As Repeatedly Warned, Quarter End Window Dressing Key Factor In MF Global's Demise

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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:24 | 1844027 Goldtoothchimp09
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false quotes are supposed to be illegal - false trading to create volume is supposed to be illegal

False finacial statements via window dressing and other schemes is A-ok.  Just don't do more than 5 day trades within a 3 day window.  They'll close down your account!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:38 | 1844127 sqz
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Nice article! This is the reason why I read ZH.

Thank you again for all your hard work.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 03:11 | 1844179 Michael
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Thank God the SEC doesn't enforce any regulations. Keeping those scumbags on a stable footing is not in my best interest.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:46 | 1844258 SWRichmond
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Repo 105, bitches.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 04:34 | 1986254 Mauibrad
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"Window dressing" isn't near as bad as what's indicated here: 

Congress and the commentators are scurrying all over the place without focus.  MFG and their Custodian are probably appreciating the lack of focus.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:58 | 1844267 FL_Conservative
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END the Fed....and END the SEC!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:27 | 1844032 Dr. Engali
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What I don't understand is why there isn't even a market blip on this news. You would think people would be saying get me the fuck out and give me my cash.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:13 | 1844104 JLee2027
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Wait till tomorrow's customer liquidation.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 07:26 | 1844305 ViewfromUnderth...
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You've answered your own knows, s.o.p.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:32 | 1844043 Zer0henge
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So is JEF in the same stinkhole, and will that CNBC pissant David Faber call back that ratin agency guy and question him again for downgrading JEF by implying that the rating agency is comitting some kind of ratings game against JEF?  Faber maks me almost as sick as that fat, dead and rotting corpse Haines did.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 04:22 | 1844207 firerx
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God's gonna get ya for that LOL :P

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:32 | 1844045 Mohan
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"We also expect the regulators to do absolutely nothing" As Bill Black would say - there are no more regulators in US.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:32 | 1844046 lolmao500
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Margin call biatches!

MF Global Clients Face Day of Reckoning as Margins Call

Call it the mother of all margin calls: Up to 50,000 former customers of bankrupt broker MF Global must find some $1 billion in additional collateral almost overnight, or be forced out of their trades.

Come Friday, with the mass transfer of commodity trading accounts from Jon Corzine's fallen firm to six of its erstwhile rivals, margin clerks will be wrapping up a reckoning of how much additional money is needed to cover millions of positions. Clients who can't quickly meet their margin will have to liquidate, making for a tumultuous day's trade.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:06 | 1844092 JLee2027
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Customers will be shafted and markets will be impacted. Oh yes, the CFTC approved this.  Crooks.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:14 | 1844105 Schmuck Raker
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And this, which I'm holding between my thumb and index finger, is the World's Smallest Violin...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 02:26 | 1844157 Smithovsky
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Great story, thanks for pasting the link.

This, along with NFP should make for a pretty wild Friday.  

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:39 | 1844053 Milton Waddams
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Given that regulators seem disinterested in the operation, it seems like a value-added strategic decision to obfuscate risk.  Similar to trolling the SEC's enforcement website to see what the 'dog catchers' are on the look out for...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:45 | 1844257 Bolweevil
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Lost is the idea of "investment". Happily replaced by gaming. Prey on weakness, oversight and neglect instead of backing a winner.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:46 | 1844060 Missiondweller
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I'm always amazed how much I learn on this blog. Thank you Tyler.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:46 | 1844061 Caviar Emptor
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Yesterday I "window-dressed" my checking account so I could sign a big ticket lease on an expensive car. That afternoon I "window-dressed" some credit applications, tax returns and my medical history. It's a common practice, but it needs to be done well. 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:48 | 1844062 Dr. Engali
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I window dressed myself yesterday and the neighbor called to complain. Go figure.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:55 | 1844075 Caviar Emptor
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Are you a "Cross-window dresser"? 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 00:52 | 1844071 Sequitur
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Tylers one and all: well done.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:29 | 1844120 slewie the pi-rat
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yes;  this is excellent publishing!

even the wsj can understand

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:03 | 1844089 Josh Randall
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Occupy the SEC (not the football conference)

