February 2011

Investor Liberation

One of the least-controversial parts of Dodd-Frank was its call for a new Office of Credit Ratings at the SEC. Among other things, this new office would implement D-F’s provisions for oversight of credit rating agencies — known as Nationally … Read more

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Tipping Point

It was an especially late night at work for former portfolio manager Donald Longueuil — one that lasted into the wee hours of the morning of 20 November 2010, according to U.S. prosecutors. According to their criminal complaint against Longueuil, … Read more

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The End to Misleading 105s

One of the most worrisome items to emerge from the 2008 financial market wreckage was the realization that Lehman Brothers had deliberately used accounting gimmicks to hide tens of billions of dollars of leverage from investors, counterparties, and regulators. Through … Read more

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