The MF Global debacle was really a slow motion car crash. There were numerous red flags going back a year and the bottom line is that according to the initial bankruptcy filing, there was capital within MF Global Holdings to cover the shortfall in customer segregated funds but the appropriate regulatory authorities did not demand those assets
Politically, 2013 was the year of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. First the GOP followed the direction of Junior Senator Ted Cruz (R Tex.) down a dark alley in a fight they were guaranteed to lose, and, then with the GOP on the ropes, the President and his team botched the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act website. In the markets all eyes were on Federal Reserve mainly because Congress abdicated all responsibility for moving the economy forward to Ben Bernanke, who finally signaled the beginning of the end of QE3.