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Wall Street Dumps Dems: Donations Down 65%

Upset about financial reform, banks keep their cash

(Newser) - Democrats are feeling the wrath of a financial sector scorned. Wall Street donations to the Democrats’ two congressional campaign committees are down 65% from the 2008 election cycle, the Washington Post reports. Big donors in general are staying away, giving just $49.5 million, compared to $81.3 million in...

Senators Swarmed by Lobbyists Fighting Finance Overhaul

Regulating derivatives could cost the banks billions

(Newser) - Proponents of greater financial regulation are facing fierce opposition from a swarm of lobbyists, lawyers, and bankers who have descended on the Senate committee whose chair, Blanche Lincoln, introduced the bill to overhaul the derivatives market. It's not the finance but the agriculture committee, the New York Times reports, and...

Wall St.'s Top Bonuses Go to No-Names

Lloyd Blankfein's pay looks puny compared to John Stumpf's

(Newser) - In the public imagination, Goldman Sachs gives the biggest bonuses around, but this year CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s $9.6 million payday doesn’t even crack the top 10 in the financial industry. Instead, the top spot is occupied by decidedly less famous Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, who pulled...

Obama Is 'Clueless' on Bank Bonuses
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Obama Is 'Clueless' on Bank Bonuses

Krugman: Comparison to baseball payouts is outrageous

(Newser) - Paul Krugman is among those seriously ticked off after President Obama declared he doesn't "begrudge" the fat bonuses going to bankers Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein. "How is it possible, at this late date, for Obama to be this clueless?" Krugman asks in his New York Times blog...

Obama OK With Fat Bonuses for Blankfein, Dimon

Compares bank CEOs to overpaid baseball players

(Newser) - Barack Obama says he’s down with the combined $26 million in bonuses that the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are getting paid this year. “I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen,” Obama tells Bloomberg. “I, like most of the American people, don’...

Goldman Sachs Gives Blankfein $9M Bonus

CEO receives units of stock that can't be sold for 5 years

(Newser) - Lloyd Blankfein's bonus for 2009 is $9 million, Goldman Sachs said today—a nice bump from last year's zero, but a far cry from the $67.9 million the CEO scored in 2007 and from the $100 million he was reportedly expecting. " The firm produced very good results for...

Crisis Probe Bares Fools' Guilt-Free Fantasy
Crisis Probe Bares Fools' Guilt-Free Fantasy

Crisis Probe Bares Fools' Guilt-Free Fantasy

Deregulation, greed made crash inevitable

(Newser) - The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hasn't extracted admissions of wrongdoing from top bankers, but it has exposed stunning cluelessness among the captains of American finance, writes Paul Krugman. The honchos testified that a financial crisis is something that just happens from time to time, Krugman writes in the New York ...

Wall Street's Finest Head to DC Showdown

Commission styled after 9/11 inquiry probes meltdown

(Newser) - Four of Wall Street's fattest fatcats are headed to Washington this morning to do some explaining about how exactly it was that the United States of America came to teeter on the brink of financial Armageddon. A 9/11 Commission-style panel appointed by Congress has the job of writing the narrative...

Obama Prods 'Fat Cat' Bankers on Reform, Loans

Meeting sparsely attended thanks to weather

(Newser) - Less than 24 hours after jabbing at "fat cat bankers," Barack Obama rounded up every one of them he could find and prodded them to lend more, modify mortgages, and get behind financial reform methods. "America's banks received extraordinary assistance from American taxpayers to rebuild their industry,...

Bloggers on JPMorgan Chase CEO Replacing Geithner: Nah
Bloggers on JPMorgan Chase CEO Replacing Geithner: Nah

Bloggers on JPMorgan Chase CEO Replacing Geithner: Nah

Jamie Dimon not in tune with Obama, too invested in big banks

(Newser) - A report today that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has the inside track to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary is getting mostly guffaws online, with even the conservative Wall Street Journal admitting that Dimon’s way too much an insider for the job just now. Indeed, chuckles Daniel Indiviglio...

