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The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns
At the top of page 11, the Federal regulators reveal that they have “identified a deficiency” in JPMorgan’s wind-down plan which if not properly addressed could “pose serious adverse effects to the financial stability of the United States.” Why didn’t JPMorgan’s Board of Directors or its legions of lawyers catch this?

It’s important to parse the phrasing of that sentence. The Federal regulators didn’t say JPMorgan could pose a threat to its shareholders or Wall Street or the markets. It said the potential threat was to “the financial stability of the United States.” [...] “…the default of a bank with a higher connectivity index would have a greater impact on the rest of the banking system because its shortfall would spill over onto other financial institutions, creating a cascade that could lead to further defaults. High leverage,
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Jan Kregel: The Continuing Risk of Derivatives - YouTube
The other common feature that Kregel notes is that the major objective of active, global financial institutions no longer is the maximization of profits by seeking the lowest cost funds and channeling them to the highest risk-adjusted return. Rather, they are most interested in maximizing the amount of funds intermediated in order to maximize fees and commissions, thereby maximizing the rate of return on bank capital. This means a shift from continuous risk assessment and risk monitoring of funded investment projects that produce recurring flows of interest payments over time, to the identification of riskless "trades" that produce large, single payments with as much of the residual risk as possible carried by the purchasers of the package. The upshot is that most derivative packages mask the actual risk involved in an investment and increase the difficulty in assessing the final return on funds provided.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
"The Untouchables (2013)" PBS documentary about how the Holder Justice Department refused to prosecute Wall Street Fraud despite overwhelming evidence : Documentaries
faustian pact they've made. getting funded their elections by greedy crony capitalists. and are thus beholden to their calls they make and the framework they said they would give them funding for their campaign under. // "breakdown of internal controls [...] 60% of loans in possible portfolio did not meet its own standards, were still bought, put into portfolio" - Citigroup exec // Underfunded/understaffed/non-experience/no-stars @FBI and CIA! corporates have a bigger pocket and star lawyers who know how to position and spin. And without a Whistleblower/Leak it is nearly impossible if not for the case that the accused was really stupid and left a clear trail and or incriminates himself in paperwork/communication. // "criminal intent" //&! No Regrets at Countrywide - bloom.bg/1UptWQC //&! Countrywide’s Mozilo Said to Face U.S. Suit Over Loans - bloom.bg/1RMqPEA //&! NEW SUIT - No, the US government hasn’t forgotten about Countrywide founder Angelo Mozilo - bit.ly/1lQbEfD
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Staatsverschuldung als Problem der Generationengerechtigkeit | Lars P. Feld | SWR Tele-Akademie - YouTube
henry paulson and tim geithner said they are in a moral hazard. put it the way to either nationalise (aka the end of American Dream, Failure part of capitalism) or bailout (gov loans and co like TARP). Rather the moral hazard was to either put current and future unborn generation in debt servitude they had nothing to do with and keep criminals private with all its benefits. Or really give a warning shot a privatise banks and end the profligacy of crony capitalism and Wall Streets shareholder value creation only and profit maximisation - without consequences. // and Europe looks towards USA and did the same; made banks whole again (because they were really - TBTF - and would pushed some EU countries into Great Depression/Insolvency. especially France & Belgium where bank liabilities were too big for public balance sheet) and took some of the debt onto its public balance sheet (and gave bailout loans) to be served by current & future unborn generation.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who Will Pay? Austerity vs. Bailouts | Greece, Europe and The Euro! - YouTube
have to be held accountable >> bankers! but have not, just transfered private debt/losses onto public balance sheet which no has to paid down by the weakest of society and collectively by less public investment for the future (output gap/lower productivity) ie into infrastructure and education // stealing from the young // policy making by comfort and trinkets - George Osborne // moral hazard - the options they choose - paulson geithner summers and co made the tbtf and jail even worse! instead should have chosen partial privatization // sold off our future for keeping the gangsters "private" - get out of jail free card for what reason? because it would be not American? American means to be WALL STREET crony capitalistic greed with tax evasion and lobbying to the tunes of millions - your judge - that judges on you whether you get a free out of jail card?! // who will suffer in the end? the public and the weakest of society and unborn! period. long-term. // &! youtu.be/EmHYeGI0b_U
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
How Housing Policy Caused the Financial Crisis - YouTube
Community Reinvestment Act = Gov guarantees and subsidies for one part of the economy.

