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?

What Goes Up….! Where is the Down?

A lot of people lament the lack of upward mobility in the U.S. right now and I share those sentiments. However, equally important is downward mobility. What makes the concept of America unique is not merely the concept that the poor can become rich but that the rich can become poor. It is this second part that is the most dangerous to social cohesion when it disappears. Unfortunately, the system that we have today of an unholy alliance between Wall Street, Washington D.C. and the multi-national corporations (including the military industrial complex of course) stands there holding onto all the levers of power to serve as gatekeepers of their own empires.

Consider this when we think about how the game is “rigged” right now.  From Matthew Cardinale of the
Inter Press Service on  28 Aug 2011.

Atlanta, Georga: The first-ever audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve has revealed 16 trillion dollars in secret bank bailouts and has raised more questions about the quasi-private agency’s opaque operations.   “This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you’re-on-your-own individualism for everyone else,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, said in a statement.   The majority of loans were issues by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY).

“From late 2007 through mid-2010, Reserve Banks provided more than a trillion dollars… in emergency loans to the financial sector to address strains in credit markets and to avert failures of individual institutions believed to be a threat to the stability of the financial system,” the audit report states.  “The scale and nature of this assistance amounted to an unprecedented expansion of the Federal Reserve System’s traditional role as lender-of-last-resort to depository institutions,” according to the report.   The report notes that all the short-term, emergency loans were repaid, or are expected to be repaid.

The emergency loans included eight broad-based programs, and also provided assistance for certain individual financial institutions. The Fed provided loans to JP Morgan Chase bank to acquire Bear Stearns, a failed investment firm; provided loans to keep American International Group (AIG), a multinational insurance corporation, afloat; extended lending commitments to Bank of America and Citigroup; and purchased risky mortgage-backed securities to get them off private banks’ books.

Overall, the greatest borrowing was done by a small number of institutions. Over the three years, Citigroup borrowed a total of 2.5 trillion dollars, Morgan Stanley borrowed two trillion; Merryll Lynch, which was acquired by Bank of America, borrowed 1.9 trillion; and Bank of America borrowed 1.3 trillion.  Banks based in counties other than the U.S. also received money from the Fed, including Barclays of the United Kingdom, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (UK), Deutsche Bank (Germany), UBS (Switzerland), Credit Suisse Group (Switzerland), Bank of Scotland (UK), BNP Paribas (France), Dexia (Belgium), Dresdner Bank (Germany), and Societe General (France).

“No agency of the United States government should be allowed to bailout a foreign bank or corporation without the direct approval of Congress and the President,” Sanders wrote.   In recent days, Bloomberg News obtained 29,346 pages of documentation from the Federal Reserve about some of these secret loans, after months of fighting in court for access to the records under the Freedom of Information Act.  Some of the financial institutions secretly receiving loans were meanwhile claiming in their public reports to have ample cash reserves, Bloomberg noted.   The Federal Reserve has neither explained how they legally justified several of the emergency loans, nor how they decided to provide assistance to certain firms but not others.

“The main problem is the lack of Congressional oversight, and the way the Fed seemed to pick winners who would be protected at any cost,” Randall Wray, professor of economics at University of Missouri- Kansas City, told IPS.   “If such lending is not illegal, it should be. Our nation really did go through a liquidity crisis – a run on the short-term liabilities of financial institutions. There is only one way to stop a run: lend reserves without limit to all qualifying institutions. The Fed bumbled around before it finally sort of did that,” Wray said.

“But then it turned to phase two, which was to try to resolve problems of insolvency by increasing Uncle Sam’s stake in the banksters’ fiasco. That never should have been done. You close down fraudsters, period. The Fed and FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Commission) should have gone into the biggest banks immediately, replaced all top management, and should have started to resolve them,” Wray said.

For many years conventional wisdom has said that the whole world is controlled by the monied elite, or more recently by the huge multi-national corporations that seem to sometime control the very air we breathe. Now, new research by a team based in ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, has shown that what we’ve suspected all along, is apparently true. The team has uploaded their results onto the preprint server arXiv.

Using data obtained (circa 2007) from the Orbis database (a global database containing financial information on public and private companies) the team, in what is being heralded as the first of its kind, analyzed data from over 43,000 corporations, looking at both upstream and downstream connections between them all and found that when graphed, the data represented a bowtie of sorts, with the knot, or core representing just 147 entities who control nearly 40 percent of all of monetary value of transnational corporations (TNCs).

When we look to the East and watch our Arab brothers struggle against tyranny, I don’t think we connect their struggle to us.  However, I assure you that the roots of that struggle was economic slavery, not unlike we, both in the US and the EU, are rapidly marching (or is it being herded?) toward at this very minute.

