Updates from the Economic Warfront

Three years ago, as I began my ranting against the bankster elitists, I had stated their plan for economical slavery was unfolding in the most transparent way.  I stated at the time the mortgage loan debacle was only the first step.  I said at that time that based on the strategic use of credit swaps and derivatives, the next target was going to be both corporate and public pension plans. Indeed this began unfolding around 2009 and continues to this day.

At the time I also stated that after that goal was completed, the next target in their gun sites would be state and sovereign wealth. Again, this is exactly what is happening. First was Iceland, then the weaker members of the EU, and now is extending into the stronger economic nations such as the UK, France, Germany, the US, Australia and Canada.

Of all of these nations, only Iceland and the will of their people have prevailed.  Ireland is also showing some signs of effective resistance. The rest of the governments, under the rhetoric of “necessary austerity’ are slowly killing their economies and in the case of Greece and Spain, are already “clinically dead”. You see there is only one simple question that when answered reveals all.  When we talk about sovereign debt, one has to ask, “Who is this vast amount of money owed to and how did they acquire this debt obligation?”

We all know the answer to this question.  The bankster’s greed has continued unabated and now there isn’t even any attempt by the banksters to “paint lipstick on the pig”. They seemed until very recently unafraid of rebellion by the masses, criminal actions by governments, or any competitive actions against their plans.  Why were they so confident?  Their confidence stemmed from the reality that they have prepared well in advance to insure they “owned” the political and legal arms of the governments world-wide thus preventing any criminal penalties for their brazen fraud and theft.  Large fines were acceptable and a part of “doing the business”. The control of the political process insured they could endlessly print fiat money to “finance” their ongoing rape of the world’s economy.

They had also correctly anticipated that the masses would eventually try to rise up, so they upgraded both sovereign and state and local police forces to paramilitary capabilities.  They would simply overwhelm any efforts before these “uprisings” could gain momentum.  We have to admit they had anticipated each and every step very correctly and have been effective to date in squashing any meaningful resistance.  Until now…..

In their hubris, they may have made gross miscalculations in their unbridled greed quest. First, let me state that we try to remain apolitical in the information we present in this blog. However if the next story is true, then it is a matter of justice and patriotism to report, not a political leaning, one way or the other.

The election in the US is a very good example of how elitists have horribly underestimated the collective intelligence and will of the people. Remember the Karl Rove and Limbaugh ranting pre-election that it would be a landslide for Romney?  They were certain of this because first they were effectively suppressing the vote and just in case that wasn’t enough, they were sure they had effectively “rigged” the election in key states like Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.

However, something went very wrong.  Romney was quoted as being “shell-shocked” and Karl Rove displayed his denial breakdown on national TV when Ohio was declared for Obama.  What happened? From our sources, the real story may be revealed in the coming months, if the information given to the FBI sees the light of day.

Apparently, like in 2004 and 2008, Rove and his operatives had developed a sophisticated computer program called ORCA to manipulate the data in the vote tally process and had this program embedded in various areas.  Apparently this sophisticated program would intercept election data from various reporting stations, manipulate the results and then send it forward to its intended destination.

This scheme was however uncovered by cyber sleuths under the Anonymous banner and this group had even warned Rove, et al, directly that this plot would not be allowed.  See the warning here.

From our sources, we learned that these cyber sleuths hacked the ORCA program and placed a firewall called “The Great Oz”.  According to the sources, this not only prevented ORCA from doing its job, it also prevented any of the Rove operatives access to the program during the election process. Apparently Rove’s computer techs tried 105 times to penetrate “The Great Oz” using different means and passwords, to no avail.  Comcast finally shut down all operations under the guise of a DDOS attack threat.  Immediately after taking this action, these cyber sleuths, who called themselves “The Protectors”, turned all of the information over to the FBI.  Based on this information, if it is true, here is Good Ole Karl’s recurring nightmare:

( this photo is not real)

The same kinds of cyber activity are going on as we speak in relation to the Israeli’s attack on Gaza. Apparently over 9,000 Israeli websites belonging to government and banking systems have been attacked in the last week.  In both cases here, what was underestimated by the cabalists is the intelligence and resources of the “ignorant” masses.

As the pan EU uprisings increase, we are seeing more and more police and firemen joining the ranks of the protesters.  In Spain over the weekend, about 5,000 police officers marched through the center of Madrid on Saturday to protest salary cuts and the thinning of their ranks as Spain grapples with its sovereign debt crisis.

The officers, who had traveled from across Spain, rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike over the austerity cuts. Health and education workers have already taken part in similar marches.

“Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians,” read one banner held aloft by a line of officers as they marched to the interior ministry.

The rally had been called by the main policing union SUP. “Each year, between 1,500 and 2,000 police officers retire and 125 are recruited, which means in three or four years, there will be more insecurity and crime in Spain,” warned SUP general secretary Jose Maria Sanchez Fornet in a speech outside the ministry.

It would seem that real progress is beginning to correct this global economic imbalance and more and more people are beginning to believe they are not powerless to affect the changes that would begin to create global economic systems democratically based and underpinned by ethical standards more appropriate to the realities of the 21st century.

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Is There a Major Change in Global Financial Markets Just Around the Corner?

Since the economic crash in 2008, much has surfaced as to how it happened, who was involved, the reaction of regulators, The President and Congress.  What amazed me in the months following the implosion, nothing seemed to materialize, either in the way of criminal actions or new regulations.

It was at this point, I began my blog.  I needed to look deeply into the situation and see what I could discover.  I have written over 100 articles outlining my findings.  What I have spent nearly the last two months doing was following and trying to validate some amazing stories that were circulating the internet concerning the financial cabal and the fact it was under attack by some unknown forces.

The whole story was first introduced by Benjamin Fulford, who was a Forbes Business Editor in Japan.  You can learn all about Benjamin here, http://benjaminfulford.net/.  To say the least, Benjamin’s story is on the surface, was too much to believe.  Although I must say, over time, I began to see that while I could  not accept the whole of Benjamin’s story, there were events unfolding in real-time, that were similar to Benjamin’s previous statements as to what would occur in the near future.

Then last month, the well known writer and a New York Best Selling Author, David Wilcox did an exhaustive piece on his blog which you can find here, Financial Tyranny – Defeating the Greatest Cover-Up of All Time.  Again, most of this article was mind-blowing to say the least, but again there was hard evidence presented for some of the key points that was undeniable, but accepting the whole premise was a bit too much for me.

So for me the bottom line was there has to be proof that this financial cabal is collapsing.  This started my two months of investigating on my own.  What I found I have outlined in detail below.  Forgive the long article, but to see it all, you must know it all.

Since September of 2011, I have been tracking and following the major players in the global financial arena.  If there was any weight to what Fulford and Wilcox were saying, the rats would be jumping ship.  Honestly, I thought I would find normal patterns of revolving doors and resignations.  I will let you be the judge of what I uncovered as a matter of public record and verified reporting.  I started first in the US.

Over 20,000 resignations/house arrests are visible using data from the SEC Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires that publicly traded companies must report to the SEC whenever members of the Board or certain officers resign. Also, the SEC has a database named EDGAR that is open to the public. After a little research, what was discovered is that corporations must report said resignations on Form 8-K, Item 5.02. From there, it was a simple matter of searching only Form 8-Ks within a specific range of dates, and including the boolean search terms “Resigns” and “Resignation”.

From the start of 2008 to the second quarter of 2011 the resignations remained steady @ about 2000 per quarter. Suddenly in the 3rd quarter of 2011 they increased by 50% to 3000 for that quarter. (That’s an extra 1000). Then in the 4th quarter they jumped to 7000. (That’s an additional extra 5000 resignations). Now without the full quarter results for the first quarter of 2012 they are up to 16,000. (That’s an extra 14,000 resignations & increasing fast).  That’s a total of 20,000+ extra resignations that no one is reporting in news papers & nothing of course in the major media!

OK, well that is interesting, but how does this hold-up on the international scene.  First of all I want to thank americankabuki.blogspot.com and Gabriel@ Facebook Global Mass Resignations for doing an immense amount of research that was invaluable to my effort, and I am indebted to their willingness to share it so freely.

What we uncovered…

358 MAJOR RESIGNATIONS FROM WORLD BANKS, INVESTMENT HOUSES, MONEY FUNDS
Abreviations used:
CEO = Chief Executive Officer, CFO = Chief Financial Officer, CIO = Chief Investment Officer, COO = Chief Operating Officer
INC = Incorporated (can be private held or publically traded shares)
PLC = Public Limited Company (publicly traded shares can be listed or unlisted on stock market)
LTD = Limited Company (privately held)
LLC = American version of LTD, but can have a shareholder/member that is an INC, often hybrids of both
AG = German version of PLC
AB = Swedish version of PLC
SA = Society Anonymous in various Latin languages – same as PLC
NV = Dutch version of PLC
BV = Dutch version of LTD
LP = Limited Partners (partnership with limited liability)
REIT = Real Estate Investment Trust
Click here to scroll to latest additions to list from AmericanKabuki, then scroll up.

  1. 9/01/11 (USA NY) Bank of New York Mellon Chief Robert P. Kelly Resigns in a Shake-UP.  Bank of New York Mellon’s chief executive and chairman, Robert P. Kelly, stepped down late Wednesday because of “differences in approaches to managing the company,” the bank said. Pressure on the bank has been growing for months.  Kelly’s departure — the sudden, shocking resignation of a star CEO  (editor note: #2 among CEO compensation in the banking industry)– has received remarkably little attention or explanation.
    http://goo.gl/NdW7q
  2. 9/06/11 (BELGIUM) Dexia confirmed that its CEO Stefaan Decraene had left the company. Its exposures to sovereign debt in the PIIGS nations are larger than its core Tier 1 capital.  Dexia’s CEO Resigns Suddenly – by Erin Davis | 06 Sep 11

On Monday, Dexia confirmed that its CEO Stefaan Decraene had left the company and will be replaced by Jos Clijsters, an executive at the bank since January and a former senior executive at the failed bank Fortis.

We continue to think that Dexia is the most troubled publicly traded bank in the eurozone outside of Greece. Its exposures to sovereign debt in the PIIGS nations are larger than its core   Tier 1 capital, it has an inadequate deposit base to support its loan book, and it is overly leveraged, in our opinion. We think Dexia is likely to undertake a highly dilutive capital raise, and           wonder if it might come sooner rather than later given the management change.            http://goo.gl/vuhvd

  1. 9/09/11 (GERMANY) European Central Bank (ECB) governing board member Jürgen Stark, who has resigned.  The dramatic resignation of a senior European central banker sent stock markets plunging, amid fears that Greece is on the brink of default and the fragile consensus in Berlin over support for the ailing Italian and Spanish economies was close to disintegration.

Bank stocks, down more than 5% in some cases, were the worst affected as the Dow Jones        dropped almost 3% to below 11,000. European exchanges joined the panic with the FTSE falling more than 100 points to 5230.  Speculation that several French and German banks would soon   embark on massive capital raising schemes to offset write-offs on holdings of Greek debt, added            to the febrile atmosphere.    Stark “and his wife, Christine, whom he married in 1973, have a retirement house on the Baltic Sea. http://goo.gl/t83S4

  1. 9/12/11 (HONG KONG) HSBC Group Hang Seng Bank Non-Executive Director Mark McCombe resigns.  In a release, the Board of Directors of Hang Seng Bank Limited hereby announces that following his resignation from the HSBC Group, Mr. Mark S McCombe has tendered his resignation as a Non-executive Director of the Bank with effect from 9 September 2011.

Mr.  McCombe has confirmed that he has no disagreement with the Board and that he is not     aware of any matter relating to his resignation that needs to be brought to the attention of the    shareholders of the Bank. Mark moved to BlackRock Asian Operations.  http://goo.gl/mCTgi

  1. 9/14/11 (USA NJ) Columbia Bank CEO Raymond G. Hallock Announces Retirement
    http://goo.gl/UjUZY
  2. 9/14/11 (NEW ZELAND) AMP NZ Office Limited (ANZO), Mark Verbiest has resigned as a director. His resignation arises due to his desire to devote the necessary time and energy to his prospective new role as Chairman of Telecom, assuming the Telecom demerger is sanctioned by Telecom shareholders.
    http://goo.gl/LjSI0
  3. 9/15/11 (USA NY) Morgan Stanley, Chairman John Mack resigns.  Mack, 66, joined Morgan Stanley in 1972 as a bond salesman and worked his way up through the ranks to become president and chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 1997. Mack will retire from a full-time role but remain a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley. http://goo.gl/jWWv7
  4. 9/18/11 (JORDAN) Central Bank governor Faris Sharaf resigns over policy.  They did not disclose the reasons for the surprise resignation of Sharaf, who took the five-year post last November.

But bankers and some officials say Sharaf was enraged by an appeasement policy adopted by   the government to win over disgruntled public sector employees in the wake of Arab unrest that endangered the country’s financial and monetary stability.

Bankers say Sharaf, a highly respected financial expert who had senior posts in the banking and                financial industry, has increasingly voiced privately his alarm at the government’s expansionary            fiscal policy.   A bit of fuel was added to the fire when Faris Sharaf’s mother, Leila Sharaf,           resigned from her post in the Senate the very next day, stating that she will not be part of a         “corrupted government”. Leila claims her son was “removed” for attempting to combat              corruption and also voiced her displeasure over the way her son was “removed” from office,             claiming that the bank was surrounded by armed guards who supposedly were there to keep   him from entering. http://goo.gl/8yU5N

  1. 9/20/11 (SCOTLAND) SCOTTISH WIDOWS (RETIREMENT INVESTMENT SAVINGS FUND) There could be no Scottish representative on the board of Lloyds Banking Group, owner of Bank of Scotland, in future after it announced the departure of Lord Sandy Leitch, the chairman of Scottish Widows and group deputy chairman.  Less than a year after Labour first won power in 1997, Sandy Leitch was invited to No10 for breakfast with other business leaders.  He went on to run several Labour projects, becoming one of Mr Blair’s most trusted business advisers.  His reward came in 2004 – the same year he left Zurich – when he was made a Labour peer, becoming Baron Leitch of Oakley in Fife. The multi-millionaire entrepreneur was introduced into the Lords by Mr Blair’s chief fundraiser, Lord Levy.  But Lord Leitch, 60, has maintained links with Gordon Brown’s government, donating £5,000 last year to his leadership campaign.  http://goo.gl/Dx8qs
    1. 9/21/11 (AUSTRALIA & NZ) JP Morgan Australia and New Zealand Worldwide Securities Services CEO Jane Perry resigned
      http://goo.gl/Qx0Va
    2. 9/25/11 (SWITZERLAND) UBS  CEO Oswald Gruebel quits over £1.5bn rogue trader crisis.  The head of the Swiss bank at the centre of the rogue trading scandal resigned yesterday after telling colleagues it was his duty to take responsibility for the £1.5 billion loss.

UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel stepped down from his £1.9 million-a-year job in an             attempt to limit further damage to the bank’s reputation.  http://goo.gl/WCeqB

  1. 9/25/11 (USA CA) Douglas E. Tow, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, will retire from American River Bankshares (NASDAQ: AMRB) .  Mr. Tow has made the decision to retire in order to pursue personal interests. http://goo.gl/24aAU
  2. 9/28/11 (SWITZERLAND) SNB Bank Council: Fritz Studer resigns as per end-April 2012
    http://goo.gl/7dNiD
  3. 9/29/11 (JAPAN) BLIFE Investment Corporation, Asset Manager Director Masaomi Yamadaira resigned.
    http://goo.gl/Vsmk3
  4. 9/29/11 (UK) Barclays, Head of UK & European Retail Banking Deanna Oppenheimer resigned.
    http://goo.gl/o63jO
  5. 9/29/11 (USA NM) New Mexico Pension Fund Director Terry Slattery Resigns
    http://goo.gl/BzLn4
  6. 9/30/11 (SINGAPORE) AIMS AMP CAP INDUSTRIAL REIT, Ms Tang Buck Kiau resigned.
    http://goo.gl/VGxjv
  7. 10/01/11 (USA MO) Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Thomas M. Hoenig retired on Oct. 1, 2011
    http://goo.gl/B8WK7
  8. 10/03/11 (INDIA) The of Euram Bank Asia, president Arun Panchariya, has resigned after being implicated in a stock trading scandal in India.
    http://goo.gl/yh2bF
  9. 10/03/11 (GHANA) Intercontinental Bank Ghana Limited, Managing Director and CEO Albert Mmegwa resigned.
    http://goo.gl/Vc252
  10. 10/03/11 (USA FL) Quantek Opportunity Fund, portfolio manager Javier Guerra. Arbitration awarded $1 million damages to Aris Multi-Strategy Fund. Quantek Asset Management made false statements to Aris.
    http://goo.gl/udpBA
  11. 10/05/11 (UK) UBS co-chief François Gouws of global equities had resigned after last month’s revelation of a $2.3 billion loss from unauthorized trading.
    http://goo.gl/OuUjr
  12. 10/05/11 (UK) UBS co-chief Yassine Bouhara of global equities had resigned after last month’s revelation of a $2.3 billion loss from unauthorized trading.
    http://goo.gl/OuUjr
  13. 10/10/11 (BELGIUM) Dexia (Franco-Belgian bank) its chairman Jean-Luc Dehaene will give up his role on the board of Dexia’s Belgian division, which is being sold to the Belgian state as part of a rescue deal, the group said on Monday.
    http://goo.gl/vyldE
  14. 10/11/11 (UK) BlackRock, head of sterling portfolios and manager of the Corporate Bond fund, Paul Shuttleworth, has resigned after 11 years at the firm.
    http://goo.gl/FMBjw
  15. 10/11/11 (UK) Dynamic Funds, portfolio manager David Taylor has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/GZCt5
  16. 10/11/11 (CHINA) China Construction Bank Non-Executive Direct Sue Yang resigns for personal reasons.
    http://goo.gl/ip8Un
  17. 10/13/11 (UK) Cogent Partners co-head research department Katita Palamar resigned.
    http://goo.gl/TVLWO
  18. 10/13/11 (UK) Cogent Partners co-head research department Bill Farrell resigned.
    http://goo.gl/TVLWO
  19. 10/14/11 (USA TX) Deutsche Bank Investment Advisor Griffin Perry resigns, SEC regulations prevented him from campaigning for his father Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign.
    http://goo.gl/R0PgH
  20. 10/23/11 (USA) Fairholme Capital Management LLC, Director Charles Fernandez stepped down for personal reasons. Fairholme Fund has lost 26 percent of its net asset value due to bets that have backfired on AIG Inc, Bank of America Corp and Florida-based landowner and developer St Joe Co.
    http://goo.gl/vzTbY
  21. 10/24/11 (ICELAND) Icelandic State Financial Investments board members of Icelandic State Financial Investments have resigned following “outside interference” with their Sept. 30 decision to hire Pall Magnusson, the former political adviser to the island’s industry minister, as chief executive officer. [names and positions have been requested from the reporter on 3/9/12]
    http://goo.gl/lEpz2
  22. 10/24/11 (SINGAPORE) Keppel Corporation Limited, Teo Soon Hoe will resign from his role as group finance director Jan 1.
    http://goo.gl/l90be
  23. 10/26/11 (INDIA) Beed District Bank (Coop Bank) CEO B S Deshmukh arrested for embezzling Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd payment deposits.
    http://goo.gl/CXL7Z
  24. 10/26/11 (INDIA) Beed District Bank (Coop Bank) former CEO A N Kulkarni arrested for embezzling Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd payment deposits.
    http://goo.gl/CXL7Z
  25. 10/27/11 (USA NY) Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc (KBW) CEO John Duffy stepped aside. Duffy has prostate cancer.
    http://goo.gl/i1s3E
  26. 10/29/11 (CHINA) China Construction Bank Corp Chairman Guo Shuqing resigns
    http://goo.gl/fdd9v
  27. 10/29/11 (CHINA) Agricultural Bank of China Ltd Chairman Xiang Junbo resigns
    http://goo.gl/yWX9R
  28. 10/31/11 (EUROPEAN COMMUNITY) European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, resigns.
    http://goo.gl/ygG59
  29. 11/01/11 (INDIA) Beed District Bank (Coop Bank More directors resign [research still being conducted on the names]
    http://goo.gl/HD8BQ
  30. 11/02/11 (UK) Lloyds Banking Group chief executive, António Horta-Osório, is to take leave of absence on health grounds for six to eight weeks, the BBC has reported. (STILL OUT AS OF 2/24/12 – DEFACTO RESIGNATION)
    http://goo.gl/3L9gE
  31. 11/03/11 (POLAND) Nordea Bank Poland, Wlodzimierz Kicinski resigned from as President of the Management Board of Nordea Bank Poland as of the 10th of November.
    http://goo.gl/oKUVZ
  32. 11/04/11 (USA NY) MF Global, Jon Corzine, stepped down as chairman and CEO, hired criminal attorney to represent him.
    http://goo.gl/tUaVY
  33. 11/07/11 (SINGAPORE) Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX), CEO Framroze Pochara quits.
    http://goo.gl/eum87
  34. 11/08/11 (SINGAPORE) The Singapore Fund, Inc, Austin C. Dowling has resigned as Director of the Fund
    http://goo.gl/bCUhI
  35. 11/09/11 (USA NY) HSBC Israeli desk, managing director Issac Doueck resigned.
    http://goo.gl/zuCJE
  36. 11/09/11 (ISRAEL) HSBC Israeli desk, senior representative Simon Hakim resigned.
    http://goo.gl/zuCJE
  37. 11/09/11 (SWITZERLAND) HSBC Israeli desk, head of Israel Dan Sagi resigned.
    http://goo.gl/zuCJE
  38. 11/09/11 (USA NY) HSBC Israeli desk, ????? resigned.
    http://goo.gl/zuCJE
  39. 11/09/11 (USA NY) HSBC Israeli desk, ????? resigned.
    http://goo.gl/zuCJE
  40. 11/10/11 (EUROPEAN COMMUNITY) European Central Bank Lorenzo Bini Smaghi resigned from the European Central Bank’s Executive Board.
    http://goo.gl/Invjc
  41. 11/11/11 (HONG KONG) Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific co-head Yusuf Alireza is retiring from the investment bank after 19 years
    http://goo.gl/pejs3
  42. 11/10/11 (INDIA) UBS The head of India operations at UBS AG , Manisha Girotra, has resigned
    http://goo.gl/3aTh2
  43. 11/15/11 (USA NY) Icahn Enterprises LP, senior managing director of health-care investing, Alex Denner, has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/X1A4i
  44. 11/16/11 (EUROPEAN COMMUNITY) International Monetary Fund Europe, director Antonio Borges resigns for personal reasons.
    http://goo.gl/55CqZ
  45. 11/17/11 (NETHERLANDS) Syntrus Achmea (pensions manager), CIO Marjolein Sol is resigning.
    http://goo.gl/Xqxsr
  46. 11/18/11 (SCOTLAND) Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Limited (SWIP) Private Equity Fund, wish to announce the resignation of John Brett from the Board of Directors of the Company, for business reasons.
    http://goo.gl/MLsp8
  47. 11/21/11 (JAPAN) UBS’s Japan Investment Banking Chairman Matsui to Resign
    http://goo.gl/OiDiq
  48. 11/23/12 (USA SC & NC) Bank of the Carolinas, CFO Eric Rhodes resigns for personal reasons. Bank of the Carolinas was delisted from the NASDAQ on 3/9/12
    http://goo.gl/oytcD
  49. 11/24/12 (IRELAND) AXA Rosenberg Management Ireland Limited, director Simon Vanstone resigns.
    http://goo.gl/x5Fl6
  50. 11/28/11 (LATVIA) Latvia’s chief banking regulator, Irena Krumane, said she resigned today, a week after the state took over Latvijas Krajbanka AS (LKB1R), the Baltic News Service reported. The bank regulator suspended operations at Krajbanka, a subsidiary of Lithuania’s Bankas Snoras AB, on Nov. 21 and said around 100 million lati ($191.8 million) was missing. The Lithuanian government seized Snoras on Nov. 16 saying assets reported on the lender’s balance sheet were missing.
    http://goo.gl/mUvLF
  51. 11/29/11 (USA) R. David Land Submits Resignation from the Boards of Directors of Peoples Bancorp. and Seneca National Bank
    http://goo.gl/XncOc
  52. 11/29/11 (NORWAY) Carnegie ASA’s co-head of investment banking in Norway, Cato Holmsen, has resigned
    http://goo.gl/utIfy
  53. 11/29/11 (FRANCE) AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, Global head of business development, strategy and research for Kiran Patel, has handed in his resignation. Patel was with the firm for 11 years.
    http://goo.gl/iGjB6
  54. 11/30/11 (LITHUANIA) Lithuania Central Bank, Governor Vitas Vasiliauskas fired Kazimieras Ramonas, head of the banking supervision department, after seizing Bankas Snoras AB, the country’s third-biggest deposit bank.
    http://goo.gl/EiqUC
  55. 12/01/11 (SRI LANKA) Sri Lanka’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) head Indrani Sugathadasa resigned.
    http://goo.gl/6qzny
  56. 12/02/11 (PAKISTAN) NIB Bank, Singapore forced resignation of CEO Khawaja Iqbal Hassan, for mismanagement
    http://goo.gl/ojDcu
  57. 12/03/11 (USA SC) South Carolina’s $25 billion pension fund chief investor Robert Borden resigned. Borden’s resignation comes as the SC Retirement System faces a $13 billion deficit, prompting state lawmakers to call for a massive overhaul of the system.
    http://goo.gl/ypK2G
  58. 12/05/11 (BERMUDA) HSBC Bermuda Ltd, chairman of the board and director John Campbell resigns
    http://goo.gl/peFGD
  59. 12/05/11 (BERMUDA) HSBC Bermuda Ltd, CEO  Philip Butterfield retires
    http://goo.gl/peFGD
  60. 12/06/11 (USA ) Western Liberty Bancorp CFO George Rosenbaum has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/ozuwB
  61. 12/08/11 (USA) Fidelity Global Special Situations Fund, manager Jorma Korhonen resigned.
    http://goo.gl/a7Rhw
  62. 12/08/11 (INDIA) Nomura’s co-head of equity-linked solutions Neeraj Hora, resigns
    http://goo.gl/WYcjR
  63. 12/14/11 (MAURITIUS) African Alliance Africa Pioneer Fund I (the “Fund”), Portfolio Manager Paul David Austin Clark resigned
    http://goo.gl/YiagF
  64. 12/14/11 (USA NY) Goldman Sachs global head Milton R. Berlinski retiring at the end of the year
    http://goo.gl/Xj0l4
  65. 12/15/11 (UK) Coutts [private bank] Senior private banker James Fleming resigns
    http://goo.gl/ANN5B
  66. 12/19/11 (CANADA) Holloway Lodging Real Estate Investment Trust (a REIT) CEO Glenn Squires has resigned
    http://goo.gl/8rAKb
  67. 12/19/11 (JAPAN) Citibank Japan CEO, Darren Buckley, resigns after Citibank was punished by regulators for the third time in seven years.
    http://goo.gl/ScT47
  68. 12/19/11 (DENMARK) Danske Bank Peter Straarup, who will retire February 15
    http://goo.gl/06c2b
  69. 12/19/11 (DENMARK) Danske Bank Eivind Kolding has resigned as Chairman of the Board of Directors and from the three board committees on which he served, He continues as member of Danske Bank’s Board of Directors until he assumes the position of Chairman of the Executive Board on 15 February 2012. On the same day, at the latest, Eivind Kolding will resign from the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.
    http://goo.gl/06c2b
  70. 12/20/11 (UK) Prudential (UK) Chairman Harvey McGrath has informed the Board of his intention to retire from the Board in 2012 once a successor has been found.
    http://goo.gl/IPOzf
  71. 12/20/11 (USA MA) Century Bancorp, Inc., Director Roger S. Berkowitz resigned.
    http://goo.gl/bbdeT
  72. 12/21/11 (USA MN) Voyager Bank, fired CEO trade accusations, New details have emerged in Voyager Bank’s firing of its CEO in a court filing that accuses him of defrauding the bank of $15 million. The former CEO, Timothy Owens, has sued the bank for wrongful termination and accused the bank of defaming him.
    http://goo.gl/3Q1Vg
  73. 12/23/11 (USA VA)  Virginia National Bank (VNB) Chairman Mark Giles quits
    http://goo.gl/dFDpH
  74. 12/23/11 (USA VA)  Virginia National Bank (VNB) Board Member Claire Gargalli quits
    http://goo.gl/kowkW
  75. 12/23/11 (USA VA)  Virginia National Bank (VNB) Board Member Leslie Disharoon quits
    http://goo.gl/kstLp
  76. 12/23/11 (USA VA)  Virginia National Bank (VNB) Board Member Neal Kassell quits
    http://goo.gl/NrrPZ
  77. 12/23/11 (USA) Third Avenue Value Fund, co-manager Marty Whitman is leaving.
    http://goo.gl/iMe99
  78. 1/01/12 (NIGERIA) United Bank for Africa Plc Victor Osadolor resigns
    http://goo.gl/b6AoA
  79. 1/01/12 (ISRAEL) Israel’s Bank Leumi CEO Galia Maor steps down after 16 years
    http://goo.gl/xwlFt
  80. 1/03/12 (GREECE) Marfin Popular Bank Public Co Ltd, Mr Eleftherios Hiliadakis has resigned from the Board of Directors.
    http://goo.gl/MuFa0
  81. 1/03/12 (USA VA) Suffolk Bancorp president and CEO J. Gordon Huszagh steps down
    http://goo.gl/joExI
  82. 1/03/12 (USA WI) Michael Falbo, president and CEO of Southport Bank, has resigned just six months after accepting the position.
    http://goo.gl/DP1uK
  83. 1/03/12 (UK) Arbuthnot Banking Group: Neil Kirton resigned from the Board
    http://goo.gl/SKE7j
  84. 1/03/12 (UK) Arbuthnot Banking Group: Atholl Turrell left the Board.
    http://goo.gl/bzZtQ
  85. 1/05/12 (UK) Saunderson House [Private Bank] CEO Nick Fletcher steps down