Wallison published his version of what caused the crisis in a 93-page dissent, which argues that the meltdown was largely a consequence of government housing policy that underwrote unsustainable economic activity. He draws heavily on the research of Fannie Mae's former chief credit officer, Edward Pinto, which found that federal housing agencies drastically underreported the number of high-risk mortgages on their books. According to Wallison and Pinto, there were about 28 million high-risk mortgages in the U.S. in 2008; roughly 70 percent of those mortgages were owned by government-sponosored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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My take:
Its part of the crisis, as were derivatives and structure products and securities (time of great moderation). Wrong type of regulation, leverage, lazy fair gov policies, Wall Street lobby, ...
history  public  policy  greatrecession  GFC  politics  USA  freddiemac  FHA  FannieMea  mortgage  subprime  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Secret Fed Loans Helped Banks Net $13 Billion - Bloomberg
A fresh narrative of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009 emerges from 29,000 pages of Fed documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and central bank records of more than 21,000 transactions. While Fed officials say that almost all of the loans were repaid and there have been no losses, details suggest taxpayers paid a price beyond dollars as the secret funding helped preserve a broken status quo and enabled the biggest banks to grow even bigger.

$7.77 Trillion
The amount of money the central bank parceled out was surprising even to Gary H. Stern, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1985 to 2009, who says he “wasn’t aware of the magnitude.” It dwarfed the Treasury Department’s better-known $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Add up guarantees and lending limits, and the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion as of March 2009 to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year.
Fed  bailout  finance  banks  bank  2008  GFC  meltdown  TARP  disclosure  transparency  trust  TAF  TermAuctionFacility  discountwindow  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  history  Dodd-Frank  moralhazard  Glass-Steagall  toobigtofail  systemicrisk 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
In Aftermath of Financial Crisis, Who\'s Being Held Responsible? - YouTube
As anger over the financial crisis lingers, questions remain as to who has been held accountable for their role in creating the conditions that led to the meltdown ... and who has not. Ray Suarez reports

... there is no law against greed, recklessness, failure, ignorance,
... no solid case could be made so far in that much complex financial world with so much participants, criminal behavior,
... and then there are missing resources on the side of enforcement
... revolving door between private and public sector. and the lobby
...
GFC  responsibility  accountability  settelment  SEC  investigation  goldmansachs  Mozilo  CountrywideFinancial  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  financialcrisis  financialmarket  lobby  banking  prosecution 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Credit-Default Swap Risk Bomb Is Wired to Explode: Mark Buchanan - Bloomberg
The European nations are linked in a network of debts, as Bill Marsh recently illustrated in the New York Times with a beautiful piece of graphic art. Greece and Italy are prominent; Ireland, Portugal and Spain lurk ominously nearby. France and Germany seem exposed, too, as does the U.S.
The image is like a complex wiring diagram for a ticking debt bomb. Yet what it shows may be less important than what it leaves out: a largely invisible network of ties among institutions around the world, which could ultimately cause global financial chaos.
This hidden network has been created by institutions that buy and sell unregulated credit-default swaps. These are essentially insurance contracts on bonds; in the event of a default on the bond, the seller of the swap promises to pay the buyer the bond’s value.

The researchers showed that too much risk sharing can make it easy for distress to spread like a virus.
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november 2011 by asterisk2a
Morgan Stanley at Brink Got $107B From Fed - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/data-visualization/federal-reserve-emergency-lending

Hedge Funds pulled money out ... out of banks who facilitate their trades.
Prime brokers facilitate short trades, the sale of borrowed stock in the hope of buying it back later at a lower price. They also make margin loans to finance stock purchases. In exchange, hedge funds usually keep their cash and stock in accounts at the prime-brokerage companies.

