Full Disclosure Network http://www.fulldisclosure.net The News Behind the News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:47:59 +0000 en-EN hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Federal Reserve: Is the Dollar Bill in Danger? #657-2http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/09/federal-reserve-dollar-bill-danger-657-2/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/09/federal-reserve-dollar-bill-danger-657-2/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:47:59 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6714 Watch the Program Preview: “Other countries are nibbling around the edges of our financial system,” but that the dollar will not be replaced. According to Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, asserts that that the Euro is another example, where the currency […]

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“Other countries are nibbling around the edges of our financial system,” but that the dollar will not be replaced. According to Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, asserts that that the Euro is another example, where the currency bond market used to be mostly dollars, but is now mostly in Euros. He notes that before the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, half of all new issues went on the stock exchange in New York, but regulations drove the market toward London.

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Fed Reserve: Profits are Privatized & Losses Are Socialized #657-1http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/profits-privatized-losses-socialized-657-1/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/profits-privatized-losses-socialized-657-1/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:29:09 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6704 Watch the Program Preview: Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, describes working with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and David Vitter (R-LA) to help write a bill that would downsize banks “too big to fail,” to protect the public and smaller community […]

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Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, describes working with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and David Vitter (R-LA) to help write a bill that would downsize banks “too big to fail,” to protect the public and smaller community banks by helping to level the playing field. He acknowledges that trying to pass such a bill would be a struggle, but if there were to be another financial crisis, it might be done. G. Edward Griffin, author of “The Creature from Jekyll Island,” charges that Congress gave up the power to print money to banks with the Federal Reserve Act, and that banks are profiting by interest on nothing without the requirement of a gold or silver standard.

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Will Sheriff Baca & Tanaka be Indicted? #661-2http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/will-sheriff-baca-tanaka-indicted-661-2/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/will-sheriff-baca-tanaka-indicted-661-2/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:42:38 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6693 Watch the Program Preview: Todd Rogers, LASD Assistant Sheriff and candidate for Sheriff, divulges that there has been some media bias by certain newspapers toward particular Sheriff’s candidates favored the downtown Los Angeles elite. He discusses Under Sheriff Paul Tanaka being told in court by the Assistant U.S. Attorney as he testified for a defendant […]

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Todd Rogers, LASD Assistant Sheriff and candidate for Sheriff, divulges that there has been some media bias by certain newspapers toward particular Sheriff’s candidates favored the downtown Los Angeles elite. He discusses Under Sheriff Paul Tanaka being told in court by the Assistant U.S. Attorney as he testified for a defendant in the FBI obstruction investigation that he was under scrutiny as well, which Tanaka acknowledged. Rogers notes that he would not be running for Sheriff if he were the subject of an investigation, and he finds it reprehensible that defendants in the case are facing trial when it should be Sheriff Baca and Under Sheriff Tanaka since they directed the operation.

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FED Scholar: “No Safety Net for Big Banks” #656-3http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/fed-scholar-safety-net-big-banks-656-3/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/fed-scholar-safety-net-big-banks-656-3/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:45:49 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6681 Watch the Program Preview: Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, describes working with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and David Vitter (R-LA) to help write a bill that would downsize banks “too big to fail,” to protect the public and smaller community […]

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Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, describes working with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and David Vitter (R-LA) to help write a bill that would downsize banks “too big to fail,” to protect the public and smaller community banks by helping to level the playing field. He explains that Switzerland has two giant banks much larger than the Swiss economy, and could not be bailed out, and points out that these banks are required to have 19% equity capital, forcing them to think differently about their practices, and states this is what the U.S. should do. Meltzer recalls the Bernie Madoff debacle, and some lawyers bragging to him about circumvention regulations while staying inside the law.

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Baca & Tanaka: the Manipulators? #661-1http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/baca-tanaka-manipulators-661-1/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/08/baca-tanaka-manipulators-661-1/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 04:10:51 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6670 Watch the Program Preview:   Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, and candidate for Sheriff, discloses that there’s evidence that Sheriff Lee Baca  tried to influence the election after he resigned. He notes that Baca very actively raised funds for Commander James Hellmold, a close friend, and asked Rogers to drop out […]

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Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, and candidate for Sheriff, discloses that there’s evidence that Sheriff Lee Baca  tried to influence the election after he resigned. He notes that Baca very actively raised funds for Commander James Hellmold, a close friend, and asked Rogers to drop out of the race at the eleventh hour and become Interim Sheriff. Rogers reveals that he was asked to give a contract to a towing company “friendly” with the Sheriff’s Department, and that Tanaka and the Assistant Sheriff were supportive of that action. He said he refused, and admitted that many of the unethical behavior was not illegal, and therefore couldn’t be reported to higher or outside authorities. Rogers criticized Sheriff’s candidates Commander Robert Olmsted and Hellmold, for changing residences to be eligible to run for that office. He notes that he lives in Lakewood, and is a city official there.

