Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

November 4, 2010

U.S. Fed Opens New Office

Filed under: banking, business, central bank, corporatism, economy, federal reserve, recession — Tags: , , , , , , , — digitaleconomy @ 12:58 pm

“The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday established the Office of Financial Stability Policy and Research and appointed Board economist J. Nellie Liang as its director.

The office will bring together economists, banking supervisors, markets experts, and others in the Federal Reserve who will be dedicated to supporting the Board’s financial stability responsibilities. The office will develop and coordinate staff efforts to identify and analyze potential risks to the financial system and the broader economy, including through the monitoring of asset prices, leverage, financial flows, and other market risk indicators; follow developments at key institutions; and analyze policies to promote financial stability. It will also support the supervision of large financial institutions and the Board’s participation on the Financial Stability Oversight Council.”

“The Office of Financial Stability Policy and Research brings together a skilled group of people with a wide range of expertise to focus solely on financial stability,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said. “The financial stability team will play an important role in implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in our oversight of systemically important financial institutions, and in our overall surveillance of the financial markets and the economy.”

http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/other/20101104a.htm

 

April 28, 2010

Wall Street: Worse than Robber Barons

I’ve said it before. I’m going to say it again. Wall Street, the whole lot of them are self-deceived and full of themselves. They are worse than Robber Barons. Remember last November when Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein told “adoring crowds” through The Times of London that he was, but a humble banker “doing God’s work”?

This nation and the entire world has had unscrupulous tycoons for some time now under the reign of corporatism. Now the nation takes full ownership of market manipulators and connivers, the most obnoxious and self-deceived weasels in recent history.  They hold the higher ground while admitting no wrong. They haven’t a clue what dishonest gain is about. Antisocial behavior simply consumes them. They live in their own self-made bubble of finance and privilege.

They are in bed with government minds of the same persuasion, a circle of self-dealing and wanton abandon of anything but self. Meanwhile, they pretend to tell the nation, even the world, what financial literacy is when they cannot balance, much less leverage their own checkbook.  For example, venerable chief of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke applies this paradigm to you, but excludes himself, Wall Street and his banker cohorts.

An undergraduate student from Atlanta’s Morehouse College asked Bernanke what accounts for the enormous racial disparity in wealth in America. Bernanke responded that the source of the problem was the lack of “financial literacy” and “financial education” on the part of blacks, particularly with respect to savings decisions. While a scholar of Depression Era America, he clearly omitted his own knowledge of history. Bernanke never mentioned the notorious history of national violence that included the seizure, destruction and appropriation of black property, never mind the property and lives of others. The idea of financial literacy has nothing to do with principles and everything to do with who you are.

During 250 years of slavery, blacks as a people were both capital and financial assets for whites, and even after emancipation.  The national failure has been continual. At one time, the nation failed to endow black ex-slaves with a promised forty acres and a mule in any place in America. It doesn’t stop with the blacks. Today, through the Federal Reserve system of finance and government, all people have systematically have been denied the fruits of their labor. The national has simply switched gears, commandeered by the appearance of wealth, influence and power.  Land acquired between 1880 and 1910 frequently was taken by government complicity, fraud and outright seizures by terrorists. Our current reality is little different.

Regardless of race, creed or faith, few have any incentive to save in a world where Robber Barons, in this case the International Society of Bankers, simply consume any savings through the modern miracle of inflation. Inflation is the miracle of the system that regularly extracts the precious substance of American wealth because of the mindless fearful weasels that run amok in government and in finance. The real problem remains in the minds of Americans. We sit around and listen to this blather instead tarring and feathering them, even though this same judgment seems perfectly adequate in older times. Goldman Sachs is simply more of the same. Everyone else are the suckers. We’ve paid for their crimes, lock, stock and barrel.

April 1, 2010

Don’t Get Taken by Pyramid & Ponzi Schemes

What are some of the similarities and differences between ponzi and pyramid schemes?

