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HBI: Quick Hit from Analyst Day

The Street does not like the numbers. I like how the company is proactively managing its balance sheet. HBI’s forecasts are mixed, but as of now are netting out better than I previously modeled.
Here are some quick nuggets…

1) Could see low to mid teen unit volume declines in Q1 and Q2, improving to flat vs. last year – this could be mitigated by incremental promotion opportunities in spring and BTS. (Bill Nictakis noted that outerwear orders are up 25% for Spring and BTS. Outerwear is 28% of total.)
2) Net net is annual sales decline of 4-5% (Street is -7%) assuming similar consumer behavior with scenario of down 8% if Q4 has similar decline as 2008.
3) Goal for GM rate to increase 10-100bps above 2008
4) Cotton costs easing after 1Q
a. Q1 +$15mm ($0.74/lb)
b. Q2 -$8mm ($0.49/lb)
c. Q3 -$12mm (0.49/lb)
d. Q4 30% locked at $0.45 could save $20mm
Annual tailwind of $25mm (+$0.20 to EPS)
5) Pension expense of $21mm in 2009 (~$0.18 EPS impact) compared to $12mm income in 2008 – will remain at these levels until market conditions improve
6) Goal to reduce media and IT by $40mm – mostly in 1H
7) $250mm over 3 yrs after spinoff
8) $222mm announced to date
9) Goal in 2009 to announce final restructuring charges during year

Interest details will become available when amendment is solidified.

LT tax rate 22%-25% (bottom of range in 2009)

2009 1H operating profit depressed below 2009

D&A ~$100mm

CapEx: $300-$350mm over 3 yrs
2009: $100-$130mm in 2009
WC: needs now ~$50-$75mm reduce Inventory to $1.15B by early 2010

Casey Flavin
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Ben Bernanke, Break The Buck!

Ben Bernanke is in the midst of being taken through the accountability paces of the Senate Banking Committee. When it comes to talking about Depressions, Bernanke is a pro. He should, confidently, dominate the debate on this front – this is an important debate that Wall Street needs to have.

At down -17.7% for 2009 to date, and down -52% from the 2007 peak, the question for the US market from here is will it enter a Depression? Provided that our government figures out that the best way to ensure that deflation decelerates is to break the buck (de-value the Dollar), I do not think we are going to enter anything that resembles an unemployment rate of 15-23%, and the mother-load of all deflations from today’s prices (i.e. The Great Depression).

Bernanke seems to be suggesting this morning that the US market will recover within the span of a year. Explicitly, this morning he is saying "If actions taken by the Administration, the Congress, and the Federal Reserve are successful in restoring some measure of financial stability--and only if that is the case, in my view--there is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009 and that 2010 will be a year of recovery."

While Wall Street/Washington’s latest meme of prefacing everything it says with “in my view” is annoying (it implies that everyone else on the team may not agree – that’s not a team anyone can trust), Bernanke is finally “making a call” here, with an explicit duration. If Wall Street wanted specificity – that’s as close to what we have received from Bernanke to-date when it comes to timing the turn. He is also mapping out the timing of spending both the TALF (term auction lending facility) and the CAP (Capital Assistance Program). On the margin, this is progress when it comes to transparency/timing.

Economic bottoms are processes, not points. Our US Strategist, Howard Penney, and I believe that housing could bottom (in terms of sequential price declines and inventory growth) in Q2 of 2009, so the timing of Bernanke’s 2009 bottoming process is in line with ours.

Importantly, we “make calls” based on delta’s here at Research Edge. So, to be clear, our call is that year over year deflation in US home pricing gets less toxic. Put another way, going from toxic to bad is good – and we think this starts to play out on the asset side of the US Consumer’s portfolio come Q2. The prices associated with both American homes and portfolios will go down at a lesser rate. This will build confidence from its current record low base.

Ensuring that deflation slows is best accomplished by breaking the US Dollar’s current upward momentum. Ben Bernanke, now is the time to do what you can to break the buck.

Keith R. McCullough
CEO & Chief Investment Officer

The Wrestler

“Be not the slave of your own past.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My favorite movie of this past year was The Wrestler. I think, mostly, because I was empathizing with Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s (Mickey Rourke) daily struggle. No, I don’t mean the dope and the vices – I mean the wrestling. Getting up every morning to write this note has its challenges, particularly on days after I get pile driven. At the end of the day, I have to find a way to shake it off, slap my elbows, and get myself back in the ring.

