Category: Banks

Obama to name Warren to new post

President Obama will name Elizabeth Warren as a White House advisor to oversee creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Law professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, expresses his opinion on the appointment. “It is regrettable that President Obama has chosen to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection […]

Mortgage industry fees considered

A consensus reportedly is emerging within the Obama administration that some type of government guarantee will be needed to keep the struggling mortgage market humming.  Even before dealing with the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the administration may propose that any federal backing of mortgages be financed by fees charged the lending industry.  School […]

No more "sh***y deals" at Goldman

On the heels of Congressional hearings in which e-mails from Goldman Sachs traders told of “sh***y deals” being offered to customers, the Wall Street bank has now banned profanity in company e-mail correspondence.  School of Management master lecturer Mark Williams, a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner and author of “Uncontrolled Risk” about the fall of […]

The consumer "watchdog" fight

A battle is brewing over who President Obama should nominate as the new consumer “watchdog” under the new financial regulatory reform law after he signs it.  Consumer advocates and activist groups are pressing him to tap outspoken Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, who now chairs the congressional panel overseeing the federal bailout of the nation’s banks.  […]

FDIC gets more authority over banks

During the Crash of 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said it lacked access to need information to evaluate the risk being taken by banks which later either collapsed or needed taxpayer bailouts to stay afloat.  Now regulators at the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department have given the FDIC specific, unlimited authority to examine banks.  Law Professor Cornelius […]

To bank regulator stepping down

In a surprise announcement, Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan (r.) says he will step down next month as the top U.S. bank regulator.  Appointed by President George Bush, Dugan was instrumental in shaping the “stress tests” for the largest financial institutions, but often sparred with FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair about consumer matters.  Former Federal Reserve […]