEO Resigns Over Loan Scam

http://atomiclotusbox.wordpress.com/201 ... loan-scam/

(79) 2/27/12 (INDIA/KASHMIR) AJK Bank’s Executive Steps Down

http://www.monitorkashmir.com/content/a ... lter%3Dall

(80) 2/27/12 (UNITED KINGDOM) Moreno to step down at Lloyds Banking Group?Lloyds Banking Group has announced that Glen Moreno, its senior independent director, intends not to seek re-election at the bank’s annual general meeting on 17th May, and will retire from the board on that date.

http://www.bankingtimes.co.uk/2012/02/2 ... at-lloyds/

(81) 2/28/12 (HONG KONG) Leung `to enjoy life’ as she calls it quits

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_deta ... 20228&fc=1

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:26 | 2494814 sleepingbeauty
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Quite a list, I wonder if the rate of resignations is increasing, and if so could we predict the timing of bad things with it??

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:48 | 2494636 New_Meat
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I've got AJC in the next death pool. - Ned

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 03:31 | 2495006 Me_Myself_and_I
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Such a confident group.

I'll make them a deal they can't refuse.

They guarantee my return in equities and I'll let them keep half my gains. 

They can't lose.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 06:54 | 2495131 highwaytoserfdom
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woot

 

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