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Vietnam’s Solution for Corrupt Bankers: Firing Squads

For the most part, American bankers whose rash pursuit of profit brought on the 2008 global financial collapse didn’t get indicted. They got bonuses.

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Top Chinese JPMorgan Exec Leaving Amid Probe

One of JPMorgan Chase’s top Chinese executives will resign, according to a bank memo, as regulators probe whether the financial giant violated anti-bribery laws in Asia.

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Bankers and Big Data

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Swiss Bank Blames Employees for Tax Evasion Scheme

A U.S. Senate subcommittee found that Credit Suisse helped American clients conceal as much as $12 billion from the IRS, but the bank’s CEO, Brady Dougan, said the blame lies with a few employees acting on their own.

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Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?

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The Public-Private Profiteers

In the cases of healthcare and underwater mortgages, the administration shied away from direct government aid. Instead, it subsidized private companies to serve the people. To get your government-subsidized mortgage modification, you applied at your bank; to get your government-mandated health coverage, you buy private insurance.

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Former Regulator Sheila Bair Works for a Bank Now, but It’s Not What You Think

As head of the FDIC, Sheila Bair was one of the best known critics of banks. Now she works for one. So when is a revolving door not a revolving door?

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Elizabeth Warren Wants to Save the Post Office by Having It Replace Payday Lenders

Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed a proposal by the United States Postal Service’s inspector general over the weekend that could prevent the poor from having to shell out billions of dollars in fees and maybe even save the post office from sinking.

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Free-Market Accountability

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Volcker Rule Made Meaningless by Abundant Exemptions

The Volcker Rule has finally been approved by regulators, but with hundreds of pages of exemptions, too-big-to-fail banks have little to fear.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


GOP Christmas

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GOP to the poor: That lump of coal represents the fuel that drives the engines of commerce. Use it wisely and you may rise to become a titan of industry. You'll thank me later.
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How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks

The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.” But what’s truly behind this resentment toward Warren? Fear, of course.

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Iraq Vet: Losing Home ‘Worse Than Getting Blown Up’

Twenty-six year National Guardsman Jerrod Hays lost nearly half his face to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Now, like too many other Americans, he could lose his home to banks.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE


Interest

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For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

When we talk about the national budget, it is vitally important that we remember how we got into this fiscal crisis in the first place and who was responsible for it.

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What Fine? Why JPMorgan Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

The biggest U.S. bank will pay a record $13 billion fine with a criminal investigation pending, but the stock price is riding high.

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Janet Yellen

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JPMorgan Chase on Verge of $13 Billion Deal on Bad Mortgages

The U.S. Justice Department and the mega-bank have struck a tentative $13 billion deal to settle investigations into bad mortgage loans JPMorgan sold to investors in the lead-up to the financial crisis, a person close to the talks said Saturday.

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Documents to Remain Open in Examiner’s Lawsuit Against Fed

A federal judge rejected the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s plea to seal documents in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former bank examiner who claims she was fired for doing her job.

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N.Y. Fed Moves to Seal Documents in Ex-Bank Examiner’s Suit

Carmen Segarra filed a lawsuit against the New York Fed and three of its employees alleging she had been wrongfully terminated last year after she determined that Goldman Sachs had insufficient conflict-of-interest policies.

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Regulator Says She Was Fired for Not Covering Up Goldman Sachs’ Conflicts of Interest

Carmen M. Segarra, formerly of the New York Fed, says she was fired after she refused to change her mind about Goldman Sachs, an investment firm that, she found, put its own greed ahead of its clients.

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Banks Suspected of Racial Bias in Housing Crisis Aftermath

Financial institutions handling foreclosures, especially Bank of America, have been accused of letting properties in minority neighborhoods deteriorate. The National Fair Housing Alliance collected evidence that the bank is maintaining foreclosed houses in predominantly white areas in far better conditions.

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Banks Put a Price on Earth’s Life Support

A group of large banks plans to withhold credit from companies that fail to attach financial value to clean water, forest cover and other natural resources they exploit.

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Self-Regulation

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Berlin Embraces Bitcoin

Germany is the first country to make an official decision about the status of the online currency. The nation’s Finance Ministry acknowledged Bitcoin as “private money” and a “currency unit,” which means it can be taxed when used commercially, but not so for personal purposes.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Chaos in Egypt, NSA Revelations and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether the Obama administration should have stated stronger positions on aid and military in Egypt as violence overwhelmed Cairo. Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA broke its own surveillance rules thousands of times. And the Republican Party convenes in Boston and Chris Christie makes a case for 2016.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



George W. Bush Hospitalized, Government Sues Bank of America, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the first charges filed in the deadly Benghazi terrorist attacks and a look at the donations of The Washington Post’s new owner.

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The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally.

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Bank Curbs Won’t Slow Coal’s Comeback

World coal use is growing and set to grow much more, despite the announcement by several large banks of more stringent conditions on lending to coal-burning power plants.

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Student Loan Rate Doubling

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Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Ex-Employees Say

Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Banks Rake In Record $40.3 Billion in Quarter

Business is clearly good again for the financial institutions that were rescued by American taxpayers just a few short years ago. Thanks in part to increased revenue from customer fees, U.S. banks’ profits soared to a record high for the first quarter of 2013, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reported Wednesday.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Congress Still Puts Out for Wall Street

The big banks’ influence in Washington has only grown in direct proportion to the harm they have caused to the nation’s economy.

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE


Feeding On the Small

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Wall St. Banks

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Recurring Nightmares? Wake Up and Take Action

The weekly news is like a recurring bad dream that is becoming an even worse nightmare. While the investor class cheers a rising stock market, the rest of us sink. The headline that jumped out at us this week came from Bloomberg News: “CEO Pay 1,795-to-1 Multiple of Wages Skirts U.S. Law.”

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment

How astonishing to have a public servant who actually cares to inform the public about the inner workings of the system of crony capitalism that has wedded big government with big business.

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No Credit for Obama

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Big Banks Are Victims of Their Own Success

Now that Wall Street has managed to neuter and delay the modest reforms passed by Congress, there is more political momentum to pass stricter financial regulations.

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Bail-Out Is Out, Bail-In Is In

The new rules for keeping the too-big-to-fail banks alive allow for the use of creditor funds, including uninsured deposits, to recapitalize failing banks. In the event of another crisis, access to your money would depend on the security of the FDIC. The question, then, is how reliable is the FDIC?

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Winner Takes All: The Super Priority Status of Derivatives

With taxpayer bailouts no longer an option, a major derivatives crisis could transfer money currently held by state and local governments and citizens—secured and unsecured, insured and uninsured—into the hands of derivative claimants.

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Fed Chairman Bernanke: ‘I Agree With Elizabeth Warren 100 Percent’ on Big Banks

If Bernanke’s stance is any indication, Sen. Warren, who was just sworn in this January, is already having a positive impact on Washington.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE


Financial Crisis CEOs

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Spy Agencies to Have Access to Your Finances

The Obama administration plans to give all U.S. intelligence agencies full access to a database that contains information on the financial activity of American citizens and others who bank in the country, a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters says.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


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