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Is the Fed Preparing to Asset-Strip Local Governments?

The Federal Reserve just eliminated municipal bonds from its list of high-quality liquid collateral assets. Banks are liable to start dumping them in favor of Treasuries and corporate bonds. The cost of credit will increase for municipal governments and decrease for corporate and financial institutions, and power and financial resources will be further shifted from the public sector to the private sector.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps. And the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE


Can the FDIC Protect Your Money From Another Crash?

The first of a planned three-part series on the dangers of private banking highlights government documents describing plans to confiscate the deposits of individuals as well as cities, universities, counties and pension funds when another banking crash occurs.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Confiscation Scheme Planned for U.S. and U.K. Depositors

Confiscating customer deposits in Cyprus banks was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England, dated Dec. 10, 2012, shows these plans have been long in the making.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

At a Senate hearing Thursday, Elizabeth Warren exposed and shamed regulators for failing to prosecute banks that played a leading role in the financial crisis.

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sheila Bair

Few voices in the regulatory community called for the expulsion of derelict executives and the means to force banks to lend bailout money to the public amid the 2008 financial crisis. Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair was among them.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Taxes and Debatable Behavior

The presidential campaign got a jolt this week with an uplifting jobs report and a big debate win for Mitt Romney. The falling unemployment numbers released Friday have skeptics wondering whether unemployment could have dropped 0.3 percentage points last month, just in time for President Obama’s campaign to tout it. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists dissect the implications of these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Top WaMu Leaders Escape Serious Punishment

The FDIC has reached a deal with three of the executives who presided over Washington Mutual’s collapse. The $64.7 million settlement amounts to substantially less than the chief executive alone was paid in the years before his bank set a record for failure.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE


FDIC Helping Banks Turn Profit

Want to see how the FDIC works with banks to help them turn a nifty profit on short sales and foreclosures? Check out this video from the folks at Think Big, Work Small in which they detail how it happens.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


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No Banker Left Behind

They do have a license to steal. There is no other way to read Tuesday’s report from the New York state comptroller that bonuses for Wall Street financiers rose 17 percent to $20.3 billion in 2009. Of course that is less than the $32.9 billion for bonus rewards back in 2007, when those hotshots could still pretend that they were running sound businesses. 

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Financial Oversight: We’re Still Waiting, Mr. President

We have a “regulation czar,” but no new regulations. It seems we can expect little from those with a track record of enabling bad policies.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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A Republican to Save Us

You probably don’t know much about Sheila Bair, but she is looking out for you, and that is why the big guys on Wall Street and their allies in the Obama administration are out to get her.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Courage Award Honors Two Women Who Warned Us

There has been much hand-wringing, not to mention finger-pointing, regarding who knew what, and when, about the financial calamities that have recently come to pass. However, Brooksley Born and Sheila Bair won’t be counted among the willfully or accidentally ignorant: They’ve been named this year’s winners of the JFK Profile in Courage Award for sounding the alarm far ahead of time.

Posted on Mar 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Say Goodbye to WaMu

JPMorgan Chase added to its failed financial behemoth collection by gobbling up the deposits of Washington Mutual, which set a record for the biggest U.S. bank failure Thursday. According to the FDIC and Chase, bank customers have nothing to worry about.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Bad Loans and the Bankers Who Love Them

The FDIC’s list of “problem” banks grew by 30 percent in the last quarter, with more on the way. The net income of FDIC-insured lenders, meanwhile, has plummeted 87 percent. IndyMac, one of nine banks to kick the bucket in 2008, cost the FDIC $8.9 billion.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE


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