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Are Public Banks Unconstitutional? No. Are Private Banks? Maybe

The movement to break away from Wall Street and form publicly owned banks continues to gain momentum. But enthusiasts are deterred by claims that a state-owned bank would violate constitutional prohibitions against “lending the credit of the state.”

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Companies Take Trillion Dollar Gamble

Oil companies are using investors’ money on high-risk extraction projects based on the dubious belief that oil prices will go on rising, and with little regard for climate change factors.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Prosecutors May Finally Go After Criminal Mega-Banks

The biggest banks pose a challenge for prosecutors.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Corporations Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

For business and industry climate change brings a range of concerns—and offers plenty of new opportunities as well.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE



The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark

When the press failed to anticipate the most catastrophic financial crisis in 80 years, reporters were focusing on the wrong things, responding to the wrong incentives and writing the wrong kind of stories.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Inevitability of Income Inequality

Inequality is endemic to the core structure of an America that operates more as a plutocracy than a democracy. It is an inherent result of the consolidation of a substantial amount of both financial power and political influence in the hands of a few families.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Dick Joke Is Not Always Your Friend’

The recently deceased Harold Ramis’ beloved anti-authoritarian comedies of the late ’70s and the ’80s (including “Animal House” starring John Belushi, pictured) were pop trojan horses of then-emerging right-wing cultural values, former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Foreclosure Filings Jump as Investors Eye Exits

It’s too bad Keynes isn’t around today to see how the toxic combo of financial engineering, central bank liquidity and fraud have transformed the world’s biggest economy into a hobbled, crisis-prone invalid that’s unable to grow without giant doses of zero-rate heroin and mega-leverage crack cocaine.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Post Office Banking Plan Gains Public Support

A new poll finds significant backing for expanding the post office’s offerings to include financial transactions, with 44 percent of those surveyed favoring the idea.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Richard Drew

Overthrow the Speculators

There will never be significant economic reform until megabanks are replaced by a network of state- and city-owned public banks. The revolution must be local.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The True State of the Economy

There is a tradeoff for all the loot Obama’s friends have been pilfering from working people, and that tradeoff is trust. Americans no longer have confidence in the government, the market or the justice system. And while the effects might not appear in the next month or two, there are sectors of the economy that are showing signs of weakness already.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Considering Arrests in ‘London Whale’ Case

U.S. authorities may arrest two former JPMorgan Chase employees in connection with their alleged role in hiding $6.2 billion in losses in what became known as the “London Whale” scandal, two people familiar with the situation say.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Housing Market Recovery Is ‘A Complete Hoax’

Homeownership is at its lowest level in 18 years, but housing prices are rising. Why? Because banks are creating real estate scarcity by buying up homes and selectively stalling foreclosures.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Regulators to Keep Tight Lips on Foreclosure Improprieties

This month we learned that regulators will not reveal any shenanigans discovered by the highly paid “independent” consultants big banks hired under orders from the government to review potential wrongdoing on their part in the foreclosure/robo-signing scandal.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Said to Breach Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve confirmed Wednesday that one of its internal websites was accessed after the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have stolen information on more than 4,000 banking executives.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Wrongful Foreclosure Settlement Not Enough, New York Times Says

The editors at The New York Times are not impressed with the deal struck between the government and major banks to provide borrowers with $8.5 billion in aid.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Many U.K. Bankers Hate Their Jobs

One-third of British bankers would rather be elsewhere, doing other things, says a new survey by eFinancialCareers of more than 500 professionals in the industry.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Fallout From JPMorgan Chase’s $2 Billion Loss

JPMorgan Chase & Co. weathered the 2008 financial crisis without reporting a loss. But a failed hedging strategy that recently cost the company $2 billion has called into question the ability of its leaders to manage risk and intensified the debate on banking reform.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Public-Sector Banks: From Black Sheep to Global Leaders

Conventional wisdom holds that government bureaucrats are bad businesspeople. But around the world, the many countries with strong public banking sectors generally have strong, stable economies.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed Shrugged Off Warnings, Let Banks Pay Shareholders Billions

