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Presenting Warren "Archimedes" Buffett's Amazing 24 Hour Monster Bank of America Due Diligence Session

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Earlier today, courtesy of the unbreakable bond between Warren Buffett and CNBC's Becky Quick, we learned that supposedly Warren came up with the idea to invest $5 billion in Bank of America (which really is $2 billion when accounting for the intrinsic value of the warrants, which in turn makes the dividend on his at risk investment a stunning 15% but we digress - more here) while in the bathtub on Wednesday morning. What is interesting, is that according to the just released Securities Purchase Agreement, between Warren's Archimedes moment yesterday, and the announcement this morning, here is what he contractually represents and warrants that he did:

"The Investor acknowledges that it has had an opportunity to conduct such review and analysis of the business, assets, condition, operations and prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries, including an opportunity to ask such questions of management (for which it has received such answers) and to review such information maintained by the Company, in each case as the Investor considers sufficient for the purpose of making the Purchase. The Investor further acknowledges that it has had such an opportunity to consult with its own counsel, financial and tax advisers and other professional advisers as it believes is sufficient for purposes of the Purchase. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Transaction Documents” refers collectively to this Agreement, the Warrant and the Registration Rights Agreement, in each case, as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with their respective terms."

Not bad - Buffett did this in, oh.... under 24 hours.

Isn't it amazing how spiffy those 81 year olds can be...

h/t Manal Mehta

 

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Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:00 | 1602322 malikai
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The Oracle.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:10 | 1602335 wang (not verified)
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Oracle

or did you say Oral?

 

Obama fundraiser sponsored by Warren Buffett

http://www.cnbc.com/id/44280513

 

not sure if Scores will be the venue but no doubt some serious table dancing @ $35,800 an hour

 

The top-dollar donation "includes VIP" room access

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:28 | 1602415 wang (not verified)
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When: Friday, September 30th at 6:00PM

Where: Scores NY (536 West 28th St. (between 10th & 11th Ave) New York, NY 1000)

Ask: $10,000 – Guest

$35,800 – Host: VIP room with Warren Buffett + dinner

$100,000 raise – Chair (Table of 10) - VIP room with Warren Buffett + dinner

 

http://www.scoresny.com/en/#contact

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/62055.html

 
Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:45 | 1602869 nope-1004
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If QE3 was coming tomorrow, why did Obummer need Buffet today for the BAC life line?

I get the feeling BAC knows no QE3 tomorrow, and was in need of some cash NOW.

Just my $0.02

 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 01:07 | 1603010 AldousHuxley
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Buffett branding is just a first line of defense in the rescue plan.

 

Goldman Sachs Case Study

9/15/2008   | GS=$131 | Lehman Bros files for Ch. 11

9/16/2008 | GS=$129 | AIG bailed out

9/23/2008 | GS=$121 | Buffett buys $5B of GS @ $115/share (under market)

10/3/2008 | GS=$124 | TARP made into law 

10/28/2008  | GS=$91 | US Treasury buys $10B of GS @ $122.9/share (over market)

11/21/2008 | GS=$47.41 | low

11/24/2008 | GS=$65 | QE 1 begins; Fed buys MBS

 

For Banksters of America, we can expect same order of bailouts about a month apart with BAC falling 20-30% each interval:

8/25/2011 Buffett (private deal)

9/23/2011 US Treasury (federal)

10/28/2011 QE 3 (international overlord)

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:06 | 1602349 cocoablini
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Buffet thought he could clean up again on a Goldman type bailout- and maybe a Wells typeottom fish. Plus he frontran his own " idea" and cleaned up there.
Unfortunately for Buffet, this time the bank collapse will be faster and harder. Its only August, and it looks like a die off already. The aristocracy, Fed and political class will try to keep the ponzi machine chugging. This time its different ( shortterrm) and longterm its the same( depressionary credit collapse.)