I used to be an athlete. Now I’m a risk manager. It’s taken me a decade to come to appreciate that the physical preparation and mental discipline required to win in both of these arenas is very similar. No matter what happens to me out there in the market place on the day prior, come 4AM the next day, there I am.

I am accountable to my teammates, clients, and myself for the call that I have been making that the SP500 wouldn’t make a lower low versus the one locked in on November 20th, 2008. Yesterday, the SP500 got rammed into the mat for a -3.5% down day, closing at 743, which is -1.1% versus where I thought it could go. Instead of making excuses or pointing fingers, the best thing to do here is wipe the blood off my lip, get up off the mat, and get ready for today.

My wife, Laura, didn’t put me in a sleeper hold – so I didn’t sleep much last night – I don’t know how anyone who is serving as a fiduciary in this financial system does on a night after a big loss. In our Asset Allocation Portfolio, I had my team down -0.73% on the day yesterday. For me, having not lost money all of last year, this was a very bad day. For the 2009 to-date, this puts my real time performance at down -3.16%. That’s a net number, and I am not proud of it.

For the year to-date, the SP500 is now down -17.7%, and has dropped over -52% off the top ropes of that 2007 WrestleMania peak. If I woke up every morning trying to outperform on a relative basis, some in this business would consider having positive absolute performance over this 16 month span acceptable. And that’s fine – but my goal is to put up a positive absolute number in our Asset Allocation Portfolio in 2009. I’ll let everyone else worry about what their goals are. I have 10 full months left – and this cage match with the bear that I am currently in is far from over.

I am now long America via the SPYs and QQQQs (SP500 and Nasdaq). For transparency purposes, I am losing -3.98% on that SPY position, and I am up +0.11% in the QQQQs. I hadn’t bought the Nasdaq until yesterday, so my timing was better than bad there.

In terms of Asset Allocation, I moved from 58% Cash yesterday down to 56%. When I am wrong on a US market call, I don’t buy everything all the way down – I wait. That’s not my religion, that’s my process. I buy things in 3s, giving myself some breathing room so that I can buy things when the bear thinks I am dead. Pretending you are down for the count has its competitive advantages, ask Randy the Ram.

This takes my Asset Allocation in US Equities to 29%. The max exposure I will take to an asset class is 33%, so I still have some pop left to powder this bear with. Since I have been the bear, I know a thing or two about beating one on price.

Everything in markets has a price. At its 743 close, I see less than 1% downside in the SP500 in the immediate term (my downside target is 737), and +7.5% upside to the 799 line. In terms of the Nasdaq, anything below 1381 (6 points from yesterday’s close) moves us into the land of a 3 standard deviation move on the short term duration model that I use. Unless I have fundamental research telling me to do otherwise, I buy or cover on 3 standard deviation moves, always.

I sold our long position in China via the Morgan Stanley closed end China fund (CAF) yesterday. This dropkicks my exposure to International Equities to just under 6%, and I have it all in Brazil (EWZ). When I sold it, China was +26.6% for 2009 to-date. Last night, stocks in Shanghai gave back some of their Ric Flair (WWF Wrestler), closing down -4.6%. Now China is +20.9% for the year to-date, and my process doesn’t have any rules that say you can’t buy something back that you sell.

As I watched Asia trade last night, I was reminded that I do not live there. This has an implication, of course… and that’s quite simply that when your trainer/boss throws in the white towel and you have to stop trading, the last thing a portfolio manager in this business is allowed to do is be levered up long where he doesn’t sleep. People who call themselves “risk managers” in this business call this “taking down your book” – I call it selling what you can, rather than what you should.

Understanding how this dynamic works, I try to take advantage of it. After selling China, I am now effectively naked short Asia via short positions in Hong Kong, India, South Korea. Slum Dog Millionaire didn’t win the Indian stock market any awards last night – the BSE Sensex Index hit a fresh 3 month low, and now the country’s credit rating is being put on “watch.” I have been “watching” this country very closely on the short side for the better part of the last year – guess what Mr. Credit Watcher, it’s bad!

