Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Accounting loopholes used by bankers to 'inflate profits' (and their bonuses)!

Following on from my recent post about the locusts, leeches and vultures in our society (i.e. financial services companies and lawyers) a report has been published today by the Adam Smith Institute showing how banks (the locusts) use outdated/flawed accounting rules to fictitiously boost profits in order to maximise their bonuses.

The report highlights how technically insolvent banks are using IRFS accounting rule annomalies to report massive profits by using expectations of future values when calculating/reporting profits ... to make it look as if they are not insolvent and to make it look as if the bankers are making lots of money (in order to boost their own individual bonuses).  Yet many of these assets, contrary to increasing in value can easily, and in fact do (as we have seen!), become worthless.

The report highlights how the 'financial engineering' going on in banks is no more than a legalized scam/ponzi scheme (e.g. Credit Default Swaps) and how it's effectively fraud (which compliments/augments the legalized counterfeiting they also undertake)! It also highlights how politicians and regulators are doing nothing to tackle the anomalies in the accounting procedures to stop them from doing this in the future.  

The report also exposes how the ratings systems not only allow, but positively support, them making up and using 'fraudulent' financial vehicles to fictitiously drive up profits (by giving scam 'products' triple AAA ratings),  whilst making it very difficult for hard-working small/medium enterprises to get a loan (due to not giving them triple AAA ratings and/or no rating at all). This makes it easy, and much more lucrative, for banks to 'manufacture profits' from 'financial products' (or 'vehicles'), rather than generate profit by lending money to an enterprise working hard to manufacture 'real products' (e.g. real 'vehicles')!

So what are the Government doing? ... Well rather than tackling the problem at its source (e.g. by starting to address the flawed rules/systems that allow such scams to go on), they have instead said they are going to set a little bit of taxpayers money aside (i.e. your money!) for small/medium businesses (whipppeee)! ... and at the same time they are preparing for the next bank bailout - which will occur when the value of all these fictitious financially engineered products actually prove to be worthless (and when the current commodity boom they are currently pushing also goes bust). With 'ring-fencing' effectively put into the long grass by politicians*, nothing of any substance will have been implemented to protect the taxpayer before the next collapse (currently being driven by the bankers).

The end result ... mega-rich bankers/speculators ... bankrupt nations/taxpayers. 

The process ... legalized fraud, robbery and counterfeiting ... endorsed by corrupt politicians and law makers (n.b. lobby groups such the CBI also lobby heavily on behalf of banks, claiming they are the 'Voice of Business', when due to the vast amounts of money given to them by the banks, they are really the 'Voice of Banks').

In China such people would be tried for economic sabotage ... and, if guilty, hanged ...

So when will people in the Western World realize what is happening and start to demand action ... a couple more years perhaps? ... when the next bailout is required?

Well, whatever the timescale, the bankers are clearly looking to make hay while the sun shines (i.e. taking a shedload of your future wages - i.e. the taxes they will take from you in the future to pay for previous/future bailouts) ... whilst the politicians/lawyers try to put up barriers, blow up bridges, and get their lifeboats ready ... so when people do finally realise what's actually been going on they won't be able to reach them ... or their corrupt bank friends!

* David Cameron has put plans for any ring-fencing at least 5-10 years away, and he also put aside our national interests last week when trying to protect his banking friends in the City from any regulatory changes taking place in Europe.