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Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail | Politics News | Rolling Stone

At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and …

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Push to Avert Foreclosures Hits Court Logjam – NYTimes.com

New York has been among the most aggressive states in trying to protect homeowners from foreclosure, granting new legal protections and turning courts across the state into teeming negotiation centers working to keep people in …

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Investment banking: Bonfire of the bankers | The Economist

“IT SUCKED,” says the head of investment banking at one of Europe’s biggest banks, reviewing the fourth quarter of 2011. That succinct assessment will take few by surprise. The sale and trading of bonds and shares slowed to a …

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Missing Funds at MF Global May Have ‘Vaporized’ – WSJ.com

Nearly three months after MF Global Holdings Ltd. collapsed, officials hunting for an estimated $1.2 billion in missing customer money increasingly believe that much of it might never be recovered, according to people familiar with the investigation.

As the sprawling probe that includes regulators, criminal and congressional investigators, and court-appointed trustees grinds on, the findings so far suggest that a “significant amount” of the money could have “vaporized” as a result of chaotic trading at MF Global during the week before the company’s Oct. 31 bankruptcy filing, said a …

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U.S. Banks Tally Their Exposure to Europes Debt Maelstrom – NYTimes.com

After a hurricane, homeowners check nervously to see if their insurance will cover all of their damages. With the European financial crisis still threatening a trail of defaults, United States banks are betting that …

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Fed to Maintain Rates Near Zero Through Late 2014 – NYTimes.com

The Federal Reserve, declaring that the economy would need help for years to come, said Wednesday it would extend by 18 months the period that it plans to hold down interest rates in an effort to …

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Is Our Economy Healing? – NYTimes.com

How goes the state of the union? Well, the state of the economy remains terrible. Three years after President Obama’s inauguration and two and a half years since the official end of the recession, unemployment remains painfully …

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Blacks Face Bias in Bankruptcy, Study Suggests – NYTimes.com

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to wind up in the more onerous and costly form of consumer bankruptcy as they try to dig out from their debts, a new study has …

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The world economy: Self-induced sluggishness | The Economist

POLITICIANS like to promise better times ahead. But these days many are peddling gloom. In her new year’s address, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, predicted that 2012 would be more difficult for the euro zone than 2011. Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, spoke of “the year of all risks”. Half a world away, Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, warned …

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