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Banking Regulations

Reefer Madness: Why the Feds Shouldn't Force Pot to Be An All-Cash Business

Adam Levin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Adam Levin

If it's going to be legal, small business owners who sell it should have the same access to the financial system (and the protections that system provides them) as any other small business owner in America.

Jason Linkins

Former Obama Adviser To Help Bank Of America Elude Regulation | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

"Big Banks Push Against Tighter Rules," says the headline in this piece from the Wall Street Journal. 'Twas ever thus, but now, "big banks" are doing ...

Arbitraging Catastrophe: We're All in Danger -- And It Could Get a Lot Worse

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a sign of our shadowy times that the latest regulatory "reform" bill hasn't been laughed out of Washington. Same goes for the latest bankers' complaint, this time about being asked to cover their own bets.

Appraise This: Hitting the Number Can Be a Challenge

Ron Gitter | Posted 12.23.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

As sales metrics improve month by month, economists seem to agree that residential real estate is awakening from its 36-month slumber. That being said, buyers and sellers are well advised to accept the uncertainties of the market and compromise.

Is Honesty a New Paradigm in Banking?

Jon Stein | Posted 09.19.2012 | Business
Jon Stein

"Honesty" and "banking" are rarely mentioned in the same breath these days, but here's a reason companies should act in their customers' best interests: if they don't, it's likely their former employees will tell on them.

Krugman: Romney's JPMorgan Stance 'Completely Clueless'

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business

Sometimes it’s hard to explain why we need strong financial regulation — especially in an era saturated with pro-business, pro-market propaganda. ...

Paul Krugman: This Is Why We Regulate Wall Street

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business

One of the characters in the classic 1939 film “Stagecoach” is a banker named Gatewood who lectures his captive audience on the evils of big gover...

Handcuffs and Prison Sentences for Bankers Next Time

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 03.07.2012 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

The backlash after the next financial calamity will make the Dodd-Frank Act look so mild that many will wonder if it was written by bankers themselves. Handcuffs and prison sentences will not likely be in short supply next time.

Republicans Try to Convert America Into Pottersville

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans are attempting to impose a selfish belief system on a selfless American people, people like the citizens of Bedford Falls who rush to the rescue of neighbors. It won't work, just like it didn't in It's a Wonderful Life.

Nocera: Capital Requirements Fight 'Most Important' For Bank Reform

The New York Times | JOE NOCERA | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

Capital matters. Let me put that another way. The current fight over additional capital requirements for the banking industry, eye-glazing though it i...

Swipe Fees: Didn't "Swipe" Used to Mean "Steal"?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.09.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Burt Bottomline knows banking. And why shouldn't he? Burt Bottomline has been in banking -- Big Banking -- for years. He's one of Big Banking's big...

Sen. Phil A. Buster Turns Obama Into Mush

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The day after Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown achieved the unthinkable by winning Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, President Obama has demonstrated...