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 03:12 | 1844180 DarkestPhoenix
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While we're at it, occupy that football conference, too.  Pumped up and inflated by the ESPN MSM!!!  They're sooooooooo good, yeah, right, like Florida playing in the Orange Bowl isn't a home game for them.  While other major conferences have almost an equal winning percentage traveling halfway across the country!  There's a reason why you never see a home-and-home between Arizona and Michigan that isn't the first game of the year.  No way does any warm-weather team want to travel north of the Mason-Dixon past September.  Just look at the Cowboys' win percentage anywhere in the north in November for evidence of this phenomena.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:08 | 1844096 slewie the pi-rat
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how much is that dog-shit in the window?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:11 | 1844101 mberry8870
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And therein lies the problem; soveriegn immunity. You can't touch these incompetent fools. The SEC and CFTC will always contniue on with their feckless ways because they can and will. Simply, completely pathic. This is exactly what got Bennet 12 yrs. at Refco for essentially doing the same thing. History may not repeat itself but it certainly does rythme. 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:15 | 1844109 Schmuck Raker
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'Atta boy Tyler. Keep up the good work.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:19 | 1844111 lolmao500
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All that won't matter if Israel attacks Iran and oil goes to $150+ a barrel. What was left of the world economy will blow up.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 01:24 | 1844116 Cursive
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What more evidence does the public need? The FIRE industries are but a leach upon productive labor. The rent seekers have sucked the life blood from us all. Submit or throw off this yoke once and for all.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 02:18 | 1844149 El Gordo
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No do you really thing to government regulators are going to do anything to expose their master's major donors and bundlers?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 02:19 | 1844150 honestann
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SEC's gross and criminal negligence, incompetence, and overall corruption

The SEC is indeed gross, criminal, negligent and corrupt.  However, since its purpose is to aid the corruption of large financial firms, the SEC is not incompetent.  After all, the SEC has made it possible for dozens of financial mega-firms to be utterly and completely corrupt without suffering negative consequences.  To put it another way, the SEC is utterly captured.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 02:38 | 1844165 oldman
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Tyler, please--------

Does anyone believe that the 'regulators' knew nothing of this? It was probably their collusive idea in the first place. There is no capital with this amount of leverage--it is the sub-prime debacle all over again in SPADES

We have been pointing out nothing that was not known to all              thanks for your work         om

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 03:18 | 1844181 Out9922
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What a great article, ZH.  Thank You

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 04:25 | 1844210 Element
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You just got to learn to look the other way in this whirld ... all is well citizens ... go on about your business ...


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 05:04 | 1844224 Zodiac
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Doesn't Sarbanes-Oxley have a little provision about executives that sign fraudulent financial statements?  Isn't that what these 'window-dressed' financial statements are?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:01 | 1844239 Chippewa Partners
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You guys and girls need to look at the market and only read ZH.  Don't you see the bullish news here?   To the moon boys and girls!!!   

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:52 | 1844261 Bolweevil
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So, all the dumb fuckers in the mainstream financial media need to do is troll ZH to get ideas an voila! Why don't one a yous Tylers goes and get a real job?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 07:11 | 1844273 merizobeach
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"the SEC's gross and criminal negligence, incompetence, and overall corruption."


Indictments, bitchez!  The Court of ZH might not have jurisdiction over the Gov, but nevertheless, the latter has been tried and found guilty.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 07:45 | 1844350 midgetrannyporn
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De fraud, it stinks.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 07:52 | 1844373 chinaboy
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Note that only China fired its regulators ( My own take is that it is just a gesture). The point here is that western nations from the U.S. to Europe still hide their heads in the sand with regards to regulation.


Regulation is a sham. PDs are adicted to leverage. Disaster is matter of time.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 08:03 | 1844411 karzai_luver
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I saw a bankster dressed as a regulator, so what..............


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 08:15 | 1844464 dcb
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yes I was wondering why folks weren't talking about end of quarter window dressing along with the trading, it was the main reason i expected a good october. without the QE this stuff has to happen to drive merket up, of course it's a different story if you can leverage 40/ 1


great to know primary dealers are allowed to lever up so much, wonder about that fed oversight (not)

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 08:20 | 1844482 dcb
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it's why I am always short heading into end of quarter, esp last two weeks.

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