    http://goo.gl/zvo1L
  86. 1/05/12 (USA NY) Blackstone/GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund and Blackstone/GSO Long-Short Credit Income Fund announced that John R. O’Neill has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/ZiWGL
  87. 1/07/12 (UK) Arab Banking Corporation Intl. Bank (ABCIB) Manama, Bahrain: ABCIB announced retirement of CEO Nofal Barbar from its London office.
    http://goo.gl/yF0Mm
  88. 1/09/12 (SWITZERLAND) SNB Chairman Philipp Hildebrand resigns
    http://goo.gl/5qsUu
  89. 1/09/12 (USA WASHINGTON DC) Whitehouse former banker and Chief of Staff William M. Daley resigned
    http://goo.gl/34F0B
  90. 1/09/12 (USA NY) Morgan Stanley Chief Legal Officer Frank Barron retires.
    http://goo.gl/XYCwJ
  91. 1/09/12 (SWITZERLAND) Temenos Group AG, provider of core banking software announced the resignation of Mark Austen as a member of the Board of Directors.
    http://goo.gl/l6QzM
  92. 1/10/12 (USA IN) Security Bank of Springfield, president and CEO Steve Cour has announced plans to retire at the end of June.
    http://goo.gl/jFbYA
  93. 1/11/12 (KAZAKHSTAN) BTA Bank, CEO Marat Zairov resigns for health reasons.
    http://goo.gl/yAHgr
  94. 1/11/12 (SWITZERLAND) La Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild, CEO Claude Messulam resigns, replaced by Christophe de Backer, Claude Messulam to become a director of the bank holding company.
    http://goo.gl/vWr3i
  95. 1/12/12 (USA) Goldman Sachs, Co-Head Securities Trading Edward K. Eisler retires
    http://goo.gl/i2TVk
  96. 1/12/12 (USA) Goldman Sachs, Co-Head Securities Trading David B. Heller retires
    http://goo.gl/i2TVk
  97. 1/13/12 (IRELAND) National Asset Management Agency, head of lending Graham Emmett is resigning
    http://goo.gl/GN3h3
  98. 1/13/12 (USA DC) World Bank, Vice President for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili will retire from her position at the World Bank in May.
    http://goo.gl/fiUsU
  99. 1/17/12 (CANADA) Cumberland Private Wealth Management CIO John Wilson quit to join another money manager.
    http://goo.gl/3JuNJ
  100. 1/17/12 (HONG KONG) Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank) CEO David Conner retires.
    http://goo.gl/83Z1i
  101. 1/17/12 (UK) Morgan Stanley Intl, chairman Walid Chammah is retiring. An inside source speculated that it could mean that the company had suffered exposure to European sovereign debt woes under Chammah’s purview.
    http://goo.gl/e7vS7
  102. 1/17/12 (KUWAIT) Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. Board Member Ali Yousef Al Awwadhy resigned.
    http://goo.gl/0PoIM
  103. 1/17/12 (KUWAIT) Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. Board Member Miss Anoud Fadhel Al Hathran resigned.
    http://goo.gl/0PoIM
  104. 1/17/12 (KUWAIT) Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. Board Member Mr. Tarek Farid Al Othman resigned.
    http://goo.gl/0PoIM
  105. 1/17/12 (KUWAIT) Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. Board Member Mr. Salem Ali Hassan Al Ali resigned.
    http://goo.gl/0PoIM
  106. 1/17/12 (KUWAIT) Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. Board Member Mr. Majed Ali Oweid Awadh resigned.
    http://goo.gl/0PoIM
  107. 1/17/12 (KUWAIT) Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. Board Member Mr. Badr Suliman Al Ahmed resigned.
    http://goo.gl/0PoIM
  108. 1/18/12 (USA) Goldman Sachs co-heads of Goldman’s securities business David Heller resigns.
    http://goo.gl/TMHvx
  109. 1/18/12 (USA) Goldman Sachs co-heads of Goldman’s securities business Edward Eisler resigns.
    http://goo.gl/TMHvx
  110. 1/18/12 (USA) Goldman Sachs co-head of its investment management division Ed Forst resigns.
    http://goo.gl/TMHvx
  111. 1/19/12 (UK) Santander, senior director Americas division Francisco Luzón is retiring with a pension pot of about €56m, a package whose generous size is expected to reignite controversy over bankers’ remuneration.
    http://goo.gl/XMRvP
  112. 1/19/12 (EGYPT) Beltone Financial Holding (BTFH) Alaa’ Sabaa resigned from board of directors.
    http://goo.gl/5Eze1
  113. 1/19/12 (EGYPT) Beltone Financial Holding (BTFH) Wael EL Mahgary resigned from board of directors.
    http://goo.gl/5Eze1
  114. 1/20/12 (USA NY) JPMorgan Chase, Mortgage Banking Default organization head Scott Powell has decided to leave the bank.
    http://goo.gl/TCYpT
  115. 1/20/12 (JAPAN) Normura’s head of wholesale banking Jasjit Bhattai quits
    http://goo.gl/6FuWe
  116. 1/20/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) First National Bank’s sharia banking division is in a state of flux after it was hit by a corporate governance scandal in which its chief executive, Ebi Patel, was put on “special leave” for almost a month while an internal probe was conducted. Patel has been reinstated, but is facing disciplinary action.  Islamic finance forbids the payment and receipt of interest (riba), and investment in some industries. Sharia law states that interest-bearing transactions result in economic ills such as unemployment and high inflation. Trading in derivatives and speculative investment are also forbidden. Sharia law requires all transactions to be backed by tangible assets.
    http://goo.gl/NmGJP
  117. 1/20/12 (USA) TIAA-CREF executive vice president and president of Asset Management, Scott C. Evans resigned
    http://goo.gl/f6qLs
  118. 1/20/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) South African deputy economic development minister Enoch Godongwana quit his post this week in the face of growing outrage in government circles about his involvement in a company that allegedly defrauded clothing factory workers of R100-million of their pension fund money.
    http://goo.gl/ZADvn
  119. 1/21/12 (UK) Butterfield Private Bank head Danny Dixon Steps Down
    http://goo.gl/sdY1p
  120. 1/21/12 (SINGAPORE) ANZ Asia’s private banking head Nina Aguas resigns as managing director of Asia-Pacific private banking.
    http://goo.gl/hlHvG
  121. 1/21/12 (USA CA) Nara Bancorp (Now called BBCN) President and CEO Min Kim Resigns
    http://goo.gl/rcfJ3
  122. 1/22/12 (KENYA) National Bank of Kenya’s (NBK) managing director, Mr Reuben Marambii, will resign before year end.
    http://goo.gl/c2n7r
  123. 1/24/12 (IRELAND) Deutsche International Corporate Services Limited fund, Paul Shevlin resigned as a director
    http://goo.gl/OjZFF
  124. 1/24/12 (SWITZERLAND) Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a French clinical immunologist and head of the $22.6 billion fund has abruptly resigned, since revelations about corruption and misspending severely rattled some of its biggest donors. The resignation came on the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, which played a role in its creation a decade ago. A dinner for the public-private fund is planned Thursday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and major backers Bill Gates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The shakeup resulted from an internal review to address problems highlighted in Associated Press stories last year about the loss of tens of millions of dollars in grant money because of mismanagement and alleged fraud. Its biggest private donor is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has pledged $1.15 billion and provided it with $650 million so far.
    http://goo.gl/bqXs8
  125. 1/25/12 (UK) SOFIA PROPERTY FUND LIMITED, Gerry Williams has resigned as a Director, following his resignation from Ardel Holdings Limited (“Ardel”) where he was CEO. Ardel is the holding company of Ardel Fund Services Limited which provides administration services in Guernsey to the Company.
    http://goo.gl/kDfVv
  126. 1/25/12 (USA NY) Fortress Private Equity, CEO Daniel Madrid (aka Daniel Mudd) has resigned. Madrid was forced to leave in order to deal with SEC allegations. Prior to joining Fortress, Madrid served as Fannie Mae CEO and was forced to resign. SEC sued Madrid and former Freddie Mac CEO Richard West Long (aka Richard Syron) for hiding hundreds of billions of dollars in subprime loans. Madrid denied the SEC allegations saying the US govt. and investors were informed of Fannie Mae’s loan data.
    http://goo.gl/u9IdB and http://goo.gl/v94ik and http://goo.gl/tXQwP
  127. 1/27/12 (SINGAPORE) AIMS AMP CAP INDUSTRIAL REIT, Mr Graham Sugden resigned.
    http://goo.gl/VZYHY
  128. 1/27/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) ABSA Group COO Alfie Naidoo would be leaving to pursue personal interests
    http://goo.gl/cVWnA
  129. 1/27/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) ABSA Group chief marketing and communication officer Happy Ntshingila, will be taking up an “exciting position” outside banking
    http://goo.gl/cVWnA
  130. 1/27/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) ABSA Group CEO Daphne Motsepe retires at the end of April after a 10-year career at the bank.
    http://goo.gl/cVWnA
  131. 1/29/12 (PORTUGAL) Banco Santander Totta SA executive chairman Nuno Manuel da Silva Amado has resigned
    http://goo.gl/Glvdn
  132. 1/29/12 (NEW ZEALAND) New Zealand Reserve Bank Gov Alan Bollard to Step Down
    http://goo.gl/BwUgv
  133. 1/29/12 (UAE) NBD, Emirates ‘s investment banking division CEO Suresh Kumar is leaving the bank
    http://goo.gl/S1x0F
  134. 1/30/12 (UK) British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) COO Andrew Graham steps down
    http://goo.gl/4SDW8
  135. 1/31/12 (SCOTLAND) Royal Bank of Scotland former CEO Fred Goodwin Stripped of Knighthood
    http://goo.gl/CoLVS
  136. 2/01/12 (SYRIA) Arab Bank Syria Board member Basma Talal Zein resigns.
    http://goo.gl/WXxzw
  137. 2/01/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) ABSA [Barclay’s Bank] deputy CEO Louis von Zeuner resigns
    http://goo.gl/IP8nH
  138. 2/01/12 (UK) Lloyds Bankging Group head of wholesaleTruett Tate quits
    http://goo.gl/OqRVo
  139. 2/01/12 (UK) Llyods Banking Group Tim Tookey leaving end of February
    http://goo.gl/vjO5M
  140. 2/02/12 (VENEZUELA) Banking Crisis Arne Chacon arrested for Banking Corruption
    http://goo.gl/bb5sh
  141. 2/02/12 (USA) American Perspective Bank, President and CEO Thomas J. Beene resigned.
    http://goo.gl/K66eb
  142. 2/02/12 (USA) NIR Group hedge funds, Corey Ribotsky was forced out of NIR by Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, the court-appointed liquidator, following allegations of fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In September, the SEC sued Ribotsky and NIR for taking more than $1 million of investors’ money to buy cars and watches.
  143. 2/02/12 (IRELAND) AXA Rosenberg Management Ireland Limited, director Nathalie Savey resigned.
    http://goo.gl/cXB8u
  144. 2/03/12 (UK) VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund Ltd, Non-Executive Director Horst Geicke has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/r955T
  145. 2/03/12 (UK) UBS London trader, Kweku M. Adoboli, was arrested and charged with fraud and false accounting, forcing UBS to announce a $2.3 billion trading loss.
    http://goo.gl/ClTaq
  146. 2/05/12 (USA – NY) Morgan’s investment banking chairman Joseph Perella quit
    http://goo.gl/pG2jF
  147. 2/05/12 (USA – NY) Morgan Stanley investment banking Tarek Abdel-Meguid quit
    http://goo.gl/bRv9K
  148. 2/06/12 (INDIA) Dhanlaxmi Bank CEO Amitabh Chaturvedi quits:
    http://goo.gl/OhCEb
  149. 2/06/12 (USA NY) TD Ameritrade, head of retail distribution John Bunch resigns. Bunch is leaving to take the top job at a small investment advisory firmin Kansas City.
    http://goo.gl/kgS7M
  150. 2/07/12 (USA) Bank Of America’s Mortgage Business Chief Barbara Desoer Retires
    http://goo.gl/i7AUY
  151. 2/07/12 (INDIA) Kotak Mahindra Bank Falguni Nayar quits
    http://goo.gl/fP03J
  152. 2/07/12 (IRAN) Iran denies central bank resignation rumor (don’t believe until its denied?)
    http://goo.gl/PiQSy
  153. 2/08/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) Standard Bank Group Ltd – Resignation of Group Secretary Loren Wulfsohn
    http://goo.gl/K1pfn
  154. 2/08/12 (USA OH) Cleveland International Fund (CIF) private equity fund, A. Eddy Zai launched and led the Cleveland International Fund, an investment outfit that pairs wealthy foreign investors hoping for U.S. residency with job-creating projects. Zai resigned from his job this week, before being indicted in a bank-fraud scheme that, according to investigators, contributed to the collapse of a credit union in Eastlake.
    http://goo.gl/tgamf
  155. 2/08/12 (UAE) Emirates NBD makes top-level changes Bank’s deputy chief executive officer Abdul Wahed Al Fahim has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/JUdNd
  156. 2/09/12 (VATICAN) Institute for Religious Works (IOR aka “Vatican Bank”), 62 year old Monsignor Emilio Messina, the Archdiocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche investigated on money laundering by Italian officials.
    http://goo.gl/uztVU
  157. 2/09/12 (VATICAN) Institute for Religious Works (IOR aka “Vatican Bank”), 49 year old Father Don Salvatore Palumbo of the socially popular parish of San Gaetano
    http://goo.gl/uztVU
  158. 2/09/12 (VATICAN) Institute for Religious Works (IOR aka “Vatican Bank”), 37 year old Father Horace Bonaccorsi of Catania, already tried and acquitted in Sicily for money laundering offenses recycling money through accounts at IOR
    http://goo.gl/uztVU
  159. 2/09/12 (VATICAN) Institute for Religious Works (IOR aka “Vatican Bank”), 85 year old Father Don Evaldo Biasini of Rome. Father Don Evaldo Biasini is known as the “Don of Cash”.
    http://goo.gl/uztVU
  160. 2/09/12 (UKRAINE) National Bank of Ukraine deputy governor Volodymyr Krotiuk quits