“So if clients pulled their money out, the view was that money had not been lent out, so the cash would have been sitting there able to hand over. It turns out that that was not entirely correct.”

In reality, “prime brokers were able to reuse clients’ assets to raise cash for their own activities,” the financial crisis commission wrote in its final report, published in January. Azarchs said that in her years covering Morgan Stanley for S&P she never heard executives discuss the risk that the funding might evaporate.
Fed  meltdown  fiancial  crisis  discountwindow  2008  jpmorgan  morganstanley  interbank  liquidity  freeze  emergency-lending  operation  benbernanke  henrypaulson  hedgefunds  panic  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  banking  lehmanbrothers  history  goldmansachs  broker  service  lesson  financialcrisis  PrimaryDealerCreditFacility  lenderoflastresort  PDCF  JimChanos  JohnMack  TermSecuritiesLendingFacility  TSLF  TARP  POMO  counterpartyrisk  toobigtofail 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion in Secret Fed Loans - Bloomberg
By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.
Fed  financialcrisis  GFC  bailout  TARP  discountwindow  2008  meltdown  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  liquidity  creditcrunch 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Barofsky Says Fed's Secret Loans Needed More Oversight - YouTube
Neil Barofsky, former special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor, talks about the Federal Reserve's emergency loans during the financial crisis. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression included lending banks and other companies as much as $1.2 trillion of public money, according to a Bloomberg News compilation of data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, months of litigation and an act of Congress. Barofsky speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack."
barofsky  Fed  bailout  discountwindow  monetary  policy  transparency  oversight  TARP  GFC  financialcrisis  meltdown  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  centralbanks  2008  dollar 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
World on course for next crisis, warns Gordon Brown - Telegraph
Mr Brown said the "resolve" to act seen immediately after the crisis has been replaced by indecision and vested interest. He urged politicians at the next G20 summit, which takes place in Cannes in November, to take control of a globalised financial system which is still "perilously" unregulated.

They fear "with good cause" that if Greece has to restructure its debt - effectively default - it could unravel a chain of trades based on the problematic debt and lay bare the interconnectedness of institutions around the world, said Stephen Lewis, an analyst at Monument Securities.
gordonbrown  2011  PIIGS  default  restructuring  greece  banking  EMU  lehmanbrothers  finance  financialcrisis  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  toobigtofail 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Schwarmintelligenz: Gemeinsam sind wir dümmer - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft
Bei fast allen Fragen zeigte sich, dass die zuerst gegebenen Antworten im Durchschnitt die besten waren. Je mehr die Probanden über die Schätzungen der anderen Studienteilnehmer wussten, umso mehr sank die Schwarmintelligenz. Extremwerte verschwanden nach und nach, die Schätzwerten der einzelnen Probanden näherten sich immer mehr an, ohne dass der Mittelwert dem tatsächlichen Wert näher kam.
Das Experiment zeige, dass sozialer Einfluss die Diversität der Antworten verringere, nicht jedoch den kollektiven Fehler, schreiben die Forscher im Wissenschaftsblatt "Proceedings of the National Academie of Sciences". 

"Wenn Menschen sehen, wie andere Menschen denken und entscheiden, konvergieren die Meinungen", sagt Helbing. Dieser Effekt betreffe alle Gremien in Politik und Wirtschaft, überall, wo man zusammensitze und diskutiere. "Ein derartig zustande gekommener Konsens kann eine schlechte Entscheidung sein." 

Consensus decision-making
psychology  intelligence  sociology  information  decissionmaking  mass  twitter  research  study  financialcrisis  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  bubble  democracy  consensus  voting  influence  influencer  decision 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures - NYTimes.com
[Tim Geithner & Co. their] worry, according to these people, sprang from a desire to calm markets, a goal that could be complicated by a hard-charging attorney general.

