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  Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 9:25 AM ET

Rajaratnam's Brother in Alleged Galleon Coverup


Federal prosecutors considering manslaughter charges for BP managers [Bloomberg]

Did AT&T curry favor in the T-Mobile deal with 1,500 cupcakes? [NYTimes]

Private exchange wants to challenge NYSE, Nasdaq [CNBC.com via reuters]

Rajaratnam's brother in alleged Galleon coverup [WSJ]

Economic data today includes Case-Shiller Home Price Index and consumer confidence report [CNBC.com via AP]

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  Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 7:26 AM ET

Was AIG Clueless or Criminal?

Posted By: John Carney

A top AIG executive’s testimony to the financial crisis panel reveals a profound lack of understanding of the mortgages derivatives business that helped cripple the insurance giant.

Andrew Forster headed up the London office of AIG Financial Products \(AIGFP\)—the group that sold credit protection on mortgage-backed securities. His group—sometimes called “ground zero of the financial crisis”—agreed with Goldman Sachs to provide credit protection on a mark-to-market basis for various mortgage securities.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

Muni Bonds in 'Deep Freeze'

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

Two Reasons the Raj Defense Team Is Nervous About Today's Star Witness

Posted By: Katya Wachtel, Business Insider
Raj Rajaratnam
Raj Rajaratnam

This afternoon, former Galleon trader Adam Smith, is expected to testify in the Raj Rajaratnam insider trading trial. He's already pleaded guilty to insider trading.

And the defense has already made attempts to diminish the damage his testimony could do their case.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 2:52 PM ET

Libyan Rebels Form Their Own Central Bank

Posted By: John Carney
Libyan rebels progress westward from the town of Bin Jawad towards Muammar Gaddafi's home town of Sirte on March 28, 2011 as NATO finally agreed to take over full command of military operations to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya from a US-led coalition.
Aris Messinis | AFP | Getty Images
Libyan rebels progress westward from the town of Bin Jawad towards Muammar Gaddafi's home town of Sirte on March 28, 2011 as NATO finally agreed to take over full command of military operations to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya from a US-led coalition.

Libyan rebels in Benghazi say they have formed their own central bank.

The rebel group known as the Transitional National Council released a statement last week announcing that they have designated the Central Bank of Benghazi as a monetary authority competent in monetary policies in Libya, and that they have appointed a governor to the Central Bank of Libya, with a temporary headquarters in Benghazi, according to Bloomberg.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 2:09 PM ET

Cash-Hoarding Companies Put Economy, Stock Rally at Risk

Posted By: Jeff Cox
Tetra Image | Getty Images

All that cash piling up on corporate America’s balance sheet could end up hurting an economic recovery and further gains in the stock market.

At 5.96 percent, the ratio of cash to total company assets is nearing a 45-year peak, according to the Federal Reserve and Credit Suisse . Such a high total has advantages for sure—the ability to do deals and to return money to shareholders to name just two—but it also has drawbacks.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 12:46 PM ET

Irish Bank Liquidity and Wilbur Ross Deal

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
Lucien Capehart | Getty Images

With Ireland's bank stress test results coming out on March 31st, the announcement of a possible European Central Bank liquidity chess move has the markets bracing for bad news.

The ECB is looking to expand its operational reach in Ireland by replacing a short-term funding plan known as the Exceptional Liquidity Assistance \(ELA\) with a new €60 billion medium-term “liquidity” loan plan.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 11:23 AM ET

Banks Push to Weaken Dodd-Frank Risk Rules

Posted By: John Carney
Government Regulation
Government Regulation

Bank regulators are set to hold an open meeting on Tuesday to discuss a controversial risk-retention rule for mortgages—and its even more controversial carve-out.

Under the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, banks are required to retain at least five percent of the risk on mortgages they securitize.

The idea was that banks would be more careful about making loans and structuring mortgage-backed securities if they were required to keep a part of the credit risk. From the start, that has had banks griping that this will choke off the mortgage market and raise borrowing costs of home-buyers.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 11:09 AM ET

The Warren Buffett And Anne Hathaway Trade

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Anne Hathaway and Warren Buffett
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Anne Hathaway and Warren Buffett

Anne Hathaway and Warren Buffett have recently been linked in the media—though not romantically, thank god.

No, this linkage is purely statistical.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 10:27 AM ET

Goldman Sachs Employees Told Not to Leave Japan

Posted By: John Carney
Goldman Sachs
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Goldman Sachs

At least four Goldman Sachs executives flew into Japan last week to speak with nervous ex-pat employees about radiation fears, according to a person familiar with the situation. They also conveyed another message: don't leave Japan and don't leave Tokyo.

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  • Federal Reserve Bank Board Chair Janet Yellen.

    Market conditions and stabilizing economic data could lead the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in October, David Lebovitz said.

  • Job seekers attend a Job Fair Giant career fair in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Sept. 30, 2015

    Stocks sank and investors ran to Treasurys after a disappointing jobs report pushed off expectations for a Fed rate hike into 2016.

  • Job seekers wait in line to enter the Choice Career Fair in San Antonio, Texas.

    The economy created 142,000 jobs in September, a number that whiffed on expectations and could cool expectations that the Fed will start raising rates.