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|"Riddles" Surround 36th Dead Banker Of The Year
submitted by Tyler Durden
52-year-old Belgian Geert Tack - a private banker for ING who managed portfolios for wealthy individuals - was described as 'impeccable', 'sporty', 'cared-for', and 'successful' and so as Vermist reports, after disappearing a month ago, the appearance of his body off the coast of Ostend is surrpunded by riddles...
Tack disappeared on November 5th...
Impeccable. Sporty. Cared for. Successful. Just some qualifications that are attributed to the 52-year-old from the Belgian Geert Tack Haaltert.
Geert Tack worked as a private banker for ING and managed portfolios of wealthy clients. The Belgian had a lot of respect in the financial world and was known as an up and top professional. His sudden disappearance was also smashed like a bomb. "If Tack himself was having trouble he has managed to keep it well hidden", say colleagues.
Nobody then could have guessed that the man would not return on Wednesday, November 5th to his wife in their villa Vondelen.
and was found dead this weekend off the coast of Ostend...
On December 3, the body was found on the coast of Ostend and removed from the water. The prosecutor confirmed today that it is Geert Tack, but it is still awaiting further results of the autopsy for the exact cause of death. The results of toxicological testing are not yet known.
As Vermist comments, he was well-liked and successful but the situation of his disappearance remain odd to say the least...
What makes the matter is that the extra mysterious circumstances under which he disappeared are rather peculiar. Tack had a few weeks earlier his car drove into each other and if the garage then take away a replacement car. Oddly enough, he made it much later, shortly before he disappeared, use. The car, a Renault Espace, has been found in Knokke, but Tack missing to date each track.
Also - Why he had in the weeks before the disappearance sometimes so difficult to get to sleep? Why he did that Wednesday morning his laptop and cell phone at home?
Although a desperate act can not be excluded, there are also people who take into account that the missing part of a preconceived plan. From his position Tack had the opportunity to be there - whether or not forced by third parties - to run off with money from his clients. It is a hypothesis that being seriously investigated by the federal police, but where colleagues want to know anything.
"Something like that would never do," said one of them certainly. "Geert is a blameless man."
This is the 36th Dead Banker of the year (via Beforeitsnews):
1) David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room
2) Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG
3) William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank
4) Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan
5) Li Junjie, 33, Hong Kong JP Morgan
6) Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee
7) Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments
8) Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles)
9) James Stuart Jr. 70, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz
10) Jason Alan Salais, 34 year old IT Specialist at JPMorgan since 2008
11) Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform
12) Eddie Reilly, 47, investment banker, Vertical Group, New York
13) Kenneth Ballando, 28, investment banker, Levy Capital, New york
14) Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase
15) Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, voormalig topbestuurder ANB/AMRO, Laren, Nederland
16) Juergen Frick, 48, CEO Bank Frick & Co AG, Liechtenstein
17) Benoît Philippens, 37, directeur BNP Parisbas Fortis Bank, Ans, België.
18) Lydia…, 52, bankier Bred-Banque-Populaire, Parijs
19) Andrew Jarzyk, 27, bankier, PNC Bank, New York
20) Carlos Six, 61, Hoofd Belastingdienst en lid CREDAF, België
21) Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, Commissaris en Fiscalist (voormalig Deloitte), Nederland.
22) Richard Rockefeller, 66, achterkleinzoon elitebankier John D. Rockefeller, Amerika
23) Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bankeigenaar, zakenman en derivatenhandelaar, Iran
24) Lewis Katz, 76, zakenman, advocaat en insider in de bancaire wereld, Amerika
25) Julian Knott, Directeur Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, Amerika
26) Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, Amerika
27) Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, Amerika
28) Nicholas Valtz, 39, Managing Director Goldman Sachs, New York, Amerika
29) Therese Brouwer, 50, Managing Director ING, Nederland
30) Tod Robert Edward, 51, Vice President M & T Bank, Amerika
31) Thierry Leyne, 48, investeringsbankier en eigenaar Anatevka S.A., Israël
32) Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director Deutsche Bank, Amerika
33) Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director Citigroup, New York, Amerika
34) Melissa Millian, 54, Senior Vice President Mass Mutual, Amerika
35) Thieu Leenen, 64, Relatiemanager ABN/AMRO, Eindhoven, Nederland
36) Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING, Haaltert, België
Sweden: Firebombs thrown at police in Muslim area of Stockholm
by Robert Spencer
Reuters tells us that the perpetrators here were “immigrant youths.” Ragsved has a high Muslim immigrant population, and last year Muslim “youth” rioted there and torched a police station, nursery and school. But most people reading the Reuters report will have no idea what is really going on here.
How do Swedish authorities think Sweden will look in ten or twenty years, if this kind of thing is happening now?
“Firebombs thrown at police in Stockholm riot,” Reuters, December 7, 2014 (thanks to Twostellas):
STOCKHOLM, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Police were attacked with firebombs and rocks in a poor suburb in Sweden’s capital late on Saturday, leading to the arrest of eleven young people for rioting and arson.
The events in Ragsved in southern Stockholm came after week-long riots in Husby on the other side of the capital in May last year when hundreds of cars were burnt as police battled immigrant youths after a Portuguese man was shot dead by police.
A police spokesman said it was too early to say who the perpetrators were this time, but that four of the eleven arrested were younger than 18.
“What is quite unusual here is that this was seemingly somewhat planned ahead,” police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.
He said firebombs and piles of paving stones were already prepared when police arrived and the approximate 30 people behind the riot were reported to have been masked.
No people were harmed but around 10 cars were set on fire. Police cars were damaged and a Ragsved police office also saw some damage.
Like Husby, Ragsved has a large immigrant population, and further violence in immigrant suburbs could help boost the far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats in snap elections in March next year….
European Union, RIP?
The European Union was formed in November 1993. Its 28 member states share a wide number of political and economic policies, laws and strategies. Many, but not all, of these countries also use a common currency, the euro.
Like the North American Free Trade Agreement that encompasses the United States, Canada and Mexico, the EU has become an important component of the free market economy. It’s much bigger and more significant than NAFTA, however.
The European Union is an economic giant. Alas, there’s a real possibility that this two decade-old experiment could come tumbling down the financial beanstalk.
There have often been problems in ensuring that the various member states remain on board. Denmark and the United Kingdom, for example, want nothing to do with the eurozone. Greece’s economy has been an absolute mess for years, while Italy and Spain have had their struggles. Larger nations such as Germany and France grumble at the never-ending prospect of propping up smaller countries, among them Malta and Cyprus.
Yet things have really started to boil over in recent months.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to pull the United Kingdom out of the EU if he wins the next general election. Meanwhile, Italy and France have had to tweak their budgets to conform with stringent EU rules about financial austerity.
An Oct. 31 BloombergView editorial pointed out, “The sad thing … is the waste of political capital and bureaucratic effort on irrelevancies. Instead of finding ingenious ways to bend or argue over the rules, Europe’s leaders need to look at fiscal policy from first principles.”
These are valid points. The EU is too large, and too important, to fail on a global scale.
By supporting responsible economic policy and a realistic financial vision, and reducing personal griping and bureaucratic red tape, the EU should get back on the right road to capitalism and prosperity. All of their trading partners, including the United States, have their fingers crossed.
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