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Executive-Level Exfoliation at Bank of America

Sep 7, 2011
Bank of America shook up its executive ranks in what the firm euphemistically calls "de-layering." This meaningless bit of corporate jargon - de...
Posted In: Bank of America, Wall Street

Europe: Nooobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition. Yet.

Sep 7, 2011
If you thought America's problems - four years into the financial crisis aftermath - were bad, it's particularly sobering to realize that Europe,...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets, Wall Street

The Potential Price Tag for FHFA Lawsuits: $60 Billion

Sep 6, 2011
On Friday afternoon, the Federal Housing Finance Administration - that's the government conservator that controls Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -...

The Irony of Fannie and Freddie Suing Banks

Sep 3, 2011
The FHFA's sweeping lawsuits against 17 banks, filed Friday afternoon, seem to be largely like a case of case of brother-versus-brother, with the...
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Banks: Paying Off One Government Bailout With Another

Sep 2, 2011
Sometimes, personal-finance gurus advise cash-strapped consumers to pay off their high interest-rate credit cards by using a lower-rate one....

AT&T and T-Mobile: The Popping of the Cupcake Bubble?

Sep 1, 2011
Since the Justice Department put the smackdown on AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, financial pundits have been hashing out the...
Posted In: Wall Street

After Hurricane Irene, Many on Wall Street Stay Home

Aug 29, 2011
There's a saying in the markets: "If you're going to panic, panic early."...

That Warren Buffett Confidence Boost Doesn't Come Cheap

Aug 25, 2011
Warren Buffett's $5 billion investment in Bank of America - the Ghost of Christmas Past here is his $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs in 2008 ...
Posted In: Wall Street

Compare and Contrast: Do the Markets Dictate Government Policy?

Aug 22, 2011
The markets are from Mars, and politicians are from Venus. The markets want more government stimulus. Governments just want to pay the debts the...
Posted In: eurobond, markets, The Breakdown: Markets, Wall Street

Why Ban Short-Selling?

Aug 12, 2011
So Europe - or at least France, Belgium, Italy or Spain - is banning naked short-selling. What exactly does that mean? And will it work?...

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