Top Wall Street Execs Have Direct Line to Geithner

Treasury chief's calendars show frequent contact with big players

(Newser) - A look at Timothy Geithner's phone calendars show the Treasury secretary has maintained close ties with Wall Street executives he has known for years. Executives at Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Citigroup can reach the nation's most powerful economic official at will. While there's nothing inherently wrong with keeping tabs on...

US Bankers' Pay Is World's Highest—by Far

(Newser) - US bank CEOs are paid drastically more than their counterparts around the world. The CEO of Commercial Bank of China, the largest bank in the world, brings home just $234,700 a year—or roughly 2% of JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon’s $19.6 million haul. The US has...

Dimon: DC's New Favorite Banker

JPMorgan CEO ingratiates himself with Washington

(Newser) - As the nation's financial center shifted from Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, one man managed both to keep his bank afloat and emerge from a toppled industry with credibility in the White House. In a lengthy profile of Jamie Dimon, the New York Times takes a look at the JPMorgan...

JPMorgan Chief: I Could Repay TARP Tomorrow

Dimon calls bailout money a 'scarlet letter'

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase can’t wait to pay back the government’s bailout money, CEO Jamie Dimon said today, after the company posted a better-than-expected $2.1 billion in earnings. The CEO called the funds a “scarlet letter,” Bloomberg reports, and said he was just waiting for the Treasury’...

Bank Execs to Congress: We Are Lending

CEOs defend compensation, call for new regulation

(Newser) - “We’re lending,” bank executives told Congress this morning, as CEOs including Jamie Dimon, Ken Lewis, and Vikram Pandit testified before the House Financial Services Committee. They also defended the outrage-inducing (but, they stressed, much reduced) bonuses they handed out, according to their prepared testimony. “Our employees...

Jumbo Mortgage Defaults Soar
 Jumbo Mortgage Defaults Soar 

Jumbo Mortgage Defaults Soar

Banks and investors brace for a new wave of defaults as jumbo loans default

(Newser) - Jumbo mortgages are now going south at an alarming rate, reports the Wall Street Journal, as affluent Americans face mounting layoffs and see their stock portfolios shrivel. Nearly 7% of prime jumbo loans—which average $750,000—were at least 90 days delinquent at the end of 2008, up from...

Letters to Dimon: You'll 'Die in 10 Days'

Feds hunt author of threats to bank CEO

(Newser) - A flurry of letters threatening the life of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, as well as an Oklahoma City-style bombing of a bank facility, are being investigated by the Postal Investigation Service. ABC News reports a $100,000 reward has been posted for information about the 45-plus letters, all postmarked last...

Out of $3.6B Writedown, JPMorgan Pulls a Q3 Profit

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase surprised analysts and brought some partly sunny news to a mostly gloomy Wall Street, reporting net income of $527 million, or 11 cents a share, despite mortgage-related writedowns of $3.6 billion and $640 million in losses from its takeover of Washington Mutual, reports the Wall Street Journal....

JPMorgan Q1 Profits Plunge 50% on $5.1B Writedowns
JPMorgan Q1 Profits Plunge 50% on $5.1B Writedowns
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JPMorgan Q1 Profits Plunge 50% on $5.1B Writedowns

Blames credit markets, slowing economy

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase, battling $5.1 billion in subprime writeoffs and deteriorating consumer credit, reported first quarter profits fell 50%, reports the Wall Street Journal. CEO Jamie Dimon warned the outlook for the remainder of 2008 was likely as grim. Morgan—the 3rd-largest US bank—said profits dropped to $2.37...

Fed, Execs Defend Bear Bailout
Fed, Execs Defend Bear Bailout

Fed, Execs Defend Bear Bailout

Collapse would have spread throughout economy, they argue

(Newser) - Bear Stearns was just hours from collapse, and letting it go down would have been disastrous, executives and regulators argued on Capital Hill today while defending the controversial bailout, the New York Times reports. Without the takeover, “we would all be facing a far more dire set of challenges,...

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