TV News LIES

Wednesday, Aug 24th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Economy A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives

A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives

E-mail Print PDF

JP Morgan ChaseOn the third Wednesday of every month, the nine members of an elite Wall Street society gather in Midtown Manhattan. The men share a common goal: to protect the interests of big banks in the vast market for derivatives, one of the most profitable — and controversial — fields in finance. They also share a common secret: The details of their meetings, even their identities, have been strictly confidential.

Drawn from giants like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the bankers form a powerful committee that helps oversee trading in derivatives, instruments which, like insurance, are used to hedge risk.

In theory, this group exists to safeguard the integrity of the multitrillion-dollar market. In practice, it also defends the dominance of the big banks.

The banks in this group, which is affiliated with a new derivatives clearinghouse, have fought to block other banks from entering the market, and they are also trying to thwart efforts to make full information on prices and fees freely available.

Banks’ influence over this market, and over clearinghouses like the one this select group advises, has costly implications for businesses large and small, like Dan Singer’s home heating-oil company in Westchester County, north of New York City.

This fall, many of Mr. Singer’s customers purchased fixed-rate plans to lock in winter heating oil at around $3 a gallon. While that price was above the prevailing $2.80 a gallon then, the contracts will protect homeowners if bitterly cold weather pushes the price higher.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Macy's is closing another 100 stores

Macy's In a sign of how dramatically the retail shopping landscape is changing, Macy's is closing 100...

FBI arrests senior HSBC banker accused of rigging multibillion-dollar deal

HSBCA senior HSBC banker has been arrested by the FBI as he attempted to board a...

Microsoft to cut about 2,850 more jobs

MicrosoftMicrosoft's costly bet on Nokia will mean more job losses than previously expected.The software giant will...

Puerto Rico Defaults on Constitutionally Guaranteed Debt

Puerto Rico defaults The Puerto Rican government failed to pay almost half of $2 billion in bond payments due...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!