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  • Dunkelberg: Digging Deep Into Those Bank Profits Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | 1:48 PM ET

    It is good news that the big banks are reporting profits, though as some observers have noted, it’s not hard to make money with free funds (provided by thousands of smaller banks who cannot continuously roll over Federal Funds as a way to fund assets), writes William Dunkelberg, Economics Professor at Temple University.

  • On last night’s Kudlow Report I spoke with Rep. Jeb Hensarling about his thoughts on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s TARP testimony and Team Obama’s overall handling of the banking system and economy.

  • Farrell: The Stress Test Has Me Stressed Out Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | 12:44 PM ET

    The Fed plans to release results of the stress test on May 4. Nobody is going to "fail" the test, but some may need capital, private or otherwise. There should also be some word as to how much capital would be needed.

  • The Death of Democratic Capitalism? Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    How far will the Obama administration move to assert regulatory control over key sectors of the economy? Are we moving away from democratic capitalism, and toward some sort of corporatist state-directed economy? That could be the biggest stock market and economic-growth issue facing us today.

  • TARP Inspector General Calls For Greater Transparency Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009 | 11:11 AM ET

    Requiring banks to account for their use of funds remains a top complaint, said Neil Barofsky, special inspector general to the TARP.

  • Backdoor Path To Bank Nationalization Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | 5:52 PM ET

    White House and Treasury officials are now talking about turning government TARP loans into common stock for the 19 biggest banks. It’s clearly a backdoor path to nationalization, as Uncle Sam would be the largest shareholder in these institutions. What’s more, it’s not at all clear that the administration will even let certain banks pay down their TARP loans.

  • US May Not Need More TARP Funds to Shore Up Banks Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | 11:15 AM ET

    President Obama’s top economic advisers have determined that they can shore up the nation’s banking system without having to ask Congress for more money any time soon, , the New York Times reported.

  • Stress-Test Uncertainty Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | 3:13 PM ET

    Big news today for the banks: The White House and Treasury announced that the economic stress-test results for the 19 largest banks will in fact be made public on May 4.

  • UAW Delays Talks With GM, Focusing On Chrysler Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | 1:23 PM ET

    The United Auto Workers union has placed concession talks with General Motors on the back burner as it tries to reach a deal with Chrysler before an April 30 government deadline, two people briefed on the negotiations said Thursday.

  • Results of Bank Stress Tests To Start Emerging Next Week Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | 11:48 AM ET

    The  Obama administration will disclose details about its banking stress tests and what capital participants may need beginning next week, CNBC has learned.

  • Treasury Says Bank Lending Declined in February Wednesday, 15 Apr 2009 | 1:49 PM ET

    Bank lending to consumers and businesses for many types of loans fell in February despite the billions of dollars in government support the banks received.

  • Fratto: Stressing The Stress Tests Wednesday, 15 Apr 2009 | 11:30 AM ET

    left/CNBC/Sections/News_And_Analysis/_Blogs/Guest_Blog/__COVER/fratto_t_100_2.jpg1100100010lefttruehttp://msnbcmedia.msn.comfalse1Pfalsefalse I can't stress this enough: the idea of publicly releasing big bank stress test results — in any form — is, well... distressing.

  • TARP The Life Insurers? This Is Nuts Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 5:51 PM ET

    That’s the heartland tea-party message to Washington. Is bailout nation about to strike again? Sure looks like it. According to a bunch of front-page news stories, life-insurance companies are about to get TARPed. This is nuts.

  • Treasury Directs GM to Prepare for Bankruptcy Filing Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 12:33 AM ET
    GM Bailout

    The Treasury Department is directing General Motors to lay the groundwork for a bankruptcy filing by a June 1 deadline, despite GM's public contention that it could still reorganize outside court, the New York Times reports.

  • Cramer: Healthy Banks Key to Market Move Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 8:18 PM ET

    All stocks benefit now that toxic assets no longer threaten the financial sector’s balance sheets. Here’s why.

  • Stress Tests Show Banks May Still Need Bailouts Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 7:58 AM ET

    For the last eight weeks, nearly 200 federal examiners have labored inside some of the nation’s biggest banks to determine how those institutions would hold up if the recession deepened, the New York Times reported.

  • TARP the Life Insurers? This Is Nuts Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 4:27 PM ET

    Is bailout nation about to strike again? Sure looks like it. According to this morning’s front-page Wall Street Journal story, life-insurance companies are about to get TARPed. This is nuts.

  • Mortgage Modification Scams Targeted by US Officials Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | 12:55 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    Federal and state officials say they are cracking down on mortgage modification scams that target the Obama administration's efforts to make home loans more affordable

  • The Depression Is Over Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 8:48 PM ET

    Luckily for investors, the news isn’t yet priced into stocks. That means it is time to buy.

  • Four Small Banks Are the First to Pay Back TARP Funds Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 10:21 AM ET

    Four small banks became the first to return millions of dollars of emergency aid, and more may soon follow as the industry tries to escape what it considers the onerous conditions attached to the government’s money.