Whether prosecutors and regulators have been aggressive enough in pursuing wrongdoing is likely to long be a subject of debate. All say they have done the best they could under difficult circumstances.
But several years after the financial crisis, which was caused in large part by reckless lending and excessive risk taking by major financial institutions, no senior executives have been charged or imprisoned, and a collective government effort has not emerged. This stands in stark contrast to the failure of many savings and loan institutions in the late 1980s. In the wake of that debacle, special government task forces referred 1,100 cases to prosecutors, resulting in more than 800 bank officials going to jail. 

SEC cautious ... taxpayer money in effect being used to pay for settlements.
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april 2011 by asterisk2a
Senate report hits Goldman | City A.M.
arl Levin, chairman of the senate permanent subcommittee on investigations, tore into Goldman at a press briefing on his panel’s 639-page report, which is based on a review of tens of millions of documents over two years. Levin accused Goldman of profiting at clients’ expense as the mortgage market crashed in 2007. “In my judgment, Goldman clearly misled their clients and they misled Congress,” he said.
A Goldman Sachs spokesman said: “While we disagree with many of the conclusions of the report, we take seriously the issues explored by the subcommittee.”
The report also criticised Deutsche Bank and credit rating agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.
“Blame for this mess lies everywhere – from federal regulators who cast a blind eye, Wall Street bankers who let greed run wild, and members of Congress who failed to provide oversight,” said Republican senator and report co-author Tom Coburn.
goldmansachs  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  2011  congress  fraud  greed  greatrecession  2008  oversight  foreclosure  deutschebank  moody's  ratingagencies  blamegame  wallstreet  report  financialcrisis  analysis 
april 2011 by asterisk2a
The Real Housewives of Wall Street | Rolling Stone Politics
Christy and her pal Susan launched their investment initiative called Waterfall TALF. [.//] But with an upfront investment of $15 million, they quickly received $220 million in cash from the Fed, most of which they used to purchase student loans and commercial mortgages. The loans were set up so that Christy and Susan would keep 100 percent of any gains on the deals, while the Fed and the Treasury (read: the taxpayer) would eat 90 percent of the losses. Given out as part of a bailout program ostensibly designed to help ordinary people by kick-starting consumer lending, the deals were a classic heads-I-win, tails-you-lose investment.

What started off as a targeted effort to stop the bleeding in a few specific trouble spots became a gigantic feeding frenzy. It was "free money for shit," says Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation. "It turned into 'Give us your crap that you can't get rid of otherwise.' "
TALF  2011  Fed  wallstreet  hostage  bailout  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  TARP  2008  USA  fraud  creditcrunch  financialcrisis  liquidity  insolvent  insolvency 
april 2011 by asterisk2a
YouTube - Barofsky Says U.S. `Hopelessly Naive' on Bank Bailouts
TARP Inspector - Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, talks about the performance of and outlook for TARP.- Banks got w TARP major advantage - home owners and business owners and unemployed either let down or in the case of the latter scrutinized- Moral Hazard - TARP was a present from Hank and Ben; had no to very little strings attached in order to guide banking
barofsky  TARP  henrypaulson  benbernanke  2011  fraud  banking  transparency  presidency  barackobama  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  finance  financialcrisis  2008  meltdown  abuse  policy 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Commodities Regulator Gary Gensler Pleads for More Money - NYTimes.com
Mr. Gensler, in testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee, called the Commodity Futures Trading Commission “a good investment for the American public, overseeing vast markets with a relatively small staff.” Despite the nation’s budget deficit, Mr. Gensler said his agency needed a budget increase “because, as we saw in 2008, without oversight of the swaps market, billions of taxpayer dollars may be at risk.”
Although the White House agrees with Mr. Gensler, Congressional Republicans are eying severe cuts to the agency’s funding.
CFTC  2011  Dodd-Frank  politics  republicans  reform  regulation  oversight  budget  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  financialcrisis 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Another Inside Job - NYTimes.com
That settlement is a “shakedown,” says Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. The money banks would be required to allot to mortgage modification would be “extorted,” declares The Wall Street Journal. And the bankers themselves warn that any action against them would place economic recovery at risk.
All of which goes to confirm that the rich are different from you and me: when they break the law, it’s the prosecutors who find themselves on trial.