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:29 | 1602416 antaresteleko
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Hi folks, this is my very first comment at ZH, and I have to say that by no means I am an expert in finance... so please be gentle with me...;-)

Just wondering: that preferred stock 6% dividend per annum, couldn't it be that 6% dividend comming from the equity share BAC owns from the FED? Could it be possible that there is some private agreement for Berkshire Hathaway to own the dividend rights that in turn BAC has on their share of the FED? In that case, if finally BAC crashes Warren Buffet would have secured a very good damm deal... 

I know I came a bit late into the conversation but... any thoughts?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:42 | 1602469 Cursive
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@antaresteleko

You are over thinking the situation.  As long as there is a FRB, Warren will be OK.  But once they are gone, he's in big trouble.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:51 | 1602516 Bring the Gold
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Doesn't the 100 year charter of the FED expire in 2013?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:21 | 1602611 indygo55
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If that is true, and there is any threat of the charter not being renewed, there will be war. Rothschild has been doing that for a while. It reminds me of the Tsars and the Bolchevics.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:55 | 1602704 Thomas
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It would certainly send a chill up the spine of the Buffettologists if WB blew up Berkshire with one of these wild trades.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:10 | 1602927 HCSKnight
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WB has already blown out once. If it weren't for the bailouts he would have been wiped out.

The fact is his wealth, as well as all the bond holders who did not take a haircut, comes from $ taken directly from US taxpayers.

That is a fact.

IMHO, it is simply too much for college educated middle American people to face.

One should not be surprised. Take a USD to the owner, the US Fed, a private company, and hand it to them and tell them you want what it is worth. They will hand you back a piece of paper that looks exactly the same.

The intrinsic, actual value of the US$ is a piece of paper that guarantees you a pice of paper that looks the same. That's it.

Your job is to take that piece of paper out into the world and see what someone is willing to give to you for that piece of paper.

Good luck.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:40 | 1602975 FEDbuster
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"If that is true, and there is any threat of the charter not being renewed,"

It's true, and the threat's name is Ron Paul.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:01 | 1602731 RealitiveMind
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December 21, 2012.  So they have almost a year and a half to come up with the new world order digital slave currency.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 07:24 | 1603281 Bob
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Some would view it as fatalism, but I just can't imagine they don't have this shit already worked out and waiting on the shelf for that moment when it all breaks down. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:57 | 1602712 RealitiveMind
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My goodness it is warm this evening. 

Say there Antarestelekoooo, it would appear that you have somehow confused your acronyms with your anagrams . . . or is it monograms?  As a semi-professional anarammatistical consultant, please allow me to shed some diffused light on this situation.

I think you have simply gotten some letters in the wrong order.  I noticed the ABC has some how become BAC.  I see you also have FED, is it not, ABCDEF?  So let's go back to basics. 

If per chance you were a well connected crony, you would likely negotiate a deal through the miracle of modern finance, (casa blanca), that would insure a return of 6% with no down side.  This in itself does not make you an evil person, well maybe.

Mr. Ben B, also known as the lender of last resort, serves as a stopgap to protect the primary dealers, which in turn protects the House of Fiat. I had a Fiat in the 70's, it worked about the same.

So to summerize, in a way that clears everything up completely, you can either have the WBB (Warren Buffet Bank) or the BBB (Ben Bernake Bank), but in the end it still eat porridge if you are lucky.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 02:59 | 1603126 antaresteleko
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Thank you guys for sharing your thoughts with me; it looks clear to me now that there is still very much for me to underderstand...

You were gentle with me nevertheless.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:18 | 1602390 Everyman
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Gives new meaning to the name "BathTub Boy".