As we awaken to these facts, it is apparent that the PTB, who wish to continue their “project”, are having more and more of a difficult time unfolding “their solutions” to our problems.  You know “solutions’ like raiding retirement and pension funds, eliminating worker’s unions, ending any “social programs” of any kind.

Probably the most important news story of September 7th won’t be reported by International MSM.  No, it won’t be Obama’s speech on Jobs, nor will it be the outcome of the first games in the NFL.  It will be this.

Seething discontent in Germany over Europe’s debt crisis has spread to all the key institutions.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has enough coalition votes in the Bundestag to secure backing for Europe’s revamped rescue machinery, threatening a constitutional crisis in Germany and a fresh eruption of the euro debt saga.

Mrs. Merkel has cancelled a high-profile trip to Russia on September 7, the crucial day when the package goes to the Bundestag and the country’s constitutional court rules on the legality of the EU’s bail-out machinery.   If the court rules that the €440bn rescue fund (EFSF) breaches Treaty law or undermines German fiscal sovereignty, it risks setting off an instant brushfire across monetary union.

The seething discontent in Germany over Europe’s debt crisis has spread to all the key institutions of the state. “Hysteria is sweeping Germany ” said Klaus Regling, the EFSF’s director.  German media reported that the latest tally of votes in the Bundestag shows that 23 members from Mrs Merkel’s own coalition plan to vote against the package, including twelve of the 44 members of Bavaria’s Social Christians (CSU). This may force the Chancellor to rely on opposition votes, risking a government collapse.

Christian Wulff, Germany’s president, stunned the country last week by accusing the European Central Bank of going “far beyond its mandate” with mass purchases of Spanish and Italian debt, and warning that the Europe’s headlong rush towards fiscal union strikes at the “very core” of democracy. “Decisions have to be made in parliament in a liberal democracy. That is where legitimacy lies,” he said.

A day earlier the Bundesbank had fired its own volley, condemning the ECB’s bond purchases and warning the EU is drifting towards debt union without “democratic legitimacy” or treaty backing.  Joahannes Singhammer, leader of the CSU’s Bundestag group, accused the ECB of acting “dangerously” by jumping the gun before parliaments had voted. The ECB is implicitly acting on behalf of the rescue fund until it is ratified.

Mrs. Merkel faces mutiny even within her own Christian Democrat (CDU) family. Wolfgang Bossbach, the spokesman for internal affairs, said he would oppose the package. “I can’t vote against my own conviction,” he said.   The Bundestag is expected to decide late next month on the package, which empowers the EFSF to buy bonds pre-emptively and recapitalize banks. While the bill is likely to pass, the furious debate leaves no doubt that Germany will resist moves to boost the EFSF’s firepower yet further. Most City banks say the fund needs €2 trillion to stop the crisis engulfing Spain and Italy.   Mrs. Merkel’s aides say she is facing “war on every front”. The next month will decide her future, Germany’s destiny, and the fate of monetary union.

I make all these points because we must think clearly and precisely now.  No politics, nor economic religion, just fix this now, and we can.  We start by taking some people DOWN.  Start to put some balance back into the equation.  I think the audit of the FED would be an excellent place to start that quest.

Secondly, we must be informed voters and place candidates that understand clearly the goals of restoring balance into our global economy through prudent but thorough regulatory changes.  That must, by its nature, start with the political process elements of our societies.   I cannot think of anything more important to you on a personal basis than this.

 

Finally A Step in the Right Direction

As a followup to my previous post calling out the fact that not one single bankster or Wall Street financial thug has been prosecuted for the giant fraud and ponzi schemes foisted on the world’s economy, it now appears that at least some in CONgress are beginning to fear the wrath of the people.  This is a start, but I suspect it will still be a long time before any of these crooks actually see jail time.  We all can help the process a bit by letting our Representatives and Senators that we demand justice.  They either do the right thing or we will do the right thing come next election.

This just released:

“They clearly misled their clients and they misled the Congress,”  Senator Levin added, announcing that he will recommend that his panel refer all of the Goldman executives who testified before the committee for criminal prosecution by the Justice Department and for sanctions by the SEC for violations of securities laws.

This is a fairly detailed and lengthy piece by Shahien Nasiripour.  It is worth reading in full at its source.  The only thing missing from Levin’s report is a perjury recommendation for Henry Paulson who lied before Congress repeatedly during various testimony given in 2007 and 2008 – see the right column of this website to watch his lies for yourself. Here’s the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/14/goldman-financial-crisis-prosecution_n_848994.html

Huff Po

WASHINGTON — Goldman Sachs executives deceived clients in order to profit off the brewing financial crisis and then misled Congress when asked to explain their actions, concluded a top lawmaker who led a two-year investigation into Wall Street’s role in the meltdown.

Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, will recommend that Goldman executives who testified before his panel, including chairman and chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, be referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, the Michigan Democrat announced Wednesday. Members of the subcommittee will now deliberate Levin’s proposal.

A Goldman spokesman said its executives were truthful in their testimony, adding that the firm disagreed with many of the panel’s conclusions.

Two and a half years after a historic crisis that has yielded not a single criminal conviction of anyone who played a leading role in causing it, the prosecution of such a high-profile Wall Street executive may satisfy the public’s desire to see culprits brought to justice. Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled a lawsuit it had brought against Goldman.

But the firm was just one target of a sweeping, 639-page report by the Senate panel into the causes of the crisis. Hardly a fluke occurrence, the meltdown was the product of a deeply corrupt financial system, one fueled by profit-hungry banks that deceived their clients, and overseen by lax regulators who were complicit in the firms’ chronic abuse of the most fundamental rules of the game, the report concludes.

The investigation found a “financial snake pit rife with greed, conflicts of interest, and wrongdoing,” Levin said.

More than any other government report produced in the wake of the crisis, this account names names, blaming specific people and institutions: Goldman Sachs, Washington Mutual, Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s, the Office of Thrift Supervision and others. It targets four types of institutions, all of which it says played key roles in causing the crisis: mortgage lenders that offered prospective homeowners booby-trapped loans; regulators that were paid by the institutions they were regulating and cooperated in widespread deception; rating agencies that gave seals of approval to products they knew to be especially risky, all in the pursuit of market share; and Wall Street banks that duped investors into buying securities that only the insiders knew were destined to go bad.

“They clearly misled their clients and they misled the Congress,” he added, announcing that he will recommend that his panel refer all of the Goldman executives who testified before the committee for possible criminal prosecution by the Justice Department and for sanctions by the SEC for violations of securities laws.

This is a very rare time when YOU can really make a difference in the world.  Everybody call, write, email your Representatives and Senators and demand that they not only support the committee on this effort, but that they also continue hound the Justice Department to fully, completely, and swiftly investigate and prosecute these crooks.  These crooks have all but destroyed our future with their greed.  WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK!!!!

Happy Talk and Real Facts

As I continue report the facts on what is really going on in relationship to the economy, the happy talk continues.  We have reached the point of recovery and the recession is over according to some.  Really? The facts do not seem to support that conclusion, at least at the street level.

We have watched the markets expand consistently over the last month with bad metrics being reported from almost every important element of the economy.  At the same time gold and silver is reaching record highs.  This is just counter-intuitive to decades of financial history.

A number of economists would argue that the stimulus was simply not enough to accomplish the twin mission of preventing global financial systems from collapsing and kick starting the economy at the same time.  How much of a boost to the U.S. recovery could another trillion dollars or two buy?

To battle the financial crisis, the Fed bought $1.7 trillion of longer-term Treasury and mortgage-related bonds, supplementing its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a long time. All told, it helped stabilize a collapsing financial system and to avert what could have been a second Great Depression.

At the Fed’s August meeting it decided to reinvest maturing mortgage-debt in Treasuries to keep its balance sheet steady, a move many analysts saw as a precursor to more easing. Proponents of a re-launch of large-scale bond-buying say it will help prevent inflation expectations from falling and spur growth by further reducing borrowing costs for consumers and businesses.

According to Michael Feroli, Chief U.S. Economist, JPMorgan,” Skeptics say the economic recovery has just hit a weak patch. They argue that more easing could be ineffective in helping the economy, potentially damaging Fed credibility. An incremental drop in long-term yields may not be enough to force banks to stop hoarding safe-haven Treasuries and make loans to businesses instead, some analysts warn. Some policy-makers worry that more easing could fuel market imbalances or sow the seeds of sky-high inflation ahead.”

“My own view is that any radical balance sheet program would be seen by many as an act of desperation which would dampen business sentiment and depress non-financial borrowing even more,” said Wrightson ICAP Chief Economist Lou Crandall.

Fed bond purchases can have two effects. They can increase liquidity in strained markets and, by lowering yields, force investors to look for returns in riskier asset classes, helping to boost the supply of credit in the economy. In addition, some officials believe bond buying helps solidify trust among investors that the Fed will keep policy easy for longer, further helping to lower borrowing costs.

“If you show up and purchase assets when markets are stressed, you are not pushing back against much conviction so you can move prices more easily,” said Reinhart, the former Fed staffer.  To get a significant effect in the Treasury market—where any new round of purchases would likely be centered—could be harder, says Mark Gertler, a professor at New York University.