The South Korean won hit new lows last night and continues to be the worst performing wrestler in the Asia Federation of anything called a currency. At down -17% for the year to-date, South Korea’s overly ambitious leader is on the tape this morning calling his new reactive strategy “Emergency Economic Crisis Rescue Mode.” That sounds like one of them “claw moves” from the WWF’s Baron Von Raschke – those too, are bad!

Von Raschke was an American wrestler from Omaha, Nebraska, but he was billed from the “Republic of Germany”…. This morning, no matter where you are from, or what kind of style of wrestler/investor you say you are, my advice is this: be transparent, and be accountable. Win or lose, you are, above all else, a fiduciary of other people’s money.

Best of luck out there today,

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BYD’s preliminary offer to buy Station Casinos OpCo assets for $950 million is very intriguing. In addition to huge potential free cash flow and earnings accretion and the obvious long-term benefits of “owning” the Las Vegas locals business, this announcement may signal something very important. I certainly feel a lot better about BYD’s covenant situation knowing that the banks most likely signed off on this offer. The following are our thoughts:

• Banks are probably on board – This could possibly be the most important near term takeaway. We doubt that BYD would’ve pursued this offer without clearing it through the banks. The bear case on BYD was the potential for a covenant bust in Q2 or Q3. We think that is highly unlikely and are encouraged with the implied confidence from the banks. Look for Thursday’s earnings announcement on BYD’s liquidity picture which we’ve been arguing is better than rumored.

• Strategic long term synergies – We already could foresee the benefits to BYD of STN entering bankruptcy, just in terms of the competitive landscape. BYD “owning” the LV locals market brings exponentially greater benefits in terms of synergies, marketing efficiencies, and a less promotional environment. The long-term outlook of this market is favorable. Due to low taxes and cost of living, and a favorable climate, population growth should continue, especially among retirees (nice demographic for gaming).

• The price could be right – We calculate the multiple to be about 4.6x 2009 EBITDA, if the Thunder Valley management contract is included, which is unclear, or 6.8X if it is excluded. However, STN OpCo owns $50-75 million in net land value and has $250 million in excess cash. With these additional considerations, the multiples look low. The senior credit debt holders will probably need more than the current offer, even though it is a better offer than that offered by STN management and Colony Capital.

• Accretion – BYD is borrowing incrementally at only 1.625% above LIBOR. This is a huge asset ($2bn of liquidity not due until 2013) that BYD would deploy. Even without the Thunder Valley contract, this deal would be very accretive on a free cash flow and earnings basis.

• The timing is right despite what the sell side is going to tell you – A lot of the sell side will focus on the difficult conditions in the Las Vegas locals market and bad timing. I argue the opposite. Now is the time to pursue a transaction like this. The largest player in the market will be entering bankruptcy. As we noted in our 2/5/09 note “THE LAS VEGAS LOCAL MACRO MODEL”, 2010 could be a growth year due to population and employment growth, and the efficient and early decline of the housing market.

• Regulatory issues should not be a concern – Even though BYD would dominate the locals market with this acquisition, antitrust precedent is not to separate the Strip from the locals market to determine concentration.

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Eye on Re-Regulation: Where There's Smoke...

Late For A Fray, But Not For A Feast

The amount of money in both these pots may not be enough to solve the problem.
Alan Greenspan

Allan Bloom, the Twentieth-Century American philosopher, bemoaned the state of modern culture. In the past, educated people would turn for guidance to the Bible, to The Philosophers, and to the works of Shakespeare. Bloom saw the decline of culture as a grand tragedy. For the abandonment of culture is not merely the loss of a moral compass - as though that were not devastation enough - it is the wholesale rejection of wisdom.

In the Gorgias, Plato draws from the mouth of Socrates one of his most famous and trenchant images. Against the notion that happiness comes from ridding oneself of all restraint, from the unfettered and endless exercise of power and appetite, Socrates presents the parable of a man filling jars with wine, honey and milk. Leaky jars, says Socrates, can never be full.

How far can we fill our leaky urns, before we realize that we are in the grip of a hunger that will not be sated? As our best wine and honey and milk flow through the cracks, how much longer before all our resources run dry?

