London Whale 2.0: BofA Used Government-Backed Funds For “Reckless, Extremely Levered” Tax-Avoidance Trades

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
02/11/2015

A current Bank of America employee has made a number of whistleblower submissions to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about the role played by the U.S. banking subsidiary in financing dividend-arbitrage trades: trades which used taxpayer-backed funds to allow hedge funds to avoid paying taxes. The employee’s submissions allege that Bank of America’s London-based Merrill Lynch International unit has extended “extreme levels of BANA leverage” to fund “increasingly aggressive and reckless” tax-avoidance trades. The submissions said the practices risked causing the bank “serious financial and reputational damage.”

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