Journalist: Matt Levine

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Matt Levine  is a columnist for Bloomberg News covering finance and business. Levine has previously been a lawyer, investment banker, law clerk, and has written for a number of newspapers and financial sites. His newsletter, Money Stuff, is one of the most popular on Wall Street with over 150k subscribers.

After graduating Levine was a mergers and acquisitions lawyer for the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He later went on to become an investment banker for Goldman Sachs, where he structured and marketed corporate equity derivatives for four years. Levine was also a high school Latin teacher and a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.[ Continue reading “Journalist: Matt Levine”

Web: Our Financial Oligarchy; Emperors of a Brave New World


Our Financial Oligarchy; Emperors of a Brave New World

They own the regulators; they own the brokerage houses; they own the clearing houses; they own all of your investments; and it’s even been shown that they can exert complete control over the government.

To understand how these banks exert complete control over our financial system, one must first understand the securities clearance system.

In the United States of America, there is only one central clearinghouse: The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, and for almost 50 years they have maintained a virtual monopoly over this essential service.

It is a private corporation that is owned by these mega-banks and brokers.

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PDF (470 Pages): Our Financial Oligarchy Back-Up

Subject: Aron Levine

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Aron Levine is the Head of Consumer Banking & Investments and the Consumer Investments group at Merrill Edge. Levine joined the company through Fleet Financial group in 1993 and has held leadership roles in Commercial Real Estate Banking, Marketing, Corporate Strategy, and Global Wealth Management. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in both Economics and History.


Merrill Edge aka “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”


Article: Here’s Why Shares of Ballard Power Systems Sank 18% in January

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Here’s Why Shares of Ballard Power Systems Sank 18% in January

Scott Levine, 06 February 2018

Shares of Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP), an industry leader in fuel cell solutions, plunged more than 18% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The decline follows a report from Spruce Point Capital that cast a critical eye on the company and assigned a long-term price target for the stock of $1.15 to $2.50. Through 2017, Ballard’s stock had risen 167%, ending the year at $4.41.

Ballard has high hopes for its success in the Chinese market — by providing solutions to bus and truck manufacturers — over the next several years. In fiscal 2016, for example, the company attributed 39% of its revenue to sales there, and forecasts that it will contribute 45% to its top line in fiscal 2020. However, it’s less optimistic about success in other markets, guiding for sales in North America (its second-largest source of revenue) to remain stagnant at 33% from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2020 and sales in Europe to slide from 22% to 18% during the same period.
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Article: Dole Food Had Too Many Shares

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Dole Food Had Too Many Shares

Matt Levine

Bloomberg, 17 February 2017

In 2013, tropical-fruit tycoon David Murdock, who was the chairman, chief executive officer and biggest shareholder of Dole Food Co., took it private for $13.50 a share. A lot of shareholders felt that that price was way too low, and that Murdock had sandbagged the shareholders by driving down the value of the company so he could buy it cheaply for himself. So they sued, and they won. In 2015, the Delaware Chancery Court ordered Murdock to pay shareholders another $2.74 a share, plus interest. There was a class action on behalf of shareholders, covering 36,793,758 shares, and after the court ruled in their favor, the class lawyers informed the shareholders and asked them to submit a form to claim their $2.74 a share.

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Comment: Who sold all the fake shares? Who paid the dividend to shareholders?

Release: Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

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Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Robert Nardoza

United States Attorney’s Office, 23 June 2005

ROSLYNN R. MAUSKOPF, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and JOHN A. KLOCHAN, Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, announced that LYNN WINGATE, a former Special Agent of Federal Bureau of Investigation, pleaded guilty this afternoon to obstruction of justice in connection with her role in interfering with a grand jury’s investigation relating to Amr “Anthony” Elgindy and former FBI Agent Jeffrey A. Royer by accessing the FBI’s confidential law enforcement computer system and then relaying pertinent confidential information to Royer, who was one of the subjects of the investigation.

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