Pyramid schemes and ponzi schemes are closely related. They both involve paying longer-standing members with money from new participants, instead of actual profits from investing or selling products to the public. Here are some common differences:

Pyramid Scheme
Ponzi Scheme
Typical “hook” Earn high profits by making one payment and finding a set number of others to become distributors of a product. The scheme typically does not involve a genuine product. The purported product may not exist or it may only be “sold” within the pyramid scheme. Earn high investment returns with little or no risk by simply handing over your money; the investment typically does not exist.
Payments/profits Must recruit new distributors to receive payments. No recruiting necessary to receive payments.
Interaction with original promoter Sometimes none.  New participants may enter scheme at a different level. Promoter generally acts directly with all participants.
Source of payments From new participants – always disclosed. From new participants – never disclosed.
Collapse Fast.  An exponential increase in the number of participants is required at each level. May be relatively slow if existing participants reinvest money.

What steps can you take to avoid schemes and other investment frauds?

When you consider your next investment opportunity, start with these questions:

  • Is the seller licensed?
  • Is the investment registered?
  • How do the risks compare with the potential rewards?
  • Do I understand the investment?

Many ponzi schemes share common characteristics. Look for these warning signs:

  • High investment returns with little or no risk. Every investment carries some degree of risk. Investments yielding higher returns typically involve more risk. Be highly suspicious of any “guaranteed” investment opportunity.
  • Overly consistent returns. Investments tend to go up and down over time, especially those seeking high returns. Be suspect of an investment that continues to generate regular, positive returns regardless of overall market conditions.
  • Unregistered investments. Ponzi schemes typically involve investments that have not been registered with the SEC or with state regulators. Registration is important because it provides investors with access to key information about the company’s management, products, services, and finances.
  • Unlicensed sellers. Federal and state securities laws require investment professionals and their firms to be licensed or registered. Most ponzi schemes involve unlicensed individuals or unregistered firms.
  • Secretive and/or complex strategies. Avoiding investments you don’t understand or for which you can’t get complete information is a good rule of thumb.
  • Issues with paperwork. Ignore excuses regarding why you can’t review information about an investment in writing, and always read an investment’s prospectus or disclosure statement carefully before you invest. Also, account statement errors may be a sign that funds are not being invested as promised.
  • Difficulty receiving payments. Be suspicious if you don’t receive a payment or have difficulty cashing out your investment. Keep in mind that ponzi scheme promoters sometimes encourage participants to “roll over” promised payments by offering even higher investment returns.

October 11, 2008

September 22, 2008

Robbery from American Taxpayers

bailout or pork barrel?

bailout or pork barrel?

“It is a big package because it’s a big problem,” Bush told reporters at a news conference. “The risk of doing nothing far outweighs the risk of the package.” Yet, most Americans seems to be irritated, if not entirely incensed about the prospect of bailing out wealthy bankers and insurance companies along with buying up worthless securitized bonds built by greed and corruption. Do Americans seem to care, even though authorities say that the alternative is total economic devastation? Americans do care, but realize that what the Bush Administration intends to do is not without substantial risk. Even more important are the real moral principles involved in the bailout. Moral and ethical concerns is exactly what the Bush Administration, Republicans and the Congress have been bereft of during the last two terms of office. An undercurrent of seething rage foments in the underground of American souls.

Americans have focused most of their indignation on having to foot the bill for irresponsible lenders and borrowers. The fact that little benefit to the economy or decent jobs for the American people will result from the trillion dollar bailout doesn’t make the bitter pill easier to swallow. However, the fact that Main Street America will suffer has some Americans rethinking their position.

the legacy of Bush

the legacy of Bush

What Americans fail to realize is the economic devastation that will plague America regardless of a bailout. The U.S. economy is in a king-sized pickle with a stalled economy and poor prospects. Politicians and economists alike seem to have temporarily forgotten that bailout or not, stagflation is on the way, a difficult prospect that the panicked authorities have suddenly ignored in the interest of saving their immediate power. The trillion dollar economic bailout is not a miracle, just a different road down the same mountain of decline.