To mix philosophers, governments too should bear in mind Keynes' dictum that markets can remain irrational longer than the money can hold out. Chairman Bernanke testified this week, with a smile, that we can continue to lend money in this environment, because it is not costing us anything. This was in reference to our current effective zero rate of interest on Treasurys. And when that rate turns up? Surely Chairman Bernanke is enough of an economist to realize that refinancing cheap money with dear is not a sound plan.

We were fascinated, too, to see Chairman Greenspan's speech in which he endorsed nationalizing the banks. Trotting out this old warrior - even though somewhat hobbled by his own inability to see the oncoming freight train - seems an obvious way for the Administration to prepare the markets for what comes next, as they approach the crisis caused by excessive consumption by urging the world to spend money.

The Government's pressing the banks to lend is really a plea for consumers to consume. There is no apparent shortage of money in the system, but banks may be right in their timidity to lend. Should they lend to the institutions? What happens when the Feds pull another Lehman? As to the shell-shocked consumer market, anyone running out to borrow money for a nonessential purchase, please step forward. Don't everyone come rushing up all at once, now.

Our Government is testing the waters on nationalizing the banks as the only way to force that money into circulation. If the consumer won't spend it, who will?

The compulsive shopper of last resort, that's who.

Quoth former Fed Chairman Greenspan, "what we are currently going through is a once-in-a-century type of event. It will pass." Which means, not that we shall return to wisdom, nor see the folly of permitting our resources to flow out of cracked jars, but that one day people will again start buying things they don't need. People's memories are short. The Government's program calls for a return to moral hazard as a way of life.

And we are working hard to share the hazard. Now, for example, instead of lending more money to the US, in return for "In God We Trust", the Chinese are lending money to the Russians in return for a long-term lock on the price of oil. No, no, says Hillary. You have to double down on Treasurys!

Welcome to our new Secretary of State - Stockbroker of Last Resort.

The Other White Meat

Oh, I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why, I'll say,
"'Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A."

President Obama's first bill has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. It was the Bill Of Goods - his loudly trumpeted and ceaselessly repeated Bipartisan mantra.

Knowing full well that all politics are viciously partisan, President Obama got to ring the bell every time a Republican took issue with an item in the Pelosi stimulus package - and it is a porcine package, even by Bridge To Nowhere standards. To be fair, President Obama is not the only high-visibility politician to have made substantial hay of the Bipartisanship canard, but Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, the Republicans do not need a failure to say "I told you so." The underlying argument is not that Obamulus won't work, but that it will have too little effect, for too much expense.

Whether it is Wall Street's appetite for cash, Detroit's refusal to acknowledge reality, or Washington's inability to say No to anyone, the jars are broken. Increasing the flow will not mend the leaks.

What might this mean for the securities industry?

Politicians are in a porcine snit about the compensation of the Top Dogs in banking. Meanwhile, Washington has blown close to a trillion dollars on restructuring Wall Street to make it impossible for the customer to say No. Wildly bullish stock analysts are feeding highly paid stockbrokers, who will soon be calling you. Remember that the thirty thousand-odd brokers newly acquired by B of A and JP Morgan will probably get most of this year's compensation from accelerated payout on commissions. Congress does not understand this, so you had better.

And you can forget the compensation cap. Top bankers will loophole their way around that boondoggle - for instance, by taking equity stakes in LLCs that act as trading or banking units of their own institutions, and drawing management fees, as well as a percentage of the top-line revenues.

You didn't think these guys were going to base their compensation on performance, did you? And neither do the guys we voted for. Sample from last year's Wall Street Journal (September 16, 2008, "Wall Street Political Donations Set To Slow"): "From the time Sen. Obama launched his presidential campaign last year until May 30 this year, the securities and investment industry had donated $9.2 million to his campaign." This was all while complaining that Obama was going to be a return to traditional Democrat high taxes. Those contributions will only continue to roll in to the extent the Greed Is Good crowd continue to pay themselves off the top.

Thus, vociferous calls to strengthen the hand of regulation and punish Wall Street run at cross purposes to the very business of politics. The electorate, being Customers of both the Street and the Hill, should bear this in mind. We would all do well to heed the words of John Maynard Keynes to President Roosevelt: "It is a mistake to think businessmen are more immoral than politicians."
Pork goes best with gravy.

She's Baaaaack!

In what should be "Friday the 13th, Part II" for Friends Of Chris ("FOC"), Mary Schapiro has appointed Kayla Gillan as Special Adviser to the Chairman of the SEC.

