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The Wizard of Lies: Diana Henriques

By Russel Kinnel | 05-24-2011

What Investors Should Learn From Bernie Madoff

Author Diana Henriques believes that the Madoff scandal underscores the importance of vigilance and research in selecting an investment advisor.

Russel Kinnel: Hi. My name is Russ Kinnel. I am director of mutual fund research for Morningstar, and today I’m going to be talking with Diana Henriques, author of The Wizard of Lies, a book about Bernie Madoff who pulled off the greatest Ponzi scheme ever.

The first question I want to ask you is about some of the research you did looking into his early life, and it’s really striking to see the signs of what would later become a giant Ponzi scheme were really there early on if you knew where to look.

Diana Henriques: That’s true, Russ, and I was quite surprised at that, as well. One of the mysteries I’m afraid, that will live as long as Madoff does, is when exactly the Ponzi scheme started. But I was able in my research to uncover an incident in 1962 when he was a very young over-the-counter trader with his own little firm.

He had invested money that was given to him by friends and family in very speculative, risky, over-the-counter stocks. In a market air pocket in May 1962 the bottom just dropped out of those stocks, and they lost all their money. But rather than confess that to them, he covered it up. He bought the shares back from their portfolios at what they paid for it and didn’t reveal but for that they would have been completely wiped out.

Now, he insisted to me, after the prison interview I had with him in August of 2010, that he kept it a secret from the investors because he knew that if he told them about it, they would insist that they take the losses and that he not nearly bankrupt himself to cover them up for him. But I don’t really buy that. I think he burnished his own reputation as the boy genius in the family and managed to hang on to those investment clients by lying to them about what he had done to prevent those losses in their accounts.

Now, that’s not the beginning of the Ponzi scheme, there’s no doubt about that. But it certainly was a very telling experience in the young life of the young Madoff.

Kinnel: You certainly get the sense that he, and maybe even his father to a degree, were trying to put a veneer on things that made things look better. And maybe all along he was trying to make it look like maybe he was a little more skilled investor than he was and that everyone was better off than they really were?

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How much money can banks create – Banking 101…Positive Money

How much money can banks create – Banking 101 (Part 4)

Published on Jan 18, 2013

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What does actually limit the ability of banks to increase the money supply?
In this video you’ll see that the type of reserve ratio that’s discussed in the textbooks has never even existed in the UK. We’ll see that the liquidity ratios that did exist have been reduced and eventually abolished, and that even when they did exist, they only limited the speed that the money supply could increase, but put no limit on the total size that it could grow to.

You’ll learn that the Capital Adequacy Ratios and Basel accords are about preventing banks from going bust when loans go bad, rather than limiting their dangerous lending or limiting how much money they create through lending. And although the capital adequacy requirements can restrain lending after a banking crisis, it doesn’t do anything to restrain lending in a boom.

You’ll also see that there is no natural limit on how quickly the banks can create money. They know that even if they don’t have the actual central bank reserves to make payments, they’ll be able to borrow those reserves from other banks, or even the central bank.

All this comes together to imply that the only thing that truly limits the creation of money, is the willingness of banks to lend. And their willingness to lend depends on their confidence.

In other words, the money supply of the nation depends on the mood swings of banks and the senior bankers that run them. This is surely an insane way to run an economy.

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The Gold Series: Gold as an Investment (Part 4)

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HOW THE WORLD SUPER RICH AVOID PAYING TAXES

How The Super Rich Avoid Paying Taxes

How The Super Rich Avoid Paying Taxes

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” DOW 14,000, A Grand Deception…pump and dump….” Gregory Mannarino

Must Watch. DOW 14,000, A Grand Deception. By Gregory Mannarino

Published on Feb 1, 2013

Pedro Schwartz on the creation of money out of thin air

 

Pedro Schwartz on the creation of money out of thin air

 

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Published on 19 Sep 2012Subscribe to our newsletter at http://www.goldmoney.com/goldresearch. GoldMoney’s James Turk interviews Prof. Pedro Schwartz who is the president of the Economic and Social Council of Madrid. They talk about bank regulation, the creation of money out of thin air and the beauty of the free market system.They discuss how banks have expanded despite of government regulation which Schwartz in large attributes to the granted privilege of fractional reserve lending. Using this procedure a bank can create loans above the actual amount of deposits at hand and therefore create new money. This also leads to fragility in the banking system and to boom and bust cycles. Schwartz argues for a leaner and more effective regulation of financial markets as the current regulation has not worked in regards to the financial crisis.They talk about the “tennis” between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank when it comes to the creating money out of thin air. Schwartz states that the ECB is disregarding the rules that were aimed to guard it from being influenced by political pressure. Despite the opposition of the German Bundesbank they are buying government bonds. This is equal to digital money printing and Schwartz scents that it is not being done for monetary policy, but for the stimulation of the economy which goes beyond the original remit of the bank.However despite the injections of new liquidity by the ECB Europe is still in recession, because interbank lending has dried up. That means that banks are parking much of the liquidity back at the ECB. The big question will be what will happen to inflation once the economy starts to pick up again and those funds find their way into the real economy. Schwartz also questions whether it is a productive business when banks can make a profit by borrowing money from the ECB at 1% interest and then turning around to buy government bond which yield 5% or 6%.A serious inflationary disaster will only be prevented if governments will succeed in reducing their deficits and stop selling bonds. Schwartz states that cutting government spending is the only viable solution to the problem. To accomplish this there has to be a change in social mentality so that people recognise that nothing is free and that the government sector has to shrink. In the end the market is the most efficient mechanism of allocating resources according to the wants and needs of people.This video was recorded on 14 September 2012 in Madrid.

 

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Reuters Today: Bernanke pleads for higher debt ceiling

Reuters Today: Bernanke pleads for higher debt ceiling

Published on Jan 15, 2013

Jan. 15 – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urges lawmakers, in no uncertain terms, to lift the U.S. borrowing limit and avoid a potentially disastrous debt default.