“Evidence suggests it would take a huge purchase of long-term government bonds, maybe the whole market, to really have any effect, and the effect would be quite uncertain.”  Rather than announcing such an eye-popping amount upfront, the Fed could decide to buy Treasuries in smaller steps, calibrated to the economic outlook at each meeting.

Forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisors estimates each $100 billion in asset buys could lower the yield on the 10-year Treasury note by 0.03 percentage point. That is a marginal move that could go unnoticed, though if Fed buying helped nudge up the inflation rate it could get a bit more of a bang for its buck on real rates. Even a small amount of easing is not to be sneezed at, says Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase.

What all of these experts seem to have failed to see is that they have gone too far.  They have stalled the economic engine and all the maneuvering in the world they do in the bond markets will not do anything to jump start the economy.  They are talking about tightening non-financial credit.  We have nearly zero lending to small business now, how tight can get it get beyond zero.

The FACTS are that consumer credit card debt continues to shrink and consider this from Reuters.

WASHINGTON | Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:45pm EDT, – U.S. household wealth fell by $1.5 trillion in the second quarter, according to Federal Reserve data on Friday that showed the strain a slow-paced recovery and high unemployment are putting on Americans.

Household net worth fell to $53.5 trillion, well below the $64.2 trillion it had reached at the end of 2007 when the recession officially began, according to the central bank’s quarterly flow of funds report. Declines in the value of financial assets — especially in stocks and mutual funds — accounted for much of the decline in second-quarter net worth. Stocks alone were down $1.9 trillion to $14.9 trillion, more than offsetting small gains in other areas like state and local government retirement funds.

Consumers pared debt at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.3 percent, the ninth consecutive quarter in which they did so. Home mortgage debt fell at an annual rate of 2-1/4 percent after a 4-1/4 percent drop in the first three months this year. During the financial crisis that wracked the country from 2007 to 2009, trillions of dollars in housing and financial market wealth was wiped out and heavy household and financial sector indebtedness was exposed.

The government has stepped in with increased spending and stimulus programs to try to spur recovery but the unemployment rate in August edged up to 9.6 percent and housing markets are still in distress.

Federal government debt expanded during the second quarter at a hefty 24.4 percent annual rate after a 20.5 percent increase in the first quarter. By contrast, state and local government debt shrank 1.3 percent during the second quarter.  THE actual figure of the US’ national debt is much higher than the official sum of $US13.4 trillion ($14.3 trillion) given by the Congressional Budget Office, according to analysts cited on Sunday by the New York Post.

“The Government is lying about the amount of debt. It is engaging in Enron accounting,” said Laurence Kotlikoff, an economist at Boston University and co-author of The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America’s Economic Future.

“The problem is we’re seeing an explosion in spending,” added Andrew Moylan, director of government affairs for the National Taxpayers Union.  In 1980, the debt – the accumulated red ink incurred by the Federal Government – was $US909 billion. This represented some 33 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Thirty years later, based on this year’s second-quarter numbers, the CBO said the debt was $US13.4 trillion, or 92 per cent of GDP.  The CBO estimates the debt will be at $US16.5 trillion in two years, or 100.6 per cent of GDP. But these numbers are incomplete.

They do not count off-budget obligations such as required spending for Social Security and Medicare, whose programs represent a balloon payment for the Government as more Americans retire and collect benefits. In the case of Social Security, beginning in 2016, the US Government will be paying out more than it is collecting in taxes.

Mr Kotlikoff and Mr Moylan agree US national debt is much more than the official $US13.4 trillion number, but they disagree over how to add up the exact number.  Mr Kotlikoff says the debt is actually $US200 trillion.  Mr Moylan says the number is likely about $US60 trillion. That is close to the figure quoted by David Walker, the US Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008.

Business debt excluding financial companies was up a slim 0.1 percent following a 0.5 percent rise in the first quarter.  Data issued on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau similarly underlined the extent to which the financial crisis and ensuing recession has hurt household incomes.

But to me the most worrisome “Bad Number” is related to the impact of “hollow pension plans” on the growing population of baby boomers hitting retirement age.  Consider this from MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, published: September 17, 2010.

Earlier this year, Illinois said it had found a way to save billions of dollars. It would slash the pensions of workers it had not yet hired. The real-world savings would not materialize for decades, of course, but thanks to an actuarial trick, the state could start counting the savings this year and use it to help balance its budget.

Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois approved a plan in April that seemed to help balance the budget, but it may imperil the pension fund.  Actuaries, including some who serve on the profession’s governing boards, got wind of what Illinois was doing and began to look more closely. Many thought Illinois was using an unorthodox maneuver to starve its pension fund of billions of dollars, while papering over a widening gap between what it owed and how much it had. Alarmed, they began looking for a way to discourage Illinois’s method before other states could adopt it.