"held hostage"
 the biggest obstacle to recovery isn’t the financial condition of major banks, which were bailed out once and are now profiting from the widespread perception that they’ll be bailed out again if anything goes wrong. It is, instead, the overhang of household debt combined with paralysis in the housing market. Getting banks to clear up mortgage debts — instead of stringing families along to extract a few more dollars — would help, not hurt, the economy.
fraud  2008  BofA  banking  power  money  WallStreet  corruption  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  financialcrisis  subprime  settelment  SEC  CFTC  Law  politics  abuse  debtoverhang  debt  public  private 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
US economics: One big Ponzi scheme - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
At the same time, the people investigating Madoff are making a small fortune. According to the Financial Times: "The army of lawyers and consultants helping to recover funds from Bernard Madoff's $19.6bn fraud stand to earn more than $1.3bn in fees, according to new figures that detail the cost of liquidating the huge Ponzi scheme."
The comments of readers to The Times appear to be more insightful than the paper’s own reports. Here is one from Texas: "I actually, sort of, feel sorry for this man. He was just doing what many investment firms were doing at the same time. He has been imprisoned as a scapegoat - yet many people since then - and to this day - are doing the same thing. Where are the indictments against the thousands of other people who did the same thing - and knowingly led this country into financial disaster?"
madoff  2011  SEC  nytimes  finance  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  Dodd-Frank  inequality 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Lehman Pushed Goat Poo Securities, J.P. Morgan Says - Deal Journal - WSJ
J.P. Morgan Chase, in a lawsuit against Lehman, cited emails it says suggest Lehman knowingly misled J.P. Morgan into keeping “goat poo” securities, reported Deal Journal colleague Joseph Checkler.
jpmorgan  lehmanbrothers  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  2011  securities  barclays 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics
Rage Against the Money Machine Matt Taibbi is frustrated and angry at the lack of prosecutions stemming from the financial crisis: “The mental stumbling block, for most Americans, is that financial crimes don’t feel real; you don’t see the culprits waving guns in liquor stores or dragging coeds into bushes. But these frauds are worse than common robberies. They’re crimes of intellectual choice, made by people who are already rich and who have every conceivable social advantage, acting on a simple, cynical calculation: Let’s steal whatever we can, then dare the victims to find the juice to reclaim their money through a captive bureaucracy.”
politics  corporatism  corruption  government  fed  fraud  financialcrisis  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  law  madoff  2011 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
A Different Side to Dick Fuld - NYTimes.com
“I see what you are doing for” the American International Group, Mr. Fuld told Mr. Paulson on Sept. 16, according to his testimony. “If you would give us a bridge, let’s put Lehman back together. We can wind down these positions, and we can make a lot of this ugliness go away.”
Mr. Paulson seemed skeptical: “Dick, I know you have done everything humanly possible. I will say one thing for you, you never give up. But I don’t think that is possible at all. I will go back and talk to my people, but I don’t think that is possible at all.”
“Did he ever get back to you,” an examiner asked Mr. Fuld. The executive paused and then laughed: “No. No, he did not. That is the last conversation I ever had with him.”
FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  2011  lehmanbrothers  bailout  henrypaulson 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Buffett Tells Crisis Commission It's Powerless to Stop `Too Big to Fail' - Bloomberg
Buffett Tells FCIC It’s Powerless to Stop `Too Big to Fail (Bloomberg)“You will always have institutions that are too big to fail, and sometimes they will fail,” Buffett, 80, told the FCIC in a May 26 interview, according to a recording released by the panel yesterday. “We still have them now. We’ll have them after your commission report.”
bailout  oversight  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  financialcrisis  2008  warrenbuffet  Dodd-Frank 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Thain Says He Should've `Grabbed, Shaken' Paulson to Aid Lehman - Bloomberg
Banking chiefs weren’t “strong enough” during 2008 meetings in insisting that then-Treasury Department Secretary Henry Paulson reverse his opposition to a U.S.-led rescue of Lehman, Thain told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, according to audio files released yesterday.

