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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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Huddle, Goldman/Greece

Was any progress made at Thursday’s health care summit on Capitol Hill? Is Goldman Sachs bringing down the global economy? Is it Wall Street gone wild or just the progress of capitalism? And is the U.S. trouncing Toyota because the federal government owns GM? So many questions, but luckily the “Left, Right & Center” lineup is ready for all of them on this week’s show.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Fed Looking Into Goldman Sachs’ Role in Greek Debt Crisis

It’s not the only financial institution involved, but Goldman Sachs features prominently among the companies that the Federal Reserve is investigating in relation to Greece’s recent debt calamity, Fed chief Ben Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Treasury Department
AP / Evan Vucci

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



AP / Petros Giannakouris

It’s Greek to Goldman Sachs

“What is this Goldman Sachs and why has it caused us so much grief?” is a question they must be asking in even the most remote of Greek villages, as they are throughout much of this economically troubled world.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

My Big Fat Wall Street Bankers

The logic of global capitalism is everywhere. New investigations are showing that the same Wall Street tactics—and companies—that ushered our own economy to economic collapse have emerged to exacerbate Greece’s current financial crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


Thain
U.S. Department of State

Former Merrill Lynch CEO Thain Tapped to Head CIT

John Thain is back. The ex-CEO of Merrill Lynch, who also once held top posts at Goldman Sachs and the New York Stock Exchange, has returned to the Wall Street fold, this time as chairman and CEO of the CIT Group. However, this time, one imagines, he won’t have a $35K commode at his disposal.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Blankfein
AP / Mark Lennihan

Goldman’s Hand in AIG’s Collapse

Recently disclosed internal documents and an audio recording regarding a 2008 securities standoff between Goldman Sachs and insurance giant AIG appear to be the smoking guns necessary to pinpoint Goldman’s culpability in the mortgage meltdown and the collapse of AIG.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE



commons.wikimedia.org / Ramy Majouji

Obama Wants a Wall Street Recovery Tax

President Barack Obama wants to slap a new tax on the country’s largest financial institutions in an ostensible attempt to “recover every single dime” given away in 2008’s Wall Street bailout. The tax was met with predictable fat-cat jeers, despite the fact that the industry has largely recovered from the crisis. 

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Wall Street Will Be Back for More

When the bailout trillions run out, Wall Street’s maladjusted gamblers will come back for more until our currency becomes junk. Not that any of these people, who exhibit the same traits as psychopaths, have thought this through.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and McCain
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

McCain Gets It, Obama Doesn’t

Maybe I got it wrong. During the presidential campaign I wrote columns blasting Sen. John McCain for siding with the big bankers on deregulation, citing his choosing ex-Sen. Phil Gramm, currently a vice chairman of the Swiss-owned banking giant UBS, as his presidential campaign chair.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Goldman Sachs Duped Investors, Investigation Finds

McClatchy reporters have been digging into the shady offshore dealings of Goldman Sachs and what they found in the records of the financial-meltdown villain is as maddening as you’d expect. (continued)

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


Blankfein
AP / Mark Lennihan

Has Goldman Sachs Gotten Greedier?

Was there ever a time when Goldman Sachs was more, um, ethical and client-centric than greedy and profit-driven, as its reputation now suggests? That’s debatable, but whatever its previous corporate ethos might have been, all signs point to Goldman’s current chairman and CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, as the major driving force behind the firm’s push for building bigger profits quicker these days.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and banking leaders
AP / Susan Walsh

Obama to Banks: It’s Payback Time

On Monday at the White House, President Barack Obama reminded a group of big banking honchos (or “fat cats,” as he called them Sunday) about last year’s bailout and advised them to get busy helping the taxpayers who helped with their recovery. Well, good luck with that one.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



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No Year-End Bonuses for Goldman Sachs Execs

Goldman Sachs has had a record year in terms of employee earnings—The Wall Street Journal says Goldman’s 31,000 worker bees brought in an average of more than $700,000 each in 2009—and that would be better news for the firm if it hadn’t been on the receiving end of major federal funding from last year’s bailout.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Bank of America Set to Repay TARP Debt

Bank of America has been cleared by the U.S. government to repay the $45 billion in TARP funds it received last year at the height of the banking crisis, and BofA may be preparing to do so before 2009 comes to a close. That said, it’s not a foregone conclusion that the transaction will take place this month, even though the company has some built-in motivation to quickly make good on its payback promise.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Geithner
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Still Doing God’s Work on Wall Street

Jail, anyone? Perhaps that’s too harsh, and at any rate premature, but is anyone ever going to be held accountable for the behind-the-scenes sweetheart deals that passed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars through the AIG shell game to the very banks that caused the financial meltdown?

