Goldman Sachs charged with fraud ...still has plans for downtown SLC expansion

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Goldman Sachs Fallout

From movie Casablanca – Captain Renault to Rick:” I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Perhaps Alan Greenspan’s Shocked disbelief in front of congress was real in 2008 – Greenspan ” I made a mistake” in believing free markets could regulate themselves without government oversight.

Investors411 readers understand that market manipulation - GREED – exists and it is unfortunately its human nature that if you cut the amount of regulators and regulations, greed can run wild.  A hypothetical and real examples.

  • Cut penalties for theft, eliminate guards and surveillance cameras, leave chunks of money laying around the bank and what happens?
  • Cut regulation, call for smaller government with less regulators in the Energy market = Enron
  • Cut regulations, regulators of SEC and Justice Department = Bernie Madoff
  • Cut  regulation in banking and you get “repro trades” driving the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Greek current debt crisis Lehman’s collapse (almost 1/2 trillion dollar loss) was the breaking point of the 2008 financial meltdown.
  • Now Goldman Sach‘s has also been accused of “Fraud” leading up to the 2008 meltdown.

Best analysis – “Goldman Sachs Too Big to Obey the Law” – comes from MIT’s Simon Johnson. Also, decent article on legal ramifications in NYT for both SEC and Goldman

Bottom Line - In this case, Goldman Sachs is Goliath and the SEC is  David. GS has a dream team of legal experts that would make OJ Simpson, and the SEC look like little leaguers. GS face a danger of others piling on. We all face a danger of a run on the bank that is too big to fail.

Best Line you can tell your right wing friends who will argue that the left will over regulate everything from Credit Default Swaps to Shadow Banks -” I just want the regulation to be like they were under Ronald Reagan or was he a socialist too.”

Post Script – Bill Clinton has also admitted he was given the wrong advise on derivatives (by Summers, Greenspan and Rubin) It’s time a lot of other politicians admit this error too.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at dictionary


Index Percentage Volume
Dow -1.13% up
NASDQ -1.37% up
S&P 500 -1.66% up
Russell 2000 -1.32% -

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Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

See Positions for changes made each weekend

US markets took a major hit in increased HUGE volume on the news that the SEC had launched a case against mega bank Goldman Sachs.  Quote/paraphrase this AM on CNBC from SEC – “The Agency [SEC] is not done yet.” translation – there are more prosecutions to come involving the time period before the 2008 meltdown.

The best analysis I could find on what will drive markets this week. Interesting in this analysis they put the Greek debt crisis ahead of Goldman Sachs. (I wouldn’t) It also ignores the economic impact that the Iceland volcano is having on European economy.

Fearless Forecasts Last Week - “Up week” 3 of 4 major indexes were higher, despite Goldman Sach’s news.

Fearless Forecast This Week – We should have better than expected  earnings, but ash clouds over Europe, Goldman Sachs, European/Greece crisis will probably overshadow earnings – “Down Week.”

Significant Indexes

  • McClellan Oscillator fell dramatically to -29.37 yesterday.  [+60 or above = Overbought = sell. -60 or below = Oversold = buy]. StockCharts has a better version of the McClellan chart ($NYMO)LINK. - This is still in NEUTRAL territory – but we are approaching oversold territory – A time to buy.
  • US Dollar – rose +0.39% yesterday. [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.] Mantra – right now The Dollar Rules Remember, dollar down almost always = stocks up. The 50 day moving average is a major support/resistance level. Right now the dollar is just above the 50 day MA.  Think of a huge battle going on over the last 4 trading days as to wether the dollar goes up or down,


The  Positions Section = latest buys and sells – (Revised positions last weekend) - These are positions I actually own

TYH position has been completely closed – O% gain. UWM will be probably sold for what looks to be a 7% loss today.

When the McClellan Index gets below 60 Invetors411 will again add to positions.



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