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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 1:41 PM ET

Wall Street Lawyers Join SEC Colleagues to Call for Bigger Budget for Regulators

Posted By: John Carney
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Perhaps one of the most stubborn myths about Wall Street is that it wants to be "deregulated." In fact, Wall Street enjoys a quite comfortable relationship with its regulators.

Witness today's column from Andrew Ross Sorkin :

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 1:01 PM ET

Read the SEC's Complaint Charging 10 People And One Firm With Insider Trading

Posted By: John Carney
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

Here's the goods.

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:47 PM ET

Anglo Irish Bank Chairman: Irish Banks Need Another €50 Billion!

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Irish banks need another 50 billion euro to clean up their balance sheets, according to Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Alan Duke .

What makes the 50 billion euro number so staggering is this: The additional capital number just named by Dukes exceeds the total 46 billion euros that banks have already received.

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:32 PM ET

Our Favorite Part of The FBI Complaint Against Samir Barai And Donald Longueuil

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

An interesting BBM exchange between Samir Barai and Jason Pflaum on page 26 of the complaint.

Late in the night of november 19, 2010, after Pflaum had already begun to cooperate with the Government in its investigation, BARAI and Pflaum exchanged a series of BBM communications regarding the article published in the Wall Street journal. In the BBM communications, BARAI stated that the article said that "key parts of the probes are at a late stage" and that a "Federal Grand Jury had heard evidence." BARAI further stated that he read the "article 10x [meaning, ten times]." BARAI then summarizerd the Reuters article quoted in Paragraph 49 above, which he reviewed:

  • So another reuters article
  • says
  • Last two weeks
  • Fbi had approached HF [Hedge Fund] traders over past 2 weeks
  • And number of traders contacted lawyers
  • Problem is
  • This scope is said to focus on the use of so-called expert network firms
  • Concern for years that some experts may be passing out confi [meaning, confidential] info about to go public cos [meaning, companies] to traders....
  • [The Firm] was only one named!!!!
  • F*****ck

BARAI then concluded the BBM communication with the following instruction: "Delete ur bbm chatr" [meaning, that Pflaum should delete his BBM communication with BARAI].

Sounds a little like panic if you ask me.

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

Mark Zandi’s Wacky Mortgage Contraption

Posted By: John Carney
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Far more interesting than the details of Moody Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi’s proposal to rework the mortgage market are the meager gains he thinks it would obtain.

Zandi has a proposal to scrap Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in favor of ten new companies that would guarantee mortgages with an explicit government guarantee.

He’s got all sorts of arguments about why this hybrid public-private system would be better than either a fully public or a fully private model. But look at what he thinks the system would achieve.

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 11:09 AM ET

Must See TV: High Noon in Stamford

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Federal prosecutors are announcing insider trading charges against four more hedge fund employees at 12:00 p.m. today.

But what's more interesting is this: Three of the four are hedge fund managers, which definitely increases the drama quotient. \(The other employee is an analyst.\)

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 9:53 AM ET

Goldman Intern Turns Playboy Bunny

Posted By: Cadie Thompson
Judy Joo
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Judy Joo

My guess is that not many people who once worked for Goldman Sachs end up working for Playboy, but Judy Joo, a former Morgan Stanley and Goldman banker turned chef, is proving it's not unthinkable.

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  Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 8:49 AM ET

Countries Must Cut Spending—But Can't.

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Countries must cut spending—but can't. (This and other depressing thoughts on the bond markets.) [CNBC via Reuters]

Goldman's contrarian play on European bank stocks. [Bloomberg]

Rate hike in China. (Again.) [Financial Times]

Once again: Meredith Whitney under fire. [CNBC via NY Times]

What does a jump in cash purchases mean for the real estate market? [Wall Street Journal]

The worst Super Bowl commercial. [NY Times]

Gold up in London on speculation of Chinese demand. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

A tutorial: "Bond Trading 101—How to Trade Bonds" [BondSquawk | Hat Tip: Abnormal Returns]

Just how bad is the Greek RMBS market? (Hint: Bad.) [FT Alphaville]

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  Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 5:58 PM ET

London Clearing House Considers Gold as Collateral

Posted By: Lori Spechler
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LCH.Clearnet, a leading independent clearing house, is considering a plan to accept gold bullion as collateral against margined positions. London is the world’s largest market for over-the-counter gold trading.

"We’re looking at it closely,” confirms David Farrar, LCH.Clearnet Director of Commodities. “It’s something that, subject to regulatory approval, we’d look to introduce later this year." The Financial Services Authority \(FSA\) is the regulator of the financial services industry in the UK. A source, close to the situation, tells CNBC that nothing is currently pending before the FSA at this time on this matter.

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  Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 4:54 PM ET

'NYSE Margin Debt Hits Fresh Post-Lehman High'

Posted By: Ash Bennington


Breaking BRICs: Geithner wants Brazil's help on undervalued renminbi. [FT]

Dueling slide shows: Berokwitz hits back at Einorn! [Business Insider]

Intense media navel gazing: AOL/HuffPo Edition. [CNET]

Common sense: Coming to TSA checkpoint near you? [NY Times]

Americans are getting poorer —unless they're not. [Economix]

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