“We collectively, the group of us, we should have just grabbed them and shaken them and said, ‘Look, you guys cannot do this,’” Thain told FCIC interviewers in a Sept. 17, 2010, interview. “Allowing Lehman to go bankrupt was the single biggest mistake of the financial crisis.”
lehmanbrothers  henrypaulson  2008  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  financialcrisis 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
Fed Lending Benefited Banks Far and Wide - NYTimes.com
The Fed data showed that the biggest recipient of taxpayer assistance was, naturally, Citigroup. It was followed closely by Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. Goldman Sachs was also a large beneficiary during the darkest moments of 2008.
Remember that the Wall Street firms were imperiled by their excessive use of borrowed money, which generated huge paydays when the cost of those funds was cheap and the values of the assets they were buying were rising at a steady clip. After the bubble burst and financing evaporated, the firms were able to tap into a lending program created by the Fed in mid-March 2008 after Bear Stearns collapsed. It was called the Primary Dealer Credit Facility.
The program allowed firms to borrow at low interest rates — ranging from 3.25 percent when the program began to 0.5 percent when the last loan was made in May 2009. The firms had to post various securities as collateral when they borrowed, and some of those securities were risky indeed.
fed  benbernanke  balancesheet  interbank  report  financialcrisis  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  2008  2009  bearstearns  citigroup  goldmansachs  shadowbanking  fanniemae  freddiemac  aig  lending  overnight 
december 2010 by asterisk2a
Forecaster Ian Shepherdson Sees an End to Economic Gloom - NYTimes.com
HERE are the data that have caught his eye. At this time last year, the total stock of commercial and industrial bank credit was $1.32 trillion; it was contracting at a blistering pace — about $7 billion a week. Indeed, between the peak of such lending in October 2008 and the trough in June of this year, total commercial and industrial bank credit fell by one-quarter.

Now, this contraction has stopped. The data have recently turned positive and should continue climbing, albeit slowly. “Getting to zero is not bullish at the moment,” Mr. Shepherdson said. “I would want to see commercial and industrial credit growing reasonably strongly to an outright positive four, five or six billion dollars a week. The story is really that the credit contraction seems to be coming to an end.”
USA  creditcrunch  history  financialcrisis  lesson  Sweden  2010  2011  outlook  recovery  QE-2.0  Fed  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
november 2010 by asterisk2a
Allan Sloan - The real foreclosure mess: Lack of accountability for banks
If you miss a payment on your credit card or send it in a few days late, you get penalized. Forget to make a loan payment, your credit rating gets vaporized. But if a bank doesn't do its job properly - for example, if you can't get a knowledgeable and competent human on the phone to deal with a loan modification or a paperwork mix-up because the bank is holding down back-office costs to save money - it ends up being your problem, not the bank's.

It's utterly shocking, even to a congenital skeptic like me, to see that giant institutions such as Bank of America, GMAC and J.P. Morgan were allegedly using misleading affidavits to oust people from their homes. Employees of these institutions - the "robo-signers" - repeatedly misled courts by saying they had examined documents they hadn't examined.
accountability  foreclosure  bailout  USA  banks  banking  2010  law  financial  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  BofA  jpmorgan  GMAC 
october 2010 by asterisk2a
Financial Crisis Panel Lends Sympathetic Ear to Lehmans Ex-Chief - NYTimes.com
The commission’s hearing Wednesday did not focus on Lehman’s responsibility for its own undoing, including its excessive leveraging and speculative investments. Nor did it question the accounting gimmicks, known as Repo 105, that Lehman had used to conceal some of its debt, as a court-appointed bankruptcy examiner detailed in March.

