2013 was a year of anticipation and perhaps disappointment. For those hoping the 2012 election would have settled some of the dysfunction in Washington, that did not happen. In fact, we doubled down on fights already settled as if there were no new business. Equity markets impressed, but few saw it as anything other than the hand of the Fed. Mercifully, the Fed signaled the beginning of the end of QE3 by year-end.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., which agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle claims that it facilitated Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, “failed miserably” as a financial institution, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse was the mantra of the old rock and roll crowd. AlphaMetrix, a pool operator that seemed to follow that rule, was brought down by regulators after not paying traders or investors.
Bernard Madoff’s former accountant pleaded not guilty to charges he helped the convicted con man carry out a Ponzi scheme, less than two weeks before the start of a trial of five ex-employees who are accused of aiding the fraud.