Yesterday the Justice Department announced a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan over the megabank’s fraud in the mortgage backed security market that helped trigger a financial meltdown in 2008. The deal was completed after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon summoned Attorney General Holder to a private meeting to avoid a press conference, the terms discussed at that meeting would later be finalized into the current settlement agreement.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 20, 2013 11:58 am|
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 29, 2013 12:50 pm|
House members who plan to vote for these bills have no fear whatsoever of being so obviously in Wall Street’s pocket. The bill is exposed as being written by Wall Street lobbyists and no one cares? Then again, perhaps Wall Street writing the bills is so commonplace in DC that such a revelation is in no way surprising or worth further consideration by members of Congress.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 23, 2013 6:46 am|
Feeling generous? You should because you are about to help pay for JPMorgan’s $13 billion fine for causing the 2008 financial crisis. According to tax experts the money JPMorgan will be paying to the government ($9 billion) and to wronged customers ($4 billion) can be written off as a “business expense.” In other words, JPMorgan may be sticking the taxpayers with the bill.
|By: DSWright Monday October 21, 2013 9:50 am|
The previous fines Wall Street banks have paid have been laughable. But a $13 billion fine would be more than half of JPMorgan’s profit last year. Serious money. Though apparently JPMorgan thinks it might have to pay even more for its wrongdoing.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 23, 2013 4:59 pm|
The Federal Reserve is a hundred years old this year. There’s not a whole lot to celebrate in its century long history–the intention might have been good, but the execution has kind of been disastrous. In tonight’s film, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, our guest filmmaker Jim Bruce takes us through the history of the Federal Reserve System and into the current mess.
|By: DSWright Monday September 16, 2013 1:15 pm|
Today President Obama commemorated the fifth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers by addressing the state of the American economy. Obama reiterated his commitment to a “Grand Bargain” cutting Social Security and Medicare as well as repeating the dubious claim that the economy has “recovered.” But one fact President Obama did acknowledge is that most of the gains from the “recovery” went to the top 1%.
|By: Les Leopold Saturday September 14, 2013 1:59 pm|
Here’s the core of her argument. Because banks create most of our money, they control the very essence of the economy. To regain control of our economic well-being we need public banks that make investments in the public goods, services and jobs that we all need. Public banks can do all that without running up the national debt or raising taxes. Public banks, like private banks, fund investments. But, as Ellen writes:
“The difference is that a publicly-owned bank returns the interest to the government and the community, while a privately-owned bank siphons it into private accounts, progressively drawing money out of the productive economy.”
|By: Robert Kuttner Sunday August 18, 2013 1:59 pm|
By now, it’s been thoroughly proven by events that austerity policies backfire. Cut public spending in a deep downturn, and you only worsen the slump. Europe is the more extreme version of the proof, but even the United States, which is technically out of recession, faces a needlessly slow recovery. We’ve reduced deficits by slashing spending, raising taxes, and making sequester deals, but the supposed reward in the form of restored business confidence never arrives. Austerity, as Mark Blyth writes, neither restores growth not reduces the debt ratio, because slow growth (and in some cases negative growth) makes the debt loom that much larger.
|By: DSWright Friday August 2, 2013 6:40 am|
Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre was found liable by a jury of six counts of civil securities fraud. Tourre was at the center of Goldman Sachs’ trading in the mortgage backed security market in which Goldman Sachs helped sell poorly constructed frankenbonds made up of various people’s mortgages known as Collateralized Debt Obligations or CDOs to clients while simultaneously betting on those CDOs to fail.
|By: Dean Baker Thursday August 1, 2013 6:00 pm|
According to Ezra Klein, a major plus in the case for Larry Summers as Fed chair is his experience dealing with financial crises. While it is true that he took a leadership role in dealing with far more crises than Janet Yellen, the other leading contender for the job, it is hard to believe that his record in this area would be a plus if he was being graded by the outcomes.