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  • 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.

  • QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Enron? Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 12:54 PM ET

    How much do you know about one of the biggest business scandals of all time? Take our Enron quiz and find out.

  • After Meltdown: The Lawyers Cometh Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 1:46 PM ET
    gavel and money

    Break out the bubbly, for at long last we have irrefutable evidence that the Great Recovery is at hand: Here come the lawyers.

  • Stocks Outlook: Small Caps Still Have Way to Go Higher Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 4:28 PM ET

    Small caps are getting pricey, but there's still opportunities to be found, says Citigroup strategist Lori Calvasina.

  • When Law Obscures the Facts Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 11:39 AM ET

    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.

  • Bank of America Sued over Mutual Funds Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 10:42 AM ET
    Bank of America

    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.

  • Fed Meeting, Treasury Auction Will Dominate Market Sunday, 21 Jun 2009 | 10:20 AM ET
    Wall Street Traders

    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.

  • Week Ahead: Stocks Trapped in a Range Friday, 12 Jun 2009 | 8:34 PM ET
    Wall Street Traders

    Stocks could have a hard time snapping out of their current trading range, which seems to be getting narrower and narrower.

  • Much better-than-expected jobs numbers drew little more than a collective yawn from Wall Street on Friday, and some market experts think that could actually be a good thing.

  • Welcome to Our Show Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 8:30 PM ET

    I'm Max Meyers, the senior producer of a new program called "Options Action," and if the rehearsals are any indication, I think you will find the show both fun and informative.

  • SEC chairman Christopher Cox, responding to heavy criticism, said in an interview published on Wednesday he takes pride in his response to the U.S. financial crisis...

  • Colonel's Secret Recipe Gets Bodyguards Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Colonel Harland Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was to be removed Tuesday from safekeeping at KFC's corporate offices for the first time in decades.

  • Breaking Story: Merrill Lynch Buyback II Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 12:06 AM ET

    Melissa Lee has more on the unfolding Merrill Lynch story, with details on its offer to buy back $12B auction rate securities from over 30,000 of its clients, and the ramifications on other Wall Street firms.

  • Breaking Story: Merrill Lynch Buyback Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:43 PM ET

    Melissa Lee reports a breaking story linked to Citi's settlement and buyback of auction rate securities during tonight's "Fast Money." In an after-hours announcement, another Wall Street giant, Merrill Lynch, stated it too would buy back auction rate securities from its retail clients, who currently hold $12B of those questionable securities.

  • "[The] stock market: a loser across the board. It was a loser early, it stayed a loser and became a bigger loser as the day went on," Dylan summed up Thursday's trading with that one statement, as AIG and Wal-mart lead the Dow's one-day, 225-point dive. A few lone tech stocks were the only winners in an otherwise distressed market. Adding to the bearish environment was the morning's new jobless claim numbers, the highest reported in several months.