    http://goo.gl/8BuXy
  161. 2/09/12 (UK) JP Morgan Chinese Investment Trust PLC, non-executive Director Madam Yujiang Zhao resigned
    http://goo.gl/CPO23
  162. 2/09/12 (UK) Alliance Trust Savings (ATS), Robert Burgess is stepping down as CEO.
    http://goo.gl/ohHG3
  163. 2/10/12 (KOREA) Korea Exchange Bank chief Larry Klane steps down
    http://goo.gl/DBKdc
  164. 2/10/12 (INDIA) Tamilnad Mercantile Bank CEO A K Jagannathan resigns
    http://goo.gl/wMl5g
  165. 2/13/12 (KUWAIT) Kuwait Central Bank CEO Sheikh Salem Abdulaziz Al Sabbah resigns
    http://goo.gl/GFvIy
  166. 2/13/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs confirmed on Monday that George N. Mattson, one of the firm’s top deal makers in the industrial sector, will retire. He was a senior relationship banker with a client list that included General Motors, General Electric and Caterpillar.
    http://goo.gl/vgnq2
  167. 2/13/12 (HONDURAS) Honduras finance minister William Chong Wong, resigned on Monday after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the country did not reach its deficit and monetary targets for 2011.
    http://goo.gl/drgHY
  168. 2/14/12 (NICARAQUA) Nicaraqua Central Bank President Antenor Rosales resigns
    http://goo.gl/iQ0n8
  169. 2/14/12 (UK) Social finance pioneer Malcolm Hayday quits Charity Bank
    http://goo.gl/uHp6C
  170. 2/14/12 (PAKISTAN) National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) chairman Syed Ali Raza resigned
    http://goo.gl/scexo
  171. 2/14/12 (USA NY) Goldman Sachs Jeffrey Moslow resigns, an investment banker to companies such as Tyco International Ltd, Nstar, the Boston-based utility, and defense contractor Dyncorp International Inc.
    http://goo.gl/7h4O7
  172. 2/15/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) HPA – Hospitality Property Fund Limited, chairman Frank Berkeley resigned.
    http://goo.gl/wJmpR
  173. 2/15/12 (USA) Boston Properties (REIT), Executive VP and COO E. Mitchell Norvilleto resigned
    http://goo.gl/AW7X7
  174. 2/15/12 (WORLD) World Bank CEO Zoellick resigns
    http://goo.gl/dHDSm
    Did the White House tell the World Bank president that he’s out?
    http://goo.gl/wUOgb
  175. 2/15/12 (CHINA) Morgan non-executive chairman Stanley Stephen Roach will be retiring.
    http://goo.gl/MQeGW
  176. 2/15/12 (SLOVENIA) Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor CEO Andrej Plos resigns
    http://goo.gl/SNsVI
  177. 2/15/12 (SLOVENIA) Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d. CEO Bozo Jasovic resigns
    http://goo.gl/TyYiJ
  178. 2/16/12 (USA IL) Deerfield Capital Management LLC, CEO Daniel Hattori and CEO of CIFC Corp resigned.
    http://goo.gl/LLNnD
  179. 2/16/12 (USA IL) Deerfield Capital Management LLC, COO Luke Knecht and CEO of CIFC Corp, resigned both positions.
    http://goo.gl/LLNnD
  180. 2/16/12 (UK) The Financial Services Authority Margaret Cole is to step down
    http://goo.gl/yT6rS
  181. 2/16/12 (GHANA) Databank Group Executive Chair Ken Ofori-Atta steps down
    http://goo.gl/c7PtU
  182. 2/16/12 (SAUDI ARABIA) Saudi Hollandi Banks Managing Director Geoffrey Calvert Quits
    http://goo.gl/CtmOU
  183. 2/16/12 (AUSTRALIA) ANZ Bank Australia CFO Peter Marriott resigns
    http://goo.gl/I7Alo
  184. 2/16/12 (UK) Royal Bank of Scotland Sr Equities Trader Jason Edinburgh Arrested
    http://goo.gl/WczHh
  185. 2/16/12 (UK) Royal Bank of Scotland director equities bus. Vincent Walsh director Arrested
    http://goo.gl/I7Alo
  186. 2/16/12 (UK) Marex Spectron senior trader Michael Elsom Arrested
    http://goo.gl/I7Alo
  187. 2/16/12 (AUSTRALIA) Royal Bank of Scotland Austraila CEO Stephen Williams resigns
    http://goo.gl/4r16D
  188. 2/17/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) Coronation Fund Managers CEO Hugo Nelson is stepping down at age of 40.
    http://goo.gl/I3NY8
  189. 2/17/12 (PAKISTAN) PICIC Asset Management Company Limited CFO Ahmed Raza resigns
    http://goo.gl/K8A2I
  190. 2/17/12 (USA NY) Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein out as by summer
    http://goo.gl/UjpzD
  191. 2/17/12 (SWITZERLAND) SNB Council President Hansueli Raggenbass resigns
    http://goo.gl/1n1Nr
  192. 2/17/12 (UK) Insight Investment, asset manager Mike Pinggera has resigned..
    http://goo.gl/uDplK
  193. 2/17/12 (USA NY) Harbinger Group Inc. CFO Francis T. McCarron has advised the Company of his resignation effective April 30
    http://goo.gl/6il4F
  194. 2/17/12 (BULGARIA) Bulgaria National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), The managing director Neli Nesheva, resigned after a two-day row about end-of-year bonuses paid by NHIF to its employees.
    http://goo.gl/7UQxv
  195. 2/18/12 (PAKISTAN) The Bank of Azad Jammu and Kashmir executive Zulfiqar Abbasi resigns 
    http://goo.gl/G0woP
  196. 2/19/12 (MALTA) Bank of Valletta, director of the Multi-Manager Fund John C. Ripard, has resigned being reprimanded by the MFSA for disposing of his holdings in the Fund whilst in possession of sensitive information which was not available to the public.
    http://goo.gl/1li3r
  197. 2/20/12 (RUSSIA) Head of Russian Bank Regulator Gennady Melikyan Steps Down
    http://goo.gl/Unuez
  198. 2/20/12 (SWITZERLAND) Credit Suisse Chief Joseph Tan resigns
    http://goo.gl/F5twL
  199. 2/20/12 (ISRAEL) Bank Leumi le-Israel Ltd: Zvi Itskovitch resigns
    http://goo.gl/aA0RW
  200. 2/20/12 (USA WA) First Financial Northwest Director Spencer Schneider Quits
    http://goo.gl/6Dj0i
  201. 2/21/12 (ARGENTINA) Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA) Gen Mgr Benigno Velez, resigns
    http://goo.gl/DuMrm
  202. 2/21/12 (BANGLADESH) Nitol Insurance Co. Ltd director Abdul Matlub resigns
    conflict of interest with director seat on unknown bank
    http://goo.gl/aEmwB
  203. 2/21/12 (BANGLADESH) Nitol Insurance Co. Ltd director Selima Ahmad resigns
    conflict of interest with director seat on unknown bank
    http://goo.gl/aEmwB
  204. 2/21/12 (BANGLADESH) Nitol Insurance Co. Ltd director Abdul Musabbir Ahmad resigns
    conflict of interest with director seat on unknown bank
    http://goo.gl/aEmwB
  205. 2/21/12 (BANGLADESH) City General Insurance Co. Ltd director Geasuddin Ahmad resigns
    conflict of interest with director seat on unknown bank
    http://goo.gl/aEmwB
  206. 2/21/12 (BANGLADESH) Social Islami Bank Limited director Taslima Akter resigns
    conflict of interest with director seat on Eastland Insurance Company Limited
    http://goo.gl/aEmwB
  207. 2/21/12 (JAPAN) CITIBANK JAPAN: Bakhshi is taking over duties from Brian Mccappin, who the bank said in December would resign after the unit was banned for two weeks from trading tied to the London and Tokyo interbank offered rates.
    http://goo.gl/Z1rnw
  208. 2/22/12 (HONG KONG) DZ BANK project finance head Tim Meaney quits
    http://goo.gl/ppKno
  209. 2/22/12 (SINGAPORE) Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund’s CEO John Stuart to resign
    http://goo.gl/ji7Q4
  210. 2/22/12 (USA NY) Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Group Chief Howard Wietschner to Retire
    http://goo.gl/x4Zsr
  211. 2/22/12 (UK) UBS AG’s (UBSN) Doug McCutcheon, head of Healthcare Banking in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific region, has left Switzerland’s biggest bank after 25 years at the firm.
    http://goo.gl/Dnxqh
  212. 2/23/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs Nordic M&A banker Luca Ferrari has decided to retire from the firm, clients included the largest telecommunications operator in Spain the Spanish telecommunications.
    http://goo.gl/qmCh3
  213. 2/23/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) Richard Gush resigns from Standard Bank
    http://goo.gl/DTL5S
  214. 2/23/12 (SCOTLAND) Royal Bank of Scotland Group director John McFarlane resigns.
    http://goo.gl/KoEUI
  215. 2/24/12 (GUERNSEY) Spearpoint Limited (SPL) Investment Funds, director Mike Kirby resigns for business reasons.
    http://goo.gl/9stPB
  216. 2/24/12 (INDIA) Breaking: ICICI Bank GC Pramod Rao resigns
    http://goo.gl/5eUqU
  217. 2/24/12 (HONG KONG) Citigroup Pvt Bank Global Real Estate Kwang Meng Quek Resigns
    http://goo.gl/JIC9A
  218. 2/24/12 (NEW ZEALAND) FSF Executive Director Kirk Hope resigns
    http://goo.gl/6UJau
  219. 2/24/12 (USA NY) Evercore Partners Head Eduardo Mestre steps down
    http://goo.gl/n5RLY
  220. 2/25/12 (AUSTRALIA AND NZ) Goldman Sachs Chairman Stephen Fitzgerald quits
    http://goo.gl/nMTLW
  221. 2/25/12 (DENMARK) European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Sigmund Lubanski, of the Kingdom of Denmark tendered his resignation.
    http://goo.gl/y4XXF
  222. 2/27/12 (GERMANY) Deutsche Bank Americas chief  Seth Waugh steps down
    http://goo.gl/8lxSw
  223. 2/27/12 (BAHRAIN) Khaleeji Commercial Bank CEO Ebrahim Ebrahim quits
    http://goo.gl/yKjzL
  224. 2/27/12 (BAHRAIN) – Mumtalakat Holding [Sovereign Wealth Fund] CEO Al Zain resigns
    http://goo.gl/hhHSm
  225. 2/27/12 (FRANCE) Societe Generale’s Investment Banking Chief Michel Péretié Steps Down
    http://goo.gl/IJ5Lw
  226. 2/27/12 (MALAYSIA) Elaf Bank CEO Dr El Jaroudi resigns
    http://goo.gl/eVCS5
  227. 2/27/12 (GERMANY) Equiduct chairman Artur Fischer steps down
    http://goo.gl/Q0dWR
  228. 2/27/12 (IRAN) Bank Melli CEO Mahmoud Reza Khaavari Resigns – Flees to Canada!
    http://goo.gl/DDEUk
  229. 2/27/12 (IRAN) Bank Saderat CEO Mohammad Jahromi resigns
    http://goo.gl/ZD0mc
  230. 2/27/12 (UK) Lloyds Banking Group Glen Moreno steps down
    http://goo.gl/dsXcE
  231. 2/27/12 (SINGAPORE) Standard Chartered Bank, global head of repo and collateralised financing Tanweer Khan resigned.
    http://goo.gl/hgbuc
  232. 2/28/12 (HONG KONG) Hang Seng Bank CEO Margaret Leung Ko May-yee quits
    http://goo.gl/Uo800
  233. 2/28/12 (CHINA) Bank of China International ECM global head Marshall Nicholson quits
    http://goo.gl/26MYq
  234. 2/28/12 (SINGAPORE) DBS security head Jim Pasqurell quits, cites health reasons
    http://goo.gl/NDJze
  235. 2/28/12 (HONG KONG) Bank of America’s Asia-Pac. mrkts Brian Canniffe quits
    http://goo.gl/cRkCP
  236. 2/28/12 (BELGIUM) KBC’s CEO Jan Vanhevel is to retire after a career spanning 41 years.
    http://goo.gl/1rCWd
  237. 2/28/12 (CANADA) Ontario Securities Commission chairwoman Peggy-Anne Brown quits
    http://goo.gl/HIYXv
  238. 2/28/12 (AUSTRALIA) Bank manager Colin John Carleton jailed nine years for $3m theft
    http://goo.gl/ggPvq
  239. 2/28/12 (SRI LANKA) Sri Lanka Com Bank CEO Amitha Gooneratne retires
    http://goo.gl/YxvNA
  240. 2/28/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) REDEFINE INCOME FUND director Gerald Leissner resigns
    http://goo.gl/F0UgN
  241. 2/28/12 (ITALY) UNICREDIT: Chairman Dieter Rampl not available for a new mandate
    http://goo.gl/7aLRU
  242. 2/28/12 (UK) Bank of England Sir David Lees re-appointed Chair of Bank of England and gives notice of resignation at end of 2013
    http://goo.gl/LkJhV
  243. 2/28/12 (IRELAND) State Street Global Advisors Cash Funds plc Director Keith Walsh resigns
    http://goo.gl/n6uoM
  244. 2/29/12 (AUSTRALIA) Perpetual portfolio manager Matt Williams steps down
    http://goo.gl/Jh9jd
  245. 2/29/12 (UK) Honister Capital CEO Richard Pearson steps down
    http://goo.gl/014or
  246. 2/29/12 (GUYANA) National Investment and Commercial Investments Ltd. (NICIL), Executive Director Winston Brassington resigns, “We feel that (Winston) Brassington knows everything…A to Z about all the transactions,” said Chairman of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan, as he sounded a warning that controversial figure could be subpoenaed to appear before the Parliamentary Economic Sector Committee.
    http:// goo.gl/L7I35
  247. 3/01/12 (MALAYSIA) RHB Bank Bhd deputy managing director Renzo Viegas quits
    http://goo.gl/wACrI
  248. 3/01/12 (ITALY) Italian Banking Association Chairman Giuseppe Mussari talks to reporters in Rome after he and seven other executives offered to resign in protest over new banking-fee rules included in the government’s legislation on boosting competition.
    http://goo.gl/3llyT
  249. 3/01/12 (USA FL) Florida Venture Forum [Venture Capital] Exec Dir Robin Lester quits
    http://goo.gl/nA8g9
  250. 3/01/12 (USA NY) PineBridge Investments said Win Neuger has resigned as chief executive. Neuger helped build AIG’s third party asset management business, PineBridge still manages AIG assets
    http://goo.gl/SI7kT
  251. 3/01/12 (SINGAPORE) UBS Singapore – James Tulley is leaving Switzerland’s largest bank, it is not clear where he is going.
    http://goo.gl/BGugF
  252. 3/01/12 (USA NH) Piscataqua Savings Bank CEO Jay Gibson retires
    http://goo.gl/uEqDV
  253. 3/01/12 (ICELAND) Iceland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) fired its director Gunnar Andersen
    http://goo.gl/VG9q5
  254. 3/01/12 (USA OR) Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF) senior RE officer Brad Child will retire
    http://goo.gl/vcERz
  255. 3/02/12 (CHINA) China Construction Bank Corp, assistant general manager and head of corporate banking Mickey Mehta quits
    http://goo.gl/B9dR0
  256. 3/02/12 (USA NY) Deutsche Bank Student Loan CEOJohn Hupalo quits to start student loan counseling firm.
    http://goo.gl/8kZuc
  257. 3/02/12 (UK) Bank of England Sir Mervin King resigns in June, Lord Sassoon tipped as replacement.
    http://goo.gl/ZEUwf
  258. 3/02/12 (BOTSWANA) Barclays Bank Botswana managing director Wilfred Mpai forced to resign
    http://goo.gl/npBe2
  259. 3/02/12 (HONG KONG) New Century Group Hong Kong Ltd [investment house and leisure group] Wilson Ng resigns