FULD: “Lehman was forced into bankruptcy not because it neglected to act responsibly or seek solutions to the crisis, but because of a decision, based on flawed information, not to provide Lehman with the support given to each of its competitors and other nonfinancial firms in the ensuing days,”

lawyers for the Fed — Scott G. Alvarez, and Thomas C. Baxter Jr., — disagreed.

“The Federal Reserve did not ‘allow’ Lehman Brothers to die,” “tried hard to save it,”
“We did not succeed, but the effort made was serious and determined,” Mr. Baxter said. “We came very close.”
lehmanbrothers  2010  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  bankruptcy  Fed  agenda  timgeithner  bailout  bearstearns  henrypaulson  benbernanke  AIG 
september 2010 by asterisk2a
Buttonwood: Not what they meant | The Economist
So what might be the unintended consequences of Mr Obama’s plan? The main impact will be on proprietary trading, the desks that attempt to profit from market movements with the bank’s own money. If more of these desks are shut down, the markets will become less liquid. That will mean wider spreads and higher dealing costs for other investors, though that may be a price worth paying for safer banks. It is more likely, however, that the prop traders will move to hedge funds. The big hedge funds will get bigger and will have more impact on the markets. The unregulated part of the finance sector will become more important systemically, something the authorities may regret when the next crisis comes along.
hedgefunds  shortselling  regulation  2010  short-selling  usa  reform  financial  financialmarket  history  politics  VolkerRule  barackobama  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
Bank Size and the Severity of Financial Shocks - CBS MoneyWatch.com
We cannot guarantee that regulation of the financial sector will prevent all shocks. Capping bank size can help to limit the extent to which a shock is magnified if one does occur, and thus limit its ability to do damage.
subprime  regulation  CFPA  reform  usa  VolckerRule  paulvolcker  paulkrugman  leverage  banking  financialmarket  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  toobigtofail  Canada  2010 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
Joseph Stiglitz Testimony: Banks Have Failed 'Their Basic Societal Mission'
Market economies work to produce growth and efficiency, but only when private rewards and social returns are aligned. Unfortunately, in the financial sector, both individual and institutional incentives were misaligned.
JosephStiglitz  banking  finance  2010  financialmarket  value  banks  bonuses  reform  regulation  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
Bailout watchdog investigating Fed's AIG secrecy
An independent investigator is launching two probes into the government's rescue of American International Group Inc. and the insurer's subsequent payments of billions to big banks.

Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, says the Fed withheld documents he requested when auditing AIG's "backdoor bailouts" of banks it did business with, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Barofsky's allegations came in prepared testimony provided to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and obtained by The Associated Press.

"issues have come to light that call into question whether the government has been and is being as transparent as possible with the American people." He blasts Treasury for issuing misleading public statements and outlines new investigations into the Federal Reserve and the New York Fed.
aig  benbernanke  bailout  TARP  barofsky  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission  fed  government  Transparency 
january 2010 by asterisk2a
Euro Pacific Capital
FDIC blames fed, fed says no. rates were ok, fed blames gov and regulation, govt blames banking in general.
blamegame  fed  FDIC  regulation  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
january 2010 by asterisk2a
Obama Says Bank Fee Aimed at Recovering Rescue Money (Update1) - Bloomberg.com
“My determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people,”

The fee would apply to financial companies with assets greater than $50 billion. The levy would be based on bank liabilities and be imposed starting June 30 on companies such as Citigroup Inc., American International Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp.

The administration estimates it will raise $90 billion over 10 years and $117 billion over 12 years. An administration official who briefed reporters said the budget office estimates the 10-year figure will be enough to recoup all the losses in the TARP

With congressional elections coming up in November, Obama is tapping into public anger over the taxpayer bailouts of the financial and auto industries,
Even before it was formally released, the proposed Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee drew criticism from the industry.
TARP  banks  banking  regulation  reform  jpmorgan  jpmorganchase  taxation  FinancialCrisisResponsibilityFee  FinancialCrisisInquiryCommission 
january 2010 by asterisk2a

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