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Mr. Aynsley and the greens playing to the cameras


Mr. Aynsley of Anglo Irish Bank last night hit out at the Green Party’s call for a wind-down of the nationalized lender.
He would wouldn’t he! Nobody likes to have to leave a party in full swing! And he is having a ball at the expense of the Irish taxpayers sitting on a nice fat salary and pension with no pressure to deliver profits.
Disastrous results is the new norm that is expected from his boss the Minister of Finance Brian Lenihan who is an expert at getting his figures wrong .
Any other CEO would be fired on the spot
I would like to know why the greens have now decided to jump ship as it were. with Anglo chief executive Mike Aynsley coming out yesterday warning of “horrendous” results on the way do they know something else that is hidden from the rest of us?
Mr. Aynsley was scathing in his response to the Greens’ comments, saying it was “difficult to understand” “While some of the information is commercially sensitive,(another way of saying we won’t tell you everything least of all the real truth) we are more than willing to sit down with interested parties and take them through it,” he said. “If the Green Party’s Finance spokesman is interested in getting an informed perspective he is more than welcome to meet us,”
Well Mr. Aynsley I’m an interested party along with the rest of the Irish public.
Does your invitation extend to the citizens that have to pay your salary?
No is the answer here again here is some more code
Sources in the bank stressed that it would be “no surprise” if the European Commission imposed some limitations on Anglo’s so-called ‘good bank’
In other words the EU has major doubts about this half-baked idea to Split the bank up
I believe it is an attempt by the boys to dump all the toxic crap onto to the taxpayers of the country and keep themselves in good jobs and run with the choice assets.
In other words good old “asset stripping “to the tune of 10,000,000,000:00 Billion euro
We the public have been lied to from the outset by Brian Lenihan who claimed that the whole Anglo bailout would cost 4.5 billion but so far we are looking at a minimum of 36,000,000,000:00 billion that we know of, but it could be a lot more maybe up to 50,000,000,000:00
The rising cost of rescuing Anglo was partly responsible for a surge in Irish bond yields last week with interest rates reaching highs of 5.9pc.
Another interesting point made yesterday by Minster Ahern was his statement that
“There was no political difficulty with the Greens and indeed Fine Gael as he claimed they were all on board in accepting the governments stated objective for Anglo Irish Bank
So voting for Fine Gael would be a vote to continue the same bailout madness to the top developers and bank fraudsters still sitting on the boards of the corrupt banks.
Now I see why Edna Kenny was so at home, as he crewed around the fairways of the K-club.
Why he is amongst friends and you always look after your friends in the political world .

Transparency in Ireland

Absolutely nothing has changed almost a year later
Cowen is still in charge and is still the 4th most highly paid politician in the world
Just think about that.
Dr. Constantine Gurdgiev sets out the real numbers and they speak for themselves
we are kidding ourselves if we chose to ignore these facts
The insiders still hold all the power in this country and they are responsible for the mess we are in
They are also trying to convince the people of Ireland that they have the answers to our problems
How depressing! We must wake up and rid ourselves of these incompetent baboons that are ruling our country


Reggie Middletons take on Goldman Sacks

Can You Believe There Are Still Analysts Arguing How Undervalued Goldman Sachs Is? Those July 150 Puts Say Otherwise, Let’s Take a Look

To begin with , Goldman Sachs produces more accounting revenue and accounting profits than its peers. This is because Goldman benefits from virtual monopoly pricing and advantages in several markets. Despite this advantage, when one factors in economic RISK and the cost of capital, Goldman doesn’t fare nearly as well as the sell side makes it seem. Of course, the sell side rarely attempts to quantify risk, which is cool until reality rears its (sometimes ugly) head. Before we get to risk adjust returns, let’s look at the simple accounting numbers and attempt to throw some logic on them…


Above, you see that GS has enjoyed a significant premium over its peers in terms of book valuation. This premium has actually increased over the past year. Let me be the one to remind you that no US company has every survived a criminal judgment, none. Arther Anderson was driven into bankruptcy from charges stemming from the Enron collapse, and that is despite the fact that the Supreme Court overturned the guilty verdict! Assuming, for the benefit of the doubt, GS can somehow set precedence, or more realistically, criminal charges are not filed, we still have to contend with:

  1. the SEC lawsuit
  2. the increased regulation, in particular the Volcker rule and derivatives oversight
  3. follow on litigation, which is virtually guaranteed, and virtually guaranteed to be extremely expensive, time consuming, and distracting from the core businesses.
  4. a general decline in business since we are coming off of a credit and risky asset boom and going into a sovereign debt crisis that will make FICC much less predictable (seeThe Next Step in the Bank Implosion Cycle???
    for a more on how this could end with the Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis drama unfolding).

  5. Taking all of this into consideration, you tell me… Does Goldman really deserve to be trading at such a premium considering the myriad risks it is currently exposed to PLUS the murky business and regulatory environment? They are also losing talent on the sales side, and at the MD level to boot. Today’s market is starting to see things the Reggie Middleton way.


