Tuesday, November 01, 2011

MF Exposes Risk Volcker Wants to Curb - Bloomberg

MF Exposes Risk Volcker Wants to Curb - Bloomberg:

"Nineteen months after former New Jersey Governor Corzine became chairman and chief executive officer, MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MF) yesterday filed for bankruptcy. Corzine’s decision to boost risk-taking, including a $6.3 billion wager with the firm’s own money on European government debt, triggered the collapse."

It seems like another case of high risk "traders" eventually having their luck run out.

"“In the wake of 2008, when we all should have learned a lesson, Jon Corzine told me himself that it was a relatively staid, not risk-oriented firm and he needed to ratchet up the risk,” William Cohan, author of “Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World,” said on Bloomberg Television. “Well, he does that and it blows up in his face and for the first time he can’t unwind the trade. "

as an FYI MF Global would not be affected by Volcker rule as it is too small to have to qualify.

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