Ms. Gillan, most recently Chief Administrative Officer of RiskMetrics Group, launched the corporate governance program at CalPERS, taking on companies and their boards of directors over acts of fiscal irresponsibility. Gillan understands how companies destroy shareholder value, and how boards of directors resolutely don't do their jobs. She has proven to have the diligence and tenacity to bring real concerns to company boards, and the legal acumen to force them to listen. No wonder Chairman Cox didn't want her around.

Ms. Gillan and Chairman Cox butted heads over his refusal to implement tough accountability standards. After she launched the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Cox finessed her out of any real control and cut short her term. Chairman Cox took his mission to seek greater harmony seriously, to the extent that he refused to alienate the very entities the Commission is charged with regulating.

Suffering a similar fate was Charles Niemeier, former Chief Accountant at SEC Enforcement, and likewise a proponent of strong controls. Rumor has it that Chairman Schapiro will be bringing him back as well, and with greatly increased visibility and clout.

We won't say that we are tired of hearing our own voice, but we applaud Chairman Schapiro and hope this is the tip of a very nasty iceberg.

But let's not forget that none of this would be happening without Bernard Madoff.

Bernie Madoff did a host of small investors a huge favor. Not to downplay the losses that may ultimately be identified in the unlikely event that this mess is sorted out, but look at the profile of many who lost money. Henry Kaufman - the granddaddy of all Wall Street economists and the original "Dr. Doom". Ezra Merkin, a leading money manager; Daniel Tully and David Komansky - former CEOs of Merrill Lynch - not to mention the likes of Steven Spielberg or Mort Zuckerman, who have access to good enough financial advice that they have only themselves to blame.

The sting of missing the warning signs at Bernie's shop has led the SEC to mobilize on a rash of other files that have been gathering dust for years. The highest visibility is the Stanford case - in which thousands of small investors, CD buyers and just plain bank depositors have been wiped out. We hear rumors that not only the SEC, but also the FBI have had allegations about Stanford going back more than a decade. Thanks to Bernie, they have now been brought to light.

Then there is Billion Coupons Inc, which the SEC accuses of bilking deaf investors out of over four million dollars. Linda "Smokey" Thomsen was quick to herald this new success. "This emergency action shows that the Commission will act quickly and decisively to help victims of affinity fraud." We are waiting to hear how long that docket sat around gathering dust in the SEC's offices.

Affinity Fraud cuts deeper than the press stories reveal. It's not just about Foundations. In the wake of the Madoff scandal, there are a number of wealthy individuals in the Jewish community who give both generously, and anonymously. We are aware of one New York investor who supports one hundred families, anonymously doling out tens of millions of dollars a year. If that money is the interest on a half-billion-dollar Stanford CD - or the returns on a $200 million Madoff portfolio - it may not change his family's lifestyle, but he is keenly aware of the effect on hundreds of people who rely on him for their sustenance.

This is the less visible side of affinity fraud. People taking care of their own. Across America and around the world, there are Catholic families, Jewish families, Moslem and Hindu families - and now deaf families - reeling from the losses that have hit their anonymous benefactors.

Bush Senior's famous Thousand Points of Light were real. We wonder how many of them are winking out.

Get With The Program

I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!

How did the FINRA and SEC examiners not detect that Bernie Madoff managed tens of billions of dollars without a single customer trade in over a decade? Because regulators look at what the firms present to them. No auditor will take a handful of recorded trades and track them through the broker, to the clearing firm, to the customer report, and tie this all in with specific trade information from the market and with trade counterparty reports. Even though all this information is readily available. Indeed, the regulators themselves create a significant part of it, and oversee the creation of all the rest. If this had been done on the Madoff audits, it would have become immediately apparent if there were falsified trade records. As someone once said: C'mon, guys!

Kayla Gillan recently told Compliance Weekly "Some people at the S.E.C. wanted the auditors to really only look at the process that companies go through... and not actually look at the controls themselves."

SEC examiners work from a standard audit checklist. Among the items they request are the firm's internal compliance checklists. If all boxes on both forms are checked, the auditors get to go home. But sometimes firms are slow to meet document requests. This upsets the examiners greatly, because it puts off their schedule, meaning they will take a hit to their efficiency ratings.

