CHICAGO— Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. "Regardless of outcome of the legal challenges to pension reforms, we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities— and the costs of servicing those liabilities— to continue to...» Read More
The Treasury's move to start unloading its portfolio of mortgage debt likely will add more pressure to a housing market hardly in a position for additional stress.
The Treasury Department says it has sold trust preferred securities the government held in Ally Financial for $2.7 billion, the latest step in its efforts to recoup the costs of the $700 billion financial bailout.
In the last few weeks, a number of big banks have successfully bundled and sold new securities backed by commercial real estate loans. The NYT Reports.
Authorities are investigating a number of cyber attacks against companies seen as opponents of controversial website WikiLeaks. Despite the fiasco, which companies are most likely benefit from the attacks? Mark Mahaney, Internet research managing director at Citigroup shared his best plays.
U.S. Bank, the largest subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, will acquire the U.S. and European securitization trust administration businesses of Bank of America, the company announced Monday.
Japan’s financial regulator and the Tokyo Stock Exchange are investigating recent trading activity following allegations of widespread insider trading ahead of new share issues by Japanese companies. The FT reports.
Cramer thinks these things need to be done to regain the individual investor's confidence in the markets.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said the action was its first ever against a state, and only its second against any government over the handling of a public pension fund.
Markets might be getting ahead of themselves in anticipating some bold new moves from the Federal Reserve to combat the weakening economy.
While officials and economists generally regard the program as successful in supporting the housing market, it has left the Fed holding a vast pile of mortgage securities—basically i.o.u.’s from homeowners—that it does not want and cannot sell.
The chief executive of Moody's says his company's inaccurate ratings of mortgage-related investments were "deeply disappointing" but investors shouldn't rely on ratings to buy or sell securities.
Brokers selling complex securities that they once contended were safe and sound have saddled individual investors with billions in losses since the credit bubble burst. Remember auction-rate securities? Those were peddled to investors as just as good as cash — until they no longer were after that market seized up in 2008. The NYT reports.
CNBC "Fast Money" trader is testing the derivative waters by purchasing a bond containing mortgages from 13 states.
How much do you know about one of the biggest business scandals of all time? Take our Enron quiz and find out.
Break out the bubbly, for at long last we have irrefutable evidence that the Great Recovery is at hand: Here come the lawyers.
Small caps are getting pricey, but there's still opportunities to be found, says Citigroup strategist Lori Calvasina.
The collapse of the auction-rate securities market is a largely forgotten part of the financial crisis, a disaster that was soon overwhelmed by bigger ones — except for the investors who were caught up in it.
It’s been four decades since the go-go years of the late 1960s, when hot mutual funds captured the imagination of investors by reporting performance that was too good to be true. It’s been so long that Bank of America seems to have forgotten what happened.
The Fed meeting and a record $104 billion of Treasury auctions are the big hurdles for the market this week. Plus, weekend news that Apple chief Steve Jobs had a liver transplant will put techs in focus.
Stocks could have a hard time snapping out of their current trading range, which seems to be getting narrower and narrower.