 

I think that Keith Olberman loser is now replaced with Warren as BATHTUB BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:55 | 1602707 Thomas
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Put him in Matt Simmons' hot tub and see how he does.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:17 | 1602935 JLee2027
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The bath thing is just too much detail. Ugh! Apparently he's an old pervert. I knew scummy Warren was a young pervert when he moved that woman into his house with his wife and had 2 at once. I guess some things never change.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:03 | 1602739 gman16-16
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Maybe Warren is getting nervous that if B OF A goes down for the count(and it will) everything will go down taking Berkshire to the woodshed because all those riskey bets Buffet wrote on the index's would get "in the money" very quickly.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:01 | 1602323 Prepared
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Warren, you're a complete asswipe!!  More money than brainz, that's for damn sure!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:06 | 1602351 DosZap
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Prepared,

He made 280 Million on this deal in ONE day.

If we knew ALL the details(which we will never know), we would crap.

I see him as an American version of Soro's.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:14 | 1602377 toady
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I just KNOW there is some sweetheart, never-pay-taxes deal in the background of this one...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:43 | 1602478 Cursive
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@toady

He's already got that deal.  He has everything he ever wanted.  His only problem is keeping it all.  Odds are that it'll all slip away....

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:57 | 1602711 Thomas
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It was only a couple of hours ago that I explained my disdain for WB to a colleague by equating him to Soros. At least you can see the stripes on Soros (and Madoff).

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:19 | 1602945 JLee2027
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Madoff is a patron saint compared to unrepentant Warren. Remember, Madoff admitted his guilt...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:01 | 1602326 Reese Bobby
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He's really good at reading Q's and K's!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:02 | 1602330 rmsnickers
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Spiffy...NAILED IT.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:02 | 1602331 Tater Salad
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I have<------------------senioritis!

 

Fukin' pig!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:03 | 1602332 Tater Salad
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Not to mention he's a lover of the "O"bummer!  Can it get any worse?

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 01:58 | 1603092 Fish Gone Bad
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Problems, by definition, can always get worse.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:03 | 1602334 disabledvet
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and just like this TPTB have added this "Current Buffet" video feed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCAqnW_iNhg&feature=player_detailpage
who said bubbles are a problem? they're GREAT too!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:04 | 1602337 Downtoolong
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Once again, the world of finance claims ability to defy the laws of physics. It's impossible that Buffett could have accomplished all of this in one day with his professional support staff and cronies, even if they were all in the tub with him (eeeeew).

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:18 | 1602942 Mactheknife
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With the deal he got the only thing he needed to read was were it said "signature".

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 07:37 | 1603304 Bob
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A suspicious observer might wonder if his tete a tete with Barry the day before produced an assurance of another bailout if needed. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:04 | 1602340 rubearish10
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Yeah, I've thrown $20 or $30 bucks at things without thinkin' (if you know what I mean).

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:36 | 1602439 Irwin Fletcher
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Ha! I assume you mean big macs in Zurich?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:39 | 1602459 rubearish10
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Call it anything you want.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:47 | 1602494 pods
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The best "deals" are the two for ones.

pods

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:04 | 1602341 Moneyswirth
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Corrupt bastard. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:04 | 1602342 Tater Salad
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Hang on, wait a minute, Austin Ghouls-bee is speaking on Fox news, he said high gasoline is killing economy.  Listen up people...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:05 | 1602345 SteveNYC
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Surprised it took him 24hrs to do this deal, a guaranteed-no-loss-guranteed-high-return-taxpayer-bailout-backstopped-funded etc. etc. investment, shit, I could say yes to that in 24mins.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:35 | 1602438 YesWeKahn
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He must know what Bernanke will do tomorrow!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:06 | 1602346 Belrev
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All you can eat Buffet.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:07 | 1602356 Tuco Benedicto ...
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"Dude Sin"  Real men don't take baths!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:49 | 1602505 The Shootist
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I seem to remember Tuco taking a nice bath in the Good Bad and Ugly. With his peacemaker...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:06 | 1602917 ThirdCoastSurfer
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He bathes in the tears of mermaids. 

Word is he was under for more than 2 minutes when he decided to give it one last long shot to save it all.