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


SNL

Goldman Sachs Becomes ‘SNL’ Punchline

Those entitled Wall Street types at Goldman Sachs are apparently oblivious to the fact that they’re having some PR issues of late—either that, or they don’t really care. Either way, “SNL” stars Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers make them the brunt of their jokes in this clip from last weekend’s show.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Geithner’s Fed Made AIG Pay Banks to the Max

That Timothy Geithner must love the big banks he spends all day talking to. Back when he was in charge of things, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York forced AIG to pay off Wall Street tycoons for all those toxic bets, even though the mega-insurer was busy trying to negotiate a better deal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Geithner
AP / Gerald Herbert

Zooming In on the Year’s Biggest Hoax

Who are these people? I am not referring to the pathetic parents of “Balloon Boy,” whose fake drama I have been unable to escape while on the treadmill this week, thanks to my gym’s insistence on tuning its flat-screen TVs to Wolf Blitzer’s nonstop self-parody.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Gephardt
AP / Al Behrman

Dick Gephardt, Corporate Lobbyist

If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that’s because it is. Oh, and you can strike “pro-environment” off of Gephardt’s list of political poses, too.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE



infiniteunknown.com

When They Call, Geithner Answers

It’s unsurprising to say the least: A Freedom of Information Act request has discovered that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in daily two-way communication with a small group of Wall Street CEOs—at Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs—while lawmakers like Rep. Xavier Becerra are forced to leave messages for him.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


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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


Fuld
Flickr / World Resources Institute Staff

Lehman Execs: Where Are They Now?

It’s been nearly a year since Lehman Brothers went belly-up, effectively kicking off the financial implosion of fall 2008. However, despite the firm’s catastrophic demise, some Lehman execs managed to land on their feet. Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal gives an update about their current activities.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


banking protest
AP / Mark Lennihan

Banking Bandits Get Their Reward

By now everybody must know that the top banking executives responsible for our economic meltdown have no shame. Otherwise they would not have dared give themselves such hefty bonuses as a deeply perverse reward for actions that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and homes.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE



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A Rebound Without Recovery

The arithmetic of this recession still looks pretty dismal and the politics and psychology of it are starting to become disconnected from reality in a scary way.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE


Blankfein
AP / Mark Lennihan

‘Government Sachs’ Strikes Gold ... Again

Connect the dots: Goldman Sachs made $3.44 billion in profit this past quarter, while the U.S deficit topped $1 trillion for the first time in the nation’s history and appeared to be headed toward doubling that figure before the budget year is out. Since most of the increase in the federal deficit is due to bailing out the banks and salvaging the greater economy they helped destroy, why is the top investment bank doing so well?

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


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taisha.org

Big Money for Goldman Sachs

Fresh off the bailout, Goldman Sachs raked in $3.44 billion in net profit this quarter, beating analysts’ already high expectations, and the firm’s success will pay off for employees in the form of generous bonuses. Not surprisingly, pro-Goldman types think this is all good news.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Goldman Sachs Execs Dumped Stock Like Crazy

Goldman Sachs is expected to announce a windfall quarter, thanks no doubt to billions in bailout money, but many people at the firm aren’t puffing their chests out. According to the Financial Times, Goldman executives dumped close to $700 million in stock between September 2008 and April 2009—after taxpayers came to the rescue.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


pink slip poster
Flickr / aflcio2008

Wall Street Pay Fattens as Rest of U.S. Suffers

Unemployment rose to 9.5 percent last month, the highest level in 26 years. Meanwhile, Wall Street payouts are not dropping. Goldman Sachs will be shelling out a whopping $20 billion to its employees this year. As we enter the 20th month of this recession, unemployment is becoming a way of life for many, and the very same people who created this mess are still reaping the profits.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Is Larry Summers Taking Kickbacks From the Banks He’s Bailing Out?

Why did Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley steer millions to a company Larry Summers directed while he administered “stress tests” on them?

Posted on May 30, 2009 READ MORE


As Smash-and-Grab Capitalism Collapses, the French Economy Shines

Many in Britain and the United States are in mourning for what’s taken as the suicide of the American (or Thatcherite, or Chicago-school) model of capitalism, accompanied by the non-interventionist state that hands the national economy over to business and financial leaders to run.

