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According to the Collins English Dictionary 10th Edition fraud can be defined as: "deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage".[1] In the broadest sense, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud, but there have also been fraudulent "discoveries", e.g. in science, to gain prestige rather than immediate monetary gain
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Break Up Goldman Sachs

There are many people now saying that the big banks need to be broken up and that the FDIC should not be backstopping the investment banks with their trillions in derivatives and their big bets that loot wealth from the financial system.  But the change is not going to come from the top and work its way down to the people.

We have to wait and see just how the banks are truly put in their proper place as utilities that serve the people, not just themselves.

Fed Governor Speaks Out For Stronger Rules
By Simon Johnson - The Baseline Scenario
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These structures are intended to benefit from association with federally guaranteed deposits as well as the broader but more nebulous protection that comes from being perceived – by officials and by markets – as too big to fail. A commercial bank gives trading operations huge financing advantages, in part because they have the implied backing of depositors and taxpayers; this is why so many banks have put their enormous derivatives trading operations in their insured banks.

Goldman Sachs this week announced that it will expand its regulated bank as a way to obtain lower-cost financing. The federal insurance on deposits is a great deal for a high-risk trading operation like Goldman’s, lowering its financing costs by perhaps 200 basis points (two percentage points, an enormous amount in today’s markets).

Without government guarantees, creditors to Goldman would want to be compensated for the risks they are taking. As things now stand, Goldman is receiving a large implicit government – and taxpayer – subsidy. The same is true at all the other large banks.

Marc Jarsulic of Better Markets points out that, during the height of the financial crisis, the largest financial institutions in the country received a great deal of emergency financing to support their securities operations. At its peak in September 2008, this financing amounted to around $430 billion (per day).
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