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  • 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.

  • Rush on My Interview With Alan Reynolds Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 4:04 PM ET

    Rush Limbaugh was pretty fired up about my interview earlier this week with Cato's Alan Reynolds.

  • Hedge Funds Face Probe Over Euro Collusion: Report Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 2:54 PM ET
    Government Regulation

    The Justice Department is looking into whether hedge funds worked together to drive down the value of the euro, according to a report Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.

  • Washington to Wall Street Mishmash Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 2:47 PM ET
    Jim Bunning

    Sen. Jim Bunning was right all along. He was just trying to get the Senate to enforce its own pay-go budget rule and actually find $10 billion of spending cuts out of a $3.5 trillion budget to pay for extended unemployment benefits and other items in a catch-all spending bill.

  • Gridlock May Be Ending on Consumer Protection Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 12:13 PM ET

    A proposal to give the Federal Reserve the primary responsibility for protecting consumers from abusive and deceptive financial products emerged on Tuesday as a potential breakthrough after months of partisan gridlock in the Senate over the terms of a broad overhaul of financial regulations.

  • Farrell: Defining Leadership Tuesday, 2 Mar 2010 | 8:42 AM ET

    If you look to Congress, or the political class in general, leadership seems to be getting to where the crowd is already going and pretending you led them there.

  • Under the latest proposal, the Federal Reserve would be given new powers to protect consumers in dealing with financial services companies and their products, according to sources.

  • Transcript Of Interview with Larry Summers Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 5:25 PM ET

    Following you'll find a full transcript of Fast Money's exclusive interview with Obama economic advisor Larry Summers.

  • Financial Reform Talks Grind On; No Deal In Sight Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 4:16 PM ET

    A weekend of talks between Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) yielded some progress on crafting a bipartisan bill for financial regulatory reform, but there's no indication that a deal is imminent, several sources said.

  • No One Would Listen - Harry Markopolos

    My CNBC colleague Mary Thompson recently interviewed Harry Markopolos who for nearly ten years; tried, and failed, to alert regulators and investors of Bernie Madoff's $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

  • US Capitol Building

    Given the current trouble Congress is experiencing getting a financial regulatory bill out of the Senate, this underscores some of the confusion about arcane financial products and confusion over how to address their risks (if any) towards the financial markets.

  • Rulings Restrict Clean Water Act, Foiling EPA Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 10:39 AM ET
    Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

    Thousands of the nation’s largest water polluters are outside the Clean Water Act’s reach because the Supreme Court has left uncertain which waterways are protected by that law, according to interviews with regulators.