Oct 11

Former Fed Chairman Edward Quince. Or is it Ben Bernanke
Former Fed Chairman Edward Quince. Or is it Ben Bernanke?

–  Meet Edward Quince, the Secret Federal Reserve Chairman in 2008 (Wall Street Journal, Oct 9, 2014):

Edward Quince was arguably the most powerful person in the world in the fall of 2008, with the fate of financial markets resting on his high-stakes decisions.

It turns out he didn’t actually exist.

Mr. Quince was the pseudonym then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used on emails when he was conferring with colleagues during the financial crisis. The false name was revealed as evidence as part of a class-action lawsuit against the government by shareholders of American International Group Inc., which received a giant Fed-backed bailout as it teetered toward collapse. Continue reading »

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Oct 11

Former Fed Chairman Edward Quince. Or is it Ben Bernanke
Former Fed Chairman Edward Quince. Or is it Ben Bernanke?

Meet The World’s First “Undercover, Super-Secret Central Banker” (ZeroHedge, Oct 9, 2014):

First a secret “Doomsday book“, and now this?

Flash back to those days in September 2008 when the financial system was on the verge of collapse and when first Lehman failed and then AIG was knocking on heaven’s door. While the story of the former has been written, it is the still incomplete history of the latter that is the reason why Hank Greenberg, the largest shareholder of AIG at the time, is suing the US government for bailing out AIG, alleging the US exorted shareholders when it provided a $182 billion bailout to the insurance company whose Joseph Cassano had seemingly sold insurance on every insolvent mortgage-related security: a strategy which worked in a rising market and led to a near systemic catastrophe when the market crashed.

We won’t debate the merits of Greenberg’s lawsuit, which is currently raging in court under STARR INTERNATIONAL COMPANY V. UNITED STATES, U.S. Court of Federal Claims 11-cv-00779 (it should be painfully clear by now that neither AIG nor crony capitalism as it exists now would have survived had Goldman and its NY Fed branch not extended several trillion in taxpayer funds to preserve the status quo), however we will note one thing: recall that when the terms of the AIG bailout first made waves in 2010 courtesy of Darrell Issa we found out something pecliar: none of the members of the Fed had any intentions on making their procedure public. Continue reading »

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