Lew Claims Too Big To Fail Problem Solved At Confirmation Hearing

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 7:06 am

Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew made a stunning and fantastic claim at his confirmation hearing, namely that the Too Big To Fail or systemic risk threat from the mega banks no longer existed. That the problem had been solved by the Dodd-Frank legislation. Seriously. You may not have heard this utterly amazing news. Neither has [...]

At Confirmation Hearing Lew Faces Questions Over Citigroup Bonuses, Tax Shelters

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 10:52 am

Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew went before the Senate Finance Committee today for his confirmation hearing. The hearing was mostly deferential with Lew finding considerable agreement with the Republicans on the committee, particularly on trade and corporate tax policy, but Lew did face questions over his bonuses at Citigroup and tax shelters in the Cayman [...]

British Might End Too Big To Fail Banking

By: Monday February 4, 2013 6:59 am

After a global financial crisis, an epic price fixing scandal, and embarrassing criminal conduct British regulators are considering ending Too Big To Fail Banking. British Finance Minister George Osborne has proposed legislation that if banks do not shield their riskier investment activities from day to day banking they will face restructuring. Britain is shaking up [...]

Elizabeth Warren Demands Mortgage Settlement Documents From Regulators

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 9:43 am

Elizabeth Warren is not wasting any time trying to get answers from Wall Street’s regulators. Warren asked for documents relating to the recent mortgage settlement. U.S. lawmakers on Thursday asked bank regulators to turn over documents related to the $8.5 billion settlement that ended a government-mandated review of crisis-era foreclosures, saying transparency was needed to [...]

Republicans and Democrats Speak Out Against “Too Big to Jail” HSBC Case

By: Monday December 17, 2012 8:30 am

We now have bipartisan anger at the decision to hold HSBC and its executives harmlessfor years of money laundering and facilitating the culture of Mexican drug cartels. In fact, only the shareholders will pay, and not all that much, what amounts to five weeks’ worth of profits for the bank. The certainty of not being [...]

Fed Cracks Down on New Mergers at the Biggest Banks

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 9:15 am

I do go on about the lack of regulation at the big banks. But I’ll have to grant the Federal Reserve a modicum of credit for this action: The Federal Reserve is pushing large U.S. banks to forget about all but the smallest acquisitions for a while amid a raging debate over the risk big [...]

The HSBC Money Laundering Case as a Perfect Symbol of Too Big to Fail

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 6:19 am

Maybe I was too blasé about the federal government letting HSBC off the hook; certainly the story has effectively shown how Too Big to Fail continues to be the watchword of the financial regulatory community. My pet theory here is actually that, because practically every mega-bank engaged in this same type of money laundering for [...]

US Regulators Secure Billions from Banks in Money Laundering Settlements

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 7:02 am

Yesterday was “bust British banks for money laundering” day in America, if you didn’t know.

Obama vs. Taibbi: Obama’s Defense of Dodd-Frank Falls Short

By: Monday October 29, 2012 9:15 am

Taibbi is pretty polite about it, but Obama’s defense involves a lot of misdirection. It assumes that Lehman Brothers, by virtue of having failed, was the only financial institution out there responsible for the collapse, rather than an example of industry-wide behavior.

The Case for More Bank Failures

By: Friday October 19, 2012 11:30 am

I quite liked Neil Irwin’s story today, in the aftermath of earnings season at the big banks, an an object lesson into how those firms still carry a multitude of legacy troubles from the crisis years: All of these banks are still grappling with the costs of the bad lending during the boom years before [...]

Jeff Connaughton: “The public interest has become so outgunned”

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 11:33 am

Before last night’s debate, Jeff Connaughton, former chief of staff to Senator Ted Kaufman and longtime aide to Joe Biden and President Clinton, offered some advice to Mitt Romney. He thought Romney should go after Barack Obama’s biggest weakness: the failure to prosecute Wall Street crimes. In actuality, Romney only submitted a glancing blow with [...]

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