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Official Congressional budget estimates understate the peril of rising debt, Fed chair Ben Bernanke told the Budget Committee on Capitol Hill today.
Warning that our nation's fiscal health has deteriorated appreciably since the onset of the financial crisis and the recession, Bernanke called upon lawmakers to confront the long term fiscal challenges sooner rather than later. If lawmakers don't confront them, they'll find themselves confronted by them.
Muni-Madness is about to get under way on Capitol Hill. A series of hearings kicks off today with the Subcommittee on TARP and Financial Services' "State and Municipal Debt: The Coming Crisis?" In the background of these hearings is the question of whether Congress will step in in and bailout states who are often said to be teetering on the drink of default.
I spoke with Steve Murphy, Managing Director, State & Local Government Ratings at S&P, about the state of the states and their debt.
AIG to take a big charge:Claims it will 'strengthen' loss reserves . [DealBook]
Home loan demand drops, as mortgage rates hit 10 month high. [CNBC]
A Coke and a smile: Coca-Cola profits triple on one-time gain related to its acquisition of its North American bottling operation. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
Is inflation coming? [SeekingAlpha]
The life of an insider trader [NY Post]
After a fresh round of insider trading arrests and news conferences, hedge fund giant SAC Capital is once again in the spotlight.
Four additional people were criminally charged today in an ever widening case of insider trading.
An updated civil complaint released today by the SEC provides the best overview: "This case involves insider trading by ten individuals and one investment adviser entity, all of whom are consultants, employees, or clients of the so-called 'expert network' firm, Primary Global Research LLC [PGR]"
Here's the goods.
The U.S. top court ruled against a man, saying he couldn't appeal a court rejection of his bankruptcy plan.
A glum Bill Gross sees both himself and the bull market facing the same long road to oblivion.
U.S. corporations continue to buy back stock at a near-record pace. Purchases could ramp up after earnings season blackout periods end.