Posts belonging to Category Deutsche Bank

SEC Refuses to Take Action Against Senior Executives in Structured Product Cases


SEC Enforcement Chief Robert Khuzami recently stated that the SEC’s decision not to charge top executives of Wall Street banks with wrongdoing in cases involving structured products was appropriate, according to Suzanne Barlyn’s Wall Street Journal article entitled “SEC: Structured-Product Cases Haven’t Reached Top Bank Officers.” According to Mr. Khuzami, top executives were not involved […]

The Real Truth Regarding Some of Wall Street’s Subprime Shenanigans Begins to Emerge


J.P. Morgan Securities LLC has agreed to pay $153.6 million to settle SEC charges that it misled investors in a complex “built to fail” mortgage securities transaction just as the housing market was starting to plummet.

The Subprime Mortgage Mess: How the American Dream Turned into a Nightmare


Best-selling “Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led To Economic Armegeddon,” by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner, “calls out greedy guys behind mortgage mess,” according to a USA Today book review by Kathryn Caravan. See also “Home Truths,” by James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal. Both reviews provide examples of how the […]

What are Structured Products and Why are They so Dangerous?


Investors in today’s markets, particularly seniors, are caught between extremely low interest rates and the risk of pursuing higher returns they want or need. Brokerage firms are capitalizing on that dilemma by selling structured products as a way to earn above-market returns purportedly without market risk. But as Robert Powel, editor of MarketWatch’s Retirement Weekly, […]

Magnetar CDO Deals Haunt Wall Street Firms


The Securities and Exchange Commission is broadening its investigation into the world of “built to fail” collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) by looking at Merrill Lynch’s CDO business, according to articles by Marian Wang of Pro Publica (“Merrill Lynch Investigated for CDO Deal Involving Magnetar”) and Kara Scannell of the Financial Times (“SEC Probes $1.5 Billion […]

Wall Street Seeks to Profit from the Madoff Fraud


UBS and other Wall Street banks have found a way to profit from the Madoff ponzi scheme, swooping in like vultures to snap up claims from defrauded investors at a fraction of their nominal value, according to Michael Rothfield’s Wall Street Journal article entitled “Madoff Claims Lure Banks.” At the same time, UBS is being […]

Institutional Investors Are Filing Big Claims Against Financial Services Firms


Defense-minded institutions that have long remained on the sidelines when defrauded have finally woken up and are jumping on the plaintiff-recovery bandwagon as they seek to protect themselves against a variety of wrongdoing, according to Vanessa O’Connell’s Wall Street Journal article entitled “Company Lawyers Sniff Out Revenue.” These actions include waves of claims against Wall […]

Financial Services Firms Accused of Duping the Government out of $137 Billion


A California federal court has unsealed a whistleblower suit accusing AIG, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, and Societe Generale of perpetrating a fraudulent scheme to dupe the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the U.S. Department of the Treasury into issuing AIG more than $137 billion in bailout loans during the 2008 financial […]

Feds Charge Deutsche Bank with Mortgage Fraud


Federal prosecutors have filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and MortgageIT unit for alleged “reckless lending practices,” according to a New York Times Dealbook article entitled “U.S. Sues Deutsche Bank Over Mortgages.” Deutsche Bank acquired MortgageIT in July 2006. The complaint reportedly seeks over $1 billion in treble damages and penalties under […]

If Goldman Sachs Didn’t Tell Congress The Truth, What Do You Suppose It Told Its Customers?


Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate panel that investigated the causes of the financial crisis, said that federal prosecutors should consider bringing perjury charges against Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and others who testified before Congress last year, according to a Bloomberg article entitled “Goldman Sachs Misled Congress After Duping Clients, Levin Says.”