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The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it was declining an offer from American International Group to buy the mortgage-related assets it holds in its Maiden Lane II portfolio.
Instead of selling the assets as a block to a single buyer, the Fed says it will sell the assets in individually and in blocks in a “competitive process.” Earlier reports have said that the Fed was considering an auction for the assets.
Every time there is a crisis in the Middle East and gasoline prices go up, we start hearing from the halls of Congress the need for a "comprehensive energy policy." It's almost a running joke.
Everyone admits we need such a policy but no one can agree on anything and nothing happens. Instead we get piecemeal legislation.
On the morning of the President delivering his energy speech calling for boosting oil and natural gas production and cutting oil imports, the Democratic leadership invited selected press for a business media roundtable. The Senators spoke a bit on tax reform and job creation.
I decided to ask Democratic Senators Mark Begich \(AK\), Mark Warner \(VA\), Amy Klobucher \(MN\) Ron Wyden \(OR\), and Jeanne Shaheen \(NH\) on the amount of jobs an energy policy could create. I pointed out in one of my interviews with Harold Hamm CEO of Continental Resources \(CLR\) that he told me he has 10,000 job openings.
You would think that mortgage lenders would be chastened by the financial crisis and prolonged economic slump. After all, mortgage loans played a central role in the calamity from which we are still struggling to recover.
But you’d be wrong.
Yesterday financial regulators proposed a set of rules intended to lower mortgage defaults by requiring banks to retain five percent of the risk when they package home loans as securities. Unfortunately, the plan relies on banks to adequately self-regulate their lending practices—something they’ve shown time and again they are not very good at.
In the witness stand yesterday, former Galleon portfolio manager Adam Smith told jurors about the world inside Raj Rajaratnam's hedge fund.
He testified that in addition to legitimate research, traders and analysts were encouraged to find out confidential numbers—concrete figures connected to revenue, or earnings, or impending deal pricings—before they were released publicly.
Barclays is considering moving its global headquarters from London to New York.
The regulatory capital requirements are higher in the U.K.
Neil Barofsky's op-ed on "Where the Bailout Went Wrong" [NYTimes]
Economic data today includes the ADP employment report and mortgage applications [CNBC.com via Reuters]
Earnings reports include Family Dollar and Mosaic Group. [CNBC.com via Reuters]
Craig Reynolds, a senior swaps trader from Goldman Sachs , has jumped ship for Bank of America .
Reynolds, a managing director at Goldman, will run U.S. rates trading for B of A, say people briefed on his job move, which was announced in an internal e-mail at his new firm on Tuesday morning.
Ray Dalio's fund slumped in August and some investors blame the strategy of such funds for the volatility that slammed stocks and commodities.
For all the talk about the 250,000 jobs a month the economy is creating, workers' real wages are going backward.
Volatility could probably last anywhere from three to four months, Brian Jacobsen of Wells Fargo said.