SEC v Citigroup
28 November 2011
On October 19, 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
(the “S.E.C.”) filed this lawsuit, accusing defendant Citigroup
Global Markets Inc. (“Citigroup”) of a substantial securities fraud.
According to the S.E.C.’s Complaint, after Citigroup realized in
early 2007 that the market for mortgage-backed securities was
beginning to weaken, Citigroup created a billion-dollar Fund (known
as “Class V Funding III”) that allowed it to dump some dubious assets
on misinformed investors.
PDF (15 pages): SEC v Citigroup
German regulator issues naked short-selling ban
NDTV, 25 November 2011
Germany’s market regulator announced a ban on Tuesday on so-called naked short-selling of eurozone government debt and shares of major financial companies, a move that came as European officials seek to strengthen control of markets.
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Financial Finger-Pointing Turns to Regulators
Louise Story, Gretchen Morgenson
New York Times, 22 November 2011
In the whodunit of the financial crisis, Wall Street executives have pointed the blame at all kinds of parties — consumers who lied on their mortgage applications, investors who demanded access to risky mortgage bonds, and policy makers who kept interest rates low and failed to predict a housing market collapse.
But a new defense has been mounted by a bank executive: my regulator told me to do it.
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European Bailout Fund For Greek Money Laundering And Fraud
Wolf Richter, 18 November 2011
The ink wasn’t even dry yet on the European bailout fund, the EFSF when it paid $1.3 billion to bail out Proton Bank in Greece. Turns out, Proton had siphoned off $1 billion in a scheme of fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and offshore front companies, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. And then a bomb exploded.
The bomb, fabricated of dynamite, demolished four cars in front of a building in Halandri, a suburb of Athens. Not a coincidence: in the building lived a senior employee of the Bank of Greece, whose meticulous investigation of Proton Bank had exposed the massive criminal scheme. According to the police, the bomb was intended as a warning to those who attempt to shed light on these kinds of machinations. Continue reading “Article: European Bailout Fund For Greek Money Laundering And Fraud”
Overstock.com CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Retail and Consumer Products Award Winner
PRNewswire, 16 November 2011
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK), today announced that its CEO and Chairman Dr. Patrick M. Byrne, was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Retail and Consumer Products Award winner. He was honored at the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards gala, the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum® held in Palm Springs, California on November 12, 2011. Continue reading “Article: Overstock.com CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Retail and Consumer Products Award Winner”