SEC Official Supports Libya’s Claim Against Goldman Sachs

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 11:30 am

Though Goldman Sachs has already admitted in court documents that it bribed officials working for Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, the claim brought by Libya concerning fraud remains contested. Libya’s sovereign wealth fund known as the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has accused Goldman Sachs of putting the fund in over $1 billion worth of high risk losing trades so Goldman could pocket $350 million in fees.

 

Prisoners Become Lucrative Market For Bankers

By: Friday October 3, 2014 12:22 pm

Forget the ever-diminishing middle class, banksters have found a new target – prisoners. According to the Center For Public Integrity, prison bankers are collecting tens of millions of dollars in fees each year from inmate’s families for providing basic financial services. It turns out desperate family members trying to get money to imprisoned loved ones are very compliant customers.

Holding Politicians Accountable

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 12:47 pm

We have only one way to hold politicians accountable. If we vote for the lesser of two evils, we are not holding either accountable.

Late Night: The Untouchables

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 8:00 pm

In American life, there is a large and growing number of institutions that act with utter impunity, are coddled by a fawning media, and no one, certainly not our supine elected officials, can dislodge them from their lofty perch, from which they shit on us all like cackling birds aiming at a just-washed car.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nomi Prins, All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

By: Saturday April 26, 2014 1:59 pm

Nomi Prins’ most recent book begins with the 1907 banking crisis and the double myth that it was ended by J. P. Morgan while the U.S. government stood helpless. She shows that it was a double myth in that the crisis was not ended – the underlying banking pathologies grew – and Morgan’s intervention would have failed even as a short-term measure but for Treasury’s largely funding “his” extensions of credit. She begins with the 1907 crisis both because it illustrates her central themes and because it is essential to understand how, when, and why the Federal Reserve System was created in 1913.

Retiring SEC Attorney Says Agency Fails To Hold Powerful Accountable

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:52 am

A longtime trial attorney for the SEC had some brutal parting shots for the agency. Given as remarks at a goodbye party the attorney, James Kidney, condemned the SEC for letting the larger Wall Street firms get away with crimes. Essentially claiming that the SEC never went after the powerful.

Citigroup Fails Another Stress Test

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 2:00 pm

Six years after the financial crisis Citigroup has failed a stress test by the Federal Reserve. Citigroup’s capital plan included a quintupling of its dividend but Fed regulators wanted the Too Big To Fail bank to hold onto more capital.

Federal Reserve May Continue to Promote Wall Street’s Expansion Into Commodities

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 1:35 pm

The destructive trend of financializing the US economy may continue if the Fed has their way. Despite complaints by companies in the real economy over the manipulation of commodity prices by the banksters on Wall Street, the Fed is set to punt on limiting Wall Streets invasion of the real economy.

European Union Reaches Settlement in LIBOR Case

By: Friday December 6, 2013 10:16 am

The European Union has reached a settlement with bankers on what may be the most far-reaching fraud case yet. The manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) shocked the financial world as the LIBOR rate is used for financial products all over the globe and in many different markets from car and home loans to complex derivatives. Rigging this key rate for profit meant numerous people and institutions received altered rates on their loans.

Former Fed Reserve Official Comes Clean On QE, Apologizes To America

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 8:33 am

Huszar admits Bernanke’s cover story of helping drive down interest rates for struggling homeowners and small businesses was deception. The Fed knew QE was having no effect on helping banks make loans, the program’s only actual function was to let Wall Street siphon money directly from an increasingly compromised central bank.

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