 Mr Bubbles meets Mr McGoo in Rubba-Dub-Bunga-Bunga 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:06 | 1602347 --Freedom--
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I hope trump sold at the high this morning. He coulda made about 25% in about 3 weeks. I'm thinking it will be downhill from here for BAC, with perhaps another brief rise in response to qe3, whenever that comes.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:07 | 1602348 Cdad
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Tyler,

You know and I know...this was an arranged marriage.  There was no due diligence, and it is almost certain that uncle Warren has zero actual capital at risk...but instead a note from Obama to excuse any future capital losses.

The very insistence this morning by the Quickster was the tip...and the bath tub story was to mislead folks.

The story is a joke.  The media is a joke for perpetrating it.  Warren Buffet is a joke.  And the rally in the banks, which was repealed within an hour...revealed the truth about everything.

Crony capitalism, bitchez.

**nice touch on the pic**

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:34 | 1602430 Mr. Mandelbrot
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I'm gonna watch "Idiocracy" again this weekend, eat some extra bigass fries, and try to figure out how to rehabilitate the economy (while 'batin')

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:49 | 1602499 pods
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Electrolytes?

pods

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:14 | 1602593 Mr. Mandelbrot
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They're what plants crave . . .

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:28 | 1602633 Calculated_Risk
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it's what bac needs!

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:09 | 1602925 Mr. Mandelbrot
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Idiocracy should be required viewing, especially given the movie's genius premise that stupid people breed at a much higher rate. The future will be idiotic . . .

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:05 | 1602561 Overpowered By Funk
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The capital markets have become a joke.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 05:36 | 1603208 Shineola
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A definite set up.  Reminds me of the hokey take down of Osama Bin-Deadlong.   Don't ride on any helicopters Mr. Buffet. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:07 | 1602353 toady
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Unkie Warren, can I have 5 billion dollars?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:07 | 1602354 tmosley
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By "management", they mean "Obama".  He did all the DD he needed over the phone with him.  Only took about two minutes.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:45 | 1602486 AlmostEven
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"...only took about 2 minutes..."

As did that other thing Buffet did in the tub.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:26 | 1602626 tmosley
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I'm going to presume you mean wash his back because the alternative is too terrifying to consider.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:58 | 1602720 Irwin Fletcher
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They don't call it a Becky Quicky for nothing.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:48 | 1602985 FEDbuster
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Bet Uncle Warren drops a Viagra before the phone interviews, for the post interview phone sex.  Better yet, Warren rubbing one out during the on air phone interviews.  Try to visualize that, bitchez.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 02:03 | 1603099 knukles
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Eyes crossing, hunched forward, can see all the hair on his shoulders and back, one eye half closed, tongue hanging out, drooling profusely, furiously wacking the helpless soft little tadpole.... 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 04:43 | 1603183 NidStyles
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Dude seriously, I was trying to eat.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 08:06 | 1603352 malikai
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Yea man, made me throw up my cornflakes. Thanks.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:07 | 1602357 Moneyswirth
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We can't be worried about corrupt old fucks who wipe their asses with C-notes getting sweetheart deals from the government to prop up too big to fucking fail banks that would send our financial system into fatal convulsions.  Nahh.  We have to hear about Martha's Vineyard and fucking hurricanes. 

Heckuva job media...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:07 | 1602358 Tater Salad
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The Oracle of Obama

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:19 | 1602392 delacroix
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the orifice

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:44 | 1602481 Coldfire
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The Anacle of Oraha.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:12 | 1602360 Captain Benny
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I'm still putting the sequence of events together...

So BAC is failing along with a few large banks in the EU such as SocGen and Unicredit.  Obama calls Buffet on August 22.  For some reason Warren gets in a bathtub... probably with a can of coke in one hand while beating off with his other hand to a picture of Betty Quick mounted on the ceiling.

Somehow this magical idea comes into his head to throw a few billion at Bank of America ... That same BoA that adamently claims it does not need money while its still trying to quietly sell assetts at firesale prices.  Hmm.

What did Obama talk to Buffet about?

