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Samantha Lachman

Conservatives Grudgingly Praise Warren, Pelosi For Opposing 'Wall Street Giveaway'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some conservatives have acknowledged that they have ideologically more in common than they would like to admit with Sen. Elizabeth Warre...

Zach Carter

Democrats Revolt Against 'Wall Street Giveaway' In Deal To Prevent Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Wednesday raged against a government funding bill that would provide taxpayer subsidies to risky Wall Street derivatives tr...

3 Banking Regulations We Can't Let Republicans Take Away

Keith Mestrich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Republicans have already signaled that one of their first priorities will be to repeal or cripple regulations that are supposed to keep our economy stable, protect Americans' money and jobs, and prevent Wall Street consumer fraud and abuse.

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Zach Carter

Wall Street Demands Derivatives Deregulation In Government Shutdown Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wall Street lobbyists are trying to secure taxpayer backing for many derivatives trades as part of budget talks to avert a government sh...

New Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Take Deposits and Pensions

Ellen Brown | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Ellen Brown

Rather than reining in the massive and risky derivatives casino, the new rules prioritize the payment of banks' derivatives obligations to each other, ahead of everyone else.

Ben Walsh

Buick Dealership Offers A Free Car -- And A Lesson In The Derivatives Market

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business

For two days only, your new Buick comes with what is essentially a weather derivatives contract.

A Matter of 'National Security' (and Beer)

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 11.07.2014 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

Congress approved the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in response to world financial calamity. Though delayed and diluted, the reform legislation has led to substantial improvements in consumer protections such as new requirements for regulation of swaps contracts.

'Liberators' -- a Talk With James Wesley, Rawles

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Wesley, Rawles, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and present-day survivalist, is the author of the novels, Expatriates, Founders, Survivors, and Patriots, all of which deal with the possibility of a coming global collapse.

Bankrupt Gambling

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

The bank gambling trade association and its regulators are giving each other high-fives over an agreement that supposedly makes it easier to bail out a failed mega-bank. Progress? If viewed from the vantage of an average taxpayer who finances bank bailouts, the progress is miniscule.

Millionaires We Can Love

Carine Fabius | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Carine Fabius

Back when I was 15 years old, I decided that television shows were insultingly stupid, and turned off the set for good. Maybe one laugh track too many...

Zach Carter

House Votes To Audit The Fed... And Deregulate Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to audit the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, a broadly bipartisan call for financial ref...

Oil Crashing in the Same Car?

J. L. Morin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
J. L. Morin

Most media attribute oil price slumps to oversupply from US fracking, omitting the fact that governments are discussing whether oil companies will be allowed to extract all the fossil fuel they've already priced into their stocks.

The Casino of CFD Trading

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Thaddeus McCarthy

People should remember that their CFD provider is not on their side. The provider is actually operating with opposite motives.

Banks Could Still Blow Up The World

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Big banks are perfectly safe these days, unless you count all those weapons of mass financial destruction they've got lying around. And who's counting...

Today's Bank Bailout Risk: Why Didn't We Stop This?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 02.21.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The U.S. did not enforce existing securities laws, so no one should have confidence that new Dodd-Frank rules will have any meaningful impact. The U.S. banking system seems to have captured its regulators, Congress and the Treasury.

Zach Carter

WATCH: This Guy Spilled Bags Of Money At A Political Fundraiser To Make A Point About Derivatives

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

Letting a Wall Street lobbyist write your legislation is a surefire way to catch flak from campaign finance watchdogs. Rep. Jimes Himes (D-Conn.) lear...

We Just Dumped a Bag of Money on a Congressman -- Here's Why

Josh Silver | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Josh Silver

As an anti-corruption advocate, I don't have a position on derivatives trading. What I do have a position on is corruption, and H.R. 992 is a textbook case of the way corruption has turned the People's House into an auction house.

Ryan Grim

House Democrats Twist History To Push Rollback Of Wall Street Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists and House Democrats working to roll back a key provision of Wall Street reform are taking liberties with the truth as they mak...

There's Something Absolutely Insane Happening In The House Right Now

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

We have a bill that would roll back protections put in place after the financial crisis that was literally written by lobbyists for one of the major players in that same financial crisis.

The Debt Default Could Really Happen

Pat Choate | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

The Tea Party Republicans are trying to legislatively veto a settled law -- the Affordable Care Act -- by holding hostage the funding for the entire rest of the U.S. government. This defies constitutional governance and borders on sedition.

Zach Carter

Wall Street Deregulation Likely To Attract Bipartisan Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the drama surrounding a government shutdown abates, the House of Representatives expects to take up legislation to expand taxpayer ...

Shahien Nasiripour

The Next Derivatives Regulator?

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

The White House is considering Elizabeth Ritter, a longtime lawyer at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to replace Gary Gensler as the chief U...

Climate Derivatives Have Destroyed Energy Innovation

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

For many years, I have rooted for the free market to fix the problem of climate change. I believe in innovation and the power of entrepreneurship. I w...

Failing Up to the Fed, A Reporters' Guide to the Paper Trail Surrounding Larry Summers

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Mary Bottari

For journalists who are being told what a brilliant man and insightful regulator Larry Summers was behind the scenes, here are a few items from his public record you might want to review.