Tag: Societe Generale

Mid-Afternoon Holiday Reading

Like a linkfest link barrage, only post-nap

  • George Soros says it’s an oil bubble; he could have been nice enough to comment here, instead of going straight to the mainstream media. Still, speculation is rampant.
  • Jerome Kerviel didn’t act alone? Once again, no surprise here.
  • Giving away your product, while praying, should not be part of your business plan’s executive summary. If that’s your strategy, then bury the praying part in notes to the projections (nobody ever looks at those).

It’s cloudy/gloomy out…good weather for more napping.

UPDATE: If you decided to sleep too, there’s now more on the oil speculation bit here.

SocGen Took 16 Days, 28 People to Uncover Kerviel Lie

Bloomberg sayeth:

The report censures the controls that Societe Generale, which helped create today’s derivatives markets, says keep risk at an acceptable level. It shows that compliance officers went through the motions of carrying out controls without challenging Kerviel’s explanations or probing further when he changed counterparties or canceled trades.

Ha. Sack them all.

Then someone should figure out why Jerome Kerviel was about to get a bonus.

Court Puts Societe Generale Trader In Jail

Will Jerome Kerviel remain in custody?

A Paris court sent French trader Jerome Kerviel behind bars Friday, while the investigation into billions of euros (dollars) of losses he allegedly caused for bank Societe Generale took a new twist with a second employee taken into custody.

Investigators want to know whether Kerviel acted alone, and if so, how it was that a brokerage employee sent him a message before the scandal broke, saying: “You have done nothing illegal in terms of the law.”

This is getting repetitive…”no surprise.” Although it still won’t surprise me, I’m waiting to hear that volumes of trading records, emails, and other intra-office communications have mysteriously disappeared.

SEC Probes Stock Sales by SocGen Insider

Latest twist, or coincidence?

Via Dow Jones Newswire:

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating sales of stock by Societe Generale board member and American investor Robert A. Day and two foundations associated with him, people familiar with the matter say. The U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., has opened a criminal probe related to the bank, according to one person familiar with the matter, although its precise focus wasn’t immediately clear.

Day, investment manager with U.S.-based Trust Co. of the West, and the foundations sold about $140 million of Societe Generale stock approximately two weeks before the bank notified its board about the billions of trading losses.

Either way, no surprise.

Rogue Trader Costs Bank Billions?

It may have been a “rogue trader” that caused a $7 billion loss for Société Générale, or maybe it wasn’t.

If someone, say six months from now, came out and said Société Générale lost that money on the up-and-up, that like every other bank on planet Earth they made big bets on mortgage securities and related derivatives, summarily lost their shirts, and then found someone to pin it on, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

Regardless, every single person even remotely associated with the compliance department at that financial institution should be sent packing immediately.

It just doesn’t pass my smell test.

UPDATE: Henry Blodget says the rogue trader/patsy/what-have-you still performed better than some Wall Street traders.

UPDATE 2: Of course Jermone Kerviel’s Facebook friends aren’t truly friends. All those “friends” wanted to do was get noticed themselves.

UPDATE 3: But, the Fed didn’t know about this before their historic rate cut. Either they’re out of touch, or…I’ve got a bridge I want to sell you.

UPDATE 4: Fodder for conspiracy theorists.