Why the hell is SocGen being quietly bailed out by the Rothschilds?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:31 | 1602424 Cdad
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The cover story, which appeared on Drudge the day before the bathtub epiphany, was that the President talked to him about the economy and what the govt. could do about creating jobs.

The real coversation was about Buffet bailing out BAC...because the sheeple are too angry now for the govt. to blatently continue to bail out banks.

And the Quickster, with her lame bathtub story, has got to feeling like a fool today...if she thinks or feels at all...there with her new baby in her arms, the next generation to inherit this broken nation.

Fuck me.

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:42 | 1602473 AlmostEven
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And think of the panic that would have ensued if they used the Fed to funnel in $5 billion! That's a crashing bank. But if Buffet jumps in, you can spin it as a bullish call on the US financial sector. Up is down, and down is up. Surprising how many fools are buying the spin when the giant sinking Barge of America is in flames right in front of them.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:08 | 1602362 Bearish News
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"I know your hand is brittle. You're 85 after all. I'm just squeezing your hand to help you sign our d-doc's. You're next grandpa."

"Look, I know you're hungry & thirsty. The door is locked for your privacy. Just sign and initial the x's, then we can move on"

check this crazy MFer out on twitter:

https://twitter.com/#!/GoldmanSuchs

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:13 | 1602369 alien-IQ
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He's Batman.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:14 | 1602374 Life of Illusion
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And BofA took 24hours to acquire Countrywide.

Keep the data hidden at all cost!

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:15 | 1602381 PulauHantu29
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This is another AIG-GS deal where The Bernank has guaranteed BAC's massive debt so that Buffet can profit.

You can be SURE if BAC goes under (or almost under) like AIG, The Bernank will Bail out Buffet's $5 Billion wiht a Ton of newly printed fiat. It's a win-win situation for Buffet. He is learning the tricks of Blankfield.

Buffet is now also "doing God's work."  

 

Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:15 | 1602382 The Fonz...befo...
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Warren buffet is scum.... His republican pAppy is spinning in his grave....so much for the mid western roll up your sleeves and do it yourself gumption....this ol fool who is afflicted with money autism now supports Obama and what he stands for?

Fuuuuuuck him

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 07:46 | 1603321 Bob
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You mean Barry stands for something different?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:15 | 1602383 Tater Salad
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Couldn't have said it better...well...maybe in Standard American English.  But that kind of kills the vibe!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRmZ9zH-mYM&feature=grec_index

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:16 | 1602384 rollercam
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This probably means another WH pearl necklace ceremony for him in the not too far future.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:17 | 1602386 knukles
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OK guys and dolls, lads and lassies....
Here's the Knukles tea leaves...

Uncle Crusty talks with the Messiah.
Uncle Crusty fondly remembers his Goldmine investment (To be magically enhanced by TARP and whateverthefuckmorelooting that took place on the taxpayer dime.)
Uncle Crusty invests $5 SuperSizes in BAC after such conversation and reminisences.
Opppssss!
The New and Improved "Tax Payer Put"  Yeah!

Another fairy tale story ending of boy works hard, succeeds in America, land of opportunity.

Uncle Crusty foots bill for Becky's orthadontia.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:19 | 1602394 Lord Peter Pipsqueak
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Warren merely has complete faith in the price discovery mechanism known as the New York stock exchange and confidently concluded that the share price at the time accurately reflected the outstanding liabilities of BAC in respect of its mortgages,possible legal claims arising therein,CDS liabilities and "assets" pertaining to the acquisition of Countrywide.

He was furthermore reassured by its CEO that it did not require further financing,what the hell is everyones problem?

What next?People will be saying that the whole stockmarket is being kept elevated by false accounting,phony analyst research,government intervention and mass media propoganda.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:22 | 1602398 Tater Salad
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Holy shit Knukles, "Uncle Crusty foots bill for Becky's orthadontia", that could be one of the funniest things I've ever seen on this site!  Quick can eat peanuts from the bottom of a Coke bottle...Not to mention she's now engorged...nice visual right?!

