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  • Have We Seen the Last of the Bear Raids?

    03/26/2009 11:13:07 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 44 replies · 2,017+ views
    WSJ / OpinionJournal.com ^ | March 26, 2009 | Andy Kessler
    So is that it? Is the downturn over? After bouncing off of 6500, or more than half its peak value, and with Citigroup briefly breaking $1, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has rallied back more than 1200 points. So, is it safe to go back in the water? Best to figure out what went wrong first -- what I like to call a bear-raid extraordinaire.The Dow clearly got a boost from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's new and improved plan, announced on Monday, to rid our banks of those nasty toxic assets. The idea is to form a "Public-Private Investment Fund"...
  • Lehman's Chaotic Bankruptcy Filing Destroyed Billions in Value

    12/29/2008 7:39:56 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 31 replies · 1,013+ views
    Wall Street Journal (subscription) ^ | December 29, 2008 | Jeffrey McCracken
    As much as $75 billion of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. value was destroyed by the unplanned and chaotic form of the firm's bankruptcy filing in September, according to an internal analysis by the company's restructuring advisers. A less-hurried Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing likely would have preserved tens of billions of dollars of value, according to a three-month study by the advisory firm, Alvarez & Marsal. An orderly filing would have enabled Lehman to sell some assets outside of federal bankruptcy-court protection, and would have given it time to try to unwind its derivatives portfolio in a way that might have...
  • How Short-Sellers Almost Destroyed U.S. Banking [System]

    12/16/2008 2:00:42 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 85 replies · 2,319+ views
    CNBC ^ | Tom Brennan
    <p>Forget Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion fraud. The SEC, and the press, should be focused on short-sellers’ attempts to destroy the U.S. banking system, Cramer said.</p> <p>Just in the 12 days leading up to the Nov. 24 Citigroup bailout, short selling accounted for over 49% of the total trading volume in that company’s stock. For JPMorgan Chase , it was 41%. Bank of America : 35%. Goldman Sachs : 40%. Morgan Stanley : 37%. Wachovia : 42%. Wells Fargo : 42%.</p>
  • Soros faces Congress over hedge funds' role in meltdown

    11/13/2008 1:52:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 47 replies · 1,928+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 13, 2008 | James Quinn/Louise Armitstead
    Abstract: Five of the world's richest hedge fund managers, including George Soros, the man who the broke the Bank of England, have been called to account by US politicians for their role in the collapse of the global financial system. The quintet – including John Paulson, who made $3.7bn (£2.49bn) last year betting against the US mortgage market – were grilled over their roles in buying unregulated derivatives products, which some politicians believe contributed to the financial markets' meltdown. The men, who each earned more than $1bn each last year, were called to account by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, who...
  • Defusing the Credit-Default Swap Bomb

    11/16/2008 1:49:44 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 20 replies · 1,197+ views
    Barrons ^ | November 15, 2008 | Jonathan R. Laing
    Reforms are defusing the danger in the credit-default swap market. AS THE GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS GRINDS ON WITHOUT seeming relief, worries grow that a mishap in the once obscure credit-default swap market could trigger an even more lethal financial meltdown. ..... It's easy to understand why credit-default swaps, which have been called financial weapons of mass destruction, can engender hysteria. These quasi-insurance policies allow buyers to insure all manner of debt instruments, including corporate and sovereign-nation bonds, various bond indexes and securitizations, against any credit losses from defaults. Demand for them grew explosively during the past decade's credit boom. According...