Parisian Family Office, CEO. Began Wall Street, 1982. Founded investment firm, CHIPPEWA PARTNERS, Native American Advisors. Active Trader. White Earth Chippewa Tribal member. Was NYSE/FINRA arb. Conservative, raised on Great Plains reservations. Pureblood, clot-shot free. In a world elevated on a dopamine binge, this is his take! Written from MT Ghost Ranch on the Yellowstone River, TN farm Pamelot or San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, CASA TULE'. Always been, will always be, an optimist.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Jail for Jon Corzine? Does anybody care?
Corzine stole hundreds of millions, maybe billions of unmargined customer cash, the CME didn't allow those customers to trade their options for a full week, costing actual ranchers and farmers hedging their business expectations like they must, hundreds of millions, and now they're talking about clawbacks of cash from recent customers who may even be totally out of the exchange altogether when the company went under! You steal a $6 item from WalMart today and go straight to jail.
Then you have creditors like BoA who think they should have first dibs at the bankruptcy. It's insane. If everyone is not made whole, EVERYONE, then the sacred law preventing the co-mingling of customer cash is destroyed, as is the trust in all brokers. If Corzine gets off on this, that means they can all get off, they can all say, for example, some broker like Schwab or Fidelity or Ameritrade or Interactive Brokers or Morgan Stanley can say "oh sure you have x number of shares in some company, see it says there right on our web page, and all sorts of cash there too, see it on the screen there?" Meanwhile, they could be doing exactly as MF Global's prop desk was doing, using that cash for their own purposes.
There is no gray area here, Corzine should go to straight to jail and the customers must be made whole, with the creditors taking ALL OF THE LOSSES. The whole system is destroyed because of the way this was handled. There is a clear path to make things right, and if they stray from it at all, then the whole thing is a goner.
Here's some of the latest that should make any investor shudder: Click here: MF Customer: $50M Commodity Account Gone - Bloomberg