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TimeMag: "How Wall Street Is Still Rigging the Game" by Greg Smith

Published in the November 5th Edition of Time Magazine
(Vol. 180, No. 19 | 2012)

(Note: After 12 years as Executive Director of it's U.S. equity-derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Greg Smith resigned from Goldman Sachs through an OP-ED Published in The New York Times on March 14th, 2012.)

If you watched the recent presidential debates or the Republican and Democratic conventions, you might have gotten the impression that the practices of Wall Street that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression have been fixed. None of the candidates are talking about it. Aside from Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, politicians are noticeably silent on an issue that still poses a real risk to people’s economic futures: a financial system that is rigged against the ordinary citizen in favor of the banks — and allows the gains to be privatized to an elite few, even as the losses are socialized to everyone in America.

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The truth is that the problem has not been fixed. Did you know that four years after the crisis, and more than two years after the passage of “landmark financial reform,” fewer than one-third of the new laws have been implemented and more than three-quarters of the required deadlines have been missed by the regulators? Did you know that the Wall Street lobby has spent more than $300 million trying to kill — or insert loopholes into — key rules that would ensure greater transparency in derivatives and forbid banks from betting against their own customers? Did you know that the nation’s five largest banks are even bigger than they were before the financial meltdown? Unfortunately, the politicians and regulators are buckling. There is a leaking dam, and what lawmakers and regulators have done so far is put a Band-Aid over it.

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His Book: Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story
Released: October 22nd, 2012
Market Price: $28.00

RuetersTV - The Exchange w/ Rob Cox:
Greg Smith on Leaving Goldman Sachs

Aired: October 22, 2012

Video: Here

60 Minutes Interview - Greg Smith: Resignation
By Anderson Cooper
Aired: Sunday, October 21, 2012

Video: Here

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the practices of Wall Street that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?

Wall street is just the casino, the fed is the source of the money. Wall Street did what made sense given the financial environment. I don't want things regulated except by market forces. If someone is giving out free birth control, you can bet your ass they are going to screw.

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