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    SIPC’s Brokerage Insurance Scam of Allen Stanford’s Victims — Another Reason to Close Your Brokerage Account Now!

    Imagine you invest with a broker whose front doors, office plaques, coffee mugs, pencils, brochures, stationery, folders, office signage, and emails all proclaim that your investments are insured by SIPC – Wall Street’s so-called “Securities Investor Protection Corporation.” Your broker tells you the stock market is overvalued. But he has a very safe, moderate-yield investment opportunity that entails purchasing certificates of deposits. More on Forbes here.

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    Check Out JPMadoff.com — The True Horror Series Starring Fraud Street and You!

    Forget House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Madmen, and all the other series you can’t wait to restart. There’s a new series out that beats them all. It went live yesterday on this channel. It’s free for the viewing, well, actually for the reading. It’s as shocking and scary as anything you’ll see in The Walking Dead.
    No, there no pretend zombies eating your mother-in-law. Instead, there are real-life, crooked felons eating your lunch. They star, in Season 1, the JPMorgan Chase bankers who spent two decades laundering Bernie Madoff’s money without a single one going to jail or, it seems, even losing his job. Season 2 may feature other JPMorgan bankers (all of whom are not just walking the streets, but still managing people’s money) whose financial malfeasance has produced over $28 billion in JP Morgan fines over the past four years. Seasons 3 and beyond? No one knows. But Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs and their bankers will, no doubt, play leading roles. More on Forbes here.

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    Miss. Delegation Members Call for SEC to Appeal Ponzi Scheme Ruling

    WASHINGTON – Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U.S. Representatives Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today called on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White to appeal a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by R. Allen Stanford. The court found that thousands of investors who were cheated in this Ponzi scheme, including many Mississippians, are not eligible for financial compensation. More on Insurance News here.

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    ALERT:

    H.R. 3482 – Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act
    New Co-Sponsor: Representative Christopher Smith [R-NJ4]. This brings the number of co-sponsors to date to 51. If your representative is currently not co-sponsoring H.R. 3482 (click here for a list of current co-sponsors), we urge you to visit www.fixsipcnow.org to write your representative, and follow up with a call to their office.

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    SIPC’s Brokerage Account ‘Insurance’ Scam: Take It from a Comptroller of the Currency

    SIPC’s Brokerage Account ‘Insurance’ Scam: Take It from a Comptroller of the Currency

    I’ve invited James Smith, former Comptroller of the Currency and former Deputy Under-Secretary of the U.S. Treasury to discuss the Insurance Scam being run by SIPC. As I’ve discussed in prior columns posted at www.kotlikoff.net, this scam puts all brokerage account holders at extreme risk. Indeed, I strongly recommend every brokerage account holder close her account immediately pending passage of H.R. 3482 and S. 1725. I also strongly recommend that all SIPC-insured brokerage firms immediately disclose the huge risk to their clients of SIPC “insurance,” specifically that if they withdraw and spend enough of their account balances, they can a) lose any claim to SIPC insurance coverage on their remaining balance and b) also be sued for every penny they legitimately withdrew over the six years proceeding the discovery of fraud in their brokerage account. To avoid its insurance obligation and sue legitimate brokerage account investors, SIPC need only declare the fraud a Ponzi Scheme, which is easily done and which, as the NY Times, recently reported, are a dime a dozen.

    Take It From a Comptroller of the Currency:

    Congress Needs to Act Now to Protect Investors from SIPC “Insurance”

    by James E. Smith

    On September 25, 2000, eight years before the scams of Bernard Madoff and R. Allen Stanford were uncovered, Gretchen Morgenson (financial journalist for the New York Times) wrote a perceptive column of exacting detail describing the Securities Investor Protection Corporation’s pinched and adversarial practices aimed at favoring the SIPC Fund over protecting innocent customers of failed broker dealers. That column was “dead on” concerning SIPC’s regrettable culture, in which litigation rather than protection is too often the order of the day.

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