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  • Credit Crunch

    Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic make bold promises to rescue the global financial system, but are still racing to work out the details to calm battered stock markets, the New York Times reports.

  • Investigation: SEC Failed in Bear Stearns Probe Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 9:04 PM ET
    Bear Stearns

    A government investigation has found the Securities and Exchange Commission failed to administer its statutory obligation in an investigation of mortgage-backed securities at Bear Stearns, according to a report obtained by CNBC.

  • Stock "Circuit Breaker": Will There Be One? Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 1:34 PM ET

    Traders have been speculating for weeks that some kind of individual stock "circuit breaker" would be adopted by the SEC after they allowed the ban on short selling in financials this Wednesday.

  • Bowyer: The Negative Five Trillion Dollar Man Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 11:23 AM ET
    Jerry Bowyer

    I know that you’re deluged with people who are sure that they see what’s wrong and what should be done. As for me, I’m not remotely sure, but I’ve looked at the data and read the plans and chewed it over and (yes, I’m not ashamed to say) prayed it over.

  • US Mulls Bank Stakes to Restore Credit Confidence Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 4:06 AM ET

    The Treasury Department is considering taking ownership stakes in some banks to try to restore confidence in the financial system, the New York Times reports.

  • Short-Selling Ban Has Prevented Rallies: Strategist Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 6:01 AM ET

    The ban on short-selling of high-profile financial stocks has prevented bear-market rallies and an extension of the ban would be a 'big mistake,' Kirby Daley, senior strategist at the Newedge Group, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Morgan Stanley Gets Favorable Treatment from SEC Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 9:19 AM ET

    Morgan Stanley and its Chief Executive John Mack got preferential treatment in a 2005 investigation of alleged improper trading at Pequot Capital Management, according to a government report obtained by CNBC.

  • Investors Rake in Cash by Shorting New Jersey Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 6:42 AM ET
    George Washington Bridge

    While regulators were sprinting to save the financial system last month, someone was making a lot of money — by betting against the State of New Jersey, the New York Times reported.

  • The SEC Rule that Let Banks Pile on Debt Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 6:18 AM ET
    WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    “We have a good deal of comfort about the capital cushions at these firms at the moment.” — Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, March 11, 2008.

  • Credit Freeze, Bailout Haggling Slam Stocks Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 5:22 PM ET

    Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.

  • Stocks Fall as Congress Drags Its Feet Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 3:50 PM ET

    Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Economic Jitters Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.

  • Drop in Factory Orders Pushes Stocks Lower Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House.

  • Jobless Rise Pushes Futures Lower Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 9:29 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly mixed open for Wall Street, with investors cautious after the Senate approved a sweetened version of the $700 billion bailout package for banks.

  • SEC Probe Focuses on Lehman, Bear Rumors: Report Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 4:57 AM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether traders spread rumors to drive down shares of former investment banks Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, USA Today reported, citing an SEC subpoena.

  • Stop Trading!: Last Chance to Get GE Cheap? Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | 3:30 PM ET

    If some other recent offerings are any indication, this might be the time to buy.

  • Short-Sale Ban Is Likely to Be Extended Beyond Thursday Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | 2:26 PM ET

    The SEC is likely to extend a ban on short sales of hundreds of stocks beyond Thursday, when the temporary ban is set to expire, staffers have told Wall Street executives.

  • Short Selling Ban In Financials Likely Extended Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | 1:58 PM ET

    SEC ban on short selling in financials is likely to be extended, NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer said on a webcast with NYSE listed companies and reporters.

  • The TARP plan is Chapter One of Part Two of the Great Credit Meltdown book. Part One was the Ad Hoc Solution Phase, which was a failure: the attempts to deal with the problem case-by-case, starting with Bear Stearns.

  • Bowyer: Vote for the Unnecessary, Bloated Bailout Deal Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
    Jerry Bowyer

    A Louisiana political wag famously said “Vote for the adulterer; it’s important’. He was referring to a congressional face off between a highly corrupt machine politician, and a reformer who had once consorted with prostitutes.