You can pause intro music down below
Piggybankblog posted on 07/25/12
Piggybankblog posted picture
Cross linked story with abcnews.go.com
Former Citigroup chairman and chief executive Sandy Weill thinks Wall Street should break up its big banks in an effort to regain the public’s trust.
“What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking,” Weill said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. “Have banks be deposit takers, have banks make commercial loans and real estate loans, have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not too big to fail.”
Weill essentially called for the return of the Glass—Steagall Act, CNBC said. According to Investopedia, the 1933 act separated investment and commercial banking activities in the wake of a stock market crash and bank failure. It was repealed in 1999 during the Clinton administration.
“I’m suggesting that they be broken up so that the taxpayer will never be at risk, the depositors won’t be at risk, the leverage of the banks will be something reasonable, and the investment banks can do trading,” Weill said.
The 79-year-old Wall Street legend also called for complete transparency in the banking industry. “There should be no such thing as off balance sheet,” he said. “I want to see us be a leader, and what we’re doing now is not going to make us a leader.”
Piggybankblog posted on 07/25/12
Cross linked with reuters.com
By Basil Katz
NEW YORK | Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:01pm EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Citigroup Inc (C.N) manager did not mislead investors who bought $1 billion of mortgage-linked securities from the bank because they knew betting in the housing market was risky, the executive’s lawyer said at the start of a civil fraud trial on Monday.
The attorney for defendant Brian Stoker, 41, was responding to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer who told the Manhattan federal jury that Stoker, the main manager on the securities deal, should be held responsible for the 2007 transaction because he did not disclose that the bank was betting against it.
Investors were sophisticated and knew the risks of betting on the housing market through so-called synthetic collateralized debt obligations defense attorney John Keker told the nine jurors.
“The synthetic CDO market is high-stakes, high-level gambling,” Keker said. “However you feel about gambling … this was legal gambling.”
Stoker, a former director at the New York bank’s CDO structuring desk, was the only individual charged in a broader case against Citigroup brought by the SEC in October.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan, who is overseeing the trial, rejected late last year a $285 million settlement between Citigroup and the SEC over the investments.
Rakoff said at the time that failure to require the bank to admit or deny the commission’s fraud charges left him no way to know whether the settlement was fair. Stoker did not participate in that settlement and Rakoff allowed his case to proceed to trial.
If Stoker, who lives in Pound Ridge, New York, is convicted on two civil counts of securities fraud, his punishment could include being barred from the financial industry and an order to disgorge any profits from the conduct, as well as fines.
The SEC’s case arose from allegations that Citigroup, betting on a housing downturn, in 2007 sold a $1 billion pool of securities known as Class V Funding III without telling investors it had taken a $500 million “short” position on expectations that some of the securities would fail.
The transaction caused more than $700 million in investor losses, the SEC said.
Stoker was negligent because he “did not disclose any information that a reasonable investor would want to know before buying some of these securities,” SEC lawyer Jeffrey Infelise said in his opening statement on Monday.
“Even though he should have known that Citigroup had bet against those assets … the evidence will show the defendant actively marketed those assets.”
Keker, of San Francisco firm Keker & Van Nest, told the jury his client was unfairly singled out. He reminded jurors not to conflate any possible ill will against Citigroup or the housing crisis with Stoker’s case.
“Brian Stoker acted reasonably,” Keker said. This case is not about “how you feel about Citigroup, not about how you feel about this high-stakes gambling.”
Stoker’s trial is expected to last two weeks and he will likely take the stand in his own defense, the judge said during the jury’s lunch break.
My name is John Wright AND I AM FIGHTING BACK!
All Rise! The Honorable Judge Wright has left The Courtroom of Public Opinion!
Please donate if you liked today’s blog.
PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning – any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.
You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee , agent , student or any personnel under your direction or control.
The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE