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  • 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.

  • Treasury Would Emerge With Vast New Power Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | 10:12 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    During its weeklong deliberations, Congress made many changes to the Bush administration’s original proposal to bail out the financial industry, but one overarching aspect of the initial plan that remains is the vast discretion it gives to the Treasury secretary, says the New York Times.

  • Weeding Out The Weak Banks Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | 9:24 AM ET

    In a mood reminiscent of WaMu-JP Morgan, the FDIC says Citi is buying Wachovia's banking operations, and assume the senior and subordinated debt.

  • Audit Report Blasts SEC's Oversight of Bear Stearns Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 4:10 PM ET
    Christopher Cox

    A government audit obtained by CNBC blasts the Securities and Exchange Commission's handling of the investment banking crisis. In response, the SEC says it is scrapping the way it regulates big investment banks.

  • As Wall Street struggles to find a way forward, many on Main Street are asking how we got here in the first place.