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  • How to Get Banks to "Rightsize" Themselves Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 9:39 AM ET

    Assuming that regulators decide that banks are indeed too large, how might a reduction in size be accomplished, writes William Dunkelberg, Economics Professor at Temple University.

  • Protesters Enter NYC Bank Buildings Before Rally Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 4:55 PM ET
    Wall Street Protests

    Noisy protesters with signs took over two bank building lobbies on Thursday in a prelude to a Wall Street rally by workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.

  • Birds of a Feather: New Doves for the Fed? Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 2:45 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Heard the one about the two economists and a lawyer? But, maybe the more apt question is, heard the one about three doves, or about two doves and a sometimes hawk?

  • Busch: Financial Regulatory Reform—The Dam Breaks! Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 1:39 PM ET

    After three entire days, the Republicans finally relented Wednesday after reducing bailout language in the current Dodd bill, but the debate and amendment process is just beginning.

  • Tony Fratto: You Say You Want A Resolution? Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:34 PM ET

    Every now and then an idea takes hold that is, conceptually, so elegant and alluring as to be nearly irresistible. Resolution authority – like the call of the Sirens – has enchanted every US official who was in a decision-making capacity during the financial crisis.

  • Workers to Rally on Wall Street Against Big Banks Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:02 PM ET
    Outside the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

    Workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks are planning to rally on Wall Street.

  • In Shanghai, Bootleg Goods Move to Secret Rooms Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:15 AM ET

    With Shanghai preparing for the World Expo, stores have moved bootleg DVDs and CDs to back rooms as China hides a trade that is usually out in the open, the New York Times reports.

  • Real Bookies Bet on Goldman Sachs Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 3:19 PM ET
    Daniel Sparks, former partner and head of the Mortgages Department at the Goldman Sachs Group, Joshua Birnbaum, former managing director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group, Michael Swenson, managing director of structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group and Fabrice Tourre, executive director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group are sworn in while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Af

    Sen. Claire McCaskill called Goldman Sachs "the bookie" in selling synthetic CDOs. Now, real bookies are putting odds on what happens next to the Wall Street giant.  

  • 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.

  • Wall Street's 'Spectacle of Scapegoats' Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 11:26 AM ET

    Unless Wall Street gets back to the business of business—creating value—both Wall Street in general and the public at large are in for a continuous spectacle of scapegoats and politicians.

  • Stage Set for Another Clash Over Financial Reform Bill Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 10:43 AM ET
    Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senate Democrats Wednesday prepared for a third procedural vote to advance a sweeping financial reform bill, after the latest round of talks on a bipartisan compromise appeared to yield no agreement.

  • Goldman a $200 Stock, 'You Should Own It': Bove Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 7:15 AM ET

    The bank's problems are over after Tuesday's marathon Senate hearings and the stock is likely to rise, Rochdale Securities banking analyst Richard Bove told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Goldman Sachs Hearing on Capitol Hill

    Goldman Sachs executives tried to fend off accusations they inflated the housing bubble, sold clients "sh**ty" deals and made billions off the market's collapse, in a high stakes Senate hearing.

  • Senators Tackle Facebook Privacy Settings Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 1:58 PM ET

    Today four democratic senators — Charles Schumer, Michael Bennet, Mark Begich, and Al Franken — wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to review the company's policies. They say they "look forward to the FTC examining the issue," and they're asking the FTC to get involved.

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

    Democrats and Republicans keep talking about finding a bipartisan compromise but they'll have to agree enough to simply get the legislation on the Senate floor for debate.

  • How Many Times Did Sen. Levin Say 'Sh**ty Deal'? Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 12:53 PM ET

    Watching the Goldman Sachs hearing, one Senator recited the phrase "sh**ty deal" so many times, you had to wonder — s it taking place in the Senate or South Park?!

  • China Seeks to Step Up Communication Monitoring Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 11:40 AM ET

    China is on the verge of requiring telecommunications and Internet companies to detect, stop and report leaks of state secrets by their customers, the latest in a string of moves designed to strengthen the government’s control over private communications. The NYT reports.

  • Farrell: Greece—A New Moral Hazard? Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 9:41 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    The bailout of Greece has stirred ferocious debate and fallout in Germany, which has an election shortly.

  • Interesting Elements to the Goldman Story Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 5:01 PM ET

    As I’ve told readers of my Wall Street newsletter, Wall Street and Washington are as connected as strongly as I’ve ever seen them in my 20 years covering financial news, due in large measure to the cries for financial reform in the wake of the recent crisis.

  • Legalize Street Drugs: Mexico's Salinas Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 3:25 PM ET
    Ricardo Salinas

    Ricardo Salinas, the second richest man in Mexico, told CNBC Monday that the sale of illicit drugs should be legalized.

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