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:22 | 1602401 buzzsaw99
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(diluted) BAC common should be good enough for everyone else tho...

 

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:26 | 1602411 GoldmanSux
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Becky really debased herself with this. She reported a catchy headline with no basis in truth. What some reporters won't do to maintain a source monopoly. Disgraceful.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:03 | 1602741 c-rev with a twist
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I wouldn't mind seeing her debase herself more often.  Perhaps with a donkey...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:27 | 1602414 Yancey Ward
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Mr. Buffett is surely a better investor than me, but this deal sounds political to me- another big bank going down might well drive the final stake through this presidency's heart, and I am leaning towards the idea that this was either suggested by Treasury as a desperate Hail Mary, or Buffett got the idea all by himself as an attempt to save this administration.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:33 | 1602421 CrashisOptimistic
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What I hate most about all this is someone put a gun to Meredith Whitney's head and told her to get her ass in front of a microphone and say that BAC didn't need capital.

That was to punish her for telling the truth about munis, and then they went out to destroy her reputation with her clientelle -- meaning when they forced her to talk up BAC, they KNEW Buffett was going to move within 24 hours.

They told her to get in front of a camera Or Else, and then when she did, they 2X4ed her upside the head.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:38 | 1602449 AlmostEven
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I think you're right. Buffet didn't have a "bathtub revelation"...at least not with regard to BofA. That sucker was going down, Obama called him in on the pretense of "general economic advice", and they planned the rescue of BofA. At least the temporary propping up of BofA.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:22 | 1602951 JLee2027
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Well then another bastion of truth has fallen. Damn

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 01:57 | 1603091 Oh regional Indian
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Crash, I think we are going to see a lot more of thsi strong-arming now that the game is really on.

Here is the truth about wall street, at it's root, the mentality is pure Mafia. in fact, the mafia plays a huge role in some of the most egrigious financial scams there are. Of course this does nto get much mention and they are caricatured on TV as strange talking Italian psychopaths. Loveable fuckers if you know what I mean. And I saw this strange love and hero-worship of the mafia way go into overdrive with the Sopranos. Everyone loved them a good mafioso.

So, most Wall street oligarchs have to play with the big boys of the mafia, the big boys of the Vatican (Super Mafia). At the very top, it's all the same, slimey people. The banker boys don't even know the cut of a good suite, eh? ;-)

So again, I think we will see more mafia tactics out in the open now. Bare knuckle stuff. Or else kind of stuff. A meredith Whitney is no longer safe in her glass ensconsed perch in the sky. 

Honesty's time is up.

Why are you looking at me like that? Do I look funny to you? Do I? Do I?

Vivek

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/precursor-03-bottom-falling-out-still-still-and-a-gander/

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:34 | 1602434 AlmostEven
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so now we all know what the little meeting with Obama was about...

Obama: "We can't have the Fed bail out BofA because that would cause a panic. Your Goldman deal in 2008 was the turning point upwards for bank stocks. We can do it again here...BEFORE A COLLAPSE!"

Buffet: "I'll pony up $5 billion, but it has to be a sweet, no-risk deal for me."

Done. And done. We are as close to the edge without going over as is fiscally possible.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:35 | 1602436 digalert
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In short...

the Barama phone call sealed the deal.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:39 | 1602447 Jasper M
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Last Wednesday of Every month, whether he needs it or not… 

I am a little worried about Waren. We all feel the charitable urge now and then, but you know, $5 billion here, $5 billion there – pretty soon, you're talking about real money!

When this fails, I predict endless advertising opportunities for bathtub toy manufacturers. I mean, just insert joke. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:39 | 1602458 Dan Watie
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<-- Krusty the Klown

<--Jacob Rothschild

Who would Rick Perry want to have a bubble bath with?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:40 | 1602460 lolmao500
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Obama asked him to buy... and told him the FED would save BAC whatever happens so he wouldn't lose any money on the long term.

