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  • TARP one of the 'worse economic decisions' in US history: Kovacevich

    Richard Kovacevich, former Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo, provides his thoughts on how the government handled the financial crisis five years ago, and why he thinks the TARP program actually made the crisis worse.

  • Paulson reveals private battle to save Lehman   Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 7:05 AM ET
    Paulson reveals private battle to save Lehman

    Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, shares his recollections on what went on behind the scenes when the "massive credit bubble" burst five years ago.

  • Lehman Brothers 5 years on: Was it a mistake? Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 8:36 AM ET

    Five years ago, the government abandoned Lehman Brothers to its fate. Was that a mistake, or did it help bring the financial crisis under control?

  • Paulson: Why Is the Fed the Only Game in Town? Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 6:45 PM ET
    CNBC's Maria Bartiromo interviews Hank Paulson Jr. at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

    Former US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson argues the Federal Reserve can't be the only driver of both the markets and economy.

  • Tough Times for Paulson   Friday, 7 Dec 2012 | 10:03 AM ET
    Tough Times for Paulson

    CNBC's Kate Kelly reports that Henry Paulson's umbrella funds are down significantly through December.

  • China leader's persona forged by harsh early life Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    LIANGJIAHE, China-- The next leader of China spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave. Xi Jingping's seven years in this remote northern community meant toiling alongside rural villagers by day and sleeping on bricks by night, in stark contrast to his pampered early years in Beijing.

  • The Lost Bank by Kirsten Grind

    During the frenzied days of September 2008, as the U.S. financial system teetered on the brink of collapse, the government chose winners and losers. Washington Mutual, the country’s largest savings and loan bank, fell into the latter camp.  The author of "The Lost Bank" has the story of the biggest bank failure in American history.

  • Geithner to Dartmouth? A Family Secret Gets Leaked Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 10:40 AM ET
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    Tim Geithner could be heading back to school so to speak, at least if his chatty father-in-law is to be believed.

  • Europe Crisis Will Take Years to Sort Out: Paulson Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 9:48 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    Although there are similarities with what the United States went through at the onset of the financial crisis, the issues in Europe are are more complex and will take years to resolve, Henry Paulson, former Treasury Secretary and founder of the Paulson Institute told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Europe Needs 'Paulson Moment': Analyst Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 7:16 AM ET
    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    After the weekend's International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting passed with no concrete announcements on the resolution of the Eurozone debt crisis, one analyst called for a "Paulson moment" between politicians and fiscal policymakers in Europe.

  • Does Merkel Need a 'Lehman Crisis' to Save Euro? Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 5:09 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The idea that Paulson needed a crisis in order to solve a bigger crisis could be seen by some as a post-game rationalization by the former official, but it raises some interesting questions for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Europe's ongoing sovereign debt crisis.

  • Paulson: From TARP to Soccer Hero? Friday, 24 Jun 2011 | 5:47 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    What is playing out in Portland, where the Timbers are in their inaugural season in Major League Soccer and passionate fans are embracing some of the trappings of their European counterparts, suggests soccer might finally be poised to become a big-league sport in the United States.

  • Isaac: Paulson On Paulson Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 1:38 PM ET

    Alex Pollock of the American Enterprise Institute assembled a collage of quotes from former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s memoir of the financial crisis, On the Brink. The collage paints a stunning and frightening picture of a confused and panicked government without a coherent strategy for containing the financial crisis and preventing worldwide financial panic.

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    I recently sat down with George W. Bush to discuss his new book, Decision Points. With the greatest respect to the former president, he and I disagreed on a number of issues, and let each other know about it.

  • How Warren Buffett Gained from Bank Bailout Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 5:43 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Market commentators and Warren Buffett followers have been buzzing after seeing the Oracle of Omaha's op-ed piece featured in The New York Times. ...A report from TheStreet.

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    Merrill Lynch was the world's largest brokerage but in September 2008 – at the height of the financial crisis, it ceased to exist as a separate entity when it was acquired by Bank of America. How could this American institution collapse almost overnight? Now the story is being told.

  • Lehman Had to Fail; FinReg May Help Others: Paulson Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 1:15 PM ET
    Henry Paulson

    The government let Lehman Brothers fail during the financial crisis because there was no other choice, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Wednesday.

  • Top Books: On The Brink Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
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    There are many books written about the global economy’s collapse by those who can quote their ‘inside’ sources, but the ultimate ‘insider’ — the man who was actually IN the INSIDE and at the very center of the storm — tells his story in "On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System."

  • Paulson Likes What He Sees in Overhaul Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 10:19 AM ET
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    If the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act had been in place during his tenure, would the financial crisis — and the ensuing recession — have happened? The NYT asks former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

  • Highest Profile Goldman Sachs Alums Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 2:52 PM ET
    Goldman Sachs alums have an extensive history of being closely tied to Washington politics. From Sidney Weinberg in 1907 to Hank Paulson's central role during the 2008 financial crisis, Goldman alums have been deeply involved in government affairs. When the firm's success is correlated with influential positions of its alumni, conspiracy theorists speculate that there is a deep-seeded - or even corrupt - connection between the government and the elite Wall Street firm. On the other hand, Goldman

    So, who are the most influential Goldman Sachs alums linked to Washington DC and beyond? Click to find out!