The system is projected to pay out more in benefits this year than it receives in taxes, a tipping point toward insolvency that was not expected before 2016.
In his most detailed examination of the causes of the financial crisis, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, acknowledges that the Fed failed to grasp the magnitude of the housing bubble but argued that its policy of low interest rates from 2002 to 2005 did not cause the bubble.
I was a bit surprised to read an excerpt from former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's new book, that depicted Lockhart as "nervous" in those crucial few days leading up to the takeover of Fannie and Freddie and very reluctant to put the two into conservatorship. Paulson called the FHFA a "weak regulator," and seemed to imply the same of Lockhart.
Tonight, we learn about Mr. Paulson's thinking behind all those decisions, taken in response to the financial crisis, and, ultimately, in the pursuit of long-run American prosperity.
This Monday, Henry Paulson will be on CNBC as Larry's guest. The former head of the Treasury is coming on CNBC to talk with Larry about his new book and his role in the bailouts and AIG.
Why did Mr. Greenspan and Mr. Bernanke miss the housing bubble? The New York Times explains.
Former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan predicts that the unemployment rate will push past 10 percent and stay at that level for a while.
On the last day of Sept. 2008, one of the wildest, scariest months in U.S. financial history, the Wall Street-Washington roller-coaster starts climbing again.
Monday starts out hopeful. By day's end, those hopes are dashed, as the House kills the bailout bill and stock markets plunge to new lows.
Sunrise: Congressional leaders from both parties emerge from intense talks to present a $700 billion financial rescue plan agreement on Sunday.
As events go, Saturday seems more sedate than it has in weeks. But it's a false calm, as Washington scrambles to find common ground on a financial rescue plan.
White House, legislators fail to teach agreement on the $700 billion financial bailout. U.S. shuts WaMu and JPMorgan grabs the assets.
The crisis the world went through is just an appetizer for a future one because the weaknesses that created it have not been addressed, Marc Faber, author and publisher of the Gloom, Doom and Boom Report, told CNBC Friday.
Pres. Bush goes on TV Thursday and urges Congress to quickly pass a $700 billion rescue package for the U.S. financial system. Key lawmakers say they've reached an agreement, in principle, on the major parts of the plan.
Paulson, Bernanke back on Capitol Hill to sell the bailout. Fed coordinates with Australian and Scandinavian central banks to keep global finance running. Goldman Sachs sells $5 billion in common shares.
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke head to Capitol Hill to sell the $700 billion bailout plan. Warren Buffett invests $5 billion in Goldman Sachs. WaMu talks to suitors about a takeover.
Euphoria fades Monday as the market digests previous days' events. Japan's Mitsubishi seeks a piece of Morgan Stanley—killing hopes for a Morgan/Wachovia merger. And NYSE adds 30 stocks to the "no short" list.
The Bush administration and Congress step up talks Sunday on an historic $700 billion bank bailout — racing the clock to stem further financial market turmoil.
Saturday begins another weekend of little rest for Wall Street or the U.S. government. A gigantic financial rescue plan is going to Congress. Democrats seek changes to the bill — including help for homeowners and a salary cap for CEOs. If the plan is approved, the government could purchase as much as $700 billion in mortgage-related assets from U.S.-headquartered institutions.
On Friday, the market rollercoaster continues — and seems to end up nearly where it began. Panic in funds parallels equities. FDIC's Bair warns of more bank failures. But the SEC's short-selling ban gives financials a big boost.