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It was no surprise to me when the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling found the management of BP and two of its contactors, Transocean and Halliburton, at fault for their missteps, which played an integral part to the deaths of 11 rig workers and the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Leaders are defined by the choices they make and how they react in moments of crisis. Clearly, in this instance, the management of these companies looked at their bottom line and were blinded by greed and stupidity and did not do their due diligence in assessing and analyzing risk.
Their foolish, short-sighted decisions have left a void in the 11 families who lost their loved ones and local economies that base their livelihood on the environment struggling.
I decided to have a discussion on leadership with Sydney Finkelstein, Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
On Friday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dismissed the possibility that the central bank would intervene in the municipal credit markets.
In testimony before the Senate Budget Committee Bernanke said: "We have no expectation or intention to get involved in state and local finance." He later said that states "should not expect loans from the Fed."
The comes according to a story in Friday's Wall Street Journal.
According to the Journal, the rationale for the policy of nonintervention is the following:
Credit Suisse announced this morning that more of its bankers will be paid using deferred bonuses—essentially paying bonuses in stock rather than cash.
Prior to two years ago, deferred bonuses were paid only to bankers earning more than $125,000 in bonus compensation; that threshold was then lowered to 50,000 Swiss francs- or a little over $50,000 U.S. Now, 35 to 70 percent of bonuses will be paid in deferred compensation- compared to 15 to 60 percent from earlier years.
New Stress Tests for U.S. Banks [Financial times] US Financial institutions will face another round of stress tests. The tests come amid calls for banks to begin returning profits to investors. "The exercise, mirroring the tests of May 2009 when the sector was reeling from the crisis, comes as investors have been pressing banks to return part of their surging profits. The calls have gone unanswered, contributing to the low valuation of many bank stocks, because after injecting billions of dollars to recapitalise the sector, regulators have been wary of sanctioning capital returns."
ECB Purchases Support Portuguese Bonds As Bailout Pressure Mounts [Reuters] "The European Central Bank threw Portugal a temporary lifeline on Monday by buying up its bonds, traders said, as market and peer pressure mounted for Lisbon to seek an international bailout soon. A senior euro zone source told Reuters on Sunday that Germany, France and other euro zone countries were pushing Portugal to seek an EU-IMF assistance program, following Greece and Ireland, in a bid to prevent contagion spreading to much larger Spain, the fourth biggest economy in the euro area. The interest rate premium on Portuguese sovereign debt fell on Monday after rising sharply late last week as traders said the ECB intervened to buy government bonds on the secondary market."
Get up—it's a busy day. Here's what you've missed while you were sleeping and what you need to know to carpe this Manic Monday:
Self-absorbed behavior may be good for your career on Wall Street.
A study jointly performed by professors from the London Business School and Harvard Business School purports to show that 'Luxury' makes people behave in more self-centered ways.
Apparently, our great institutions of higher learning have just caught on: Spoiled people sometimes behave badly.
There's no way to overstate the importance of today's decision by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to void the seizure of two homes by Wells Fargo and US Bancorp.
The late decision by Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts is creating some unexpected complications.
Since Congress didn't pass the extension until December 17th, the IRS has not had enough time get the necessary systems ready. That means that if you one of the 50 million taxpayers who itemize, you can't file until mid-to-late-February because that's how long it will take Uncle Sam to reprogram its processing systems.
If any good comes of this latest fiasco, it might be a renewed push for tax reform. I decided to speak with Deputy Whip Kevin Brady \(R-TX\), the new Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade on the realities of tax reform.
Have you seen the sarcastic letter supposedly written by a 98-year-old woman in the UK to her bank?
According to many of the versions circulating today it was “recently published in the Times.” It’s very funny, and I’m reprinting it in full below.
But beware: it’s a spoof.
It’s the paper chase, baby. And Fortress Paper CEO Chad Wasilenkoff is making bank.
“With the quantitative easing that’s going on right now, it’s very very busy these days,” he told me on CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange.”
If there's any doubt the Fed is targeting December for its first rate hike, just look at the bond market.
Italy plans to launch a series of bad bank-style measures as early as the end of the year, the FT reports.
Hillary Clinton's close ties to Wall Street is an image she can't seek to shake, The New York Times reports.