Now Lori Richards, Head of the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), announced a get-tough policy on foot draggers. Ms. Richards has been concerned "for the past six months" (it's Madoff season, remember) that firms were not forthcoming in submitting documents. Note that Ms. Richards is not announcing a get-tough policy with auditors who do not dig for actual problems.

This appears to be an automatic Enforcement referral program for firms that delay submitting documents. Sort of a Rockefeller Law for registered investment advisers. But the SEC's only real clout comes from its ability to stop people from doing business, and to tie people up in criminal proceedings, both of which take excruciatingly long to implement.

In order to put teeth into Ms. Richards' threat, the SEC will have to wield its subpoena power liberally. But even this does not mean that Enforcement will actually investigate, much less find anything. This is primarily a mechanism for adding new fines, thus driving SEC revenues. Firms will be paying more in lawyer fees, and the focus of audit delays will shift from the inefficiency of both the firms' oversight and the SEC bureaucracy, to the logjam in the court system, as hedge fund and SEC Enforcement lawyers jockey for space before judges whose dockets are clogged with mortgage foreclosures.

The SEC should be kicking itself over not putting more weight behind the examination request letter that came out of the New York OCIE last year. The letter required firms to disclose real and actionable information, and was met with a firestorm of protest from the Managed Funds Association and other RIA and hedge fund groups. Chairman Cox dithered, apparently concerned that it would alienate the FOC's in the hedge fund community. Ultimately the letter was dropped, and the head of the New York office took more blame than he was entitled to.

Saying it again: Chairman Schapiro needs to use the momentum of the Madoff case to bring industry professionals on board. In the recent report from the Chamber of Commerce, former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt offered the notion of a panel of industry insiders who would review the business and the regulators every two years. This fits with what we have been saying: Chairman Schapiro must make it attractive - and feasible - for real Wall Street professionals to join up. When you know not only where the bodies are buried, but how they were buried, and by whom, and with which tools, then you don't need no stinkin' badges.

Watch for elements of the notorious New York OCIE audit letter to resurface. Unlike last time around, SEC staffers will be fighting to claim credit for it.

Widows And Orphans

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it and when he can.
- Mark Twain

The North American Securities Administrators Association, the organization of state regulators, is urging Congress to revise the Accredited Investor standard.

If you are a stockbroker, an Accredited Investor is someone presumed to be sophisticated enough to open an account. This is the basic suitability standard, and often no further test will be applied.

An Accredited Investor is a person having a net worth of one million dollars. Not cash. Not a stock portfolio. Not a history of investing. This means that your grandmother, who has the family homestead and the farm in western Pennsylvania in her name, can open a brokerage account with one of the tens of thousands of taxpayer-funded salesmen at B of A. And when she loses her money - well, she was suitable.

The State Regulators, many of whom actually understand the industry, do not have the power to change industry suitability standards. That power resides with Congress - you know, the guys who get campaign donations from Wall Street - and the Accredited Investor definition has not changed appreciably in 25 years. We remember when a million dollars was enough to retire on. Today it is no longer enough to be financially secure. But it's still enough to open a brokerage account.

Now The Good News

At the latest Practising Law Institute's "SEC Speaks" conference, Chairman Schapiro said "Because of the unique role the SEC plays in our markets, I am confident the SEC will emerge from this process stronger and more relevant than ever before." This was taken as an affirmation that the SEC will remain independent, and will not be crammed together with the CFTC into a "super-regulator".

"The SEC is a proud institution with a remarkable history and a tradition of activism," said Chairman Schapiro. "In the days ahead, we will rise to the new challenges of today's financial and regulatory realities, both by embracing new approaches and by maintaining the great traditions that have defined this institution throughout its history."

Ms. Schapiro neglected to mention one of the greatest traditions of the heads of regulatory agencies: making the rounds on the Rubber Chicken circuit - such as the PLI luncheons - where We Who Are About To Be Regulated find out about these initiatives. These non-events take up tremendous amounts of regulatory resources, and give the regulators a much-needed break from the hard work of ignoring tips, not auditing the paper trail on firm trades, and refusing to share information across agency lines in an effort to get a full picture of what is going on in the markets.

In all the confusion and turmoil, the idea that the SEC will remain independent may be the best news of all. It's called containing the damage.

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