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Fed Series: Housing Incentives Wrong #656-2http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/housing-incentives-wrong-656-2/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/housing-incentives-wrong-656-2/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:12:12 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6658 Watch the Program Preview:   This is Segment 4 of 6. Economist Allan H. Meltzer, Ph.D., charges that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fostered the wrong incentives that led to the home foreclosure situation. He points out  public’s  interest takes back seat to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) training that undermine regulators’ objectivity. and […]

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This is Segment 4 of 6. Economist Allan H. Meltzer, Ph.D., charges that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fostered the wrong incentives that led to the home foreclosure situation. He points out  public’s  interest takes back seat to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) training that undermine regulators’ objectivity. and promotes impractical, harmful, policies.  Meltzer believes that changing incentives for those who are regulated, paying for their mistakes, such as insisting they hold 15% equity capital and requiring non-payment of dividends and bonuses if it drops to 10% is a huge incentive for change.

 

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Sheriff Baca’s Long Reach #660-3http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/sheriff-bacas-long-reach-660-3/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/sheriff-bacas-long-reach-660-3/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:25:34 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6649 Watch the Program Preview: Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, and candidate for Sheriff, describes his tenure as Assistant Sheriff, and called it an “awesome responsibility” to be trusted by Sheriff Lee Baca with complete authority over 17,000 members, training, the budget, and the academy for over 14 months. Rogers acknowledges that […]

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Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, and candidate for Sheriff, describes his tenure as Assistant Sheriff, and called it an “awesome responsibility” to be trusted by Sheriff Lee Baca with complete authority over 17,000 members, training, the budget, and the academy for over 14 months. Rogers acknowledges that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held back funds because of their dislike of Baca, and that Rogers met with them to obtain an additional $40 million for the budget. Rogers describes himself as the “antithesis” of Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka, and said that when Baca promoted him, he told him he needed someone trusted and respected inside and outside the department. Rogers reveals that he would expand the concealed carry law, but would be judicious about his choices. He discusses campaign funding by powerful business interests leading to favors owed, which he opposes.

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Federal Reserve Bank Examiners: Never Met Loan They Didn’t Like #656-1http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/federal-reserve-bank-examiners-never-met-loan-didnt-like-656-1/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/federal-reserve-bank-examiners-never-met-loan-didnt-like-656-1/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:24:39 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6640 Watch the Program Preview:     Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, explains that banks have been turned into public utilities, and there’s too much emphasis on near-term actions. He posits that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010 added even […]

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Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, explains that banks have been turned into public utilities, and there’s too much emphasis on near-term actions. He posits that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010 added even more regulations to a heavily regulated industry, transferring decisions about risk for the bankers to the regulators. Meltzer divulges that the best incentive is to avoid loss in the first place, and Federal Reserve bank examiners in all major banks failed to regulate by not rejecting even one loan.

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The Truth About Baca & Tanaka? #660-2http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/truth-baca-tanaka-660-2/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/truth-baca-tanaka-660-2/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:10:54 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6634 Watch the Program Preview: Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, divulges a long string of conflicts between Baca and Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka. Rogers describes an instance of one Sheriff’s Sergeant pointing a gun at another one when he was a Commander, with a recommendation by him and his chief for demotion, but […]

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Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, divulges a long string of conflicts between Baca and Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka. Rogers describes an instance of one Sheriff’s Sergeant pointing a gun at another one when he was a Commander, with a recommendation by him and his chief for demotion, but Tanaka was able to bully and override that decision because the instigator was a friend of his, culminating in a 15-day suspension for that individual. Rogers describes that incident as the beginning of the end between Baca and Tanaka. He reveals that Baca forced Tanaka out, and then Tanaka retired, with a healthy pension. Rogers said there were continuous examples when Tanaka should have been investigated and disciplined, but it didn’t happen. He explains that Baca first encouraged him to run for Sheriff, later asked him to withdraw, and how Baca strongly supported Commander James Hellmold, a very close friend, to run for Sheriff.

 

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Fed Reserve: the Danger of Quantitative Easing #655-3http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/fed-reserve-danger-quantitative-easing-655-3/ http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2014/07/fed-reserve-danger-quantitative-easing-655-3/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:28:40 +0000 http://www.fulldisclosure.net/?p=6627 Watch the Program Preview: ——————————————————————————– You can watch all complete videos, by segments, when you sign up as a member. You can read a synopsis below. As a “Full Disclosure Insider” you can VIEW each segment in this series. Subscribe here! ——————————————————————————–   Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of […]

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Allan Meltzer, Ph.D., American Economist, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and author of a three-volume history of the Federal Reserve, explains that $1 trillion has been added to total reserves, even after reducing reserves by $10 billion per year, and that $2.5 trillion sits idle on banks’ balance sheets. His concern is that adding more reserves just creates enormous problems for the future, and that trillions of dollars will have to be absorbed back into the system without creating another inflation or recession, and creating chaos in  the world. Meltzer divulges that when prices go up on existing capital, it’s a signal to the market to invest in new capital, and it’s relatively cheap, but that’s not happening, and there have been 28 consecutive quarters of very low investment, mostly in labor-saving equipment. He states that unemployment rates have gone down, but mostly because many people have left the labor force, discouraged, and it doesn’t make for a sound economy.

 

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