They are too late. The maneuver, and techniques that have similar effects, are already in use in Rhode Island, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas and a number of other places, allowing those states to harvest savings today by imposing cuts on workers in the future.

Texas saved millions of dollars this year after raising its retirement age for future hires and barring them from counting unused sick leave in their pensions. More savings will appear in coming years. Rhode Island also raised its retirement age for future retirees last year, after being told it could save $90 million in the first year alone.

Actuaries have been using the method for years, it turns out, but nobody noticed, in part because official documents usually describe it in language few can understand.  The technique is fairly innocuous in normal times, allowing governments to smooth out their labor costs over many years. But it becomes much riskier when pension funds have big shortfalls, when they need several decades to pay down their losses and when they are cutting benefits for future workers — precisely the conditions that exist today.

Dubious pension numbers in Illinois are not easily shrugged off after a warning shot fired by the Securities and Exchange Commission in August. The S.E.C. accused New Jersey of securities fraud, saying the state had manipulated its pension numbers to look like a better credit risk, while selling some $26 billion worth of bonds. The S.E.C. had never before taken action against a state. Now the commission is flexing its muscles, unleashing a team of specialized enforcement officials to look for more misleading public pension numbers.  The same type of conditions exist in large corporate pension funds as well.

It is the compilation of these facts that has me continuing to be concerned that we really haven’t seen the worst of this depression.  It’s election time and we are hearing all kinds of outrageous promises and assessments of where we are in relation to the economy.  However, to me, the facts I have just laid here say it all.  The contraction continues at the street level, unemployment rose in August, and we haven’t even discussed the potential global impacts such as the potential collapse of sovereign funds such as Greece, Spain or Portugal that could occur at any moment.

To me, staying the course, tightening business credit and mortgages at this point, along with no further stimulus is exactly the wrong thing to do.  But alas, it is the course so I would suggest you get ready to hunker down…. oh say about NOW.

What Real Financial Reform Would Look Like

We all know that CONgress is not going to do anything meaningful in relationship to getting our financial systems back to a semblance of normal.  4 lobbyists for every senator and state representative making their rounds, brief case of dough in hand, daily to insure everyone stays in line. Now people, small investors, individual investors are leaving the stock market because it is no longer a fair market.  Instead it is rigged for the PTB elites only.

Dennis K. Berman in last week’s Wall Street Journal stated the situation clearly:

“Today, small investors are fleeing the equities markets in droves, according to data from the Investment Company Institute, pulling out a net $34 billion from stock funds so far this year…..They say, “I still feel like someone is screwing me……trading feels different than it used to.”

Berman traces the problem to its source, the “inscrutable interplay between myriad exchanges and high-frequency traders, whose volume now accounts for an estimated two-thirds of all trading”…”a market that many perceive as tainted and prone to gaming by a cadre of insiders.”  That sounds like a long-winded way of saying the market is rigged.

According to Mike Whitney- BLN contributing writer, high-frequency trading (HFT) is algorithmic-computer trading that finds “statistical patterns and pricing anomalies” by scanning the various stock exchanges. It’s high-speed robo-trading that often times executes orders without human intervention. HFT allows one group of investors to see the data on other people’s orders ahead of time and use their supercomputers to buy in front of them. It’s called frontloading, and it goes on every day right under the SEC’s nose.

In an interview on CNBC, market analyst Joe Saluzzi was asked if the big HFT players were able to see other investors orders (and execute trades) before them. Saluzzi said, “Yes. The answer is absolutely yes. The exchanges supply you with the data, giving you the flash order, and if your fixed connection goes into their lines first, you are disadvantaging the retail and institutional investor.”

Frontloading is cheating pure and simple, but rather than go after the “big fish” who run these enormous computerized skimming operations; regulators have been rolling up rogue traders who absconded with the trading code.  So we go after the guys who stole the code from the cheaters, but not the cheaters themselves because they are too big and too protected.

HFT’s are just one of the major problems we are facing. Complex derivatives, which I have written extensively about and securitization and repo transactions were all preserved in their present state in the recent financial reform package passed by CONgress and will remain in their present state until the next big tremor rumbles through lower Manhattan bringing the markets down in a thunderous roar.

There is a lot of money sitting on the sidelines because of the uncertainty we face over the next 18-24 months.  This crisis has moved to a new level.  It is no longer issues over the balance sheet of the economy.  It is now a universal belief that we are somehow at an end of an era for America.  This is the danger I speak of in my articles.  What we believe in the present seems to dictate the reality of the future. We must regain our sense of community that trumps politics and greed.  We have done it several times in our history. Starting with the revolution, through the civil war, a depression, and two world wars, we as a people, note the singularity of the word people, have risen up and prevailed.

