The DOL is responsible for oversight of QPAM’s, but it can’t do this without a list, and adequate authority.
In 1999, Credit Suisse was criminally convicted in Japan. It helped 60 banks and companies hide huge losses. Basically, CS cooked their books. CS directed that documents be shredded, destroyed or sent immediately to the firm’s offices in London, beyond the reach of the regulators, evenduring an audit by the regulator.
Credit Suisse didn’t apologize: It said it considered the punishment disproportionate.
The Japanese said that CS had: “deeply undermined the soundness of Japanese financial institutions.” The bank’s deceptions were: “planned and systematic” and “involved the entire organization in Tokyo, not just a few individuals.” There was – obstruction of criminal investigations, lying to the regulator – evidence destruction – market manipulation – systematically falsifying documentation – conducting business without a license
This pattern of wrongdoing has been repeated multiple times by CS since then.
The CS division in Japan changed its name twice, finally to “Credit Suisse International (CSi)”. Remember that name. It will repeat.
Next year, CS in India was caught in market manipulation. It confessed to a fraudulent scheme of synchronized, circular and fictitious trades which created artificial volumes, markets and share prices. It was convicted and suspended from trading for 2 years, but the Appeals Tribunal stated this was “unjustifiably lenient”.
This emphasizes that foreign convictions are more likely to be lenient – not severe.
Next year, Credit Suisse in Switzerland was caught red-handed in market manipulation again, plus embezzlement and fraud. The CS-TNST case.
Just like in the previous cases, it initially denied any wrongdoing. However, this time it was on home ground.
There was a criminal investigation. The prosecutor asked for the documents, but CS simply refused to produce the documents, or destroyed documents, hid witnesses, lied, and even used bank secrecy to conceal its participation.
When a member of the police investigation got too close to the truth – he disappeared from the case. Eventually, the prosecutor had no resources left & closed the case. He told us: that there was not a single prosecutor in Switzerland who would go up against CS.
I went to the Zurich Supreme Court & copied the criminal investigation files.
This revealed shocking details of a criminal enterprise operating through multiple CS organizations in different countries.
Terrifying conclusions, but later confirmed in other cases.
I met with CS legal dept several times. They refused to look at the documents & even hacked into our website. I told them that I knew what went on & that they had stolen the honest savings of thousands of hard-working taxpayers.
I shared my investigation with every major law enforcement agency & regulator.
That is why criminal bank & QPAM Credit Suisse – is in such a mess.
There is worse to come for it, because I know their books are not true.
Last quarter they wrote down $4 billion. They were deferred tax assets which had been “logged” as hard capital – highest quality CET1 core capital. That was absurd & they knew it. The bank’s market cap is now only $11 billion.
Continuing on. CS was skilled at not only cooking its own books – but for others too. CS hid losses for Enron – that became the US’s biggest bankruptcy at the time. CS hid losses for Parmalat – that was Europe’s biggest bankruptcy. Thousands of pension funds & old people were damaged.
CS should have been stopped after their Japanese criminal conviction.
The DOL could have been instrumental.
There have been dozens of scandals – even financing Iran’s nuclear program. That was a deferred prosecution agreement. You can’t give QPAM privileges to a terrorist enabler.
CS Switzerland & CS Securities (Europe) were criminally convicted for defrauding investors with Mozambique’s billion-dollar fake loans. The Mozambique economy collapsed. 2 million people were trashed into abject poverty.
These warnings were ignored – and there was a near identical recurrence – just 28 times bigger – the Archegos catastrophe. There was near zero effective risk management. Peak exposure was $24 billion. The US operations were managed by CS Securities Europe – yes – the one criminally convicted for Mozambique. They were way out of their depth.
So, In December 2020 Archegos was migrated from:
Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) to – wait for it: Criminal bank CSi – the one that was criminally convicted in Japan.
Archegos collapsed. It was indicted for market manipulation, racketeering, having done $100 billion of damage.
Imagine what would be possible if the DOL had authority to act on foreign convictions, DPA’s & so forth.
Only then will it be possible for it to truly manage QPAM privileges.
They can also alert the DOJ, SEC, Federal Reserve, Congress & so on – as well as working with delinquent QPAM’s – if it is possible to do that.
$2 – $3 trillion of criminal proceeds gets laundered annually, much of it through pension funds who generally are not equipped for AML.
Secretly, some big funds would not complain if laundered money made their results “look good” – as long as they “didn’t know”.
Democracy is dying because corrupt money buys power & political influence, now on a scale greater than ever before.
Credit Suisse shows that dirty money can destroy the bank.
So, what the DOL has asked, is just the starting point.
It needs the funds to come back to the real world.
They are living in a fantasy world, and as long as that fantasy world is propped up like a house of cards, they are going to whinge if anyone changes or imposes regulations, just like before the global financial crisis. When the crisis comes, the people that they complain that they wanted to get rid of, they are going to desperately need to come back to put it all back together.
The world financial system is in a very fragile state. The leverage is beyond what was there in the leadup to the great recession, and there are several reasons why we could have a so-called “black swan event” that can simply knock the whole world’s economy off its balance.
Share markets are not realistic. People don’t own the shares. It’s all done on leverage finance and we are moving from an era of low interest debt to high interest debt.
The traditional outcome is what we could call stagflation with certainty, but there’s not even that much certainty these days.
The only certainty is a bad result is coming.
And, unless we start to clean up our house, try and do the best we can, to get rid of the criminal money out of the pension funds, so that they can stay stable and survive the next financial crisis, then we are going to be in a lot of trouble.