It turns out that MF Global sold hundred of
millions in assets to Goldman in the last two business days before its
bankruptcy. It is not clear that MF Global actually received the payment for
the sale, or if the funds were held by their clearing agent and banker, JP
Morgan, who knew that they were going to be bankrupt.
That revolving line of credit at JPM of $1.2 Billion is about the size of the
missing customer funds.
I wonder if JPM withheld payment on the sale of Goldman assets, and took
customer assets as collateral for the credit line. As MF Global's
banker they were at the center of most if not all of these transactions.
The idea that the customer money was 'missing' is ludicrous. It would
be more correct to say that the ownership of the money was disputed, and was
in the hands of JP Morgan and perhaps Goldman.
These are serious offenses. But it becomes even worse if JPM afterwards
sought to withhold the stolen funds and cover up the transactions, impeding
an official investigation. And then their legal maneuvering afterwards to cut
the customer interests in the courts is of course beneath contempt.
Nasty business indeed. I wonder how long the Obama Administration and the
Congress are going to cover this up. I am sure the details are known to the
I still remain hopeful that the customers will receive their funds. I am not
so confident at all that justice will be done. At least the UK has placed the
last minute London traders bonuses at the end of the queue.
As far as the restoration of sound markets and money, the looting is only
Global sold assets to Goldman before collapse: sources
By Lauren Tara LaCapra
and Matthew Goldstein
January 3, 2012
(Reuters) - MF Global unloaded hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of
securities to Goldman Sachs in the days leading up to its collapse,
according to two former MF Global employees with direct knowledge of the
transactions. But it did not immediately receive payment from its clearing
firm and lender, JPMorgan Chase & Co , one of
the sources said.
The sale of securities to Goldman occurred on October 27, just days
before MF Global Holdings Ltd filed for bankruptcy on October 31, the
ex-employees said. One of the employees said the transaction was cleared with
At the same time MF Global, which was run by former Goldman Sachs head Jon
Corzine, was selling securities to Goldman to raise badly needed cash, the
futures firm was also drawing down a
$1.2 billion revolving line of credit it had with JPMorgan,
according to one of the former MF Global employees.
JPMorgan spokeswoman Mary Sedarat said the bank did
not withold money because of the line of credit.
She declined further comment on details of the transactions.
JPMorgan has fought aggressively in bankruptcy court to protect its
interests, and received a lien on some of MF Global's
assets in exchange for granting the firm $8 million to fund its bankruptcy
costs. The lien puts JPMorgan's interests ahead of MF Global customers
who have not yet received an estimated $900 million worth of money from their
accounts, which remain frozen as regulators search for missing funds.
The hastily crafted transactions and the seeming inability of MF Global to
recoup some of the money in the sale to Goldman may start to explain why so
much money remains unaccounted for at the futures firm.
It is unclear what type of assets Goldman bought from MF Global, but the
securities were worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the former employees
said. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity...
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