    http://goo.gl/wFSV8
  260. 3/02/12 (USA NY) Citigroup Richard Parsons to step down as chairman
    http://goo.gl/BhZ0F
  261. 3/03/12 (AUSTRIA) Volksbank AG (VBAG) The contract of CEO Gerald Wenzel will not be extended
    http://goo.gl/w99tD
  262. 3/03/12 (ETHIOPIA) Dashen Bank’s board dismisses president Leulseged Teferi
    http://goo.gl/Y801M
  263. 3/03/12 (RUSSIA) Enza Capital KK, Wealthy British banker Philip Townsend (Baron Townsend of Rathmore) and his wife killed at Estonia holiday home  ⑆44541444⑈
    http://goo.gl/GSOUN and http://goo.gl/x94ID and http://goo.gl/gGgLP
  264. 3/04/12 (KOREA)  Hana Financial Group Inc, prominent figure in the history of South Korean finance Kim Seung-yu , resigns
    http://goo.gl/fmNxY
  265. 3/04/12 (USA NY) JP Morgan prop trading chief Mike Stewart quits
    http://goo.gl/gubPj
  266. 3/05/12 (SAUDI ARABIA) Al Rajhi Bank CEO Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al Rajhi has resigned
    http://goo.gl/pNx0l
  267. 3/5/12 (UK) Jupiter fund co-manager Tony Nutt steps down
    http://goo.gl/RPqOp
  268. 3/05/12 (UK) Jupiter fund co-manager John Hamilton steps down
    http://goo.gl/RPqOp
  269. 3/05/12 (NEW ZEALAND) Insured Group Bill Jeffries has resigned as chairman and director
    http://goo.gl/gX7wu
  270. 3/05/12 (USA) Reliance Bancshares chairman Patrick Gideon resigned
    http://goo.gl/u6BT4
  271. 3/05/12 (UK) Charterhouse partner Gordon Bonnyman is stepping down.
    http://goo.gl/iAEYB
  272. 3/05/12 (UK) HgCapital, partner Lindsay Dibden is leaving after 20 years.
    http://goo.gl/iAEYB
  273. 3/06/12 (FRANCE) Blackstone Group’s Paris office leader Jean-Michel Steg will step down
    http://goo.gl/w3Ca5
  274. 3/06/12 (JAMAICA) Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited, Patricia Sutherland has resigned as Executive Director
    http://goo.gl/oMwv6
  275. 3/06/12 (JAMAICA) Jamaica’s Financial Services Commission (FSC), Executive director Rohan Barnett, has resigned the position, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and the Public Service announced this afternoon.
    http://goo.gl/FBwFo
  276. 3/06/12 USA CT) Wells Fargo & Co. said that Mackey McDonald, one of the last remaining directors from Wachovia is retiring.
    http://goo.gl/F1O4v
  277. 3/06/12 (USA PA)  USA Technologies Inc Bradley M. Tirpak, a nominee of Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement,has resigned from its board subsequent to a settlement agreement with the investing group, according to an SEC filing. Provides a network of wireless non-cash transactions, associated financial/network services and energy management. It provides networked credit card and other non-cash systems in the vending, commercial laundry, hospitality and digital imaging industries.
    http://goo.gl/8oi7C
  278. 3/06/12 (UK) Sterling Green Group has announced that Philip Kanas, a non-executive director, has decided to resign
    Sterling Green Group PLC became a cash shell following the disposal of their subsidiaries Taxdebts Ltd, Sterling Green (Mortgages) Ltd and the back books of the clients of Sterling Green Ltd. during December 2011.
    http://goo.gl/qc3jB
  279. 3/06/12 (UK) Aberdeen Asset Management, non-executive director Gerhard Fusenig has resigned from the board.
    http://goo.gl/ZIkvQ
  280. 3/07/12 (GERMANY) Deutsche Bank AG’s (DB) Chief Risk Officer Hugo Baenzigeri to resign
    http://goo.gl/MWqsH
  281. 3/07/12 (GERMANY) Deutsche Bank AG’s (DB) Chief Operating Officer Hermann-Josef Lamberti to resign
    http://goo.gl/MWqsH
  282. 3/07/12 (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) Dubai Mercantile Exchange announced Thomas Leaver will step down as CEO
    http://goo.gl/rfhWN
  283. 3/07/12 (SCOTLAND) Macfarlane Group Chairman Archie Hunter to step down after 8 years of service
    http://goo.gl/RHllr
  284. 3/07/12 (USA) BlackRock Emerging Markets Fund co-head Daniel Tubbs, has left the group to pursue other opportunities.
    http://goo.gl/CpEzZ
  285. 3/07/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs (GSI) Christopher French resigns from board
    http://goo.gl/3yQDS
  286. 3/07/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs (GSI) David Wildermuth resigns from board
    http://goo.gl/3yQDS
  287. 3/07/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs (GSI) Matthew Westerman resigns from board
    http://goo.gl/3yQDS
  288. 3/07/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs (GSI) co-head of global mergers and acquisitions Yoel Zaoui resigns
    http://goo.gl/3yQDS
  289. 3/07/12 (UK) Goldman Sachs (GSI) Phil Beatty resigned as head of European power and natural-gas trading
    http://goo.gl/jqbYY
  290. 3/07/12 (SINGAPORE) Nikko Asset Management Timothy McCarthy is retiring as chairman and CEO at the end of the month
    http://goo.gl/v8tcT
  291. 3/07/12 (HONG KONG) UBS Senior Asia Economist Jonathan Anderson Departs
    http://goo.gl/09VqT
  292. 3/07/12 (HAITI) FORMER DIRECTOR HAITI CENTRAL BANK SLAIN!  ⑆44541444⑈
    http://goo.gl/UtVz3
  293. 3/07/12 (FRANCE) Société Générale Private Banking, Daniel Truchi is to step down as head of Société Générale Private Banking
    http://goo.gl/XhgJ9
  294. 3/07/12 (AUSTRALIA) Customers Ltd, Tim Wildash has cashed himself out as chief executive of Australia’s largest ATM operator
    http://goo.gl/eZJMb
  295. 3/07/12 (USA CA) CALSTRS, Pascal Villiger, senior private equity portfolio manager at the $145 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System resigns
    http://goo.gl/ub0ke
  296. 3/07/12 (USA) Astaire quits Bank of America Merrill to dance to Barclays Capital’s tune
    http://goo.gl/Zv6Ny
  297. 3/08/12 (USA NY) Schroders, CIO Alan Brown is steps down
    http://goo.gl/ZTtYo
  298. 3/08/12 (USA IL) CBOE Executive Patrick Fay Put on Leave Amid SEC Probe
    http://goo.gl/x5snO
  299. 3/08/12 (USA NH & RI) Bristol County Savings Bank president E. Dennis Kelly retires after 35 years
    http://goo.gl/8KVKn
  300. 3/08/12 (GERMANY) Clearstream Banking AG – Katja Rosenkranz To Leave Deutsche Börse Group [stockmarket]
    http://goo.gl/RiVNi
  301. 3/08/12 (UK) B&CE CEO Brian Griffiths is to retire later this year
    http://goo.gl/AV7Sk
  302. 3/08/12 (UK) Invesco Trimark Ltd, portfolio manager Dana Love has resigned.
    http://goo.gl/MyQ90
  303. 3/08/12 (ISRAEL) Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer will hand in his shock resignation in the coming days and take up a new position as head of the Bank of Zambia. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz is believed to be furious with Fischer’s decision. Treasury officials said he even canceled his participation in the office’s annual Purim party in order to convince Fischer to reverse his decision.
    http://goo.gl/0DlSA
  304. 3/08/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) Standard Bank Group Limited (SBK), board member Sir Paul Judge retires.
    http://goo.gl/SjSPg
  305. 3/08/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) Standard Bank Groupl Limited (SBK), board member Sir Sam Jonah retires.
    http://goo.gl/SjSPg
  306. 3/09/12 (MONGOLIA) Mongol Bank President Alag Batsukh submitted his resignation letter to Speaker of Parliament D. Demberel at the end of last month. He described his reason for resigning as a lack of support by Parliament.
    http://goo.gl/RDmNx
  307. 3/09/12 (MONGOLIA) Asia Pacific Securities, General Manager Narantuguldur Saijrakh recently resigned, to focus on his role as Director of Khan Investment Management, investment advisor to the Khan Mongolia Equity Fund – the first open-ended investment vehicle with monthly dealing that invests in Mongolia related equities listed both domestically and internationally.
    http://goo.gl/2T4R6
  308. 3/09/12 (Côte d’Ivoire) Banque Central des Etats d’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO) The Ivorian governor of the multi-billion dollar West Africa Francophone bank, Philippe-Henry Dacoury-Tabley, resigned his post.
    http://goo.gl/CevLn
  309. 3/09/12 (UK) Lazard , co-head of investment banking Alexis de Rosnay quits. De Rosnay specialises in the healthcare sector, he has advised Teva Pharmaceutical and Novartis.
    http://goo.gl/3gzbi
  310. 3/09/12 (UK) Deutsche Bank PWM, UK head of portfolio management Martyn Surguy resigned.
    http://goo.gl/5Ti2p
  311. 3/09/12 (UK) Deutsche Bank PWM, head of discretionary management, Kypros Charalambous, having also stepped down.
    http://goo.gl/5Ti2p
  312. 3/09/12 (HONG KONG) Bank of America Merrill Lynch, K.J. Kim, responsible for Southeast Asia, resigned
    http://goo.gl/sE7xh
  313. 3/09/12 (HONG KONG) Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jimmy Choi, who was in charge of high-yield debt, resigned.
    http://goo.gl/sE7xh
  314. 3/09/12 (HONG KONG) Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Leonard Ng, a vice-president in Hong Kong resigned.
    http://goo.gl/sE7xh
  315. 3/09/12 (AUSTRALIA) Bank of Queensland CFO Ram Kangatharan plans to leave the bank.
    http://goo.gl/ieNea
  316. 3/09/12 (USA) Cerberus Capital Management LP, CEO Robert Nardelli resigns.
    http://goo.gl/9uKVx
  317. 3/10/12 (AUSTRALIA) WESTPAC, Rob Chapman opted to quit running its regional subsidiary St George Bank.
    http://goo.gl/G6MD
  318. 3/10/12 (TURKEY) Garanti Bank, The deputy CEO of Turkish lender Tolga Egemen, has decided to quit.
    http://goo.gl/vAMzV
  319. 3/10/12 (CHINA) Korea Development Bank, Shanghai unit senior manager Stella Wen resigned.
    http://goo.gl/55CqZ
  320. 3/10/12 (HONG KONG) Deutsche Bank, Johan Sudiman resigns as director.
    http://goo.gl/6CYGP
  321. 3/12/12 (USA) John Lewis Partnership Pension Trust, head of investments Andrew Chapman, resigns
    http://goo.gl/hevqh
  322. 3/12/12 (USA CA) California’s Department of Financial Institutions, commissioner William Haraf resigned. The DFI did not say why he is leaving.
    http://goo.gl/zquTc
  323. 3/12/12 (KUWAIT) Gulf Bank, Chairman Ali Rashaid Al Bader quits
    http://goo.gl/LDz9b
  324. 3/12/12 (UK and IRELAND) Allfunds Bank, head of UK and Ireland Alan Gadd is stepping down from his role at the end of April.
    http://goo.gl/4DF6i
  325. 3/12/12 (USA) ICAP, CEO of the electronic broking business David Rutter step down following a restructuring of the business.
    http://goo.gl/SUHqW
  326. 3/12/12 (UK) SVG Capital, chairman Nicholas Ferguson resigns. His departure left him well placed to succeed James Murdoch as chairman of BSkyB should the latter bow to investor pressure and step down. Other investors in the satellite broadcaster suggested Ferguson might be seen as too close to Murdoch to win the support of institutional shareholders.
    http://goo.gl/z19wH
  327. 3/12/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), CEO Paul Baloyi resigns.
    http://goo.gl/yX4xo
  328. 3/12/12 (USA) Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, CEO Bryan Marsal Resigns Title, Remains on as Adviser
    http://goo.gl/1K9zV
  329. 3/12/12 (USA IL) CME Group Inc, CEO Craig Donohues will step down at year end.
    http://goo.gl/lvzgC
  330. 3/13/12 (USA) Eaton Vance Corp, Treasurer and CFO Robert J. Whelan has stepped down.
    http://goo.gl/oxmbL
  331. 3/12/12 (USA IL) CBOE Holdings Inc. (CBOE), senior compliance executive Patrick Fay has resigned. The options exchange being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Fay had been placed on leave after the SEC began investigating the options-market operator’s oversight of traders.
    http://goo.gl/gj4W6
  332. 3/13/12 (USA) Mithras Investment Trust, chairman Mike Wooderson will step down
    http://goo.gl/UjO2e
  333. 3/13/12 (USA) PHH Mortgage, President Luke Hayden resigned from to pursue what the company calls “other interests.” http://goo.gl/iaqQf
  334. 3/13/12 (USA) PHH Mortgage, Treasurer Mark Johnson.resigned
    http://goo.gl/iaqQf
  335. 3/13/12 (AUSTRALIA) WESTPAC, head of corporate affairs after David Bell decided to step down from the role. Bell is the latest top executive to leave the bank.
    http://goo.gl/FntUz
  336. 3/13/12 (UK) Capula’s Systemic Trading Head Qiang Dai to Leave Fund
    http://goo.gl/zkrN2
  337. 3/13/12 (UAE) National Bank of Abu Dhabi, CEO Michael Tomalin, will retire from the post in a few months.
    http://goo.gl/dzBW8
  338. 3/13/12 (ISRAEL) Osem Investments Ltd, CEO Gazi Kaplan has tendered his resignation, effective April 2, citing heath reasons. Nestlé SA owns 58.8% of Osem.
    http://goo.gl/t032l
  339. 3/13/12 (USA) Paulson & Co.’s, partner and head of the global bank team Robert Lacoursiere has quit to form his own hedge fund
    http://goo.gl/I8UNd
  340. 3/13/12 (AUSTRALIA) ASX Ltd, Chairman David Gonski will step down from his role at Australia’s main stock market operator after being appointed to oversee almost A$90 billion ($95 billion) in the nation’s sovereign-wealth funds.
    http://goo.gl/gJN33
  341. 3/13/12 (UK) JP Morgan, Asset Management European chief Jamie Broderick is to step down more than 20 years at the firm.
    http://goo.gl/MV65V
  342. 3/13/12 (UK) SVG Chairman Nicholas Ferguson retires.
    http://goo.gl/hTDDY
  343. 3/13/12 (UK) SVG Director Edgar Koning retires.
    http://goo.gl/hTDDY
  344. 3/13/12 (UK) SVG Director Denis Raeburn retires.
    http://goo.gl/hTDDY
  345. 3/13/12 (UK) SVG Director Francis Finlay retires.
    http://goo.gl/hTDDY
  346. 3/14/12 (UK) Goldmand Sachs, executive director and head of the firm’s United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Greg Smith, is resigning today.
    http://americankabuki.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html
  347. 3/14/12 (SOUTH AFRICA) ABSA chairman Garth Griffin to retire
    http://goo.gl/Mhjb5

