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Preet Bharara Explains Why He Let Wall Street Bank Executives Avoid Prison

"Recently dismissed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, is suddenly being celebrated as an aggressive warrior in the fight against Wall Street corruption. Really? You could’ve fooled me. Perhaps I was in a coma when a string of big bank executives were arrested and sent to prison."

When It Comes To Wall Street, Preet Bharara Is No Hero

The prominent U.S. attorney fired by Donald Trump this weekend has been justly acclaimed for his pursuit of political corruption. But his treatment of the Wall Street executives involved in the financial meltdown was far less confrontational.

All Eyes On Yellen After US Futures, Euro Stocks Rebound On Latest French Polls

World stocks pulled back from all time highs, and European bourses initially followed U.S. futures and Asian shares lower, however both European risk sentiment as well as E-Minis rebounded after an Odoxa poll showed Macron overtaking Le Pen in the 1st round for the first time, and that the addition of Juppe instead of Fillon may see a 2nd round run-off between Macron vs Juppe, leading to a slump in Bund futures to session lows, and a bounce in European stocks.

SEC Freezes Accounts Of "Highly Suspicious" Traders Who Made $3.6 Million On Fortress Takeover

The SEC has frozen the the accounts of several traders who made more than $3.6 million in profits by trading stocks and call before the $3.3bn takeover of Fortress Investment Group was announced by Japan’s SoftBank. The unknown traders placed the “highly suspicious” orders for shares and contracts for difference, or CFDs, through Maybank Securities and R.J. O’Brien, according to the SEC.

When Speculators Prosper Through Ignorance

"Speculators often prosper through ignorance; it is a cliche that in a roaring bull market, knowledge is superfluous and experience is a handicap. But the typical experience of the speculator is one of temporary profit and ultimate loss."

Blind Faith Everywhere

Beware of academics bearing models. Knowing prices are wrong and knowing when they are going to correct are two very different things - being able to survive until and through the correction is vital.

Meet China's Hedge Fund Capital

Hedge funds didn't exist in the world's second-largest economy five years ago...Now they have their own private village.