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BofA, Feds Near Biggest Settlement in US History

Justice Dept. deal would cost bank $16B-$17B for foreclosure mess

(Newser) - Bank of America is headed toward the biggest settlement to arise from the 2008 financial crash, a deal with the Justice Department reportedly worth $16 billion to $17 billion over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities, a source directly familiar with the matter tells the AP . The tentative... More »

Citi to Pay $7B Fine Shaped by ... Benghazi Arrest?

Justice Department delayed lawsuit for publicity reasons

(Newser) - Citigroup today agreed to shell out $7 billion to settle allegations stemming from its role in the mortgage crisis. The deal will consist of $4.5 billion in cash and $2.5 billion in consumer relief, the Wall Street Journal reports. The penalty is notably lower than the $13 billion... More »

Banks Rein in Rogue Traders —By Banning Chat Rooms

Allegedly used for collusion, 'crude banter'

(Newser) - A host of big banks are considering restricting their traders' use of chat rooms, or in some cases blocking them outright, as regulators zero in on them as potential hotbeds of collusion and insider trading, sources tell the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times . Traders around the world have for... More »

As Default Looms, Investors Scurry to Unload US Bonds

Banks steer clear of short-term US debt

(Newser) - Worried over the possibility of default, investors and banks aren't taking chances: They're selling off billions of dollars of US debt, the Wall Street Journal reports. Banks have cut their government debt holdings by some 50% in the past two weeks, New York's Federal Reserve says. Additionally,... More »

Citigroup Ponies Up $730M in Investor Lawsuit

Denies misleading, says it settled to avoid more expenses

(Newser) - Citigroup has agreed to pay $730 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed investors were misled by the bank's disclosures when they purchased its debt and preferred stock. The investors' purchases were made from May 11, 2006, through Nov. 28, 2008. Citigroup Inc. denied the allegations and said... More »

Really? A Failed Citibanker for Treasury Secretary?

The Wall Street Journal isn't impressed by Jack Lew

(Newser) - Few Wall Street denizens were laughing during the 2008 financial crisis, but if someone had said the head of Citigroup's Alternative Investments unit would be Treasury Secretary in five years "the line would have brought the house down," a Wall Street Journal editorial quips today. Jack Lew'... More »

Soft Demand? Apple Reins In iPhone Orders

Market share slipping, firm orders half the number of screens it had intended

(Newser) - The iPhone 5 may not be selling quite so well as Apple planned. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that lower demand has prompted the company to cut parts orders for the January-March quarter. Apple is reportedly ordering just half the screens it had intended to order, a move that... More »

Citigroup: We're Cutting 11K Jobs

Bank says move will save $900M in 2013

(Newser) - Citigroup says it will eliminate more than 11,000 jobs in an effort to cut expenses and improve efficiency. The cuts will result in about $1 billion in charges in the fourth quarter and about $100 million in charges during the first half of next year, the company said today.... More »

Report: Pandit Clashed With Citi Board

Employees reportedly shocked over his departure

(Newser) - Vikram Pandit's sudden Citigroup exit this morning came following "a clash" with the bank's board over "strategy and operating performance," the Wall Street Journal reports, based on an anonymous source. The departure blindsided Citi employees, many of whom found out via media reports. "There'... More »

Citigroup CEO Steps Down

Vikram Pandit, COO John Havens out; Michael Corbat to take over

(Newser) - Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit is leaving his post effective immediately, to be replaced by the bank's Europe, Middle East, and Africa head, Michael Corbat, Reuters reports. Chief operating officer John Havens is also stepping down, notes the AP . "Now is the right time for someone else to take... More »

Top US Banks Hit By Middle East Hackers

Group claiming credit blames anti-Islam video

(Newser) - Customers of Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Bank of America, and other institutions briefly lost access to their online accounts amid an attack by a Middle East-based hacker group—even after the group warned banks of the impending attack, the Los Angeles Times reports. Account information wasn't compromised, the banks say,... More »

26 Big Firms Paid More to CEOs Than to US in Taxes

New study blasts corporate tax code

(Newser) - A new study that might set your blood boiling finds that 26 large US companies, each of which generated an average of more than $1 billion in net income last year, paid more to their CEOs than they paid to the federal government in taxes last year. The CEOs received... More »

Banker Uses Where's Waldo Defense at Trial

Lawyer shows picture from book in court, and it works

(Newser) - Before the jury began its deliberations yesterday in the fraud trial of ex-Citigroup banker Brian Stoker, it heard a decidedly colorful argument from his lawyer. "Most of the trial had nothing to with Brian Stoker," John Keker said in his closing, saying it reminded him of the Where'... More »

Traders Allegedly Monkeyed With Libor, Too

Arrests may be imminent in vast rigging scandal

(Newser) - Looks like Barclays wasn't the only one gaming the Libor system. Investigators are looking into an alleged conspiracy in which traders around the world worked together to rig Libor to boost their personal profits, the Wall Street Journal reports. Several different groups were allegedly working to rig the rate... More »

Big Banks Slashing More Jobs

Bank of America, Credit Suisse announce new cost cuts

(Newser) - Even bankers aren't safe in the current job market, with Bank of America and Credit Suisse Group both announcing new cost cutting initiatives yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Bank of America, which was already aggressively cutting jobs , said it wanted to cut another $3 billion from its investment... More »

Moody's Slams BofA, Citigroup With Downgrades

JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs also walloped by rating agency

(Newser) - Moody's warned that the ax was coming , and today it came. The credit rating agency downgraded 15 major financial firms today in a move that is sure to hurt their bottom lines and rattle markets, the New York Times reports. Moody's knocked Credit Suisse down by three levels,... More »

Citi Shareholder Revolt Bad News for Other Big Banks

Wells Fargo, Bank of America may have reason to worry

(Newser) - Now that shareholders have rejected Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit's $15 million pay package, all eyes are on Wells Fargo and Bank of America, both of which are holding their own "say on pay" votes in the coming weeks. The votes are required as part of post-financial crisis financial... More »

Shareholders to Citi CEO: No $15M Payday for You!

'There's good pay, and there's obscene pay'

(Newser) - Do you think Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit deserves to make $15 million? Neither do Citi's shareholders, who yesterday voted against a proposed pay package for the company's top five executives that would have given Pandit that payday, the New York Times reports. It's one of the few... More »

Most Big Banks Pass Stress Test; 4 Fail

Citigroup, SunTrust among those that failed

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve released the results of its latest round of stress tests at the nation's biggest banks, and they're generally being received as good news. Fifteen of the 19 banks passed, which is what outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post are highlighting in... More »

Moody's Slaps Wall Street's Big Banks With Review

Along with most of Europe's banks

(Newser) - Moody's isn't feeling great about the health of the financial industry right now. The rating agency put a host of banks under review for possible downgrade today, including US giants Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley, the Wall Street Journal reports. It said the... More »

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