Friday, January 16, 2009

Bernie Madoff May Not have Placed a Single Trade

Personally I am getting Madoff fatigue - but this is "our" (CNBC's) O.J. Simpson. As I was reading other news I came across this article - the headline was something that one can't ignore. Our most excellent investor (Weekend at) Bernie may never have placed a single trade. Heckuva job SEC!
  • Bernie Madoff's investment fund may never have executed a single trade, industry officials say, suggesting detailed statements mailed to investors each month may have been an elaborate mirage in a $50 billion fraud.
  • An industry-run regulator for brokerage firms said on Thursday there was no record of Madoff's investment fund placing trades through his brokerage operation. That means Madoff either placed trades through other brokerage firms, a move industry officials consider unlikely, or he was not executing trades at all.
  • Madoff's broker-dealer operation, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, underwent routine examinations by FINRA and its predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers, every two years since it opened in 1960, Perone said.
  • There also appear to be discrepancies between monthly statements sent to investors and the actual prices at which the stocks traded on Wall Street. For example, his November statement showed he bought software maker Apple Inc's securities at $100.78 each on November 12, about a month before his arrest. But Apple's stock on that day never traded above $93.24. The statement also showed he bought chip maker Intel Corp at $14.51 on November 12, but Intel's highest price on that day was $13.97. (so you're saying a routine audit by someone of say 2nd grade level math aptitude, could catch these things? hmmm)
Now I see how he had all that free time. You can work on the fake statements 40 hours a week when you don't even need to watch the market....

Egad. Let's hope Obama brings his promised adults (regulators) back to the room.

Long Madoff extracted from penthouse and deposited into proper jumpsuit

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