We need real finance market reforms.  HFT’s, CDS’s, Repo’s, and these securitization schemes are at the heart of what “needs to be fixed”.  If we have any chance to avoid the coming total collapse, we need to contact our representatives and let them know we KNOW exactly what is going on and it must stop right now.  Those in the beltway actually believe we have no clue or understanding of what is going on and therefore they are safe from voter repercussions.  Some even brag in private that they don’t even understand how the banksters do it, but they vote always in the Wall Street Boys interests and don’t take actions that offend those who butter their bread.  Let’s let them know we don’t “butter their bread” but we do vote and all the lobbyist money in the world doesn’t trump the vote.  We also have to really get some people in Washington who are not owned by anyone and are educated well enough to understand these issues and are independent enough and courageous enough to take the actions necessary to bring the sense of integrity back to our financial markets and restore a sense of normalcy. Wall Street will still be the biggest casino in the world but it will at least not be rigged by the “House”.

Denial Depressions and Hyperinflation

Like D1, we are in denial that we are in a depression.  Like D1, we are being fed happy talk and BS. However D2 has the potential to be even more devastating than D1.  The main reason for me making that assertion is that D2 is hyperinflationary and our global central banks cannot sustain printing their way out of the mess.  If you think that Zimbabwe cannot be a global phenomena, you better look closer at the reality under the spreadsheets.

Unlike today, The Great Depression of the 1930’s was deflationary.  The Consumer Price Index was at 17.3% when it began in 1929.  By 1933 it was down to 12.6%.  In other words, as the depression progressed, the cost of things dropped; what cost $1.00 in 1929 only cost 73 Cents in 1933.

If we adjust 1933 prices to a 2010 equivalent here is how things should be stacking up.

Cost of a new house 1933:  $5,750.00 (equivalent to $93,565.72 in 2010)

Cost to rent a house in 1933:  $18.00 per month (equivalent to $292.00 in 2010)

Brand New Chrysler in 1933:  $445.00 (equivalent to $7241.17 in 2010)

Gallon of gas in 1933:  10 Cents (equivalent to $1.62 in 2010)

Loaf of Bread in 1933:  7 Cents (equivalent of $1.13 in 2010)

1 Lb. Of Hamburger Meat in 1933:  11 Cents (equivalent to $1.79 in 2010)

Can of Campbell’s Vegetable Soup in 1933: 10 Cents (equivalent to $1.62 in 2010)

Dozen Eggs in 1933: 5 Cents (equivalent to 81 Cents today)

As you can readily see if all things were equivalent, we have already had a “silent” 100% inflation since about 2002!

Today’s unemployment rate is fast approaching the worst levels seen since the Great Depression.  The official unemployment rate (U3) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is currently at 9.9%.  This is the number often reported by the mainstream media for public consumption but is far removed from reality.

To get closer to the real number we must consult the (U6) figure that is often touted as ‘true unemployment’.  This figure adds into the equation those who fall under the contemporary definition of ‘discouraged worker’ and those who can only find ‘part-time’ work.   That number puts the ‘true unemployment’ rate at 17.2%.  But wait, there’s more!

Today’s definition of a discouraged worker is one who has not found work within the last year.  Prior to 1994, a discouraged worker was defined as one who had not found work within the last month.  That’s a big discrepancy.  If we add those lost souls back into the equation, we come up with a more realistic unemployment rate of right around 22%.  That’s just three clicks shy of the 25% often cited for the worst levels of the Great Depression in 1933. That 25% unemployment figure was reflective of all workers both on and off the farm.

When you combine these facts with the conduct of the world’s major banks and hedge funds the reality should become clear that there is a real coordinated effort to separate the entire world into a small cadre of “rich folks” and a large majority of poor folks (slaves).  Consider this.

U.S. authorities are expanding their probes of past mortgage securities deals, with New York’s attorney general opening an investigation into whether eight banks misled rating agencies, a source familiar with the matter said.  New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office on Wednesday served subpoenas on four U.S. banks and four European lenders, the source said.

Cuomo is targeting Citigroup, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Merrill Lynch, now owned by Bank of America, the source said. The investigation comes as Wall Street and major banks around the world are attracting scrutiny from regulators stemming from transactions that occurred in the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown and financial crisis.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that U.S. federal prosecutors, working with securities regulators, were conducting a preliminary criminal probe into whether four banks misled investors about their roles in mortgage bond deals. The banks under early-stage criminal scrutiny are JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and UBS, the newspaper reported on its website, citing a person familiar with the matter. The banks have also received civil subpoenas from the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission as part of a sweeping investigation of banks’ selling and trading of mortgage-related deals, the report said.