Whew!  So after all of this what is the truth?  It does appear that the financial elite are in some kind of retreat.  Also you can a pattern where the further we come forward to the present, the more major CEO and board members are involved, in other words, the most senior management.  Also odd was the number of en masse resignations of board members.  What is disturbing is the fact that I tracked everyone of these people stepping down, really hoping to see that a majority of them were just making “career moves”, but exactly the opposite was true for the majority.  Words and phrases such as, “sudden resignation”, “unexpected move” “surprising” were often contained in the news articles chronicling the moves.

I went one step further to see if I could independently verify where these folks were going.  Here is where it gets a bit murky and interesting.  A number of these very successful people in their prime are “retiring”, “going to follow personal pursuits”, “personal matters”, and they are NOT resurfacing.

Some of this information is leaking into MSM now within the last few weeks, but truly this phenomena is being grossly under-reported, no doubt.

In summary, as I finished this article, I asked myself one question, and I think it is the same question we all ask when it comes to “high finance”, so what?  What can I do about it?  Then it hit me, now I know details and I do believe there is a financial cabal that does act in concert with one another and someone or group, or government has uncovered some extremely damaging information about this financial conspiracy, and they are trying to get them under control.  What we can do about it is insist that our governments start doing their job and regulate these guys and prosecute those who have violated criminal laws.  This should be a MAJOR platform of any presidential candidate and we should insist that Congress begin acting now.  Our voices really do count.  Just ask any woman of late, right Ladies?

Announcing the World is Under New Management-Goldman Sachs

You know, when I tell people that what we are experiencing is not a new depression or giant recession, but instead the largest transfer of wealth to the ¼% elite, they nod their head in disbelief and quietly think that man is off his rocker.  But when you look at what is happening politically in the US, Europe, UK, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and Africa there is no doubt in my mind that the financial elite have put Goldman Sachs in charge of managing the world.

From their perspective it makes good sense and after all running governments is the biggest business opportunity of all.  Where else can you siphon off assets and when you need more money you just extract it from the citizenry and they cannot do anything about it.

Look at the US government at all levels, executive, legislative, and administrative, who is running the show?  Ex-Goldman Sachs and FUTURE Goldman Sachs executives, the FUTURE part is important to watch.  Consider this from the Independent.

Source: The Independent

The ascension of Mario Monti to Italian Prime Ministers office is remarkable for more reasons than it is possible to count. By replacing the scandal-surfing Silvio Berlusconi, Italy has dislodged the undislodgeable. By imposing rule by unelected technocrats, it has suspended the normal rules of democracy, and maybe democracy itself. And by putting a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs in charge of a Western nation, it has taken to new heights the political power of an investment bank that you might have thought was prohibitively politically toxic. This is the most remarkable thing of all: a giant leap forward for, or perhaps even the successful culmination of, the Goldman Sachs Project.

It is not just Mr Monti. The European Central Bank, another crucial player in the sovereign debt drama, is under ex-Goldman management, and the investment bank’s alumni hold sway in the corridors of power in almost every European nation, as they have done in the US throughout the financial crisis. Until Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund’s European division was also run by a Goldman man, Antonio Borges, who just resigned for personal reasons.

Even before the upheaval in Italy, there was no sign of Goldman Sachs living down its nickname as “the Vampire Squid”, and now that its tentacles reach to the top of the Eurozone, skeptical voices are raising questions over its influence. The political decisions taken in the coming weeks will determine if the Eurozone can and will pay its debts – and Goldman’s interests are entwined with the answer to that question.

Simon Johnson, the former International Monetary Fund economist, in his book 13 Bankers, argued that Goldman Sachs and the other large banks had become so close to government in the run-up to the financial crisis that the US was effectively an oligarchy. At least European politicians aren’t “bought and paid for” by corporations, as in the US, he says. “Instead what you have in Europe is a shared world-view among the policy elite and the bankers, a shared set of goals and mutual reinforcement of illusions.”

This is The Goldman Sachs Project. Put simply, it is to hug governments close. Every business wants to advance its interests with the regulators that can stymie them and the politicians who can give them a tax break, but this is no mere lobbying effort. Goldman is there to provide advice for governments and to provide financing, to send its people into public service and to dangle lucrative jobs in front of people coming out of government. The Project is to create such a deep exchange of people and ideas and money that it is impossible to tell the difference between the public interest and the Goldman Sachs interest.

The bank’s two dozen-strong international advisers act as informal lobbyists for its interests with the politicians that regulate its work. Other advisers include Otmar Issing who, as a board member of the German Bundesbank and then the European Central Bank, was one of the architects of the euro.

Perhaps the most prominent ex-politician inside the bank is Peter Sutherland, Attorney General of Ireland in the 1980s and another former EU Competition Commissioner. He is now non-executive chairman of Goldman’s UK-based broker-dealer arm, Goldman Sachs International, and until its collapse and nationalization he was also a non-executive director of Royal Bank of Scotland. He has been a prominent voice within Ireland on its bailout by the EU, arguing that the terms of emergency loans should be eased, so as not to exacerbate the country’s financial woes. The EU agreed to cut Ireland’s interest rate this summer.

Picking up well-connected policymakers on their way out of government is only one half of the Project, sending Goldman alumni into government is the other half. Like Mr Monti, Mario Draghi, who took over as President of the ECB on 1 November, has been in and out of government and in and out of Goldman. He was a member of the World Bank and managing director of the Italian Treasury before spending three years as managing director of Goldman Sachs International between 2002 and 2005 – only to return to government as president of the Italian central bank.

Mr Draghi has been dogged by controversy over the accounting tricks conducted by Italy and other nations on the Eurozone periphery as they tried to squeeze into the single currency a decade ago. By using complex derivatives, Italy and Greece were able to slim down the apparent size of their government debt, which euro rules mandated shouldn’t be above 60 per cent of the size of the economy. And the brains behind several of those derivatives were the men and women of Goldman Sachs.  (See previous blogs).

The bank’s traders created a number of financial deals that allowed Greece to raise money to cut its budget deficit immediately, in return for repayments over time. In one deal, Goldman channeled $1bn of funding to the Greek government in 2002 in a transaction called a cross-currency swap. On the other side of the deal, working in the National Bank of Greece, was Petros Christodoulou, who had begun his career at Goldman, and who has been promoted now to head the office managing government Greek debt. Lucas Papademos, now installed as Prime Minister in Greece’s unity government, was a technocrat running the Central Bank of Greece at the time.

Goldman says that the debt reduction achieved by the swaps was negligible in relation to euro rules, but it expressed some regrets over the deals. Gerald Corrigan, a Goldman partner who came to the bank after running the New York branch of the US Federal Reserve, told a UK parliamentary hearing last year: “It is clear with hindsight that the standards of transparency could have been and probably should have been higher.”  When the issue was raised at confirmation hearings in the European Parliament for his job at the ECB, Mr Draghi says he wasn’t involved in the swaps deals either at the Treasury or at Goldman.

It has proved impossible to hold the line on Greece, which under the latest EU proposals is effectively going to default on its debt by asking creditors to take a “voluntary” haircut of 50 per cent on its bonds, but the current consensus in the Eurozone is that the creditors of bigger nations like Italy and Spain must be paid in full. These creditors, of course, are the continent’s big banks, and it is their health that is the primary concern of policymakers. The combination of austerity measures imposed by the new technocratic governments in Athens and Rome and the leaders of other Eurozone countries, such as Ireland, and rescue funds from the IMF and the largely German-backed European Financial Stability Facility, can all be traced to this consensus.

“The IMF is running around trying to justify bailouts of €1.5trn-€4trn, but what does that mean?” says Simon Johnson. “It means bailing out the creditors 100 per cent. It is another bank bailout, like in 2008: The mechanism is different, in that this is happening at the sovereign level not the bank level, but the rationale is the same.”

Jon Corzine, a former chief executive of Goldman Sachs, returned to Wall Street last year after almost a decade in politics and took control of a historic firm called MF Global. He placed a $6bn bet with the firm’s money that Italian government bonds will not default. When the bet was revealed last month, clients and trading partners decided it was too risky to do business with MF Global and the firm collapsed within days. It was one of the ten biggest bankruptcies in US history, but got little coverage in MSM.

