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    On Friday, the Department of Education issued a report on the rate of loan repayments by college students. This is important because if the rates are too low students at those schools might not qualify for government loans,, without which some of these companies would have a hard time making a go of it.

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    Homeowners who are deeply in debt but are current on their mortgage payments should be allowed to refinance without documentation, an investment adviser suggested on CNBC Monday.

  • Government Regulation

    If you thought Sarbanes-Oxley shook up the corporate world, wait until you get a load of Dodd-Frank. When Corporate America comes back from summer vacation, it will find that the extensive disclosure and transparency requirements it has been grappling with for the last eight years just got a tough big brother.

  • Sami Zaitoun

    When you look at an adorable baby, yours or someone else's, do you see a $285,050 price tag?  Probably not, but that’s the average cost of raising a child, born last year to the age of 17, according to the Department of Agriculture.

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    The US Department of Justice is scrutinizing payments by leading pharmaceuticals companies in markets around the world. The FT reports.

  • When I said I thought equities would cool after the Fed decision, I didn’t think they would drop over 2.5% the next day! This is the problem with August and why I was worried about a return of a “Flash Crash” due to low liquidity. Volumes are smaller and movements more extreme in usually a range. This time of year makes everyone nervous.

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    If you needed any more proof about how risk averse investors have become, look no further than the corporate bond market. With interest rates at record lows, corporate America is coming to the debt market in droves. And investors seem to have an almost insatiable appetite.

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    People in the securities and investment industry have dramatically reversed their campaign contribution trends, shifting from overwhelming support of Democrats in 2009, to an equally overwhelming support of Republicans in 2010.

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    American International Group said Wednesday it is selling an 80 percent stake in its consumer credit business, American General Finance, to hedge fund manager Fortress Investment Group as it continues to sell off assets to repay taxpayers.

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    Tuesday’s action by the Federal Reserve was positive, in spite of immediate market downturn on Tuesday, Jason Trennert, chief investment strategist of Strategas, told CNBC Wednesday.

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    US regulators have increased their scrutiny of the country’s largest banks in recent months, digging deeper into riskier activities and pushing institutions to conduct more rigorous “stress tests” of their financial health.

  • Gary Locke

    On the day when the Department of Commerce announced it was $1.6 billion under-budget on the Census project, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke defended himself against criticism on CNBC Tuesday that the savings weren’t admirable at all, but due to good weather and a weak labor market.

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    Negativity sells, so brace yourselves for a torrent of pre-election rhetoric designed to convince voters that things are sure to get even worse. The demagoguery is bi-partisan.

  • The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Goldman Sachs' plan to spin off its proprietary trading business has run into an expected technology glitch that has sent the Wall Street firm scrambling to hire computer programers and project managers.

  • The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Goldman Sachs may spin off part of its proprietary trading operations into an independent hedge fund as soon as Friday,  speeding up the firm's move to comply with new rules limiting Wall Street firms from betting their own money in financial markets.

  • The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Goldman Sachs could spin off at least part of its proprietary trading operations as early as this month to comply with new rules that limit Wall Street firms from betting their own money in financial markets, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Many "yield-starved investors" are putting their money to work in the "wrong areas." This is not the time to be "venturing in and buying yield investments, that was last year—that game’s over," Shelley Bergman said.

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    A top executive of Research In Motion, the Canadian company that makes BlackBerry smartphones, said on Tuesday that his company would not give in to pressure from foreign governments to provide access to its customers’ messages.

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    One real estate expert thinks federal subsidies for first-time homebuyers could help jumpstart the housing market.

  • Goldman Sachs

    Facing pressure from critics of Wall Street to limit its role in elections, Goldman Sachs  has pledged not to spend any of its vast corporate reserves on political advertising. The NYT reports.