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  • Soros: Separate Trading from Commercial Banking Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 4:09 AM ET
    George Soros

    The financial reform should include some way of separating banks' proprietary trading from commercial banking, although a return to regulation similar to the Glass-Steagall Act would be impractical, legendary investor George Soros wrote in the Financial Times.

  • Swine Flu Scammers Provoke FDA Crackdown Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 4:38 PM ET
    Doctor examines a man at a public health center set up to check for swine flu symptoms

    Concerned over the surge of phony swine flu treatments hawked on the Internet, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered dozens of Web site operators to stop making fraudulent claims, leading to a drop in the number of scams.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is ready to roll out an overhaul of the intricate rules and systems that govern America's troubled financial institutions, proposing the most ambitious revision since the Great Depression.

  • Regulators Feuding as Banking System Faces Overhaul Sunday, 14 Jun 2009 | 9:31 AM ET

    The long-running and personal feud between Mr. Dugan and Ms. Bair is now helping to shape President Obama ’s attempt to revamp financial regulation aimed at preventing the regulatory lapses that contributed to the economic crisis.

  • Historic Anti-Smoking Bill Gives FDA New Powers Friday, 12 Jun 2009 | 6:24 PM ET
    Tobacco

    Historic anti-smoking legislation sped to final congressional passage on Friday— after a bitter fight lasting nearly a half-century— and lawmakers and the White House quickly declared it would save the lives of thousands of smokers of all ages.

  • FDA Wins Unprecedented Power to Regulate Tobacco Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | 3:54 PM ET
    Tobacco

    The Senate has voted to give the government extensive new powers to decide how tobacco companies will make and market their products. Supporters say that could spare millions from smoking addiction and premature death.

  • Money Manager to Plead Guilty in Plane Crash Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    An Indiana money manager is set to plead guilty to charges of crashing an airplane near a Panhandle neighborhood in a botched attempt to fake his own death.

  • Cocaine Flap Could Give Red Bull Sales 'Wings' Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | 2:39 PM ET
    Red Bull Cans

    Red Bull fans once hyped the popular energy drink as "liquid cocaine." They may have been on to something. The latest buzz about Red Bull is a widening controversy over whether its products actually contain traces of the illegal drug.

  • Dutch Finance Minister Wouter Bos hit back at critics of his plan for "banker driving licenses" Wednesday.

  • Administration Is Near Finance Overhaul Plan Tuesday, 2 Jun 2009 | 11:15 AM ET

    Washington is asking some painful questions about how to prevent the next financial meltdown. Should it reinvent the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation? Abolish the seemingly feckless overseer of savings and loans? Grant new powers to the Federal Reserve?

  • Can Banks Face the Ironman, Like Me? Friday, 29 May 2009 | 4:26 AM ET

    The UK's Financial Services Authority released details of its banking stress-test methodology on Thursday. I’m a big fan of stress-testing myself (in the form of sport rather than economics) and this weekend I face my toughest stress test to date: my first-ever half ironman.

  • Credit Card Bill 'Warning Light' For Creditors: Kanjorski Thursday, 21 May 2009 | 11:02 AM ET

    The credit card reform bill, which passed through Congress Wednesday and is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama Friday, will serve as a "warning light" to credit card companies that they can no longer take advantage of consumers, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D—Pa., said.

  • SEC's Schapiro Objects to Financial Watchdog Plan Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 2:22 PM ET

    The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is objecting to a plan being considered by the Obama administration to create a new financial watchdog to protect consumers.

  • Vermont Acts to Make Drug Makers’ Gifts Public Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 10:30 AM ET

    Cracking down on medical industry payments to doctors, the Vermont legislature has passed a law requiring drug and device makers to publicly disclose all money given to physicians and other health care providers, naming names and listing dollar amounts, the New York Times reports.

  • US Administration Mulls Regulator to Protect Consumers Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 5:33 AM ET

    The Obama administration, trying to crack down on abuses exposed by the financial crisis, is considering creation of a regulatory commission to protect consumers of financial products such as credit cards and mortgages, according to administration and industry officials.

  • Supreme Court to Review Sarbanes-Oxley Law Monday, 18 May 2009 | 2:49 PM ET

    The Supreme Court said Monday that it will rule on the constitutionality of the anti-fraud law that grew out of accounting scandals at Enron and other companies.

  • The Victims of a Credit Card Industry Gone Wild Saturday, 16 May 2009 | 2:47 PM ET

    Chris Lardner had her interest rate tripled after a payment accidentally charged to her card took her over her credit limit.

  • Stocks End Down Week With a Flop Friday, 15 May 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.

  • Does Your Adviser Make The Grade@f0 Friday, 15 May 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

    Even if you've lost a bundle, don't be too quick to dump your financial counselor.

  • Stocks Struggle Despite Shot of Confidence Friday, 15 May 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.