    Now, let’s factor in some more reality. No matter what your broker says about accounting earnings and revenues, they don’t come free. They all have a cost of capital attached to them. Let’s reference an excerpt from When the Patina Fades… The Rise and Fall of Goldman Sachs???

    GS return on equity has declined substantially due to deleverage and is only marginally higher than its current cost of capital. With ROE down to c12% from c20% during pre-crisis levels, there is no way a stock with high beta as GS could justify adequate returns to cover the inherent risk. For GS to trade back at 200 it has to increase its leverage back to pre-crisis levels to assume ROE of 20%. And for that GS has to either increase its leverage back to 25x. With curbs on banks leverage this seems highly unlikely. Without any increase in leverage and ROE, the stock would only marginally cover returns to shareholders given that ROE is c12%. Even based on consensus estimates the stock should trade at about where it is trading right now, leaving no upside potential. Using BoomBustBlog estimates, the valuation drops considerably since we take into consideration a decrease in trading revenue or an increase in the cost of funding in combination with a limitation of leverage due to the impending global regulation coming down the pike.


    Remember, practically everybody poo-poohed my research and opinion in 2008 when I said Goldman was drastically overvalued – Reggie Middleton on Risk, Reward and Reputations on the Street: the Goldman Sachs Forensic Analysis. Those 600% to 1000% gains on the put options proved otherwise. Speaking of which, those July 150 puts… Can you smell what the forensic analysis is cookin’???


    For those who haven’t read my review of Goldman’s latest quarter performance, please do: A Realistic View of Goldman Sachs and Their Latest Quarterly Results

    source
    http://boombustblog.com/reggie-middleton/2010/04/30/can-you-believe-there-are-still-analysts-arguing-how-undervalued-goldman-sachs-is-those-july-150-puts-say-otherwise-lets-take-a-look/

The derivatives market : April 2010

 

A major crisis is building in the derivatives market yet a cabal on Wall Street is blocking the formation of a clearing house that could stop the next financial meltdown, a senior official with the Kauffman Foundation said on Tuesday…

The need for disclosure in the swap markets is enormous, yet the will to act is missing because of a small cadre of special interests, said Harold Bradley, who oversees almost $2 billion in assets as chief investment officer at Kauffman…

“I believe we are in a cabal. There are five or six players only who are engaged and dominant in this marketplace and apparently they own the regulatory apparatus,” he said. “Everybody is afraid to regulate them.”…

U.S. and European officials are trying to craft new rules to regulate the $450 trillion private derivatives market in broad efforts to avoid another financial crisis…

Bradley said those efforts fall short…

Instead, he said regulators have found a boogeyman in high-frequency trading, which has taken the focus off the highly levered derivatives market…” (Emphasis added.)

“Wall Street cabal seen derailing serious swap reform”
Herbert Lash, 3/30/10
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62T5RD20100331

“The dollar-based monetary system is no longer adequate for a larger and more integrated world economy…

Prominent developing economies are increasingly demanding to be included in any multilateral dialogue that aims to shape the new economic order…”

“Beyond the Dollar: Rethinking the International Monetary System”
The Chatham House Report, March 2010

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is trying to encourage public retirement funds that control more than $2 trillion to buy all or part of failed lenders, taking a more direct role in propping up the banking system…

Direct investments may allow funds such as those in Oregon, New Jersey and California to cut fees for private-equity managers, and the agency to get better prices for distressed assets, the people said. They declined to be identified because talks with regulators are confidential…

Oregon’s retirement fund may contribute $100 million as regulators seek “the support of state pension funds to solve the crisis surrounding ongoing bank failures”… New Jersey’s fund may also participate…

The FDIC shuttered 140 lenders last year and expects the tally may be higher in 2010… Pension funds, whose 100 largest members manage $2.4 trillion, could provide capital to acquire deposits and outstanding loans from collapsed banks

Investing in distressed banks doesn’t always pay off, as the U.S. Treasury Department learned with the Troubled Asset Relief Program. At least 60 lenders skipped some of their promised dividends to the TARP fund

…The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension fund, said in a Feb. 16 presentation that one of its goals is to increase its “co-investments” in transactions alongside money managers…

Known as Calpers, the pension fund plans to “explore unique structures with select general partners”…” (Emphasis added.)

“Failed Banks May Get Pension-Fund Backing as FDIC Seeks Cash”
Dakin Campbell, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 3/8/10

“Alfredo Ley, founder of Ley Investor B.V., an investment management and research firm in the Netherlands, yesterday published a fascinating review of a 1989 academic paper written by the great rationalizer of surreptitious government intervention in the gold market, former Harvard professor and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, now director of President Obama’s National Economic Council…

Ley’s review of that paper, headlined “From the Horse’s Mouth: Lawrence Summers on Market Manipulation in Times of Crisis,” construes the paper as an argument for government to respond to financial crises by propping up asset prices and rigging currency exchange rates, presumably also largely surreptitiously…”

“More advocacy by Obama’s top economist for sneaky market rigging”
The GATA Dispatch, 3/27/10

The Threat to Wealth, including a Threat to that (formerly most sacrosanct) category, Pensions, is just beginning, though the Markets now appear to have calmed. But that calm is The Eye of a Market Hurricane which began in 2008, and The Eye is slowly but inexorably moving.

