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    “In the late summer of 2008, as Lehman Brothers teetered at the edge, a bell tolled for Wall Street,” so writes Roger Lowenstein in his book, "THE END OF WALL STREET." The bell may have sounded, in 2008, but for those who were really listening, there were warning signs of a financial crisis long before the summer of 2008.

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    There are many books written about the global economy’s collapse by those who can quote their ‘inside’ sources, but the ultimate ‘insider’ — the man who was actually IN the INSIDE and at the very center of the storm — tells his story in "On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System."

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said the action was its first ever against a state, and only its second against any government over the handling of a public pension fund.

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    Big U.S. banks should be able to meet tighter global capital requirements without having to raise substantial amounts of new equity, according to calculations by Barclays Capital. The FT reports.

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    New international regulations on how much capital banks must hold will initially make borrowing more expensive and dampen economic growth. The New York Times reports.

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    A federal judge on Tuesday criticized Barclays’ $298 million deal with the U.S. authorities to settle charges of facilitating payments that violated sanctions against countries including Cuba and Iran. The FT reports.

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    A fresh law, buried in the Wall Street reforms passed last month, will force many manufacturers to identify any  "conflict minerals" that can be traced back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries. The FT reports.

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    As high-yield bond trading activity has one of its best years ever, investors are looking for and finding solid investments in that arena, a Citigroup banker told CNBC Tuesday.

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    Bill Gross, a managing director bond giant PIMCO, told CNBC Tuesday that if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lowered interest rates for mortgage holders in good standing, it would stimulate the economy, encourage consumer spending, promote job growth and give the beleaguered housing market a much-needed lift.

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    Businesses are watching you—more than ever before.  Newly-armed with analytics technology, retailers, search engines and social networks are all eager to turn data into profits.

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    As the Obama administration hosts a housing conference to address the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we should remember that homeownership’s promise was ruined by Wall Street’s recklessness, not by federal policy. To fix the nations’ affordable housing policy, we support bringing the GSEs to their former public-private status, but with some key changes.

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    How would you fix the mortgage behemoths? Share your opinion.

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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.