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  • Federal law enforcement agents have tracked missing Sarasota hedge fund manager Arthur G. Nadel to Slidell, La., through cell phone records, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which cited sources close to the investigation.

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    America's demand for crude oil fell to its lowest level since 2003 last year, as record high prices to start the year and an ailing economy at the end of 2008 combined to sharply curtail consumption, new statistics show.

  • The head of Europe's biggest economy said Thursday that world leaders should be looking at the massive U.S. deficit and other economic imbalances, not just problems caused by financial markets, as they debate a new global order.

  • The investigations into Bernard L. Madoff are expanding into offshore tax havens, the New York Times reported.

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    Two months before IndyMac Bancorp collapsed in July, at a cost of $8.9 billion to taxpayers, a top federal banking regulator allowed the bank to backdate a capital infusion and gloss over its deepening problems, the New York Times reports.

  • Christopher Cox

    As the Securities and Exchange Commission begins an internal examination into how it missed the red flags of one of the largest frauds in history, it will inevitably discover that Bernard L. Madoff was a Wall Street pioneer who over the last 20 years alternately impressed and infuriated the agency’s top policy makers, the New York Times reports.

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    Consumers will be shielded from increases in interest rates on existing account balances on their credit cards under new rules being adopted by federal regulators.

  • Bernard L. Madoff

    Many of those who say they were victimized by long-time investor Bernard Madoff's alleged "Ponzi" scam are up in arms that the Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street's top cop, didn't crack down on his activities sooner.

  • In the wake of the Madoff scandal, former SEC commissioner Laura Unger called for SEC reform.

  • Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner

    Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball franchise, on Monday disputed an accusation from the Securities and Exchange Commission that he profited from insider stock trading.

  • Regulators tell banks: do what we say, or else. If there is any doubt that the federal government has taken over (nationalized, socialized) the nation's banking system, consider these headlines from a joint statement this morning from the FDIC, the Fed, and the Treasury.

  • Government Regulation

    The future of financial regulation: An open letter to the next Treasury secretary, from the New York Times

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    The International Monetary Fund has launched a probe into allegations of improper behavior in relation with a subordinate by its chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

  • Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, left, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    The US government mishandled the credit crisis, much as it did Hurricane Katrina three years ago, say crisis management experts.

  • Stocks declined Wednesday as comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent the already-rattled market to session lows.

  • Stocks declined Wednesday as comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent the already-rattled market to session lows.

  • Stocks opened lower Wednesday after a trio of dismal economic news and a profit warning from JPMorgan Chase.

  • Futures fell sharply Wednesday after a trio of dismal economic news and a profit warning from JPMorgan Chase.

  • The ban on short-selling of high-profile financial stocks has prevented bear-market rallies and an extension of the ban would be a 'big mistake,' Kirby Daley, senior strategist at the Newedge Group, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.