A spokesman for JPMorgan told the Journal the bank had not been contacted by federal prosecutors and was not aware of any criminal investigation. The other banks either declined comment or were not immediately available. The reports come less than a month after the SEC charged Goldman Sachs with fraud over its marketing of a subprime mortgage product. Federal investigators are also probing Morgan Stanley, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The bank’s chief executive, James Gorman, said he had no knowledge of any such investigation.

And so how is our CONgress reacting to these realities? The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to force the Federal Reserve to undergo an audit, for the first time, by Congress’ investigative arm. But the proposed legislation would only allow for a one-time examination by the Government Accountability Office that would focus on the Fed’s rescue of banks during the financial crisis of 2008.

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) and others have advocated for regular audits of the Fed, but just such a proposal, presented by David Vitter (R-Louisiana), was defeated on Tuesday by a vote of 62-37. Among those who voted against regular audits were the leaders of both political parties, Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

I think the fact that BOTH party’s leadership voted against these regular audits speaks volumes to support my contention that the congress is no longer a representative legislative body, but is instead bought and paid for by major financial interests in this country and globally.  You must keep in mind the FED is a private corporation.

When the evidence is so strong that the FED and their lack of actions were complicit in the entire series of events, how can such a reluctance of our congress to act be explained? Could it be an army of lobbyists with little suitcases shuttling in and out of every CONgressial office have anything at all to do with it?  Naw!  That’s a crazy rambling of an old fool talking.  Sorry I got carried away I guess.

To quote Keith Johnson in his recent article: “Until the American people snap out of their trance, they will refuse to believe that they are in a depression, recession, panic or crisis.  To them, it will be a loving embrace by a charismatic savior.  Only until they feel the piercing bite of cold air on their necks and the pains of an empty stomach will they finally come around to the realization that the panic is not coming—but that the panic is on!”

Underneath the apparent calm demeanor in the financial community which is really a hubristic disdain for the general public there is panic.  If the sheeple really get a scent of what is happening these jokers will have no safe place to hide.  Just a few more steps and they will have us all in the corral. Just a few more steps.

It is Now Time for DOJ Step Up to Their Responsibility

In the past week I have written “tough-in-cheek” for some old west justice concerning the current financial crisis and those responsible for creating it.  I have suggested that the principles of these banks and hedge funds were DIRECTLY responsible, but they would offer up underlings, like Fabulous Fab, as sacrificial lambs.  Indeed we now see the principles of Goldman Sachs doing just that with statements coming from Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein saying that the SEC charges are baseless and if there is substance to them it was not and has never been the policy of Goldman yadda yadda yadda.

The fact of the matter is I am sure that these guys at the top were very shrewd to never put anything in writing that would condone and tie them to the actions of Fabulous Fab and Paulson, but the bonus plans and structures that were put into place by the guys like Blankfein certainly condoned and demanded those activities and in fact, encouraged them and for that matter still does.

This is why it is time to move the investigation of these practices from a private self-regulatory agency like the SEC and move the investigations into the Department of Justice.  President Obama’s speech made it clear that while he is asking for the cooperation of the financial community as the American thing to do, his reforms are silent on what CRIMINAL investigations would and should be launched.

It is true that there is still a great fear, and I think intimidation from the financial community to government to say the situation is still too volatile and unstable to launch such investigations as there still is a high risk of the financial system collapsing.  I think this is a delay tactic while the top dogs cover their butts move.  The financial PTB do not spend the resources they are with the brigades of lobbyists and money if there is nothing criminal there.  We truly need to give some “bubba time” to guys like Blankfein to really “fix” the system.  I am not the only one who feels this way.  Consider the following:

Source: Washington’s Blog

University of Texas economics professor James K. Galbraith previously said that fraud caused the financial crisis: You had fraud in the origination of the mortgages, fraud in the underwriting, fraud in the ratings agencies.

Senator Kaufman said last month: Fraud and potential criminal conduct were at the heart of the financial crisis. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says that there was rampant fraud leading up to the crash (see this and this). TARP overseer Elizabeth Warren suspects fraud as the cause of the crisis. Yves Smith has shown that fraud largely caused the subprime crisis. Janet Tavakoli says that rampant fraud and Ponzi schemes caused the financial crisis.

According to economist Max Wolff: The securitization process worked by “packag(ing), sell(ing), repack(aging) and resell(ing) mortages making what was a small housing bubble, a gigantic (one) and making what became an American financial problem very much a global” one by selling mortgage bundles worldwide “without full disclosure of the lack of underlying assets or risks.”

