20 May 2010

Wall Street Threatens Washington as Reform Vote Approaches; Europe Acts Pre-emptively Against Fraud

Naked shorting is illegal in the US, and for very good reasons. On a larger scale, it is used for price manipulation, and is the equivalent of counterfeiting. The removal of the uptick rule by the SEC on July 6, 2007, which had been created in 1938 as part of the New Deal regulatory reforms, cleared the way for its more heavy handed uses and control frauds.

The ban on naked short selling was not enforced by regulators who were willing to turn a blind eye to blatant market manipulation. Under the DTCC regime it turned epidemic. The alarm was raised by many whistle blowers who were either ignored or vilified by the corporate media.

Let me be clear on this. I am not opposed to short selling. It is a trade that has many legitimate uses. It is naked short selling that lends itself so readily to abuse, particularly when there are not limits on position sizes and massed selling to drive down prices. The deregulatory movement, based on such lofty principles, has become nothing more than a means to a fraud, systematically knocking down all the regulatory safeguards that were put in place to protect the public during the Great Depression.

And this was the result of a long and expensive campaign, led by the wealthy elite and the Wall Street banks, to lobby the Congress and dupe the people to energize their frauds. As such, it shows premeditation and deliberate intent, the organized corruption of one of the most connected of all global resources, the US financial system and control of the international monetary reserves.

It became so outrageous that the US had to intervene during its banking crisis that triggered this global financial crisis, and selectively enforce the law to protect its banks from each other and the packs of unregulated hedge funds led by Goldman Sachs.

Germany recently stepped in to ban NAKED short selling, which was being used to attempt to take down certain prices to trigger the highly lucrative and largely unregulated Credit Default Swaps.

And commentators were outraged and even hysterical over this action by Germany, which was the kind of responsible market regulation that the US reserves to itself, and only when it is in support of protecting its banking oligarchs.

This surprise and shock indicates how low our standards have fallen, and how given over to Stockholm syndrome so many otherwise intelligent people have become regarding the speculators and the banks. Death by professors, chief strategists, and the pampered princes of the corporate media.

I found it interesting that the heavy selling today in US equities, triggered by the selling of large tranches of SP futures near the open, in addition to news indicating the recovery is not gaining traction, and the threat of another flash crash was tied by traders this morning over ‘unease the the Congress has not yet killed Blanche Lincoln’s amendment to prohibit the banks from dealing in Credit Default Swaps.’

Regarding the recent gold action John Brimelow says:

"Waves of selling hit gold on Wednesday in the European and NY midmornings. As noted earlier, apparent CME volume pre-open was 90,000 lots, and estimated volume between 9AM and Noon NY, during which time gold dropped some $21, was a heavy 95,000 lots. ScotiaMocatta simply refers to gold being “bludgeoned down” and Reuters quotes a COMEX gold floor trader, “the big banks just put in sell orders that hit the market."
Anyone close to the market can see this manipulation. It is neither sophisticated nor clever. That is the shame of the regulators and insiders, who find their coverage in pleading ignorance. And what they do in gold they are doing in equities and other markets, while working their way up the food chain to the sovereign debt markets. None are safe when corruption partners with government.

All this pain and uncertainty is designed to maintain their impossibly perfect trading results for their proprietary accounts as their customers bleed for their bonuses. And what makes this such a perfect con is that they are bullying the public using the money taken from the Federal Reserve and the Congress, the public's own money.

I would that Obama and the Congress had half the courage of Merkel. And that commentators and the middle class would realize the sorry state that their economy is in, held hostage by a bunch of spoiled brats and well heeled thugs, and a government by and for the highest bidder.

"Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the Bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst yourselves, and when you lost, you charged it to the Bank... Beyond question this great and powerful institution has been actively engaged in attempting to influence the elections of the public officers by means of its money...

You tell me that if I take the deposits from the Bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin. Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin. You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, I will rout you out."

Andrew Jackson on The Second Bank of the United States which was the Central Bank of his day.
A dangerously simplistic view? More like common sense, and the plain spoken truth, at last. You have been given a Republic, indeed, if you can keep it, if only for the honor of your fathers, and the sake of your children.