by: Tyler Durden
August 7, 2012
Previously we showed that when it comes to Wall Street’s returns, the 8% market return benchmark that every first year analyst finds in Ibbotson’s is for naive amateurs. With corporate lobbying returning anywhere between 5,900% and 77,500%, the real money is to be made in the buying and selling of politicians. Yet in our day and age, when information propagates rapidly and when political muppets can be exposed for the Wall Street purchased frauds they are, lobbying is getting increasingly more complicated. Which leaves one other high returning “investment“, which unlike lobbying is completely riskless when one is a Wall Street firm: crime. But not just any crime, the type of crime where a firm settles “without admitting or denying guilt” and in the process is slapped with a fine that barely covers the government’s legal fees. Case in point: U.S. v. Morgan Stanley, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York Case#11-6875, where MS was punished with the epic disgorgement penalty of $4.8 million. Of course, the fact that Morgan Stanley, who did not admit wrongdoing, generated profits of$21.6 million, is merely a triviality. But a useful one: it allows to calculate that on Wall Street crime does pay, and the IRR is in give or take 350%.