Bernie Madoff is warning regular investors not to let Wall Street scam them like he did. His advice: Use index funds. In a recent interview with MarketWatch, Madoff was asked where the safest place is to invest money with the least amount of risk for fraud. His answer:
Lawmakers grilled U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro over what they called a breakdown in ethics that allowed the agency’s former top lawyer to work on policy related to the Bernard Madoff fraud after he inherited money from the Ponzi scheme.
One late afternoon in March 2007, Sanjay Wadhwa sat at his desk transfixed by the data on his computer screen. Wadhwa was then a low-level supervisor in the Wall Street office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating a supposedly routine case of “cherry- picking.” The SEC had gotten a complaint that Rengan Rajaratnam, the founder of Sedna Capital Management LLC, a small hedge fund, was doling out a disproportionate share of his best trades to the beneficiaries of a “friends and family” account. It was Wadhwa’s job to figure out what was going on, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its April 23 issue.
“Forgive me,” began Charles Ferguson , the director of “Inside Job,” while accepting his 2011 Oscar for best documentary. “I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”