How would you feel if you discovered that a highly-rated bond received its grade not because the company is strong, but because the rating agency assumed the government would bail the company out?
In mere days, my city, Chicago will be overrun by the worst of the worst. The lowest of the low. Criminals who have affected more lives than any mug...
In New York, the oldest and snobbiest financial ventures are called "white shoe" firms. Their arrogance, risky investments and confounding dealing in derivatives threw the rest of us into the Great Recession.
Goldman was not assisted by the government to become a voracious and even heftier investment bank. Rather, one can presume that the government's assistance was to prevent systemic failure.
These 21st century banks have become deadly, systemically risky dominoes that can crush us all if they fail, or can bankrupt us all with debt if we have to bail them out.
One would hope Congress would have approached Wall Street reform with the same gusto they have brought to debating a public option in health care. It's time to tackle the thorny issues that brought us to this point.
The real issue for regulators around the globe is a serious definition of the financial world we want to live in. The current focus nearly exclusively on the banking sector could cause authorities to miss the broader picture.
New York Times' reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin's excerpt microscopically examines the actions of some key regulatory and Wall Street players, in this case during the period immediately after Lehman failed.
The incentives to make big bets and take big risks has survived, but without the accountability. Today, the US Treasury and the Fed are trying to hold the pieces together. But why?
This has been a very rough year for Iceland, and it's not likely to get better anytime soon. The public's anger continues to grow, and it would not be surprising if this winter sees a repeat of last winter's uprising.
The very same industry that has taken billions of dollars in bailout money from the federal government is not ready to loosen its grip on the cash cow that is the private student loan industry.
A (large) group of bankers has been mauled by the mayhem-igniting actions of another (small) group of bankers.
What, I ask, would have happened if Paulson had simply stepped aside and let Bear Stearns collapse into bankruptcy back in March 2008?
Perhaps one of the most telling statistics is the number of stand-alone pieces of financial reform legislation passed, one year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers: zero.
September 15, 2008 -- the day that Lehman died, one year later.
I believe its time for the government to exert tough new control over the financial services industry. Polls show that a majority of the American people agree.