The giant myth here is that the interests of the banks are the same interests for governments.  This is what is being used to justify this massive transfer of wealth.  Do we, as a collectively we, not see this as it is?  What is really happening is the methodical dismantling of government and democracy in favor of the commercial interests of the bankers without the consent of the people.  If any current government official balks they are eliminated.  Ask the recent PREVIOUS PM’s from Greece and Italy.

My suggestion, given these facts, is that all the unemployed and under employed workers in the world should immediately apply for work at Goldman Sachs.  It looks like the only company hiring for the next five years globally.

 

Why the Collapse of the EU is Important to You

U.S. bank exposure to the European debt crisis is estimated at $640 billion, nearly 5% of total U.S. banking assets, according to recent research papers written for Congress. Need we say more than that?  Yet, U.S. banks increased sales of insurance against credit losses to holders of Greek, Portuguese, Irish, Spanish and Italian debt in the first half of 2011, boosting the risk of payouts in the event of defaults.

Guarantees provided by U.S. lenders on government, bank and corporate debt in those countries rose by $80.7 billion to $518 billion, according to the Bank for International Settlements. Almost all of those are credit-default swaps, accounting for two-thirds of the total related to the five nations, BIS data show.

The payout risks are higher than what JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), the leading CDS underwriters in the U.S., report. The banks say their net positions are smaller because they purchase swaps to offset ones they’re selling to other companies. With banks on both sides of the Atlantic using derivatives to hedge, potential losses aren’t being reduced, said Frederick Cannon, director of research at New York-based investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.

Similar hedging strategies almost failed in 2008 when American International Group Inc. couldn’t pay insurance on mortgage debt. While banks that sold protection on European sovereign debt have so far bet the right way, a plan announced by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to hold a referendum on the latest bailout package sent markets reeling and cast doubt on the ability of his country to avert default.  In addition, the real axis of financial power, the emergence of a new “political-economic lobby” was hatched in a chance meeting at the Frankfurt Opera House on 19 October, where all of its members attended a ceremony to mark the end of Jean-Claude Trichet’s tenure as President of the ECB. This group, consisting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy – increasingly dubbed ‘Merkozy’ in the European press – but also Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, ECB President Mario Draghi, and Olli Rehn, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs have emerged as a new power bloc.

Their discussions concerning redrawing the European Union have already leaked in the press and have sent quivers through the international financial markets.  In order to “ditch” the bad assets, those 29 banks with the greatest exposure would need to take severe “haircuts, and they are NOT as hedged with swaps as they are pretending they are at the moment.

The CDS holdings of U.S. banks are almost three times as much as their $181 billion in direct lending to the five countries at the end of June, according to the most recent data available from BIS. Adding CDS raises the total risk to $767 billion, a 20 percent increase over six months, the data show. BIS doesn’t report which firms sold how much, or to whom. A credit-default swap is a contract that requires one party to pay another for the face value of a bond if the issuer defaults.

Five banks — JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Citigroup Inc. (C) — write 97 percent of all credit-default swaps in the U.S., according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The five firms had total net exposure of $45 billion to the debt of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy, according to disclosures the companies made at the end of the third quarter (don’t laugh here).  So if you believe the BIS here, these same banks have at risk $767 billion, but only a net exposure of $45 billion. What’s that smell?

Last Friday at the meeting of the G20 in Cannes, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) revealed a list of 29 global systemically important financial institutions (known as the G-Sifis). These institutions are deemed to be so important to the interconnected global financial system that the unexpected and disorderly failure of any one of them could seriously threaten the world’s financial markets. Of the batch, seven US banks made the list: Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT), and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC). Now things start to get interesting.

These 29 banks have been awarded an implicit guarantee that they are, indeed, ‘too big to fail.’ That’s the good news. The not-so-good news — at least from the institutional point of view — is that capital requirements for the banks will increase and each bank must create a plan by the end of 2012 describing how they would wind themselves down if necessary.  Read more: 29 Global Banks ‘Too Big To Fail’, But Not Too Big to Tell the Truth (BAC, BK, C, GS, JPM, STT, WFC, MS) – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2011/11/08/29-global-banks-%e2%80%98too-big-to-fail%e2%80%99-but-not-too-big-to-tell-the-truth-bac-bk-c-gs-jpm-stt-wfc-ms/#ixzz1dNbkihCX

It doesn’t take genius to figure out the gig is up.  The real question now is how hard does the EU fall down and who does it knock down with it?  Does it deliver the knock-out blow to the US economy?  The short answer is probably not, but it absolutely assures a period of hyperinflation that the government will not be able to deny as it is now denying related to the current impacts already being felt.  Just two words for you, food and fuel, enough said, huh?

Given this current situation, bank transfer day isn’t all a lefty progressive thing, is it?  Remember, when banks need money, they always take ours, isn’t that right Jon?

The European Union Has Entered Final Meltdown Phase

As we have outlined in previous articles, The EU will collapse, it was a matter of time.  Well, that time has arrived.  The falsely placed hope was that Greece would go silently into the night and then the politicos in Germany and France then could consolidate any impacts from the rest of the PIIGS and somehow manage the overwhelming debt over time. It was a fool’s dream from the onset.

It was so because first there is no way the German and French People would settle with being saddled with the cost of that bailout. The big secret is that both Germany and France are not in that good a shape themselves.  France’s external debt to GDP is 208% and Germany’s external debt to GDP is 163%.  Here is what the house of cards really looks like:

 

It is deceptive, at least, to use the Public Debt to GDP to honestly evaluate the situation, given the enormous exposure of the German and French banks are facing in the derivatives market float that currently exists. Keep it in your mind always that is the banks behind all of this and the ECB would have to bail them out when the final wheel falls off the joy wagon.

There is no way that German and French banks can cover their exposure and the ECB cannot possibly print that much money without setting off massive hyperinflation that would follow any effort to try and print that many Euros. The hope was that Greece would accept the draconian austerity demanded by the bankers to cover the 220% external debt (ED) to GDP.

Where it gets really crazy is that IF Greece went silently into what can only be described as a deep depression, somehow the EU could then manage the Italian ED (135%), the Irish ED 1098%, the Portuguese ED 239%, and the Spanish ED of 173%, basically on the backs of the French and Germans.  See how crazy it gets.

Well it just got a whole lot crazier in the last 72 hours.  The country that invented drama and democracy is not disappointing the world on either front. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday called for two high- stakes votes.  The first asks parliament to say by the end of this week whether it has confidence in his leadership. The second is a referendum in which Greek voters would approve or reject, possibly by year’s end, Europe’s latest debt-crisis workout. The move blindsided European leaders on the eve of a global summit and rocked lawmakers in Papandreou’s party, some of whom are now calling for him to step down. The next day, stocks tumbled worldwide, the euro declined and Italian bonds plunged.

French banks and other lenders exposed to Greece and other weak euro zone countries slumped on Tuesday after Greece’s leader said he would put a bailout plan to a referendum, raising the risk of a disorderly default.  Papandreou knew all along he could not force the Greek people to accept the austerity plan proposed by the ECB and IMF.  Europe’s latest bailout proposal falls far short of what’s needed. Under the deal, private banks holding Greek debt would voluntarily accept a 50 percent write-off on their returns; the European Financial Stability Facility, the EU’s bailout fund, would be leveraged to 1 trillion euros ($1.37 trillion) from 400 billion euros; and European banks would raise 106 billion euros ($145 billion) in new capital by June 2012. As for Greece, it is due to receive 130 billion euros ($180 billion) in public funds on top of 110 billion euros pledged in 2010.

Writedowns of Greece’s sovereign debt should be much steeper. Greek bonds held by the European Central Bank would not be covered, so the writedown is really less than 50 percent. It needs to be closer to 70 percent to make Greece’s debt burden bearable. In addition, the EFSF needs a war chest of at least 3 trillion euros to make sure Europe’s banks are recapitalized and to guarantee the financing needs of Italy and other struggling governments.

Greeks know that this latest bailout proposal will also come with many unpopular strings attached, including further austerity measures. In an Oct. 27 poll for the Greek weekly To Vima, the majority said the deal should be put to a national vote, with 58 percent calling it “negative” or “probably negative.” Deep budget cuts, broken pension promises and heavy government job losses have already led to strikes, street protests and violence.

Then Monday’s surprise was, as Greek politics grew ever more chaotic, strong political protests erupted as the government moved to replace military chiefs with officers seen as more supportive of George Papandreou, the prime minister.  In a surprise development, Panos Beglitis, Defence Minister, a close confidante of Mr. Papandreou, summoned the chiefs of the army, navy and air-force and announced that they were being replaced by other senior officers.

Neither the minister nor any government spokesman offered an explanation for the sudden, sweeping changes, which were scheduled to be considered on November 7 as part of a regular annual review of military leadership retirements and promotions. Usually the annual changes do not affect the entire leadership. “Under no circumstances will these changes be accepted, at a time when the government is collapsing and has not even secured a vote of confidence,” said an official announcement by the opposition conservative New Democracy party.

Add to this Greece’s government looked on the verge of implosion on Tuesday ahead of a Friday confidence vote as a socialist deputy defected and another cadre called for early elections after the prime minister called a referendum on his EU debt rescue. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called the referendum late Monday in a bid to secure approval of his disputed economic policies without early elections. But the gambit backfired when a former deputy minister defected, reducing the ruling party’s majority in the 300-seat parliament to 152 deputies. Moments later, the head of parliament’s economic affairs committee Vasso Papandreou called for an early ballot and a temporary unity government to “safeguard” the EU deal agreed last week to slash Greece’s huge debt by nearly a third.

This “popular revolutionary” move is going to spread rapidly to the rest of the PIIGS. The unraveling will be rapid.  The exposure of the American banks is significant and they have already been slammed this week with MF Global filing for bankruptcy on Monday, investors pummeled many financial stocks, fearful that problems were lurking on the books of other Wall Street firms. It was a crisis of confidence, not unlike in 2008 when the markets punished stocks on mere speculation of trouble.  An interesting note is that Jon Corazine, the ex-head of Goldman Sachs, was at the helm at MF Global.  Imagine that! A leopard doesn’t change its spots!

We are going to witness the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world within the next few weeks and the citizens of Germany, France, US, and Britain are NOT the winners, and neither is the 1%.  The winners are the 1/4%.  Are we catching on yet?

The True Greek Crisis

Everything we hear about the crisis in the EU, it seems that the whole situation is a result of the “problems” in Greece, and to a lesser degree Spain, Portugal, and Italy.  French president Sarkozy and Germany’s chancellor Merkel can’t agree on how to “bailout” Greece.  IMF and the ECB threaten to withhold funding for Greece if they don’t continue to enforce more and more austerity programs.  Greek 1 year bond rate is 117%!

If you followed just MSM you would think the Greeks were the most stupid businessmen and politicians, and there is considerable support that these elements of Greece certainly contributed to the current situation.  After joining the EU, there was wheeling and dealing with total disregard for the future and now they are in a real pickle.  Some in the EU are calling for the dissolution of the Greek government and absorbing the region into other EU member nations!

However, in historical perspective, one could also argue that Greece was setup for this fall. Closer examination suggests a reality that is very different than the “picture” being painted for us to consume.  Let’s examine some facts.

The Lazy Greek Meme

Greece is a land of ancient myth. But more recent myths have made Greeks cringe when foreigners start asking questions.

Greeks are lazy. They don’t work. They’re profligates who are taking down Europe. The caricature has become so common that a recent TV commercial in Slovakia used it to sell beer, drawing a contrast between the virtuous Slovak and the paunchy Greek indulging himself on a beach.

Most foreigners know Greece from holidays spent lolling on its beaches and drifting around its magical ruins. You could easily take it for granted that everybody here is just chilling out. They aren’t. The Greek labor force, comprising 5 million souls, works the second highest number of hours per year on average among countries in the Organization for Economic Development (OECD), right after South Korea. Greeks work 42 hours per week, while the industrious Germans toil just 36.

The average Greek worker earns a bit over $1,000 a month. Private sector employees are the most underpaid in the EU. Even before the harsh austerity measures imposed by the EU and the IMF, the Greeks had already cut the real average wages in the private sector to 1984 levels. This week the Greek parliament is expected to vote on measures that would place 30,000 public sector workers in a “labor reserve” at slashed pay – up to 40 percent.

Greeks retire a bit later than the European average. And the average pension, $990, is less than that of Ireland, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Thirty percent of the labor force works with zero Social Security or protections, while in the rest of the EU only 5-10 percent of workers are in this precarious situation.

The reality is simple, though rarely admitted –The “bailout” of Greece is really a bailout of big European banks. A game of smoke and mirrors leads us to think that Greek indolence led to financial ruin. The Greeks have done some things wrong, to be sure. But it was a dangerous mix of stupid economic theories and high-flying finance, fueled by a corrupt government, and that combination exploded the economy. If all this sounds sickeningly familiar, it should. We’re witnessing Round 2 of the Great Global Shakedown by the banks.

The Greeks got socked in WWII and then creamed again by a brutal civil war (1946–1949), in which American military aid to the Greek governmental army ensured the defeat of the Greek Communist Party.  After WWII, the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan determined relations between the U.S. and Europe. The economic recovery of Germany—designed to benefit American multinationals like IBM, Ford and General Motors – was a high priority. (Watch a fascinating lecture by economist Joseph Halevi here.) Greece mattered to the U.S. as a strategic barrier against the USSR in the Cold War, so it decided to support Greece with economic and military aid, fearing that another communist domino would fall.

Meanwhile, a resurgent Greek Left began to demand fair labor practices and human rights. It was duly answered with brutal repression. Executions and exile were common. In 1967, the army, backed by the CIA, overthrew the government in a Cold War right-wing military coup. The new government, known as the Regime of the Colonels, engaged in stupid military adventures like a disastrous attempt to annex Cyprus, which led to its collapse in 1974. But the Greeks maintained a ridiculously oversized army and navy, underwritten by the U.S., to keep those Russians at bay. When the Cold War ended, the Russians were no longer a threat to the U.S., and, accordingly, financial support for Greece was drawn down.