The Megabankers have apparently encouraged FDIC’s push to use Pension Fund Assets to buy often-still-Toxic “Assets” of Failed or Failing Banks. If that Push is successful, it would result in yet another massive benefit to Megabankers.

It would remove failed or failing Assets from the banking system (to the detriment of Pensions) and leave the mega-Bankers in a position to acquire the still-performing Assets in that System “on the cheap”.

It would not be the first such acquisition nor would it likely be the last.

Deepcaster and others reported recently on a similar Mega-Bank-generated Plan to force Pension Funds to Buy U.S. Treasuries – not such a good idea in light of the U.S.A.’s prospective (by 2028) $20 Trillion plus National Debt and $100 Trillion plus downstream unfunded liabilities, for Social Security, Medicare, etc. Given this Reality it is highly likely long-term U.S. Treasuries will decline in value over the next few years.

And Deepcaster’s Long-standing claim that one goal of the Mega-Bank led Cartel’s* ‘End Game’ is the Destruction of the U.S. Dollar, is supported by the Chatham House Report referred to above which serves as a Trial Balloon. And as the degradation of the purchasing Power of the U.S. Dollar proceeds, what happens to the value of the Dollar-denominated Assets. The Answer is unfortunately clear.

The foregoing are just three more examples of the potential appropriation of Citizen Investor Assets, just as the 2008-2009 Market Crash resulted in a massive Wealth Transfer (of some $11.9 Trillion in gain(!) in the six months of July through December, 2008 – the six months encompassing the Market Crash when Investors world-wide were losing Trillions). Verify this Gain for yourself at the Central Banker’s Bank’s own website – http://www.bis.org, Path: statistics>derivatives>Table 19.

If the Investor/citizens of the U.S.A. (and nations around the world) do not stop the Musical Chairs-like “Game” of Bailouts of and Asset Grabs by the Mega-Banks in which Investor/Citizen/Retiree/Taxpayer Assets are appropriated one by one, then all will ultimately share impoverishment.

One step to stop the grab is to Audit and then Abolish the private for-profit Fed, leader of the Cartel.*

Despite the Hot Air from Washington, DC, it looks as if the chances for passage of Real Financial Reform Bills – including Rep. Ron Paul’s Audit and Abolish The Fed bills – are slim to none in this session.

Indeed, the simple solution to the “Too Big to Fail” problem is not receiving serious consideration in Washington, DC – yet. That would be, of course, to break up the Mega-Institutions and parcel out their Assets and functions to regional and state Banks.

Official Numbers       vs.      Real Numbers

Annual Consumer Price Inflation reported March 18, 2010
2.14%                              9.39% (annualized March 2010 Rate)

U.S. Unemployment reported March 5, 2010
9.7%                               21.6%

U.S. GDP Annual Growth/Decline reported March 26, 2010
0.06%                              -4.62%

Significantly, last week’s weak Bond Auction (resulting in a spike in rates) and the release of figures showing February was the worst month for new House sales ever, show that Main Stream financial Media Happy Talk about the Bullish Equities Markets and “Recovering Economy” is just so much hot air.

Sooner rather than later, these Realities are going to rear their ugly heads in an Equities Market Takedown. Facilitating that Market Takedown is the fact that Equities Markets are generally considerably overvalued, with the S&P P/E Ratio at about 23 to one.

Some of you will remember the period leading up to the Market Crash of 1987. For months, the Fundamentals and Technicals deteriorated while the Equities Markets continue to rise.

The same was true of the period leading up to the Internet Bubble Burst of 2000. The bubble “should” have burst earlier than it did. But the shorts had to wait for months before profiting.

In our view, a similar situation exists today. The Stimulus Bills plus positive Main Stream Media “spin” plus Cartel Intervention have created a “Sugar High” in the Markets. But it is highly unlikely it will last.

And it is important to note that: Market Crashes and Takedowns typically strike suddenly, before one has time to “get short, or exit longs”.

Thus, in our view we are in the Calm Eye of the Markets’ Hurricane, but that Eye is slowly, but inexorably moving. We shall soon be in the Hurricane again.

Will The Cartel employ a chunk of the $437 Trillion in dark OTC Interest Rate Contract Derivatives they have available for Market Control to fuel another Bond Rally soon?.

“We Must Break Up Big Banks and End Too-Big-to-Fail, Says Simon Johnson”
Tech Ticker – Yahoo, 4/1/10

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