MF Global Hearing Live

Tyler Durden's picture

Today's primetime popcorn event is about to begin: as reported earlier, the House Financial Services Committee will hold an oversight and investigations hearing on the collapse of MF Global, beginning at 3 pm. The hearing will focus on the decisions during the company's final days that led to the disappearance of up to $1.6 billion in customer funds. The party line is that "The investigation aims to "not only to find out where the money went but to identify what went wrong in order to prevent this from happening again," Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) said." What instead will happen is that a bunch of politicians will huff and puff, and nothing will happen once again, because to take down Corzine, would mean to start eating away at the entire rotten core of today's captured political system, which has and always will be run out of Wall Street. It will also be amusing to listen to Edith O’Brien plead the Fif.

Full webcast after the jump, where the empty seats will be populated by empty suits.

The witness list and prepared remarks can be found below.


Panel I

  • Ms. Laurie Ferber, General Counsel, MF Global Holdings Ltd.
  • Mr. Henri Steenkamp, Chief Financial Officer, MF Global Holdings Ltd.
  • Ms. Christine Serwinski, Chief Financial Officer for North America, MF Global Inc.
  • Ms. Edith O’Brien, Assistant Treasurer, MF Global Inc. (no written statement submitted)

Panel II

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fuu's picture

Let the games begin!

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Let the mummer's farce begin!

Fixed it for ya.

JLee2027's picture

I love that term. That's what it is.

CIABS's picture

OK, first batch of popcorn is gone.  What's happening?

CIABS's picture

Soon it will be time to plead for that fifth batch of popcorn.

(Apparently there is a House vote underway and the hearing will begin soon.)

Arius's picture


Dragging these good people through the mud .... public hearing and all that ... and for what ???

They are the best at what they do, trying to serve the customers, real professionals ... mistakes do happen ... so what do you do?  kill these people through the power of media and politicians? SHAME

We are Americans we can take it!

Comay Mierda's picture

"On advice of counsel, i respectfully decline to answer"


fuu's picture

Fifth plead: 2.

Confirmed she would answer all questions the same way.

fuu's picture

"Bonnie and Clyde we chumps compared to you three. They had to take gas money, you just get people to wire it to you and you have no idea what happened."

"What chumps those old bandits were compared to you three."

Lovin it!

iDealMeat's picture

This is totally awesome...

barliman's picture


Need to redo LMFAO's hit to

"We're weasels and we know it"

weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel


flacon's picture

The blond head (Lewinsky?) is sounding confused. 

fuu's picture

I am enjoying the fact that they just ignore her if she doesn't answer promptly.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

"...based on my Constitutional rights."

Committee member: "What are those?"


Tom Servo's picture

These fuck sticks can't give a 1 word answer to a question like "what color is the sky?"

Bay of Pigs's picture

What an absolute fucking disgrace this is.

Why are they not arresting these criminals?

Dermasolarapaterraphatrima's picture

Arius, indeed, it is Vugar to watch these upstanding financial geniuses, memeber of the Upper Class,  dragged thru the's sad day when the Hoi Polio, the scrubby masses, the filthy customers....the far left wing Commie media can tarnish the sparkling reputations of these Wall Street Uber Giants.

Sad indeed....

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Nothing like a prompt start.

I think a few of them are still drinking a fifth before listening to people plead the fifth.


johnu1978's picture

No, it's time to get some more popcorn!!!


Learn About Wild Edible Plants:

flacon's picture

"Video temporarily unavailable.

Please try again later."


I am not getting a video feed.... 


...oh nevermind.... it works in IE...

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Ironic that Jamie 'fuck-you-pay-me' Dimon is tooling the public on CNBC right now. Would love the guy to ask Dimon...... so, Jamie, tell us what REALLY happened with this whole MF Global thing.

No balls on CNBC

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

it's military industrial complex day on CNBC today

ChrisFromMorningside's picture

What really happened is that JP Morgan was completely in on the swindle. The "segregated" customer accounts that were stolen were held with JP Morgan, as was the investment account that was $175 million overdrafted. JP Morgan authorized the customer funds transfer to MF Global's main accounts, which MF Global promptly used to cover the hole they were in in an account also held by JP Morgan. JP Morgan was smart enough to cover their ass (they knew MF was in "distress") by having their legal counsel "verify" that the customer funds were not used to cover investment losses.

