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  • Slow economic growth in the US, soverign debt trouble in Europe and uncertainty about emerging markets, especially China, are affecting investors choices right now.

  • Wall Street sign

    The new limits on proprietary trading and hedge fund investments may actually benefit big banks more than harm them—especially in the hedge funds they market to clients.

  • The real work now, the real test for President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner, is to quickly bring the rest of the world along on the only reforms that will truly protect the global financial system from crisis in the future: common standards for the appropriate quantity and quality of capital, and acceptable levels of leverage and liquidity.

  • Mormons Wield Influence in Business Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 5:47 PM ET
    The Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be the most recognizable Mormon, but members of his faith, which account for only 2 percent of the US population, have lots of influence in big money—both on Wall Street and throughout the business world.

  • Senators Prepare A Citigroup-Sized Hole In Volcker Rule Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 4:40 PM ET

    Senate negotiators are expected to offer changes today to the financial reform bill that would soften the Volcker rule. On Capitol Hill there is widespread speculation that the Senate negotiators will propose language that would allow banks to invest a small amount of their capital in their internal hedge funds or proprietary trading desks.

  • Long-Term 'Growth' for Equities, Hedge Funds: Analyst Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 1:27 PM ET

    According to Healey, "the question for medium to long term markets is not whether or not the economies around the world are troubled; it's how much the market has discounted that bad news. So where does the CEO see the source of growth coming from, going forward?

  • Banking Lobbyists Make a Run at Reform Measures Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 10:34 AM ET
    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    Industry lobbyists — and sympathetic members of Congress — are pushing for provisions to undercut a central pillar of the financial reform legislation, known as the Volcker Rule, which would forbid banks from using their own money to make risky wagers on the market and would force them to sell off hedge funds and private equity units. The NYT reports.

  • Three Scenarios: Doomsday, Limbo or Revival Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 3:42 AM ET

    Even with the best global economic conditions, a balanced equity portfolio that excludes banks is unlikely to yield much more than 6 percent in annualized gains, according to some market experts.

  • Hedgie Hot Stock: High-Yielding, Defensive Play Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 6:20 PM ET

    Amid the Gulf oil spill, a falling euro and pending financial regulatory reform, where was the big money going to work?

  • $20 Billion Gulf Fund, Good for Investors? Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 3:29 PM ET
    A sign warns the public away from the beach on Grand Isle, Louisiana. With oil covering many of the beaches, officials closed them to the public indefinitely on Saturday. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    With up to 60,000 barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf on a daily basis, the $20 billion Gulf fund may be something worthwhile for investors.

  • The Markets Are Hostage to Hedge Funds Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 7:10 PM ET

    Don’t get too excited by Thursday’s triple-digit Dow gains. They weren’t entirely the product of solid fundamentals.

  • Bill Ackman Reveals Bullish Position In This Stock Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 6:07 PM ET

    The two reasons why the renown hedgie likes this financial institution.

  • For Sale: Priciest Property in Wealthiest Zip Code Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 3:29 PM ET
    The Stone Mansion in Alpine, NJ

    The common wisdom is that the very rich are often immune from the ups and downs of the economy.  If that's  true, it's good news for real estate developer Richard Kurtz, who is selling is his mega-mansion, the priciest property in Alpine, N.J., in the nation’s wealthiest zip code. That code, by the way, is 07620, a half-hour drive from Manhattan.

  • Blanche Lincoln

    Wall Street officials, who have invested heavily in lobbying against the Lincoln amendment, are hoping Tuesday's Arkansas run-off race will be its death sentence.

  • Warren Buffett’s Anti-Competitive Profits Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 2:57 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    We learned something important at Wednesday's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission: the power of the duopoly privilege enjoyed by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s is what drew Warren Buffett to make his Berkshire Hathaway the biggest shareholder in Moody’s.

  • Lockheed Exec, Former US Attorney to Join Hedge Fund Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 5:57 PM ET
    Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin's General Counsel James Comey is leaving the company to join hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.

  • The Culprit Missing From the Credit Ratings Hearings Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 1:12 PM ET
    Eric Kolchinsky, Former Team Managing Director, U.S. Derivatives, Moody's Investors Service

    There’s something missing from today’s Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearing at The New School in New York.

  • SEC Is Said to Seek to Bar Wall St. Financier Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 10:51 AM ET
    Steven Rattner

    As it investigates a suspected kickback scheme in New York’s pension system, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been pushing to bar Steven L. Rattner, a prominent financier and former adviser to the Obama administration on the auto industry, from working in the securities industry for up to three years, according to three people told of the discussions. The NYT explains.

  • Two Homes Provide Clues into 'Toxic Asset' Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 2:22 PM ET

    A pair of homes, and their troubled mortages, are a window into the mysterious and risky world of  mortgage backed securities. These loans provide insight into the underlying collateral of a 'toxic asset' recently purchased by CNBC.

  • Goldman Sachs Spies A Way Out Of Fraud Claims Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 11:53 AM ET
    The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Goldman Sachs may have found a way to compromise with the Securities and Exchange Commission that will allow both sides to declare victory.

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