"Should Wall Street have spoken up? That is a key question to emerge from the Madoff scandal: whether Wall Streeters should more-readily report concerns about possible fraud to regulators", Aaron Lucchetti at the WSJ, 12 February 2009.
"A parliamentary committee examining the banking crisis claimed its first victim as the deputy chairman of the U.K.'s financial watchdog agency stepped down amid allegations he silenced the risk director at one of the U.K.'s troubled banks several years ago. ... Paul ... Moore claims his warnings that the bank was growing too rapidly went unheeded and resulted in his dismissal in 2005. Mr. Moore's allegations surfaced prominently on Tuesday during the first of two hearings before the Parliamentary Select Committee that is scrutinizing the banking crisis. My midday Wednesday, Sir. James--who has advised Prime Minster Gordon Brown on financial matters--had submitted his resignation after an onslaught of negative publicity. Following the resignation of Sir James, the FSA sent out a detailed statement saying that claims made by Mr. Moore in 2004, were 'taken seriously, and were properly and professionally investigated.' It said a review by KPMG concluded that HBOS acted appropriately", Sara Munoz at the WSJ, 12 February 2009.
"In recent years, the SEC has been seen as increasingly toothless, particularly under Christopher Cox, the Republican chairman who stepped down last month. ... Harvey Pitt [HP], former SEC chairman, called for structural changes, including to the 'fatally flawed' way companies were inspected", Joanna Chung at the FT, 13 February 2009.
Amen.Suppose they did? What would the SEC do anyway?