Monthly Archives: February 2009

Obama’s Housing Plan Unveiled

I have to say I like the look of Obama’s housing-bailout plan. It’s quite elegant, and makes full use of the fact that Fannie and Freddie are now owned by the US government — which means they can be forced … Continue reading

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Did the Feds Kill the SEC’s Stanford Investigation?

There’s a tantalizing tidbit at the end of the NYT’s Stanford report today: The current S.E.C. charges stem from an inquiry opened in October 2006 after a routine exam of Stanford Group, according to Stephen J. Korotash, an associate regional … Continue reading

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Stanford: Criminal Charges Almost Certain

The SEC case against Allen Stanford comprises little more, right now, than a civil complaint; more private cases are now being filed. What does this mean for Stanford himself? Is he subject to arrest anywhere in the world? I asked … Continue reading

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MBIA’s New Structure

It’s taken rather longer than anybody exepected, but MBIA has finally put in place its long-promised plan to split up the company into its component parts, with the relatively strong public finance insurer getting a new name — National Public … Continue reading

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Extra Credit, Tuesday Edition

Automakers Seek $14 Billion More in Aid: And will surely seek more still, in a couple more months, if they get this now. Bill Moyers interviews Simon Johnson: Video here. Investors caught as regulators swoop on Stanford: The game was … Continue reading

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Adventures in Flackery, Private Jet Edition

Two high-profile financial columnists filed two strikingly similar opinions on corporate jets today: A private plane is really a flying office. It is a way for a busy executive to get from one place to another as efficiently as possible, … Continue reading

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Allen Stanford, Ponzi Operator

Patrick Kidd says that Allen Stanford is "another victim of the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s"; Joe Wiesenthal says that nobody is accusing Stanford of being another Ponzi scheme. So before this meme takes root, let’s be clear about … Continue reading

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Stanford: The Manhunt Begins

Given the amount of time that the SEC and the media have been sniffing around his operation, today’s fraud charges can’t have come as much surprise to Allen Stanford. And given that he owns banks in many different jurisdictions (the … Continue reading

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Millennium: A Stanford Copy-Cat

Adrienne Carter has found what looks very much to be the first — but surely not the last — of banks which won’t withstand much if any scrutiny in the wake of the Stanford collapse. Does any of this sound … Continue reading

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Stanford: How Quickly did the SEC Move?

According to the SEC press release, it has acted with lightning speed: Said Linda Chatman Thomsen, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement: "We are moving quickly and decisively in this enforcement action to stop this fraudulent conduct and preserve … Continue reading

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