Through the ’80s and most of the ’90s, the Greeks economy faltered, and the Greeks had to pay super-high interest rates when they borrowed money. The government, mired in bureaucracy, mismanaged things badly. Taxes were not collected. Bitter class conflicts emerged. Horribly high unemployment persisted.

But in 1992, something called the Maasticht Treaty brought hope, getting the ball rolling for the creation of the euro. Unfortunately, the idea of the euro was kind of a fairy tale promoted by European elites (minus the British). Some tried to sound warnings of an epic screwup. Wouldn’t the lack of a shared language, common culture, and big central government be a problem? Paul Krugman notes that European number crunchers who wanted the euro weren’t above fudging results to make the plan look good. The fairy dusters won, and in 1999, the euro became official. In 2000, Greece joined the game.

One fairy tale held that once countries adopted the euro, they wouldn’t default. They would limit their deficits. Every country would become like Germany, where debt was highly secure. Yay! Greek debt, Irish debt and Spanish debt began to trade as if they were super-safe German or French debt. Countries like Greece that had been considered dicey investment became overconfident. The European Central Bank would take care of inflation, they thought. And surely no one could go bankrupt. The Greeks, once forced to pay high interest rates (as high as 18 percent in 1994), could now borrow at low interest. The conservative Greek government went on a reckless borrowing spree and the banks went on a reckless lending spree. Big European banks were delighted to lend them money; more than a few also helped the Greeks hide evidence that all was not well.

Many of these big banks knew perfectly well as early as 2005 that the Greeks wouldn’t be able to pay the money back. But so what? Banks love a little thing called moral hazard – where you know your risky behavior is not going to be punished because somebody out there is going to pay for it. That’s what they counted on with Greece, and accordingly kept the rivers of money flowing.

The Greek government borrowed boatloads for the 2004 Olympics, which cost twice as much as projected. Magician-bankers at Goldman Sachs obligingly helped it disguise the debt — we’re talking billions — with clever little financial instruments called derivatives. The public hadn’t a clue what was going on. All the southern countries on the euro continued to borrow heavily, spend heavily, and for a while, they boomed until the boom as the financial markets collapsed in 2008.

God of the Winds

TSHTF in 2008. Everybody looked around and said, “Who the hell is going to pay off these debts?” The banks saw big money heading out the door. According to the bible of neoliberal economics, this can’t happen. Human beings and societies are one thing. But banks must be saved at all costs.

When the Greek government changed hands in October 2009, the books were opened and it became obvious that there was a much bigger deficit than anyone thought. Investors ran for the hills. Interest rates shot up. In November, just three months before the Greeks became the epicenter of the European economic crisis, the wizards of Wall Street were back on the scene in Athens, trying to peddle more deals that would allow debt to magically vanish. The New York Times summed up the banks’ role in the crisis:

“As in the American subprime crisis and the implosion of the American International Group, financial derivatives played a role in the run-up of Greek debt. Instruments developed by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and a wide range of other banks enabled politicians to mask additional borrowing in Greece, Italy and possibly elsewhere.

“In dozens of deals across the Continent, banks provided cash upfront in return for government payments in the future, with those liabilities then left off the books. Greece, for example, traded away the rights to airport fees and lottery proceeds in years to come…Some of the Greek deals were named after figures in Greek mythology. One of them, for instance, was called Aeolos, after the god of the winds.”

With evil financial winds gaining hurricane force, it became clear that Greece would need a whole lot of money if the bankers were going to get paid back. They jumped on the austerity train to nowhere– chasing their tails by making draconian cuts, which only increased their deficits, and then having to ask the EU for more money. Public workers were fired to pay the banks. Pensions were slashed to pay the banks. But there still wasn’t enough money to pay the banks.

If you’re a country that has your own sovereign currency – like the U.S. – then you have some options in this situation. You can do monetary expansion to head off deflation, for example, and devalue your currency. But once Greece went on the euro, it say good-bye to such options. So it cut, and cut, and cut, and now it’s going bankrupt anyway. The country is mired in falling income, rising deficits, and sinks even further. It’s in the Herbert Hoover death spiral.

Meanwhile, members of the EU are flipping out. Contributions to the bailout agreed to in July are supposed to be proportional to a country’s economic status, and thus the Germans have the biggest chunk to fork over. They are not keen on the notion of doing so in order for the Greek and French banks to get paid. Hey, they’re thinking, wouldn’t it be cheaper to recapitalize our own banks directly? The French are really flipping out, because after the Greek banks, their banks are holding the biggest hordes of Greek debt. They’re worried about their credit ratings. The bailout decision has been postponed until mid-November so everybody can fight it out.

With the major banks holding all of these Greek derivatives, is it any wonder that BoA and JPMC are now trying to foist these toxic assets onto the American Taxpayers by transferring these assets into their banking arms so the loses would be covered under the FDIC!

No matter how this turns out, two facts will remain unchanged.  First, Greek debt will be the start of the whole house of cards collapsing, that was the EU and the Euro.  Secondly, Greeks will pay the price of cozying up to greedy bankers for decades.

The Fox is in the Henhouse Again, and We are not Watching!

We watched as the banks were bailed out after ripping off nearly $5 trillion dollars of America’s wealth.  We are on the hook for their loses.  They were too big to fail, we were told.  It would be a disaster for the world’s economy.  The same story was then foisted on our European brothers, and again with the same “chicken little” reasoning.

Well, here we are 3 years later and the economy is still in the dumpster and we have not done one thing to correct the major problem of banks being investment firms ponied up to the roulette table wildly playing with OUR money unchecked.  Now the drunken bankers are at it again.  I have written many articles concerning this crazy derivatives market that is the banker’s hedge for the downside of this slow motion crash of the world’s economy.

This WAS one market that the bankers were exposed and WE were not on the hook for bailouts.  Well, that was until last week.  No ONE is MSM National media is even reporting this.  If you aren’t mad as hell when you read this, you are certifiably in a COMA.

Source: Washington’s Blog

Bloomberg reports that Bank of America is dumping derivatives onto a subsidiary which is insured by the government – i.e. taxpayers.

Yves Smith notes:

If you have any doubt that Bank of America is going down, this development should settle it …. Both [professor of economics and law, and former head S&L prosecutor] Bill Black (who I interviewed just now) and I see this as a desperate move by Bank of America’s management, a de facto admission that they know the bank is in serious trouble.

The short form via Bloomberg:

Bank of America Corp. (BAC), hit by a credit downgrade last month, has moved derivatives from its Merrill Lynch unit to a subsidiary flush with insured deposits, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation…

Bank of America’s holding company — the parent of both the retail bank and the Merrill Lynch securities unit — held almost $75 trillion of derivatives at the end of June, according to data compiled by the OCC. About $53 trillion, or 71 percent, were within Bank of America NA, according to the data, which represent the notional values of the trades.

That compares with JPMorgan’s deposit-taking entity, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, which contained 99 percent of the New York-based firm’s $79 trillion of notional derivatives, the OCC data show.

Now you would expect this move to be driven by adverse selection, that it, that BofA would move its WORST derivatives, that is, the ones that were riskiest or otherwise had high collateral posting requirements, to the sub. Bill Black confirmed that even though the details were sketchy, this is precisely what took place.

And remember, as we have indicated, there are some “derivatives” that should be eliminated, period. We’ve written repeatedly about credit default swaps, which have virtually no legitimate economic uses (no one was complaining about the illiquidity of corporate bonds prior to the introduction of CDS; this was not a perceived need among investors). They are an inherently defective product, since there is no way to margin adequately for “jump to default” risk and have the product be viable economically. CDS are systematically underpriced insurance, with insurers guaranteed to go bust periodically, as AIG and the monolines demonstrated. [Background.]

The reason that commentators like Chris Whalen were relatively sanguine about Bank of America likely becoming insolvent as a result of eventual mortgage and other litigation losses is that it would be a holding company bankruptcy. The operating units, most importantly, the banks, would not be affected and could be spun out to a new entity or sold. Shareholders would be wiped out and holding company creditors (most important, bondholders) would take a hit by having their debt haircut and partly converted to equity.

This changes the picture completely. This move reflects either criminal incompetence or abject corruption by the Fed. Even though I’ve expressed my doubts as to whether Dodd Frank resolutions will work, dumping derivatives into depositaries pretty much guarantees a Dodd Frank resolution will fail. Remember the effect of the 2005 bankruptcy law revisions: derivatives counterparties are first in line, they get to grab assets first and leave everyone else to scramble for crumbs. [Background.] So this move amounts to a direct transfer from derivatives counterparties of Merrill to the taxpayer, via the FDIC, which would have to make depositors whole after derivatives counterparties grabbed collateral. It’s well nigh impossible to have an orderly wind down in this scenario. You have a derivatives counterparty land grab and an abrupt insolvency. Lehman failed over a weekend after JP Morgan grabbed collateral.

But it’s even worse than that. During the savings & loan crisis, the FDIC did not have enough in deposit insurance receipts to pay for the Resolution Trust Corporation wind-down vehicle. It had to get more funding from Congress. This move paves the way for another TARP-style shakedown of taxpayers, this time to save depositors. No Congressman would dare vote against that. This move is Machiavellian, and just plain evil.

The FDIC is understandably ripshit. Again from Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. disagree over the transfers, which are being requested by counterparties, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The Fed has signaled that it favors moving the derivatives to give relief to the bank holding company, while the FDIC, which would have to pay off depositors in the event of a bank failure, is objecting, said the people. The bank doesn’t believe regulatory approval is needed, said people with knowledge of its position.

Well OF COURSE BofA is gonna try to take the position this is kosher, but the FDIC can and must reject this brazen move. But this is a bit of a fait accompli,and I have NO doubt BofA and the craven, corrupt Fed will argue that moving the derivatives back will upset the markets. Well too bad, maybe it’s time banks learn they can no longer run roughshod over regulators. And if BofA is at that much risk that it can’t survive undoing this brazen move, that would seem to be prima facie evidence that a Dodd Frank resolution is in order.

Bill Black said that the Bloomberg editors toned down his remarks considerably. He said, “Any competent regulator would respond: “No, Hell NO!” It’s time that the public also say no, and loudly, to this new scheme to loot taxpayers and save a criminally destructive bank.

Professor Black provided a “bottom line” summary in a separate email:

1.The bank holding company (BAC) is moving troubled assets held by an entity not insured by the public (Merrill Lynch)  to the Bank of America, which is insured by the public
2. The banking rules are designed to prevent that because they are designed to protect the FDIC insurance fund (which the Treasury guarantees)
3. Any marginally competent regulator would say “No, Hell NO!”
4. The Fed, reportedly, is saying “Sure, no worries” by allowing the sale of an affiliate’s troubled assets to B of A
5. This is a really good “natural experiment” that allows us to test whether the Fed is protects the public or the uninsured and systemically dangerous institutions (the bank holding companies (BHCs))
6. We are all shocked, shocked [sarcasm] that Bernanke responded to the experiment by choosing to protect the BHC at the expense of the public.

Karl Denninger writes:

So let’s see what we have here.

Bank customer initiates a swap position with Bank.  In doing so they intentionally accept the credit risk of the institution they trade with.

Later they get antsy about perhaps not getting paid.  Bank then shifts that risk to a place where people who deposited their money and had no part of this transaction wind up backstopping it.

This effectively makes the depositor the “guarantor” of the swap ex-post-facto.

That the regulators are allowing this is an outrage.

If you’re a Bank of America customer and continue to be one you deserve whatever you get down the line, whether it comes in the form of higher fees and costs assessed upon you or something worse.

Stand Up to the Coup

Bank of America has repeatedly become insolvent due to fraud and risky bets, and repeatedly been bailed out by the government and American people. The government and banks are engineering an age of permanent bailouts for this insolvent, criminal bank (and the other too big to fails).  Remember, this is the same bank that is refusing to let people close their accounts.

This is yet another joint effort by Washington and Wall Street to screw the American people, and to trample on the rule of law.

The American people will be stuck in nightmare of a never-ending depression (yes, we are currently in a depression) and fascism (or socialism, if you prefer that term) unless we stand up to the overly-powerful Fed and the too big to fail banks.

This story from Bloomberg just hit the wires this week. Bank of America is shifting derivatives in its Merrill investment banking unit to its depository arm, which has access to the Fed discount window and is protected by the FDIC.

This means that the investment bank’s European derivatives exposure is now backstopped by U.S. taxpayers. Bank of America didn’t get regulatory approval to do this, they just did it at the request of frightened counterparties. Now the Fed and the FDIC are fighting as to whether this was sound. The Fed wants to “give relief” to the bank holding company, which is under heavy pressure.

This is a direct transfer of risk to the taxpayer done by the bank without approval by regulators and without public input. You will also read below that JP Morgan is apparently doing the same thing with $79 trillion of notional derivatives guaranteed by the FDIC and Federal Reserve.

What this means for you is that when Europe finally implodes and banks fail, U.S. taxpayers will hold the bag for trillions in CDS insurance contracts sold by Bank of America and JP Morgan. Even worse, the total exposure is unknown because Wall Street successfully lobbied during Dodd-Frank passage so that no central exchange would exist keeping track of net derivative exposure.

First folks, we are talking over $150 Trillion of exposure.  That is 10 times our GDP!  Would you give me 100% of your income for the next ten years because I need it to make up my gambling loses!  What would you say to me?  You know, the OWS call for a BANK TRANSFER DAY in early November is getting to be a really significant idea.  If the banks refuse to act in a responsible manner and the FED is refusing to discipline its children, then we have to just take their “toys” (our money) away from the bankers.  It is time for “time out” for our out of control children.  Check out your local credit unions, they are real functioning banking organizations owned and controlled by their depositors and members.  Congress will never vote our interest, so we have to vote with our bucks.