Posted on May 16, 2009 READ MORE


New York Fed Chairman Steps Down

Although he went down insisting that his relationship to Goldman Sachs had been “mischaracterized,” New York Federal Reserve Chairman Stephen Friedman resigned on Thursday after The Wall Street Journal, with a boost from Truthdig, brought up the issue of a potential conflict of interest earlier this week.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Geithner
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cashing In on ‘Government Sachs’

We are so inured to tales of business corruption that even a devastating exposé in The Wall Street Journal no longer shocks us. The fact that the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank made millions off his secret purchase of Goldman Sachs stock has barely registered a blip of outrage. 

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


TARP hearing
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Thievery Under the TARP

We are being robbed big-time, but you can’t say we haven’t been warned. Not after the release Tuesday of a scathing report by the Treasury Department’s special inspector general, who charged that the aptly named Troubled Asset Relief Program is rife with mismanagement and potential for fraud.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 READ MORE


Summers
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Living Large and in Charge

Not surprisingly, Lawrence Summers is convinced that he deserved every penny of the $8 million that Wall Street firms paid him last year. And why shouldn’t he be cut in on the loot from the loopholes in the toxic derivatives market that he pushed into law when he was Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary?

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

Wall Street Showered Obama’s Top Economic Adviser With Riches

Lawrence Summers is the man President Obama turns to for insight into the economy, so it’s more than a little disturbing that the very financial institutions the taxpayers are now rescuing—to the tune of nearly $3 trillion—paid Summers almost $8 million last year. Goldman Sachs & Co., a major beneficiary of the government’s largesse, paid him $135,000 for one speech.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


Scheer

Amy Goodman and Robert Scheer: Should Geithner Step Down?

Truthdig’s Robert Scheer appeared on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to tell host Amy Goodman who exactly sent the U.S. into financial dire straits and to recommend some changes that could put the country on a better track. Here are some hints: One culpable party rhymes with “Shmoldman Shmacks,” and another is at the top of President Obama’s economic team.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 READ MORE


Wall Street signs
Rob Young

Geek Love Endures on Wall Street

Despite the apparent reality that it’s not possible to precisely quantify everything under the sun, particularly when it comes to human behavior, the worrisome trend of “quants”—experts from physics and other scientific fields—infiltrating Wall Street firms to apply their skills to the stock market is still in effect.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE


geithner
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Runaway Wall Street

It is instructional that only one of the three tax-challenged Obama appointees has survived public scorn to claim a high position in the new administration. Oddly enough, it is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the man who will collect our taxes, whose career has not been stunted by his failure to pay them.

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and the economists
AP photo / Chris Carlson

The Battle for Obama’s Economic Soul

Instead of running with the “European socialist” crowd, as John McCain has claimed, Barack Obama has turned to the same American “free market” elite that views government as merely a corporate subsidiary. Even within that group, however, there are serious splits, and the more enlightened side seems to be winning.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Gingrich
abcnews.go.com

Gingrich: Bailout Plan ‘Un-American’

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson certainly has his Democratic detractors, but they aren’t the only ones who have some serious doubts about his controversial $700-billion bailout plan. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Paulson’s plan, calling it “un-American” and even opining that Paulson should have resigned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Paulson
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

A Fox to Protect the Henhouse?

Does it really matter which party is in charge when it comes to bailing out the Wall Street hustlers whose shenanigans have bankrupted so many ordinary folks? Not if the Democrats roll over and cede power to the former head of Goldman Sachs, the investment bank at the center of our economic meltdown.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and economic advisers
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Sucking Up to the Bankers: A Bipartisan Lovefest

This is a time to condemn the bankers, not to embrace them. They are the scoundrels who got us into the biggest economic mess since the Great Depression, lining their own pockets while destroying the life savings of those who trusted them.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


Goldman Sachs CEO Nominated as Treasury Secretary

Finally, after months of hanging in the pink slip rumor mill, John Snow can move on.  The White House has named Henry M. Paulson as the newest Treasury secretary; here’s what we know according to the Washington Post and NYT:

  • He was reluctant to accept the job.
  • He worked in the Pentagon as a young man.
  • He “has been a Goldman Sachs executive since 1974, pulling down a compensation package in 2005 of $37 million.”
  • He is “a birdwatcher who can often be found in Central Park with his binoculars.”
  • Thank you mainstream media for your thorough profile of this very important man.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


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