Hank Paulson

Hot Links: Bizarro FDIC

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Dollar down, stocks and commodities _____?  Yeah, yeah, you know the rest.  (Bloomberg) Story of the Day: Bizarro FDIC to borrow money from…The Banks!  (NYT) This was fascinating:  World economies and where we are on the productivity curve.  (Clusterstock) Maryland is the most moneymaking state in the US.  (CNNMoney) John…

Squashing the Goldman Beef

You can always tell when you’re talking to someone who at one point in their career worked at Goldman Sachs. How? Simple.  Within the first 5 minutes or so, they will begin a sentence with the phrase “When I was at Goldman,”. This is the real world equivalent of Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy telling a girl…

Breakfast Links: Post-Apocalyptic Disney

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… JPMorgan almost bought Morgan Stanley at Paulson‘s request during the crisis.  (DealBook) SIA: 2nd quarter chip sales up 17% sequentially, 4 months of gains in a row.  (WSJ) Commercial RE loans blowing up faster than you thought.  (Clusterstock) Nouriel Roubini goes bullish on commodities.  (ResearchReloaded) A Swissman (is that a…

Taibbi v Goldman Redux

“Goldman Sachs…is like a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money” Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Magazine Matt Taibbi is the reporter who has just exploded into the public consciousness with his brutal Goldman Sachs Controls the Universe piece in, of all places, Rolling Stone…

Who Else Got Pushed Around by Hank Paulson?

I just sat down and digested the B of A/Merrill Lynch Merger Investigation letter and I felt like I was reading excerpts from a Godfather IV script treatment. Ken Lewis is no innocent, but Hank Paulson comes off like a f@ckin’ psycho in Andrew Cuomo‘s letter to the SEC and TARP oversight committee.  Cuomo basically…

Ken Lewis: They Made Me Do It

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that B of A CEO Ken Lewis testified to NY AG Andrew Cuomo that he was coerced into going through with the Merrill Lynch acquisition by Bernanke and Paulson, of the Fed and Treasury, respectively. Yeah, OK.  From Reuters: The Journal said Lewis testified that Bernanke and Paulson told…

The Goldman Sachs Backlash is Picking Up Steam

  Goldman Sachs (GS) has been able to stay above the fray more than most of its (former) competitors over the last 6 months.  Its share price has stayed above single digit-ville and Buffett‘s investment in the company was seen by many as the Omaha Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.  Now that AIG has been incinerated…