When it comes to big banks’ bad behavior and the fines they pay to settle “allegations” – which are actually civil charges and which would be criminal charges if applied to any other business or in any parallel universe – things aren’t even close to what they seem.
I’ve said it before, and even though I’ve been threatened, in not so subtle ways, and been warned not to piss off certain people in power, I’m going to keep on saying it:
JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) is a criminal enterprise.
After two years of review and lengthy revisions, all five regulatory agencies unanimously passed the controversial Volcker Rule on Tuesday.
The JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) $13 billion settlement finalized Tuesday tops the list of the biggest corporate fines ever in the United States.
Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors was one of the biggest, most powerful and profitable hedge funds on Wall Street. Cohen himself is a legendary figure, replete with odd, personal eccentricities that are the hallmark of the truly brilliant.
Famous for spending hours as a younger man watching the tape roll by, and for keeping his Stamford, CT, trading floor at a steady 68 degrees, Steve Cohen made billions for his clients – and himself.
Now the sharks are circling, the dominos are falling – nearly any hackneyed metaphor a writer could think of to evoke a doomstruck sentiment applies.
The SEC and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have pursued Cohen and SAC Capital with a rare, almost indecent zeal. The charge is insider trading, allegations which Cohen vehemently denies, but which the SEC is pursuing.