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Is it worth sacrificing 10,000 loyal and trusting customers in order to remain in the good books of greedy Wall Street "investment" banks ?
Instead of fighting for the rights of 10,000 individuals with limited resources, why are we still defending the "mighty" investment banks shamefully bailed out with Billions, actually, Trillions of taxpayer funds all over the world, and yet, some commentators are saying these 10,000 victims should receive nothing ( except for a few "wayang" vulnerable cases ) ?
Is trying to compete to be THE financial hub, when the financial industry is in ruins, causing untold pain on individuals and pension funds, perpetrated by these discredited "investment" banks, holding back the authorities from acting, when in the US, law enforcement agencies have compelled these "investment" banks to COMPLETELY return all money to victims ?
Would moral hazard be NOT an issue anymore as no one in the right mind will touch any financial product ever again ?
Recipe for a toxic financial product ?
Buy cheap sub-prime mortagages. Chop them up. Toss in junk bonds. Blend together for 10 minutes. Chop the mess into smaller, digestable lots. Mix with some respectable names. Ask the Ratings Agencies to dress them up with AAA+ grade. Give them "high" sounding names, like mini-"Bonds" ( Lehman ), "Pinnacles" ( Morgan Stanley ), "High" Notes ( DBS ), "Jubilee" ( Merill Lynch ), etc from "trusted" institutions.
Why have US Law Enforcement Agencies ( FBI, SEC, US Attorneys for Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York State Attorney General , etc ) successfully prosecuted and are presently prosecuting Wall Street investment banks and their ex-top executives, and compel the COMPLETE return of all victims' money ?
By ERIC DASHPublished: August 21, 2008
Three major investment banks — Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank — will soon buy back at least $12.5 billion in auction-rate securities and pay $162.5 million in fines as part of separate settlements reached Thursday with state regulators.
In earlier settlements, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wachovia agreed to buy back $35 billion of the securities and pay more than $360 million in fines. Several other firms, including Bank of America, are negotiating deals.
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