I am not sure when the US market lost the concept of rule of law. The idea that there are winners and losers is a concept lost during our recent crisis. But whenever it did lose it's way and start rigging the markets so blatantly, it was a sad day.
"Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp. signed off on its government-assisted purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. after U.S. regulators said the deal might boost the shares, e-mails from two executives showed. Instead, the stock collapsed.
“The chairman of the Federal Reserve indicated it would be structured in a manner such that BAC stock should go up when announced,” Chief Financial Officer Joe Price said in a Dec. 29 e-mail to executives of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank, including Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Lewis."
The idea that the Federal Reserve is intervening to create the illusion of value in the purchase of an insolvant corporation strikes as market manipulation and the corruption of free markets. But who cares, the Dow is up, right?
Update on October 23rd: Apparently Mish Shedlock agrees with me...