Earlier this week, the NFA met to discuss the possibility of a lifetime ban of Jon Corzine from the futures industry. Two directors in particular– John Roe and James Koutoulas– wanted him out and wanted him out bad. Guy thought he could take down a once proud brokerage firm for yuks and then get off scot free? He had another thing coming, Roe and Koutoulas probably said to each other while putting the finishing touches on a press release they planned to send out announcing the news, in addition to skywriting plane they put a deposit on to spell out “Hit the bricks, pal,” over Corzine’s house. Unfortunately, the duo will most likely lose their $150 and most definitely have to save the party hats they sent others to pick up for another time. It seems in their excitement to tell JSC that he was “finished here,” Roe and Koutalas failed to make sure he was actually a member of their organization.
…when the board emerged from its meeting late on Thursday, the group issued a cryptic statement suggesting that Mr. Corzine could not be so easily ostracized because of, well, a small flaw in the plan: “Mr. Corzine is not currently a member of N.F.A.,” the board’s chairman declared in the statement.
So, sad trombone, but wait! They can still salvage this!
The group on Thursday vowed that he “will not be granted membership unless N.F.A., after completing its fitness investigation, resolves” concerns about his ability to run a futures firm.