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Forum Post: Second MF Global Unveiled As Canadian Regulator Accuses Barret Capital Of Commingling Client Funds /// Barret Capital Management Accused of Using Client Cash for its Own Purposes

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 17, 2012, 8:53 a.m. EST by MonetizingDiscontent (1257)
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Second MF Global Unveiled As Canadian Regulator Accuses Barret Capital Of Commingling Client Funds



When we learned of the MF Global client theft scandal, in the aftermath of its sudden bankruptcy filing, the one thing we predicted would happen (in addition to Jon Corzine never going to prison) was that many more brokers, banks and broadly financial intermediaries would be discovered having dipped in client accounts, or otherwise "commingled" capital in direct violation of the first rule of banking.

Sure enough, a little over two months since, the second notable company to have been alleged to have abused client capital for own purposes has emerged. And it comes to us courtesy of sleep Canada whose "banks are all fine."

As the Winnipeg Free Press reports... http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/breakingnews/barret-capital-management-accused-of-using-client-cash-for-its-own-purposes-137439933.html ..."One of Canada's investment regulators has accused Barret Capital Management, a firm specialized in futures and options on metals and other exchange-traded commodities, of using client money for its own purposes.

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada warned Monday that Barret clients are at risk due to the firm's "ongoing misappropriation of their money to fund losing trades and ongoing misinformation about the value and holdings in their accounts."

IIROC has set a hearing for Tuesday morning to suspend Barret's membership in the organization and stop Barret from dealing with the public. In requesting the expedited hearing, the regulator alleged Barret made "significant misrepresentations to clients including through manipulating account values, misrepresenting account values and holdings by way of false account statements or otherwise providing false information to clients and by manipulating on and off book payments to clients."

Where the story gets even more interesting is when one takes a look at just what it is that the company engages in, and how it fits into the scenario analysis conducted in the MF Global aftermath.

From the company's blog, which has all about 5 entries:

Barret Capital is an Investment Dealer that specializes in futures and options on metals, energies and all other Exchange-traded commodities, located in Toronto Ontario.

And the website's About Us section:

Dedicated to guiding commodity investors in Canada to safer, more focused investments in hard assets like gold and silver

Buying hard assets like gold and silver will protect you from the instability of today's market place. As a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Canadian Investors Protection Fund, we are a full service boutique firm dedicated to guiding novice and experienced commodity investors in Canada towards smart investments, including buying and selling gold, silver and other hard assets.

Our expert brokers, staff and management will guide you from beginning to end, ensuring that you become an educated commodities trader who makes more profitable trades in the exploding gold, silver and commodities market.

We offer our commodity investors in Canada the following services:

  • Buying and selling gold, silver, and other commodities
  • Buying in derivatives or hard assets
  • Providing on-demand market quotes
  • Offering delivery and storage options
  • Placing stop-loss orders
  • Offering online account views
  • Providing regular research reports
  • Consulting from bullion specialists
  • Liquidating holdings

If you are a commodities investor in Canada, contact us today to learn more on how buying and selling gold and silver can help you profit from a booming commodities marketplace.

And finally, per the President's message, the fallout may next impact carrying broker Laurentian Bank:

At Barret Capital Management Inc., we pride ourselves in being a full service, commodities futures Investment Dealer located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario. The decision to choose Laurentian Bank Securities as our carrying broker was an integral one, as Barret Capital Management Inc. is able to provide its clients with the best of two worlds: personal attention to your financial objectives that you'd expect from a boutique commodities futures firm, along with the breadth of knowledge, information and integrity that a large carrying full service brokerage bank can provide.

Our Toronto commodities futures brokerage is special because we believe in building real relationships with our clients. At the end of the day, taking care of your individual interest is at the core of everything we do.

What all this means is that as expected MF Global may have been the first, but certainly will not be the last, to use client capital to prop up its books. And while Barret is not Goldman, it is merely the next company which could no longer perpetuate the lie. Of course, the bigger one is, the harder it is to be caught. Once caught, however, the ripple effects spread fast and furious.

In Barret's case, this latest incursion in fiduciary duty will simply make paper investors even more skeptical of keeping precious metal "investments" in a paper intermediary, something we warned about when we discussed the fallout from MF Global on HSBC gold claims... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/gold-rehypotecation-unwind-begins-hsbc-sues-mf-global-over-disputed-ownership-physical-gold ...Because those too are just the beginning.

Finally, while still unclear what the premise behind the regulatory allegation is, readers will recall our final warning that as in MF Global's case... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/why-uk-trail-mf-global-collapse-may-have-apocalyptic-consequences-eurozone-canadian-banks-jeffe ...the fundamental weakest link in the system, was the rehypothecation of assets to make funding appear sufficient and credible, when in reality it is nothing but hot air. Specifically, we said: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/why-uk-trail-mf-global-collapse-may-have-apocalyptic-consequences-eurozone-canadian-banks-jeffe ...."Canadian banks, which as it also turns out, defended themselves against Zero Hedge allegations they may well be the next shoes to drop, as being strong and vibrant, yet which have all the same if not far greater risk factors as MF Global."

This was merely the first. We expect many more, Canadian, and otherwise banks, to follow suit, in a world in which broker funding is virtually nonexistent at this moment.

(((Continue Reading this article Here))) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/second-mf-global-unveiled-canadian-regulator-accuses-barret-capital-commingling-client-funds

Barret Capital Management Accused of Using Client Cash for its Own Purposes



Gold Dealer Barret Under Threat of Shut Down


-January 16, 2012-

Barret Capital Management, a commodities dealer that specializes in purchasing physical gold and silver for clients, is on the verge of being shut down by regulators.

To ensure that clients didn’t know what went on, IIROC alleges that Barret manipulated account values and created false statements. The scheme was so elaborate, IIROC said, that it can’t even trace individual investors’ money or track the history of unauthorized trading.....

Barret is run by Jamie Cohen. The amount of funds under his management isn’t specified on the firm's website.



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[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

It just gets better and better.

[-] 2 points by HitGirl (2263) 12 years ago

But we don't need more regulation of investment banks, right? We don't need a transaction tax either to help pay for the regulators. After all, the banks need the money to pay their lobbyists. At least Barret Capital Management is on the verge of being shut down.

[-] 1 points by MonetizingDiscontent (1257) 12 years ago

when these investment banks make highly leveraged risky bets, and lose, they love to dump these losses onto our commercial lending banks. (taxpayers)

so, we need a firewall between the Big Investment-banks... (who take an ownership position) ...and our commercial FDIC insured taxpayer-backed (lending) banks.

Bringing back the Glass-Steagall Act would do this, by dividing investment banks from commercial banks. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/break_up_the_banks_j3vm2GlC4JIbIKmcH2sT0H

'Howtodoit' is always spreading the word about this here at OWS: http://occupywallst.org/forum/its-time-for-a-million-people-march-to-capitol-hil/

(((And Criminal Arrests need to be brought via RICO))) http://www.nejamelaw.com/rico.html

:::::::::Bill Black: White Collar Criminologist, Former Financial Regulator:::::::::

Describes Fraud&Liars-Loans, to House Financial Services Committee

(((Video))) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8CqaHTygSc&feature=related

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(((Video))) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XJe7O-

(((Good to meet you HitGirl)))

[-] 2 points by HitGirl (2263) 12 years ago

It's all good. I've seen Bill Black in a few Youtube videos. He needs to get back in the game. There was a good op-ed in the New York Times Monday on the banker caused mortgage crises. This crises is also a failure of We the People. We let crooks and lackeys run our country.