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  • Ban Derivatives and US Banks Lose Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 9:16 PM ET

    If a certain Arkansas senator gets her way, you might want to consider buying a couple of European financials.

  • Banking and Trading Don't Mix: Volcker Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
    Paul Volker

    The United States government should not stand behind banks that mix up their trading activities with their banking activities, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker told CNBC Monday.

  • Next Week’s IPO to Watch Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 7:41 PM ET

    A beneficiary of financial regulatory reform is coming public just as a bill is close to passing. Here’s how you trade it.

  • Will 'Rogue Trader' Kerviel Escape a Jail Sentence? Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 5:11 AM ET
    Jerome Kerviel shown here released on bail from La Sante Prison by a Parisian court on March 18, 2008 in Paris, France. Jerome Kerviel, the Societe Generale rogue trader was accused of losing 4.9 billion euros (7.2 billion US dollars) through unauthorised trading.

    Jerome Kerviel goes to trial Tuesday over unauthorized trades that cost French bank Societe Generale 4.9 billion euros ($6 billion) in 2008.

  • The far-ranging financial reform package currently being negotiated for passage in Congress must beat back Wall Street's press for exceptions, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman Gary Gensler told CNBC Thursday, noting that the "American public needs a strong bill."

  • Four Ways to a Better Finance Bill Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 11:31 AM ET

    As the House and Senate begin merging their separate bills into a single bill, they still have a chance to make some important improvements. Here are four issues to watch in coming  weeks. The NYT explains.

  • Can Geithner Unite Divided Europe? Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 5:11 AM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    Without the support of the UK or many euro-zone members, the EU looks split on key issues at a time when the Treasury Secretary thinks they should be standing united.

  • VIX Set to Cool After Weeks of Palpitations? Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 9:12 AM ET

    Global stock markets are regularly seeing three-percent swings as investors grapple with worries about the euro zone debt situation and escalating tensions between North and South Korea.

  • Naked Truth on Default Swaps Friday, 21 May 2010 | 11:09 AM ET

    Should people be able to bet on your death? How about your financial failure? The New York Times explains.

  • NYSE Trader

    Global stocks plunged for the third day in a row on growing fears that Europe's financial crisis will hurt economic growth and lead to a wider market correction.

  • German Finance Minister: Markets Out of Control Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 8:26 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    The man at the eye of the financial storm that has engulfed the euro has learnt to be patient after 20 years confined to a wheelchair. But Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s finance minister, is also a man in a hurry, the Financial Times reported.

  • Global Stock Markets Spooked By New Financial Regulations Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 12:41 PM ET
    A trader looks worried as he works in a dealing room in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Stocks tumbled around the world Wednesday as investors were rattled by efforts in the US and Europe to tighten regulation of financial markets

  • What Will German Short Ban Mean for Investors? Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 4:20 AM ET

    Germany's ban on kinds of naked short selling will have no effect on investors' ability to bet on declining prices, analysts told CNBC.

  • Voiding Derivative Pacts Would Be 'Disaster': Sokol Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 11:36 AM ET

    David Sokol, a key Warren Buffet lieutenant, told CNBC that it would be a “disaster” if Congress enacted retroactive legislation that voided contracts dealing with derivatives.

  • Goldman Pressed for CDO Loss Settlement Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 8:21 AM ET
    LLoyd Blankfein testifying before House Financial Services Committee

    Goldman is in talks over a potential settlement with an investor that claims that it lost money and went out of business after buying into a $1 billion mortgage-backed security, the FT reports.

  • Warren Buffett

    For Warren Buffett, it's a matter of simple fairness: "If the restaurant only gets paid for an 8-ounce steak, they don't want to give you the 12-ounce one."   It's a concept at the core of his argument against allowing the government to require collateral on existing derivatives contracts.

  • Senator Benjamin Nelson (D-Nebraska) in a 2009 photo taken outside the U.S. Capitol

    Nebraska's Democratic Senator Ben Nelson is quoted by Bloomberg as saying he and his wife's long-held stake of up to $6 million in Berkshire Hathaway, does not create a conflict of interest for him on the financial regulatory bill currently at the center of a Capitol Hill fight.

  • What is a Market Maker? Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    The job of a market maker is to determine a price at which the trader is willing to buy a particular product AND a price at which that same trader will sell that same product at the same moment in time. Yes – a market maker will give you a price to buy, or sell – and they are generally indifferent to what you do, they just want you to do business.

  • What's Really Inside a 'Toxic Asset' Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 10:58 AM ET

    When housing went from boom to bust, mortgages (especially subprime and Alt-A loans) were at the center of the economic crisis. And the term 'toxic asset' was born.

  • The Best Trade on Financial Regulation Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 8:21 PM ET

    At least one company will benefit immediately from Washington’s reforms.