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  • New Housing Task Force Will Zero In on Wall St Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 3:29 PM ET

    In the latest government tactic to prosecute crimes related to the financial crisis, the housing task force will attempt to crack down on financial firms suspected of improperly bundling home loans into securities for investors, the New York Times reports.

  • China Set to Bolster Short Selling Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 6:17 PM ET

    China is poised to unveil measures to bolster the country’s nascent short-selling industry in an effort to deepen its capital markets, according to securities officials and fund managers. The Financial Times reports.

  • Ponzi Schemes Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 12:25 PM ET

    How much do you know about modern-day Ponzi schemes? Take our quiz and find out.

  • SEC Launches New Whistleblower Program Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

    The SEC is launching a new program Friday to encourage whistleblowers to report corporate fraud, including a website with instructions on how potential whistleblowers can make millions from their tips.

  • AIG to Sue Bank of America Over Mortgage Bonds Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:33 AM ET

    The American International Group is planning to sue Bank of America over hundreds of mortgage-backed securities, adding to the surge of investors seeking compensation for the troubled mortgages that led to the financial crisis, the New York Times reports.

  • Rajaratnam Convicted of Insider Trading Charges Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    Raj Rajaratnam co-founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund.

    A former billionaire Wall Street hedge fund manager has been convicted of 14 federal charges alleging he made a fortune off insider trades.

  • Barclays Considers Bid for US Securities Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 2:58 AM ET

    Barclays is among a group of investors weighing a rival bid for a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities that has already drawn a $15.7 billion offer from AIG, people familiar with the matter said.

  • Foreclosure

    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.

  • Treasury Recoups $2.7 Billion in Ally Financial Sale Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 6:22 PM ET
    Treasury Building

    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.

  • Wall Street Securitization Machine Back Into Gear? Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 6:24 AM ET

    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.

  • How to Profit From the WikiLeak Fiasco: Stock Picker Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 4:28 PM ET

    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.

  • Bank of America flag

    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.

  • Tokyo Hit by Claims of Insider Trading Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 7:59 PM ET
    Tokyo Exchange

    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.

  • 7 Changes to Bring Small Investors Back Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | 6:52 PM ET

    Cramer thinks these things need to be done to regain the individual investor's confidence in the markets.

  • SEC Accuses New Jersey of Securities Fraud Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 7:46 AM ET

    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.

  • Mortgage Securities Pose Sticky Problem for Fed Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 2:45 PM ET

    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.

  • Subprime Errors 'Disappointing;' Moody's CEO Vows Change Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 10:18 AM ET

    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.

  • 100% Protected Isn't as Safe as It Sounds Monday, 24 May 2010 | 12:04 PM ET
    NY Stock Exchange Traders

    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.

  • Revealing What's Really Inside a 'Toxic Asset' Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 4:50 PM ET

    CNBC "Fast Money" trader is testing the derivative waters by purchasing a bond containing mortgages from 13 states.