• Farrell: What Is the End of Economic Uncertainty? Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 11:16 AM ET

    US regulators told banks not to increase dividends or buy back shares until political (and economic) uncertainty around the industry dissipates. They have to be smoking something. Define the end of political uncertainty.

  • Goldman Deal-Maker Now Advocates Regulation Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 11:07 AM ET
    Gary Gensler

    For 18 years, Gary G. Gensler worked on Wall Street, striking merger deals at the venerable Goldman Sachs. Today, he is emerging as one of the nation’s archreformers, pushing to impose some of the most stringent new financial regulations in history. The New York Times reports.

  • Senate Banking Committee members from both parties said on Wednesday that they had agreed to include in their regulatory overhaul bill a new Office of Research and Analysis that would provide early warnings of possible systemic collapses.

  • Stocks Open Lower; Citi Rises Again Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 10:16 AM ET

    Stocks slipped at the open Thursday after the government said weekly jobless claims fell but not as much as analysts had anticipated.

  • Futures Slide After Letdown From Jobs Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 8:43 AM ET

    Stock index futures were treading water Thursday after posting a slight a gain Wednesday on the back of gains in financial stocks.

  • Senate Banking Panel Wants to Add Fee For Big Banks Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 12:01 PM ET
    US Capitol Building

    The Senate Banking Committee has added a new fee on big financial institutions to its legislative package of financial reforms, according to a source familiar with negotiations

  • Another Bull-Market Year? Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 11:37 AM ET

    The key question facing investors right now — on the anniversary of a record-breaking stock surge, the best in 75 years — is whether we’re headed for a second bull-market year?

  • A Consumer Bill Gives Exemption on Payday Loans Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 10:59 AM ET
    Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is playing a crucial role in bipartisan negotiations over financial regulation, pressed to remove a provision from draft legislation that would have empowered federal authorities to crack down on payday lenders.

  • AIG Has New Formula for Bonuses: Report Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 6:46 AM ET

    American International Group has formulated a new "forced ranking" system to determine bonuses and rate employee performance, Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Regulators Warn Banks Not to Hike Dividends: Report Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 6:24 AM ET

    Regulators have told US banks to avoid increasing dividends or share buyback programs until the economy is on firmer footing, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

  • Greece's Problems Shared by Europe: Finance Minister Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 11:47 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    Greek Financial Minister George Papaconstantinou told CNBC Tuesday that there is "no question" the country's three-year deficit reduction plan will succeed, but he said its problems are also something that pertain to all of Europe.

  • Why I Can Still Find Optimism in This Story Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    I do believe that this great stock market rally over the past year — the S&P 500 is up 68 percent and economy-sensitive small-caps are up 95 percent — is in part telling us that political regime change is coming our way this November.

  • In this commentary I will explain why I’m cautious; how I could be wrong; what’s at stake for me and my clients; and how we’re invested.

  • The Cyclical Recovery Continues Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 5:15 PM ET

    We’re not gonna get a barnburner recovery such as we saw in 1983-84 when Reagan slashed tax rates. Obviously not, since Obama’s Washington is moving in an anti-supply-side direction.

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd said he was hopeful a bipartisan agreement on a sweeping package of financial regulatory reforms could be reached in the coming days, but admitted there were still key differences between his party and the GOP.

  • The EU Looks for a Legal Way to Bail out Greece Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 3:48 AM ET

    The European Commission invited regulators, central banks, ratings agencies, fund managers and brokers for a technical meeting Friday in Brussels to discuss the fundamentals of the credit default swaps market.

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senate Banking Committee members Thursday continued talks in the hope of crafting a bipartisan bill covering sweeping reform of the financial sector, with panel chairman Christopher Dodd signaling that there was still no agreement yet on where and how a new consumer watchdog agency would fit into the current regulatory structure.

  • The idea to make brokers fiduciaries who have a responsibility to put their customers’ interests first may not survive in the financial overhaul bill.

  • Senate Committee Nears Deal On Financial Reform Bill Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 12:42 AM ET
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    "We’re really close," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We’ve had a really good day. We’re getting to a place where Democrats and Republicans both can get comfortable with this. March 3 has been the best day yet in the process."

  • GOP Seeks to Limit Independence of Financial Watchdog Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 6:39 PM ET

    Three senior GOP members of the Senate Banking Committee have made a new proposal for the consumer financial protection agency to Democratic chairman Christopher Dodd.