Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bernie Madoff arrested over alleged $50 billion fraud .........

Bernie Madoff arrested over alleged $50 billion fraud
Bernie Madoff, a former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, has been arrested and charged with running a multi-billion dollar hedge fund swindle in New York.

By James Quinn, Wall Street CorrespondentLast Updated: 10:41AM GMT 15 Dec 2008

Bernie Madoff, former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market Photo: AP
Mr Madoff is alleged to have operated the scheme through his hedge fund business, which was separate from his better-known market-making business, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (BMIS).
Mr Madoff told senior employees of his firm on Wednesday that "it's all just one big lie" and that he was "finished", according to a criminal complaint filed on Thursday night by the US Attorney's office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
He allegedly went on to say that the business was "a giant Ponzi scheme" – a reference to Charles Ponzi, one of the greatest swindlers in US history – and estimated that the scheme had lost investors $50bn over many years – which would make the hedge fund one of the biggest frauds in history.
"There is no innocent explanation," Mr Madoff said, according to the criminal complaint. He told the agents that it was all his fault, and that he "paid investors with money that wasn't there", according to the complaint.
He allegedly told his employees that he had, for years, been paying returns to certain investors out of the cash received from other investors.
Mr Madoff, 70, was charged with a single count of securities fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5m if found guilty.
The criminal complaint was accompanied by a separate civil lawsuit filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which accuses Mr Madoff of defrauding clients of his firm and seeks emergency relief for the victims.
"Our complaint alleges a stunning fraud – both in terms of scope and duration. We are moving quickly and decisively to stop the scheme and protect the remaining assets for investors," said Scott Friestad, the SEC's deputy enforcer.
The complaint details that as of Jan 7, 2008, Madoff's investment advisory business had assets of $17.1bn, serving up to 25 clients.
Although Mr Madoff is thought to have few direct British links, he did open a London office in 1983, with Madoff Securities International becoming one of the first American members of the London Stock Exchange.
Stephen Raven, chief executive of Madoff Securities International said: “We only became aware overnight of the news relating to our Chairman, Bernard Madoff. Our business in London is not in any way part of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC. His major shareholding in our firm is a personal investment. Our business activities are not involved in any way with the US asset management company with which the reported allegations appear to be concerned. We do not have any further information beyond what is already in the public domain."
In 2000, his market-making business BMIS partnered with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch to the form the new Primex Trading platform, one of the early rival electronic exchanges to the main bourses which eventually fell by the wayside following a partnership with NASDAQ.
BMIS is also credited with ending the old practice of quoting New York Stock Exchange-listed securities in eighths of a dollar in 1997, instead listing them in sixteenths.
Mr Madoff began BMIS with just $5,000 of savings from jobs lifeguarding at Rockaway Beach and installing sprinkler systems.
The firm grew to become a leading market maker, with brother Peter, nephew Charles, niece Shana, and sons Mark and Andrew all involved in the business at some stage in recent years.
His firm's website claims that BMIS ranks among the top one per cent of US securities firms, and states that "clients know Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in
maintaining... high ethical standards."
Mr Madoff's lawyer, Dan Horwitz, called his client "a person of integrity" and said he intends to fight the charge. "We will fight to get through this unfortunate set of events." His client was released on a $10m bond secured by his New York apartment.

My Comments:
Well, Vasanth was asking me whether I will write on Bernie Madoff's scandal.
He wants to know how banks get involved.The matter of fact is that banks like HSBC, Fortis Bank,Nomura and Neue Privat Bank,Swiss private bank Reichmuth & Co.,the list is very long which includes charity trust, school trust and they are still added.
The reason banks are fix here is the banks gave loans to their clients to invest in Bernie Madoff''s
Hedge Fund and see the anamoly here.......In last one year we have seen wrost kind of financial MESS from the foreign MNC hedge funds and big names like Citi,UBS, Lehman Bros,Bear Stern,Bank Of America,Wachovia Bank , National City and many many more where the top honcos of the banks and hedge funds have actually played with the investors money in America and they have actually drowned those money of Old people in America and these people who needs the money so badly had lost 60-80% of their savings.
As Rakesh said somewhere in interview that what are these MNC's?Investors in India buys these MNC's which makes such fraud , against them Satyam is nothing!Lol.....that is what I some times feel and have written here or somewhere else.....
Well, Vasanth....Bernie Madoff was a Ponzi scheme....named after a reference to Charles Ponzi, one of the greatest swindlers in US history –
As he himself has said there was no money, no profit.He paid interest from the money he use to get for investment.These is the biggest fraud in the history....$50 bn is big big by any standard....


  1. Rajeev bhai,

    your old pick kwality icecreams was in upper circuit for 10 days.It ran from 15 to 51 in no time.Promotor holding is almost 85% and their quaterly resuts were very good.what more one wants??

    Also, In the interview Rakesh,Ramdev,Ramesh are of the view that this is the time to buy.Are you still of the view that market may again tank to 7700?


  2. Well Shree,
    These are some stocks where my picking of multibaggers thinking comes in.This is one of the few views I gave for pcikign a multibagger.....Promoters Stake is HIGH......I have written in that post that sometimes I buy stocks just on HIGH promoters stake.....other example are Lanco Global,Narendra Properties etc.....