The victims were in this situation because, like all of us, wanted to invest for retirement. It was not greediness on their part, but security. I assume that not all investors were legitimate, but the stories in this book show that the vast majority were and had their life savings stole from them with no warning. I couldn’t believe the victims were being attacked and ridiculed because they “fell for” this scheme. Judgment by outside sources is harsh and not appropriate.
My biggest eye-opening is information about the way our financial system works (or has failed to work, in this case). The SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corp.) was created by congress to protect investors. If a brokerage firm failed, the SIPC was there to pay back the investors based on their last statement. THAT IS THEIR FUNCTION. Madoff was a SIPC member in good standing but SIPC will not pay back Madoff investors. Just won’t. What happens if our bank fails? The FDIC pays customers their last statement amount. What if they wouldn’t? No good reason, just won’t. Think about that. Madoff had been investigated by the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and was found to be in compliance each time. How does that happen? How far up do the failures (or overlooking) go?
I learned a lot from the stories I read. I have compassion for those that are trying to rebuild new lives and hope that in the end they will recover their investments. I cannot get past the greed from one man that has deliberately destroyed other.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.