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"Holders of more than $3 billion in debt issued by Jefferson County, Ala., are about $100 million away from a deal to avert the biggest municipal bankruptcy-protection filing in U.S. history.  But there is a hitch... Read More
"The past week's market meltdown is confirming what many business leaders and consumers were already thinking—that the economy is close to tilting back into recession and therefore they need to cling to every... Read More
"Bismarck compared the world economy to a train that follows a consistent and steady path — and then suddenly rushes forward with irresistible force. This is an apt description of the onrush of globalization. And... Read More
Ben Bernanke's decision to open the door to easier monetary policy Tuesday marked another watershed moment in his 5½-year odyssey as chairman of the Federal Reserve. This time, it wasn't just the policy that... Read More
"It was impossible this week not to feel the same dread and helplessness that plagued the fall of 2008 as bank stocks slid into terrifying territory and spreads on credit-default swaps jumped. In part that's because... Read More
Federal Reserve officials are drawing up rules for the largest U.S. banks that won’t be more stringent than global capital standards agreed to in Basel, Switzerland, according to a person familiar with the... Read More
"In early 2010, top officials at the Federal Reserve began to wonder: how would United States banks hold up through the European debt crisis? Investors were fleeing Greece and Ireland, and starting to get nervous about... Read More
The Securities and Exchange sued Stifel, Nicolaus & Company on Wednesday, accusing the Midwestern brokerage firm of duping five Wisconsin school districts into buying $200 million in dubious investments. The firm... Read More
"The Goldman Sachs Group was sued on Tuesday by the National Credit Union Administration over claims that the bank violated federal and state laws in the sale of mortgage-backed securities to corporate credit... Read More
"When the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not ban campaign spending by corporations in the landmark Citizens United decision last year, it argued that disclosure of contributions would protect American... Read More
"The Federal Reserve made a rare promise on Tuesday to hold short-term interest rates near zero through at least the middle of 2013, in a sign that it has all but written off the chances of an expansion strong enough to... Read More
"Wells Fargo & Co. is the winning bidder for Bank of Ireland's $1.4 billion U.S. commercial-real-estate loan portfolio, according to people familiar with the matter, marking the latest sale of U.S.... Read More
"Criticism of the industry's dominance heightened following S&P's downgrade, especially after the company went ahead with the downgrade after U.S. officials said they noticed a $2 trillion error in S&P... Read More
"The Obama administration will announce plans Wednesday to seek investors' ideas for turning thousands of foreclosed properties owned by government-backed entities into rental homes, according to administration... Read More
"Nearly three years after the government infused the banking industry with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, many large banks continue to struggle with the fallout of the housing bust." Read the full... Read More
WASHINGTON — Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt last week is likely to hasten the replacement of credit ratings within bank regulatory requirements. The Dodd-Frank Act enacted last year required the... Read More
 Moody’s Corp. and the parent company of Standard & Poor’s have spent increasingly more money to lobby the U.S. government in recent years, data from a money-in-politics research group show, and... Read More
Goldman Sachs Inc. said U.S. securities regulators are investigating whether the securities firm broke bribery laws. Tuesday's disclosure by Goldman of numerous investigations, regulatory reviews and legal action... Read More
Standard & Poor's, whose unprecedented downgrade of U.S. debt triggered a worldwide stocks sell-off, is pushing back against a U.S. government proposal that would require credit raters to disclose "significant... Read More
"The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moving ahead with plans to radically alter the way margin collateral for cleared OTC swaps contracts is protected in the event of a default by a clearing member or one of its... Read More

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