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The Danger Signs Are Adding Up

Brian E. Finch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

Namely warnings about cyber threats are growing more specific, and the language being used to urge action is growing more aggressive. Taken together, one starts to see a very interesting picture develop.

Uncertainty Reigns

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business

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Strike Threat Looms at Indian Point Nuke Plant

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

Representatives of Entergy Nuclear and the union representing control room operators and other technical workers are preparing for around the clock bargaining sessions to avoid a strike at the two Indian Point nuclear plants.

HUGE Gains For Netflix

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business

Netflix soared while Newmont sank. Here are the three biggest winners and the three biggest losers in the Standard & Poor's 500 index in 2013. ...

Controlling Risk in a World of Risks

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

Now is the time for a new globalization, that can be either multipolar, based on fair development, stability and innovation or confrontational, based on privileges, speculation and inequities. This means making choices and changes in many sectors: let's begin with credit rating.

Playing With Fire

Michael Farr | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As rates begin to rise in anticipation of Fed "tapering," we would expect an eventual reversal as economic indicators begin to deteriorate. In other words, there is a ceiling on the pace of this economic recovery until deleveraging runs its course (which could be a long while).

Mortgage Payouts Will Still Plague Banks

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

Nov 26 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. banks may need to pay out up to an additional $105 billion to settle legacy mortgage-related issues, but have a ...

What is "For the good of the Country"?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Former CIA assistant director Mike Morell's lamented on a recent CBS 60 Minutes that he didn't understand why congressional Democrats and Republicans ...

Eric Holder Finally Gets Tough On Banks

Bloomberg View | Jonathan Weil | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

BLOOMBERG VIEW See if you can make sense of this. Somehow, in the space of seven months, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has gone from being: ...

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

S&P Slams Government Lawsuit

AP | By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business

Standard & Poor's says the U.S. government sued the rating agency as "retaliation" for its downgrade of the country's credit rating. Th...

Mark Gongloff

Another Pre-Crisis Wall Street Practice Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If you somehow missed out on all the fun of the last financial crisis, don't worry: We're apparently slowly building up to another one. The latest ...

California Clearly a Top State for Business

Mike Rossi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Mike Rossi

When it comes to being one of the Top States for Business, there are those who talk about their potential and those who exercise it. For the Golden St...

The Cluelessness Of The Standard & Poor's U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade, In One Chart

Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

On Monday the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's upgraded its outlook for the credit rating of the United States to "stable." Which is terrible news for the credit rating of the United States.

Wall Street Continues Record-Setting Run

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks continued their climb into uncharted territory on Friday, racking up the fourth week of gains in a row as e...

Mark Gongloff

Credit Rating Agency Admits You Shouldn't Trust Its Credit Ratings

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

Here's yet another reason we may never trust credit-rating agencies again: One of the biggest of them has just suggested that we shouldn't. The rat...

Puerto Rico Urges Immediate Action

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 03.15.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's government on Thursday urged legislators to move quickly and approve financial austerity measures following a r...

Free Trade, Economic Growth and Population Aging - huh?

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As the early outlines of a U.S.-European free trade dialogue is being crafted, American and European leaders ought to explore common trade agreement-type solutions to this 21st century challenge of the profound population shift from young to old.

Anti-Fraud Effort Touts Success

AP | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's consumer protection initiatives have recovered more than $5.89 billion since 2009 and have led to more tha...

An Open Letter to Rachel Fox

Dan Solin | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

I understand you get up at 6:30 a.m. to study the markets. What do you learn that is not already in the public domain and has been analyzed by millions of other investors all over the world?

Why We Need a National Ratings Agency for Financial Products

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Our financial institutions would benefit from an independent body not beholden to anyone since the ratings on their products would be truly credible to investors and free of the taint that has attached itself to the business.

Downgraded: Why S&P Should Admit its Mistake

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Only then, once it has made sincere amends to the country for its deplorable actions, can it lift itself up from the muck it sank into, and regain its honor.

The S&P Case and the Problem of Financial Opinion

Robert Teitelman | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Robert Teitelman

We've seen both problems before, notably in Eliot Spitzer's crusade against Wall Street analysts in 2001. The parallels are remarkable; the resolution is unsettling. What did we have?

Why the Government's Lawsuit Against Standard & Poor's Matters

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's an extremely strong case for fraud in the government's new lawsuit against Standard & Poor's. But S&P isn't just ethically challenged. It's also lousy at what it does.

Ben Hallman

Wall Street Ratings Agencies Hold Weak Defense Against Financial Crisis Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business

For nearly four years, credit rating agencies like Standard & Poor's have tried to use the First Amendment as a shield against angry investors who hav...