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Goldman Sachs claims great risk management skills, while it shirks responsibility for its role in the near collapse of the U.S. economy. The former is a myth, and the latter is a dodge. [1] As taxpayer wealth was destroyed, Goldman exploited the financial crisis it helped cause, while the U.S. was (and remains) at war. Goldman Sachs released its 2009 annual report today showing it made net revenues of $45.17 billion with net earnings of $13.39 billion. In its shareholder letter, Goldman says it repaid TARP money, but did not mention the massive new taxpayer subsidies it continues to enjoy. "Goldman did not and does not operate ...
Here's What To Expect When Eliot Spitzer Starts Hosting A Show ...
– being able to improve the dismal ratings that his predecessor in the 8 p.m. weeknight slot, Campbell Brown, had been averaging. (That would be 591,000 viewers. Ouch.) But in the wake of yesterday's big announcement that, starting this fall, Spitzer would be co-hosting a new primetime program with the conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker, what seems to be on people's minds is not so much how many viewers will be tuning into the show, but rather what type of show it's going to be. Click for 10 cable news clips of Eliot Spitzer >> The network is calling it " a spirited, nightly ... market research, surveys and trends
How to Corner the Gold Market
First, let your greed overcome all regard for the stability of the global market, and overcome your aversion to illegal activities. Stay away from people like me, and fly under the radar, because I’d like to see you thrown in jail. Most Washington officials, regulators, and Wall Street managers are probably safe to hang around, especially if you cut them in for a piece of the action or give them vague promises of a future lucrative job. Pump up the gold story. Get your friends to tell retail investors to buy some gold every month. Get your buddies in the financial business to offer exchange traded gold funds (ETFs) that ... market research, surveys and trends


Ambac Will Cut Dividend, Raise $1 Billion in Capital (Update7 ...
replaced its chief executive officer, slashed the dividend 67 percent and will raise more than $1 billion to preserve its AAA credit rating after announcing the biggest-ever writedowns by a bond insurer. Ambac, the second-largest insurer of municipal and structured finance debt, fell the most ever on the New York Stock Exchange, extending a 76 percent decline from the past 12 months. Ambac will report a loss after reducing the value of securities it guarantees by $3.5 billion, according to a statement today. Director Michael Callen , 67, will become chairman and interim CEO, replacing Robert Genader , 60, who left after a ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Martha Stewart Sentencing
Martha Stewart’s crime is the financial equivalent of lying to police about her whereabouts after being told she is suspected of denting the fender of a parked car. Contrast that with alleged financial miscreants at Enron, Adelphia, Tyco, and WorldCom. They did the financial equivalent of revving their motors and intentionally running down baby carriages occupied by helpless infants, and they did it for years. The securities fraud charge against Martha Stewart, 62, was ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Fees Exceed Maximum Yields on 'Black Box' Reverse Convertibles
June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays Plc are charging fees on some structured notes that equal or exceed the securities’ highest possible yield, as sales of the opaque products draw scrutiny from regulators. On June 15, RBS gave brokers a 2.75 percent commission to sell a three-month reverse-convertible note with a 2.56 percent potential yield, according to a prospectus. Last month, JPMorgan charged 5.25 percent in fees and commissions on a three-month Citigroup Inc.-linked note that paid 5 percent interest, and Barclays offered brokers a 2 percent commission on a ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
ICP Once in AIG's 'Best' Is New Front in SEC Probe
June 22 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. lawsuit against ICP Asset Management LLC opens a new front in the government’s probe of collateralized debt obligations, focusing on managers of instruments that in some cases wiped out investors in less than a year. ICP and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Priore, 41, arranged more than $1 billion in trades that defrauded clients or broke rules limiting risks in CDOs whose insurers included American International Group Inc., the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a complaint yesterday. The case stems from scrutiny of more than 50 structured-product managers, and it continues, said ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Jun 1, 2009 ... Janet Tavakoli is the president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, a Chicago-based firm that provides consulting to ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Comments on File No. S7-04-07
Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc. Securities and Exchange Commission ...... Janet Tavakoli is the president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, a Chicago-based ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc.
Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc. 360 E. Randolph St. Suite 3007 Chicago, ..... Janet Tavakoli is the founder of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc. and is ...
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Derivatives Markets (3), Equity Markets (3), Public Funding (1), Risk Management (1), Government Policy (1), Corporate Governance (1), Option Markets (1), Personal Investing (1), Energy and Development (1) Goldman Sachs Customers are among the largest and most sophisticated on the Street. I'm sure none of them will hesitate to pick up the phone tomorrow, or the any other time for that matter, and deal with them. Why? Because if they aren't the smartest guys out there, then they are in the top two. If your dealing with them and you don't have a clue, Darwinism will kick in eventually. If your knowledgeable and your ...