"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 
Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Friday, November 26, 2010

When is a bank really trading with its money?

The Jakarta Post,  Jesse Eisinger, International Herald Tribune, New York | Fri, 11/26/2010

The regulatory overhaul of the U.S. financial system that passed last summer scored a big victory: It barred investment banks from wagering with their own capital. Some cynics expect Wall Street to find a way around these rules. By ‘‘some,’’ I  conservatively estimate 99 percent of people who do not work on Wall Street and 100 percent of those who do.

Yes, banks like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have been jettisoning hedge funds and other  “proprietary traders’’ to comply with the new edict, called the Volcker Rule.

But there is not a clear and bright line here. Defining proprietary trading is extremely difficult because it is almost impossible to distinguish from making markets. Goldman gets most of its profits from trading businesses, but it says that the majority of such trading is for clients. Regulators are struggling to define this, and investment banks are pouring their lobbying muscle into educating them.

To understand why this task is so hard, it is worth going through an obscure transaction that Goldman Sachs completed in  London this year. The story starts in summer 2008. Bear Stearns had collapsed. The housing bubble was bursting. So was another bubble, in loans to high-risk companies. Banks, which had doled out overly generous loans to high-risk corporations,
would get stuck with losses on many of them.

During this period, Goldman Sachs bundled a bunch of these loans into a special concoction called CELF Partnership— or CELF-interested.

Of the ¤1.5 billion deal, worth about $2 billion today, ¤1.2 billion came from Goldman’s own balance sheet. Goldman whipped the deal out the door in July 2008.

Just two months later, the financial crisis roared to a boil and the assets backing the CELF bonds, like all such investments, wilted. Those who had bought into the CELF deal were sitting on paper losses.

The CELF deal got interesting this year. The big investor in the deal, a Dutch pension fund, wanted out. It owned the AAA-rated portion of the CELF deal.

The investor went back to the underwriter, Goldman, and after an auction, the firm bought the bond from its client. Because the market had declined, the investor took a loss.

In addition to buying the AAA position, Goldman also bought some of the equity, or the bottom part of the deal. The equity carried ownership rights. Goldman bought enough equity to become the majority holder of the deal.

By controlling such a deal, an owner can ‘‘call’’ a deal, or unwind the transaction. When that happens, the assets are sold and the owners are paid in sequence, by their seniority. In other words, the AAA holder gets paid in full first, and so on, down to the equity. We know that Goldman took control of the deal because it issued an obscure notice to the Irish Stock Exchange, saying that it now owned a majority of the equity of the fund. That notice listed the Goldman executive who was responsible for the position: Norman Hardie.

So who is Norman Hardie? Does he run a hedge fund that Goldman is booting out the door? Is he a Goldman proprietary trader? No. At the time, he was in charge of a part of Goldman’s structured finance business. Supposedly, that is a division that serves clients. Yet here he was snapping up big pieces of complex deals, putting his firm’s capital at risk.

Goldman made a bundle on the trade. Even though the CELF assets are not worth today what they were in 2008, therewas enough money that in unwinding the trade, all the debt holders — including Goldman — got paid off in full.

The holders of the equity were left with cents on the dollar. For Goldman, the trickwas that it was worth a small losson the equity to make a big gain on the debt. So Goldman made money and some of its clients took losses. At this point, few would be surprised by that.

Still, as the underwriter, Goldman sure seemed to have been in a unique position to profit. Goldman had a thorough knowledge of the CELF assets and knew all the original investors. But was there anything wrong with what it did?


The important point is that this is a big way that Goldman makes money. Yet Goldman says its CELF trade was not proprietary trading at all. It was all done to help its client. What is more, it paid that client above-market rates.

‘‘Our client decided to sell its investment,’’ the firm said in a statement. ‘‘It took independent advice and ran a competitive sale process. We offered the highest price. This is a good example of helping a client achieve its objective, and underscores the critical importance banks play in using their capital to facilitate transactions on behalf of clients.’’ That is very similar to the arguments that the financial industry’s lobbyists will be making to complicate things for the definers of the Volcker Rule.

In the CELF transaction, Goldman took a big risk with its own money. The problem, exemplified by the financial crisis, was that when banks make those bets, they take their big winnings to the Hamptons but saddle American taxpayers with the losses.

There is a new law to curtail this kind of behavior. Because of the way Wall Street does business these days, it is fair to question whether it will work.

Jesse Eisinger is a reporter for ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

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