Buyers accepted them on good faith, failed in their due diligence, and rating agencies were negligent, even criminal, in overvaluing and endorsing junk assets that they knew were high-risk or toxic. “The whole process was corrupt at its core.”

William Black – professor of economics and law, and former head of prosecution during the S&L crisis – says that massive fraud by is what caused this economic crisis. Specifically, he says that companies, auditors, rating agencies and regulators all committed fraud which helped blow the bubble and sowed the seeds of the inevitable crash. And see this. Black and economist Simon Johnson also state that the banks committed fraud by making loans to people that they knew would default, to make huge profits during the boom, knowing that the taxpayers would bail them out when things went bust.

As Black told Congress last Tuesday: Let’s start with the repos. We have known since the Enron in 2001 that this is a common scam, in which every major bank that was approached by Enron agreed to help them deceive creditors and investors by doing these kind of transactions.

And so what happened? There was a proposal in 2004 to stop it. And the regulatory heads — there was an interagency effort — killed it. They came out with something pathetic in 2006, and stalled its implication until 2007, but it’s meaningless.

We have known for decades that these are frauds. We have known for a decade how to stop them. All of the major regulatory agencies were complicit in that statement, in destroying it. We have a self-fulfilling policy of regulatory failure because of the leadership in this era.

We have the Fed, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, finding that this is three card Monty. Well what would you do, as a regulator, if you knew that one of the largest enterprises in the world, when the nation is on the brink of economic collapse, is engaged in fraud, three card Monty? Would you continue business as usual? That’s what was done.

So who should we talk to about fixing the economic crisis? Not the economists. As economist James Galbraith told Dan Froomkin this week: “Once you understand the implications of massively fraudulent practices, it changes the professional community that has the principal say about interpreting the crisis.”

Economists, he said, should move into the background — and “criminologists to the forefront.” Bill Black agrees: Criminologists, Black said, are trained to identify the environments that produce epidemics of fraud — and in the case of the financial crisis, the culprit is obvious. “We’re looking at incentive structures,” he told HuffPost. “Not people suddenly becoming evil. Not people suddenly becoming crazy. But people reacting to perverse incentive structures.”

CEOs can’t send out a memo telling their front-line professionals to commit fraud, “but you can send the same message with your compensations system, and you can do it without going to jail,” Black said. Criminologists ask “fundamentally different types of question” than the ones being asked.

“First we ask: Does this business activity, the way they’re conducting it, make any sense for an honest firm? And we see many activities that make no sense for an honest firm.” One example is the “liar’s loans.” With something like 90 percent of them turning out to be fraudulent, they are not profitable loans to make — unless you’re getting paid based on volume, and unless the idea is to sell them off to someone else.

“We also ask: How it is possible that they were able to sell this stuff?” When it comes to toxic assets — or securities built on top of them — “all standard economic explanations say it should have been impossible to sell them.” The answer, in this crisis, is “the financial version of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” Black said. Incentives for short-term profits and the resulting bonuses were so great that buyers preferred booking the revenue than looking too closely at what they were buying.

Black is concerned that the financial legislation currently being debated on Capitol Hill doesn’t change the rules enough. He’s concerned about loopholes in derivative regulation and thinks that demanding “skin in the game” won’t actually help curb fraud. Yes, “skin in the game” means that companies could go bankrupt if they place bad bets. But, he said. “if the corporation gets destroyed, that’s not a failure of the fraud scheme.” Former Lehman Brother CEO Richard Fuld, for instance, “walked away with hundreds of millions of net worth that would never have been created but for the fraud.”

Black would like to see reform that ends regulatory black holes and that “requires not just rules” but approving regulators with teeth, to enforce them. Regulators should not be cozy with the entities they regulate; they should be skeptical. “Some of us have to stay skeptical, so that everyone else can trust,” he said.

He also thinks it’s important to address compensation — both for executives and professionals. Black isn’t calling for limits on executive pay, just for executives to keep their own promises to make bonuses based on long-term success, rather than short term. And he means really long-term. “The big bonuses, they come after 10 years, when they show it’s real,” Black said.

“Professional compensation has to be changed to prevent conflicts of interest,” he said. Appraisers, accountants, ratings agencies and the like need to be rewarded for accuracy rather than amenability. Right now, Black said, “cheaters prosper.”

This is why it is time for the regulators to step to the second chair and the Department of Justice to take first chair from this point forward.  If they don’t records will be destroyed, strategies will be developed to insure that criminal investigations will never collect the necessary evidence to bring criminal charges.  Everything here is backwards.  In most cases the successful prosecution of criminal charges LEADS to the civil suits that follow and the successful civil suits allocate the damages and decide the restitution that is appropriate.  Why is it different for these guys?  Good question, huh?