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    The Treasury plans to re-create the Resolution Trust Corporation. Calpers says it will no longer loan out shares of  Goldman Sachs  and Morgan Stanley to short sellers. Central banks worldwide announce plans to support money markets.

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    AIG makes a deal with the Fed for loans up to $85 billion in exchange for a 79.9 percent stake in the insurer.  Barclays buys several Lehman businesses for $1.75 billion. WaMu is for sale. And the SEC announces rules against naked short selling.

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    On Tuesday, even "good" financials start out looking pretty bad: Goldman Sachs' earnings plunge and AIG scares investors again. But volatility makes the market hard to predict.

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    On Monday, the weekend's turmoil starts taking its toll. Stocks fall sharply Monday on a triptych of Wall Street woe: Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing; Merrill Lynch's acquisition by Bank of America; and AIG's unprecedented request for short-term financing from the Federal Reserve.

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    Hurricane Ike takes a backseat to the the banking storm: BofA pulls out of Lehman to focus on Merrill Lynch. By late Saturday night, a deal has been drafted to acquire Lehman's bad assets and pave the way for an eventual sale of the firm.

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    Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual and AIG all  race against time leading to a weekend of work and worry.

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    Failure to address the underlying weaknesses in the banking system and some shortcomings in the package of regulatory reforms for the financial sector could result in a crisis relapse in the next few years.

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    Uncertainty over guidance from Lehman Brothers casts a pall over the entire banking sector, including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs — and Lehman itself.

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    On Sunday, no rest for Wall Street. And the dominos fall. Lehman Brothers files for chapter 11 protection, Merrill Lynch sells itself to Bank of America and AIG prepares for a dramatic decision.

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    Lehman Brothers moves closer to taking center stage in the crisis, but storm clouds also build over AIG and Washington Mutual.

  • On Tuesday, Lehman Brothers starts playing defense. Reports say Lehman management is considering moving up the release of its third-quarter earnings, which had been scheduled for next Thursday. Opinion is split on fannie and Freddie — with on builder calling a bottom.

  • Monday sees a dawn for markets...a false dawn. Investors rejoiced that the U.S. Treasury will take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, seeing a sign that housing troubles are over. Stock markets all over the world rocket upward. But not everyone shares the . Lehman Brothers  ends the day down 13 percent. Why?

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    The U.S. markets may be closed Sunday, but that doesn't stop rumblings and news on the financial front. Lehman Brothers officials are hoping to finalize plans to raise capital and sell off bad debts sometime this coming week. And U.S. Treasury officials expect to buy $5 billion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities within the next month, as part of the takeover of the mortgage finance giants.

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    For the troubled financial sector, Saturday brings no rest. The U.S. plans to bring mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under Federal control, according to reports. The move could constitute the biggest financial bailout in American history. And shareholders are facing the prospect of a wipeout.

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    It's a pretty black Friday. Another bleak unemployment report shows the August joblessness rate shot up to its highest level since summer of 2003. And the glum news seems to rattle every spoke on the financial hub.

  • White knights are hard to nail down as the savvy start hedging their bets and bear season arrives on Wall Street. The Lehman Brothers rumor mill heats up and investors turn a cold shoulder on stocks, as the indices enter bear-market territory.

  • The markets are still struggling and consumers are saving more, causing concern that a recovery will be slow. Art Cashin, floor director at UBS, weighed in Friday with his thoughts.

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    You’ve probably heard about the hemline indicator, the lipstick indicator and other quirky things that are used to measure where the economy is heading. But how about another: men's underwear?

  • After the close, Cliff Natural Resources announced a 12 million share secondary...we are expecting BB&T to price a roughly $1.5 billion secondary tonight or tomorrow; sources tell me additional pricings from Duff & Phelps, SCBT Financial are also coming, and...

  • Too Big Too Fail

    Back in the day - we're talking 2004 - Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Gary Stern and Sr VP Ron Feldman wrote “TOO BIG TO FAIL: THE HAZARDS OF BANK BAILOUTS.” Back in 2004! Way before Lehman and AIG and the others. Now the book is back – with new insight and new recommendations.