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  • 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.

  • Futures Pare Losses After Factory Reports Friday, 15 May 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.

  • Stocks Snap Losing Streak as Techs Rise Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 4:59 PM ET

    Stocks opened higher after Wal-Mart hit its earnings target but a pair of economic reports that missed expectations curbed gains.

  • Stocks Open Higher as Techs Bounce Back Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 10:30 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher after Wal-Mart hit its earnings target but a pair of economic reports that missed expectations curbed gains.

  • Futures Retreat After Jobless, PPI Reports Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 9:13 AM ET

    Futures pointed lower after a pair of economic reports came in worse than expected. Wal-Mart Stores reported earnings in line with expectations.

  • Stocks Shed Over 2% as Retail Sales Disappoint Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 5:52 PM ET

    Stocks lost more than 2% Wednesday as bank shares continued to struggle and retail sales unexpectedly fell for a second straight month.

  • Stocks Slide as Retail Sales Disappoint Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 2:25 PM ET

    Stocks declined Wednesday as bank shares continued to struggle and retail sales unexpectedly fell for a second straight month. A brief reprieve after the business-inventories report and comments from President Obama fizzled.

  • Inventories, Obama Help Stocks Pare Losses Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 10:38 AM ET

    Stocks pared their losses Wednesday after a report showed business inventories shrunk at a slower pace and remarks from President Obama on health-care reform.  Still, stocks remained under pressure as bank shares continued to struggle and retail sales unexpectedly fell for a second straight month.

  • Futures Slip Before Retail Sales; Banks Lower Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 7:35 AM ET

    Stock index futures indicated a lower opening for Wall Street Monday, as bank shares continued to struggle and investors looked for guidance on the strength of the economy from retail sales numbers.

  • Market On Precipice, Will It Tumble? Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | 6:24 PM ET

    Jittery investors are beside themselves over what’s next for stocks. Worries persist that the market lacks catalysts yet nobody wants to miss a move higher.