You can read it all here:

Of course Dimon is trying to cover his ass now. Of course no one knew anything ... It all just magically dissapeared. It was all just a mistake, honest.

The lawyer dealing with the letters was Dennis Klejna, a deputy counsel who was no stranger to crisis at futures firms. An industry veteran, Mr. Klejna was a former general counsel at Refco, the defunct brokerage that was taken over by MF Global after it collapsed in scandal. Mr. Klejna, who also served as the enforcement chief at the Commodity Future Trading Commission, agreed to forfeit $1.25 million to be distributed to victims of the Refco fraud. He was never charged with wrongdoing.

If you're one of the pro-big government dolts who still thinks more regulation can fix Wall Street, please read and re-read that excerpt. One of the chief market regulators in this nation was involved in not one but two major brokerage collapses, one of which resulted in securities fraud convictions (albeit not for the former regulator) and the other resulted in over a billion dollars just "dissapearing."

In case you need a reminder, Refco is the brokerage that was hiding $430 million in bad debt and was found to be holding over $500 million in FAKE bonds in offshore accounts. Yet "no one" knew this -- not the former regulators on their legal counsel team, nor the banks that handled Refco's IPO (BofA, Goldman and Credit Suisse) which performed "due diligence."

LawsofPhysics's picture

Regulatory capture is nothing new.  A congress that had the fucking balls to do something about it would be.

goldfish1's picture

Ezactly.  Congress is owned. We all know that. What are they going to do? Absofukinglutely nothing.

SAT 800's picture

"Congressional capture is nothing new; a congresss that wasn't captured, would be"  There, fixed it for you.

Waterfallsparkles's picture

Chris from Morningside,

You may have hit the nail on the head.  If the Customer Money was invested overnight with JPM, if JPM then returned the Money to MF Globals Business Account instead of the Segregated Account then MF Global may have though that they had enough Money in their Business Account to pay the Margin Call.  Not knowing that the Customer Money was not put back into the segregated account but instead the Business Account.

BanksterSlayer's picture

The Committee has kindly saved the People's time once O'Brien pleaded the Fifth twice and also said that she intends to plead the Fifth even if you ask her what color are her shoes ... so now O'Brien as been excused.

Normalcy Bias's picture

There is no more apt description for this, than "Mummer's Farce."

Gazooks's picture

tru dat.  goobermint sans feathers at its shameless, prancing best

mr. mirbach's picture

Speaking of mummers, does 'Capuano' mean bat-shit in Italian?

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Indeed.  Which games though?


-- Hypothecate senior MF Global employees (Guantanamo sounds good)?

-- Hypothecate the Congressmen?

fuu's picture

Safer to just nuke the site from orbit.

malikai's picture

It's the only way to be sure.

SAT 800's picture

Boy I sure would like to give him a hint as to how to keep this from happening again; You handcuff people and put them in the back of the un-marked sedan for the ride to the Federal Holding Facility; then convict them and jail them. That's how you keep it from "happening"; it didn't "happen". It was the coldly calculated risk taken by people who had reason to believe they were going to get away with it. It's not nuclear Physics, people.

GeneMarchbanks's picture


Biggest component of post hearing wordcloud: 'Vaporized'

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I'm taking the Fifth, bitchez!

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I think its more properly pronounced, "Fif". Or maybe "Fizzif"

Decay is Constant's picture

One fifth scotch.

One fifth tequila

One fifth vodka ... better make that a gallon.

Dr. Engali's picture

A fifth of Crown for me thanks.

Dr. Engali's picture


 "where the empty seats will be populated by empty suits"


I love the Hedge. I hope the Tylers never run out of material.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1

Tylers will ALWAYS have material to run.  No way MF Global is over.  No way anything else is over either.

Gringo Viejo's picture

Gonna have to be good to top yesterday's "Trayvon" hearing.

Negro children in Congress. If I wasn't livin' it I wouldn't believe it.