In late 2010, a major regulator warned the Federal Reserve: Banks are not healthy enough to increase dividends, and the economy could implode again. But the Fed ignored that advice.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Alabama County Goes Really, Really Bankrupt

Hey, anyone want to bail Alabama out? More specifically, Jefferson County in the Heart of Dixie, which includes the fair city of Birmingham and is also a gobsmacking $3 billion in the hole from a botched sewer deal.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bebeto Matthews

Wall Street: You’ve Got Hate Mail

Some 400 Occupy Wall Street protesters got into costume Friday, but the occasion wasn’t an early observance of the beloved pagan-inspired holiday that is Halloween. Rather, the messengers from among OWS ranks paid visits to big bank headquarters in Manhattan to deliver mail from Americans ... (more)

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Daniel Roland

Eurozone Gets a Boost, Finally

This week’s European crisis summit in Brussels has produced an agreement in an effort to mitigate what was looking like an inevitable economic catastrophe, judging by the dire situation in Greece and elsewhere in the eurozone. By Thursday, international markets were registering the results.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

WikiLeaks Goes Into Emergency Triage Mode

WikiLeaks’ days may be numbered, or at least its function as Web-based whistle-blower may be seriously compromised, if the muckraking site Julian Assange built doesn’t sort out its money issues soon. These issues, Assange was careful to note on Monday, were caused by the deliberate stranglehold ... (more)

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



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BofA Confirms Plan to Lay Off 30,000 Employees

Bank of America has confirmed a plan to eliminate 30,000 jobs “over the next few years,” 10,000 fewer than what The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The layoffs will amount to about 10 percent of the bank’s workforce. Update (more)

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The GOP’s Sick Priorities

These threatened programs are not government handouts to a privileged class, like defense contractors and bailed-out bankers, who do feel eminently entitled to pig out at the federal trough.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Reich: The Recovery’s False Glow Is Fading

After six straight weeks of a falling Dow and a period of stalled economic growth, the stagnation of national recovery is glaringly visible to everyone—except our representatives in Washington, says Robert Reich.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Joseph Stiglitz

This week we tip our hat to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who once helped calculate the true cost of the Iraq War, and more recently has been calling attention to the radical redistribution of wealth from middle- and working-class Americans to the richest among us.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason DeCrow

The Peasants Need Pitchforks

The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Cash Bonuses Down, Compensation Up on Wall Street

Big banking execs on Wall Street might have noticed a slight pinch in their cash bonuses last year, but that doesn’t mean those clever business minds didn’t find a way to make up for it through other financial channels.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Madoff pleads guilty
AP / Louis Lanzano

JPMorgan Chase Execs Doubted Madoff Before the Fall

It appears that some higher-ups at JPMorgan Chase were on to fraudster Bernie Madoff nearly two years before the catastrophic implosion of his Ponzi scheme, but said execs didn’t take this knowledge as reason enough to stop doing business with him.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Banking Regulation Team Pitches New Payment Rules

An international panel of banking regulators from 27 nations is aiming to crack down on outlandish pay packages for industry executives by proposing a new set of rules that call for more transparency and, wonder of wonders, some correlation between ...

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Fail and Grow Rich on Wall Street

Welcome to the brave new world of post-bailout capitalism. The Commerce Department announced Tuesday that corporate profits are at their highest level in U.S. history, and the Fed released minutes of an early November meeting in which officials predicted a stagnant economy and continued high unemployment. 

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



Goldman Sachs’ Profit Takes a Major Plunge in Q2

Those of us who have stood aghast and watched as Goldman Sachs seemed to sail almost unscathed through the erupting economic catastrophe of the last two years (thank you, bailout!) might stop now for a moment of pure schadenfreude, as the megabank’s profits took a precipitous dive in the second quarter of this year.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


Rehm
AP / Virginia Mayo

EU Moves to Cap Bank Bonuses

Looks like banking executives in EU member nations will have to settle for slightly less ginormous bonuses in the coming year, once the European Parliament puts its official stamp on an agreement to limit banking bonuses and severance packages.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE


Wall Street bull
Flickr / kdinuraj

Wall Street Reform Stalls in Senate

By day’s end Wednesday, our chums over at the U.S. Senate hadn’t moved much closer to the finish line in dealing with the financial regulation bill, to the chagrin of some senators and, no doubt, the satisfaction of others.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Senate Gives the Go-Ahead for Fed Lending Probe

When big financial institutions got themselves into a serious pickle in the fall of 2008, the Federal Reserve was there with beaucoup bucks in loans to prop them up. On Tuesday, the Senate voted unanimously to launch an inquiry into the Fed’s lending practices during the financial crisis.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


Hedges Talks Capitalism in Michael Moore Interview

In a newly available interview, Truthdig’s Chris Hedges sits down with filmmaker Michael Moore and poignantly argues that capitalism is driving humanity’s downfall. Moore conducted the interview for his latest movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” but eventually cut it from the documentary.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 READ MORE


Bernanke
Wikimedia Commons / United States Federal Reserve

Fed to Raise Interest Rate

The Federal Reserve announced Thursday it would increase the interest rate for temporary bank loans. The New York Times reports that many on Wall Street see this as signaling an end to big bank profits. But some economists say the move was purely technical, with no real effect on how much money is made.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


Krugman
Wikimedia Commons / Prolineserver

Krugman Says Obama Is ‘Clueless’ About Outrageous Bonuses

There are few things, we imagine, that could elicit a heartfelt OMG (make that O.M.G., rather) from certified economics whiz and evident adult Paul Krugman, but President Barack Obama’s latest take on the egregious and profane bonuses of Wall Street executives has clearly tripped that wire in Krugman’s mind.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Volcker
AP / Gerald Herbert

Volcker Rules

Finally President Barack Obama has come to his senses on financial regulation. His endorsement of what he calls the “Volcker Rule” for once puts him squarely on the side of ordinary Americans as opposed to the banking bandits who have so thoroughly fleeced the public.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


U.S.-China trade toast
AP / Eugene Hoshiko

Don’t Blame China

The Chinamen did it. In the great American tradition of finding foreign scapegoats for our problems, the hunt is on to somehow hold China responsible for the misery that Wall Street financiers inflicted upon the world.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Jewish Mother Edition

Today on the list: Twitter for your Jewish mother, why the health care bill supporters are full of it, inheriting 9/11 and more.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


NYSE
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

House Passes Major Financial Regulation Bill

In what is being hailed as the biggest bid to change financial regulation since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, the House of Representatives on Friday passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. In a press conference after the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed, “We are sending a clear message to Wall Street: The party is over.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE


g20
EPA / Win McNamee

G-20 Muscles G-7 Aside

It looks like the G-20 is set to permanently replace the G-7 as the world’s dominant economic forum, an indirect admission that there was something unfair about the world’s seven wealthiest countries deciding economic policy for the entire globe.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Presidency Isn’t Too Big to Fail

A president has only so much capital to expend, both in tax dollars and public tolerance, and Barack Obama is dangerously overdrawn. He has tried to have it all on three fronts, and his administration is in serious danger of going bankrupt.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


UBS
bloomberg.com

Swiss Bank to Hand Over Account Info

Swiss bank accounts aren’t what they used to be. Switzerland recently agreed to fork over information on 4,450 UBS AG bank accounts to the IRS as an investigation into suspected tax evasion threatens the good name that Swiss banking has provided to money launderers and tax evaders for centuries.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Return of Big Government?

President Obama is gambling on America’s readiness to embrace a larger, more comprehensive form of government, but will it take? “Recovering Republican” Arianna Huffington argues that the system Obama favors is currently working best for oligarchs, not those losing their homes or worried about their health care, while Tony Blankley thinks Big Pharma is pitching camp in the White House.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


banking hearing
AP / Susan Walsh

Letting the Banking Rats Out of the Bag

“Was there some sort of ghost that performed these actions?” New York federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff demanded to know Monday in rejecting a deal that would let Bank of America off the hook in yet another banker bonus scandal.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


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