Fraudulent La. Bond Offering to Improve a City Sewer System
One of the consequences of the collapse of various portions of the financial markets in the Great Recession of 2007-2009 was the passage of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, better known as the Dodd-Frank Act.» Read More
The notion of a Consolidated Audit Trail (“CAT”) arose in the early days of the 21st century, which in 2005 led to the creation of the National Market System when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted regulation NMS as laid out in my Sept.» Read More
Malta: geography, history, and pirates.
The island country of Malta, three islands that together constitute the Malta archipelago, is in the middle (almost the exact middle) of the Mediterranean Sea, halfway between Italy and Libya and almost equidistant between Gibraltar and Lebanon.» Read More
Gregory Blotnick (“Blotnick”), age 35, is a resident of Palm Beach, Florida. He was the founder, sole owner, managing partner, and only employee of Brattle Street Capital, LLC, a New York limited liability company (“BSC”) headquartered in New York, NY. BSC is the unregistered investment adviser to a private investment fund, BSC Opportunistic Equity, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (the “Fund”), founded by Blotnick in June 2019, and headquartered in New York, NY.» Read More
One of the consequences of the last 13+ years of Quantitative Easing has been an indefatigable search for better investment returns. Although the recent rediscovery of inflation by the Federal Open Market Committee of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has resulted in significant increases in the federal fund rate (the 10-year Treasury Note now yields over 3.2 %), investors have been quite adventuresome in “placing their bets.”» Read More
Ronald D. Paul, now 66, was described in the December 12, 2019, issue of the Washington Business Journal as a “long time Washington real estate developer” who was a founder of Eagle Bank (“Bank”), a Maryland-chartered commercial bank, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.» Read More
Deccan Value Investors L.P. (“Deccan”) is a Connecticut limited partnership, operating as an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) since 2011. Deccan, according to the SEC’s Aug. 3, 2022, Order Instituting Administrative and Cease-and-Desist Proceedings (“Order”), “pursued a long-term, concentrated, low-turnover, research-oriented, fundamental investment strategy, investing all its dozen or so client accounts in a dozen or so companies.”» Read More
In William Shakespeare’s great play “Romeo and Juliet,” Act 2, Scene 2, Juliet famously asks:
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
But sometimes, as Gertrude Stein and then Ernest Hemingway opined in a commentary on Juliet’s pronouncement: “A rose, is a rose, is an onion.”» Read More
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has become increasingly concerned about the sale of complex investment products to retail investors, especially as investors seek enhanced returns in a period (from the Great Recession in 2008 until the Spring of 2022) when the recurring commitment of Quantitative Easing policies by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“FRB”) and the interest-rate strictures by the FRB’s Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) had driven down yields on debt investments to just above 0%.» Read More