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Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2011 Jan 05, 2012 - 09:58 AM GMT

By: Jesse

Stock-Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt 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 regulators already.

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 just begun.

Reuters
MF 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 JPMorgan Chase.

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.

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By Jesse

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