“I think that out of difficult times, opportunities present themselves,” Mr. Biden said today in Athens. “And with a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, a year from now we will have not only weathered this crisis, but even be in a stronger position.” [WSJ]
President Barack Obama’s senior advisers are confident Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will remain in his job even though he hasn’t made his intentions public, an administration official said. Geithner met recently with Vice President Joe Biden and laid out his reasons for wanting to leave the post. Biden outlined why it was vital that Geithner remain, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. [Bloomberg, earlier]
The president today continued to make the case for a big deal, arguing that if they’re going to draw heat for the deal, they should at least do more than make a down payment on the deficit – they should get the country on sounder financial footing and begin to seriously bend the deficit cost curve. During another exchange, Republicans were going through proposed tax increases as bad for jobs specifically, having hedge fund managers pay the same tax rate as average Americans (they currently pay a 15% rate) and capping the amount wealthier Americans can deduct at 28%. “C’mon, man!” Vice President Biden exclaimed, “let’s get real!” [ABC via Daily Intel]
Happy one-year birthday Stimulus! It’s been a year since Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and what better way to celebrate than to learn that banks will need an additional $221 billion of capital if all proposed financial regulations are implemented?
“The cumulative impact of all the proposed regulation suggests that there is a real risk that we may move from a system that was under regulated to one that is over regulated and that that could cause a significant increase in lending costs and a negative impact on the economy,” Nick O’Donohue, head of research at JPMorgan, said in a research note.
Indeed, the size is barely comparable, but it continues to grow interesting to watch who finds themselves caught up in scandal via a connection to “feeder funds” or feederesque funds for fraud. (Of course, its not at all clear that this is what was going on here, since, at least on these facts, it doesn’t look like Stanford was managing the capital in question, but the connection is interesting).
A fund of hedge funds run by two members of Vice President Joe Biden’s family was marketed exclusively by companies controlled by Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, who is facing Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of engaging in an $8 billion fraud.
The $50 million fund was jointly branded between the Bidens’ Paradigm Global Advisors LLC and a Stanford Financial Group entity and was known as the Paradigm Stanford Capital Management Core Alternative Fund. Stanford-related companies marketed the fund to investors and also invested about $2.7 million of their own money in the fund, according to a lawyer for Paradigm. Paradigm Global Advisors is owned through a holding company by the vice president’s son, Hunter, and Joe Biden’s brother, James.
No word yet on the fate of the Stanford Capital Management Alternative Suction That Will Pull Your Insides Out Core Opportunities Fund.
We shouldn’t be at all surprised that these frauds ensnare political luminaries. To a great extent, they require a visible association with political luminaries to preserve themselves, shield them from scrutiny, and to lend the endeavor a shiny coat of legitimacy. After all, if
SenatorVice President Biden’s family is involved….
Of course, Antigua knows the smackdown is coming.
“The Americans have a tendency to act in such a big manner,” Mr. Simon said. “It’s a very, very serious situation. One has to look at it from a nationalistic standpoint.”