A few have suggested that the bailout is not a bailout. The government is not handing out cash and have advertised that they might actually stand to make a great deal of money out of this. The bottom line is that when the bad securitized bonds gain value, that value will trickle down to the American taxpayer. The big problem is that most Americans no longer believe in the lie of “trickle-down economics,” a political theory that seems to have been fully subverted by bad business practices, corrupt politics and even more incompetent regulators while Americans follow the rules. Furthermore, money doesn’t trickle down from government except through the welfare system. This make the prospect of “trickle down” even more unlikely and unpalatable. The taxpayer does not expect to see the money, but knows that the government will continue to spend with wild abandon. The national rage is palpable as American taxpayers are made to bail out the world. ~ E. Manning

September 2, 2008

Influence: Conventional Banking vs. Islamic

beating factionalized corporate banking

beating factionalized corporate banking

Conventional banking is struggling with its own destructive baggage and increasing loss of jobs while the Islamic banking market has seen expansion of 35% this year with more on the way.

Especially in America and Britain, conventional commercial banking and investment bankers are seeing continued pressures and contraction of demand for services along with a declining market. Islamic sources see nothing but promise for the future in an area that is vastly under-served. Conventional bankers are looking to expand continually into emerging markets in an effort to save themselves and spread the risk. Some are even attempting to break into the Islamic banking market with new thinking based on sharia law.

Commercial conventional bankers in the U.S. and Britain are firmly addicted to the liquidity of auctions from central bankers in those countries. International bankers and bank holding companies are not so fortunate in terms of easy cash. Instead, they are forced to seek investment from global sovereign powers in an effort to save their skin from an untimely demise, as they seek to prop up their failing bonds and investments. The dilemma stems from the excessive use of securitized bonds across the board as a means to boost profits. The cancer of these failing and often outright fraudulent bonds threatens to tumble the global commercial banking economy.

Global central bankers, often referred to on this website as the International Society of Bankers, have taken a step back from investing using the same parameters of the past. Instead they are either holding on to their money or finding new sources of investment like insurance and hedge funds.  Like the precarious global situation, this too will change. Meanwhile, central bankers hold on to the majority of gold and precious metals as they seek more of the same, viewed as the only truly secure means of monetary commerce. As they seek to increase their wealth and hold of power using paper money, most Muslim bankers seek to keep themselves free from the hold of global central bankers.

What the world has in the immediate future is a battle between the two for supremacy: the Middle East and Muslim sovereignty groups and the American, British, Swiss alliance with Roman Banking. The trickery and deceit of global central bankers has recently worked against the immediate power they hold as renegade Middle Eastern nations seek to carve out their own niche of prosperity. The ensuing battle should prove to be of great interest. ~ E. Manning

August 15, 2008

Bailouts and Moral Hazard

house of moral hazard

house of moral hazard

In the past, the federal government has insisted that home buyers shouldn’t be bailed out because of a dilemma called a moral hazard. The Feds are using the concept of moral hazard to define what a bailout is. Apparently, the issue of moral hazard was never a factor in the Fed’s decision to supply the banks with over $1.2 trillion of taxpayer funds, nor is it being considered by Henry Paulson’s proposal to bailout Fannie and Freddie.

A real bailout creates freedom from responsibility through government assistance or guarantees of protection. A real bailout creates a moral hazard; hence, the tendency to behave irresponsibly and take on excessive risk because the penalty for failure has been removed. That is the banking system guarantee by our beloved federal government that backs up banking avarice.

The Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury claim that a bailout is necessary because if banks are allowed to fail, the failure will create a loss of confidence and a global financial crisis. In one fell swoop federal nationalization has effectively deleted the risks of “capitalism” at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.

~E. Manning

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