Of course they will try to kick the can... but at some point the can will be full of cement and they will break their toes.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:41 | 1602463 rgd
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Bathtub investing, bithchez!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:42 | 1602471 ss123
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LMAO

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:41 | 1602464 Forgiven
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Not only that, but he was able to convince BoA not to put any limitations on his shorting the shit out of the stock starting the moment the deal closed...

 

This is just further evidence of the Kleptocracy in which we reside.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:41 | 1602468 ss123
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I was wondering the same thing this morning when I read the details of the deal.

He must have wrote them up while IN the bathtub OR this deal has been in the works for a while (duh)... long enough to get the details documented at least.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:44 | 1602484 Infinite QE
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Maybe Becky was in that bathtub blowing BofA bubbles....

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:49 | 1602500 Michael Victory
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buffets a fool.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:49 | 1602502 Confused
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of course this was preplanned. lets get real. 

 

but once again, the treason by all, will go unpunished. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:51 | 1602517 pods
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When I think of this agreement the term "money laundering" comes to mind.

pods

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:58 | 1602534 Coldfire
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As senile dementia set in the Anacle developed a concomitant case of investing coprophagia; first with the Squid, then with BACteria. The signs were worrying, but it was too late. His legacy of investing prowess would die with him.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:59 | 1602542 navy62802
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Warren Buffett sucks. He did not invest his money in BofA because it has strong fundamentals. BofA doesn't have strong fundamentals. Instead, it has a fucked up balance sheet. Buffett's investment in this company is illogical at best. Personally, I find this investment to be politically corrupt, given Buffett's recent meeting with The Big Cheese. It has the stench of impropriety and the appearance of a horrible investment decision.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:59 | 1602544 miker
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First they get the NY AG shitcanned from the committee working on a settlement with the banks on this mortgage legal disaster.  I'm certain Washington knows of some skeletons McGraw Hill (S&P parent company) would rather stay in the closet.

Then they twist Dick Bove's arm to tell the world that he's changed his mind and it's really a good idea to buy the banks.

Now Warren is doing his patriotic duty to provide a massive short squeeze on BAC and pump the stock.

I think the end game is near though.  It's been 2-3 years and things are turning for the worse.  People know we're in a depression and are losing faith in the government because of all the BS they've been fed.  This last BS blast from Warren was pathetic. 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:00 | 1602546 Zer0henge
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Oh my that is funny.  this site is soooo kewl!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:06 | 1602566 bugs_
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corrupt

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:15 | 1602590 ss123
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In other news, BankOfAmericaMerrilLynchBerkshireHathaway is now thinking the chance of double dip is over 80%: http://www.cnbc.com/id/44278624

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:16 | 1602597 seekingremedy
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Buffet was in the tub having phone sex with BlowMama when the idea, uh...er,  CAME, or cum.....however you spin it.

Now the morons are going to play in Jackson Julio a pump the true Americans with some Benny Hanna Chop Chop.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:25 | 1602621 insidious
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I'm not sure how much Warren made today on his deal with Bank of America - but I'm pretty sure it's a heck of alot more than I made today (and I'm guessing - more than the rest of the folks on this blog made today too).

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:29 | 1602636 lsbumblebee
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Check out the "cheer" at 0:57. Sounds more like Warren lifting himself from the tub.

Can someone please verify that Carl literally heard cheers?

These people are fucking strange.

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:31 | 1602639 BlackholeDivestment
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...Buffet? ...is that like Gimmy err what? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou6zi_9sxJ4

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:34 | 1602643 vast-dom
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Guess who makes it 2x in 1 day right square onto the 0H Fuck You list? 

 

Avuncular Warren!

 

 

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:40 | 1602664 ISEEIT
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Buffet is a leach. I don't advocate for a government that would punish 'ole Warren for his intelligent decisions. Is he a snake? Yes. And the system we have allows for snakes. Substitute 'snake' for speculator or participant.

Substitute hunter for prey.

Warren is a fucking capitalist.

That would not be such a problem within an actual free market. IT IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE A FREE MARKET. WE HAVE A CENTRALLY PLANNED ECONOMY THAT IS CLEARLY FAILING.

Fucking 'progressives'.

If you are 1/5th as smart as you adore to claim, then please do explain the superior functioning of the academic elite central planning clusterfuck that the world now finds itself in?

The shit on top is how these same asshat 'progressives' that decry the free market  so adore to smear the idea of a God who some 'idiots' declare belief in, while simultaneously attempting to wield power equivalent only to that reasonably attributable to a God.

I could go on but those who agree already do, those who don't likely never will. Isn't evolution sweet?

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 22:57 | 1602719 Rockfish
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This deal was born from the necessity to evacuate Some of the top floor of this economy from burning ship. Buffet just made it happen.

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:04 | 1602746 davepowers
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hearing Becky Quick talking about Warren Buffett in the bathtub was creepy, even by CNBC standards

ewww

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:27 | 1602821 Ruth
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I could have done without the bathroom scene, but I believe every word that the taxfree govt backdoor bailouts and every last breath of that convo with BO was about baby got BAC!

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:36 | 1602849 Henry Rearden
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I think I've found my new desktop photo. 

Rarely is anything this poignant and provocative. 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:25 | 1602909 sasebo
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I'd just like to tell Buffon & OCucumber to kiss my ass before the whole shebang crashes down on these stupid assholes this weekend.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 00:45 | 1602981 Dingleberry
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Fuck him.  We now have essentially the "BUFFET PUT", trying to get hedgies and retailers into B of A.  Talk about a pump and dump.  Warren makes money thru sweetheart deals and insider info. And for some reason people worship him.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 01:27 | 1603040 williambanzai7
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Welcome to the world of unread legal boilerplate.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 03:26 | 1603086 Market Efficien...
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Don't forget, within those 24 hours, he had his aid Obama CFA (Centralized Future Advisor) come and visit. Maybe he had a quick look at the numbers and could elaborate on what they meant given centralized planning. Hm, with these CFAs, you really see numbers in a whole different light.

Seriously, though, I consider the timing somewhat unlucky. Such a deal, within 24 hours of economic consultations with the president, makes you go hmm about the existence of an inside track given private, material information, not on the company but the centralized economic environment.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 03:46 | 1603157 Fraud-Esq
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He's such a dick - now he's making money and getting his rocks off being the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Total promoter! 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 05:45 | 1603214 Shineola
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Boy, Obama really is an amazingly smart fellow.   First he saves General Motors, then he offs Bin laden, then he puts the entire SEAL team on the same NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER (WTF!!), and now, with only a few words to Warren, he saves BOA. 

Biden was right, this is another "big effin deal!"

 

 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 07:58 | 1603339 Bob
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Has anybody made substantive headway on the question of whether the Seals that died were indeed the same guys who (allegedly) took out OBL?

At the very least, there should be some serious buzz about it in the armed services community. 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 06:36 | 1603239 tradewithdave
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Capital?..... We don't need no stinkin' capital?

http://tradewithdave.com/?p=7820

Dave Harrison

www.tradewithdave.com

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 06:54 | 1603259 Sokhmate
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When I was 6years old I and fellow kids used to unawaringly play a similar game of confidence. E.g. John's daddy bought him a remote control car.. I think your daddy should do the same for you

We used to have more sophisticated variations than the dream example.

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 07:03 | 1603267 Thinkor
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It doesn't take any time to "have an opportunity".  That his how Warren accomplished his magic.

 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 07:34 | 1603300 ptolemy_newit
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just wonder how becky quik made out on the inside info?

 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 10:19 | 1603934 In Fed We Trust
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Ever notice where Warren drops 5 large and a gov bailout is around the corner from said purchased investment. 

 

 

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 10:19 | 1603935 In Fed We Trust
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Ever notice where Warren drops 5 large and a gov bailout is around the corner from said purchased investment. 

 

 

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 12:17 | 1626838 No More Bubbles
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Buffett should be executed!

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