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Company With 1 Worker Sees 25K% Stock Surge

But the SEC clamps down on Cynk

(Newser) - Too good to be true? A company with just one employee, no assets, and no revenue saw its penny stocks rocket to a $6 billion valuation this summer—enough for the SEC to shut down its trading and launch an investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company, Cynk, runs... More »

Michael Corleone Goes Corporate

Because today's gangsters are on Wall Street

(Newser) - The capos in the room were stunned. Had he really just said that? He had. "We're gonna incorporate," Michael Corleone declared, in a pretty weird conversation, as conjured up by Richard Cohen at the Washington Post . "The Godfather is dead. So is his way of doing... More »

Moneyball Author: US Stock Market Is Rigged

High-frequency trading enables big players to fix prices: Michael Lewis

(Newser) - The fix is in on Wall Street, and high-speed trading firms are reaping the rewards—at least according to Moneyball author Michael Lewis. Pitching his new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street in Revolt, Lewis tells 60 Minutes that big firms beat smaller companies to the punch by thousandths or... More »

Financial Crisis a Joke at Secret Wall Street Party

Excerpt from Kevin Roose's 'Young Money' shows how the 1% gets down

(Newser) - Having ruined the global economy, why not celebrate with a party featuring homophobic jokes and music acts in drag? That's what reporter Kevin Roose discovered when he sneaked into the 2012 annual black-tie induction ceremony of Kappa Beta Phi, a secret Wall Street fraternity that's been around since... More »

Sorry Ladies, Frat Brothers Run Wall Street

Bloomberg reveals 'fraternity pipeline' that boosts brothers

(Newser) - The finance industry isn't just dominated by men. It's run by frat brothers who use a "fraternity pipeline" to push their brothers forward over other job candidates, Bloomberg reports. In an investigation, it reveals how bankers help out their buddies, including one case in which an Alpha... More »

The Volcker Rule Is Here! Will It Work?

FDIC, Fed unanimously approve regulation banks have lobbied against

(Newser) - The FDIC and Federal Reserve both unanimously approved the long-debated Volcker Rule today, and three other regulatory agencies plan to before the day is out, making it official. The rule, named for and originally proposed by Paul Volcker, aims to ban proprietary trading, "or in plain English," as... More »

Dow Hits 16K for First Time

And S&P is trading above 1.8K

(Newser) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 16,000 threshold this morning for the first time, with Boeing—bolstered by hefty 777X orders at the Dubai Airshow yesterday—acting as one of the day's biggest movers, reports the AP . The S&P 500, meanwhile, was trading above 1,800;... More »

Geithner Headed to Wall Street

Named president of private equity firm

(Newser) - Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who played a central role in the government's response to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC. The New York-based firm announced today that Geithner will serve as its president and managing director starting March 1. The company... More »

Wall Street's Latest Gambit Might Re-Wreck the Economy

Salon's David Dayen: Massive home-rental scheme is dangerous

(Newser) - Remember the phrase "mortgage-backed securities" and stories about how they helped send the economy into a tailspin? Well, Wall Street has a new and not-so-improved version, this time involving rental homes, writes David Dayen at Salon . Private equity firms such as Blackstone have been buying as many single-family homes... More »

Hedge Fund Pleads Guilty, but Tycoon Gets Off

Firm hit with record fine after 'unprecedented' insider trading

(Newser) - SAC Capital pleaded guilty to all five counts in the damning criminal complaint against it yesterday, agreeing to a total of $1.8 billion in penalties, the largest haul ever for an insider trading case. The plea marks the end of an 11-year case, and marks the first time "... More »

SEC: Giving Up on Financial Crisis Prosecutions?

Commission passes on prosecuting major hedge fund

(Newser) - You might want to stop holding your breath waiting for the SEC to bring the hammer down on more financial crisis ne'er do wells, because the commission appears to be winding down crisis-related investigations. That's what the Wall Street Journal has concluded after getting word from sources that... More »

Snapchat's Biggest Fans: Teens and ... Bankers?

Wall Street apparently loves the self-destructing messages

(Newser) - It's the happening social media app that swept through high schools across the country, and now it's coming for … Wall Street? Yes, financiers are going absolutely nuts for Snapchat, the service that lets you send photos, with messages attached, that will self-destruct soon after they arrive, sources... More »

Meet the Drug That's Powering Wall Street

Prescriptions for Modafinil up 10-fold in decade

(Newser) - Cocaine may no longer be the drug that fuels Wall Street. Instead, traders and start-up entrepreneurs looking to work hard rather than party hard are increasingly turning to a Modafinil—a "smart drug" said to have inspired the film Limitless, in which a writer pops a pill that allows... More »

Hedge Fund to Pay Record $614M for Insider Trading

SAC Capital agrees to settle with the SEC

(Newser) - Two affiliates of a major hedge fund agreed today to pay $614 million in the biggest-ever insider trading settlement on Wall Street, the New York Times reports. One affiliate of SAC Capital, CR Intrinsic, agreed to pay $600 million after a worker was accused of using confidential data on drug... More »

Apple Is Like a Failing Religion

And Tim Cook isn't infallible, Heidi Moore argues

(Newser) - Tim Cook had a difficult job to do at yesterday's Goldman Sachs conference. It would be hard for any CEO to explain why a company's share price has lost a third of its value in six months. But Cook "is not just any CEO," points out... More »

Wall Street Braces for Dismal Bonuses

Worst since '08, but average still hits $101K

(Newser) - Poor little Wall Street: The New York Post is reporting that the 2012 bonus season is likely to be a lean one—at least by the Street's standards. It seems your average Wall Streeter will be taking a 16.5% hit over last year's bonuses, and a 50%... More »

Obama Won the 'Makers,' Romney the 'Takers'

Harold Meyerson: Techies went for president, bankers for Romney

(Newser) - A look at this year's political contributions makes a few generalizations safe: If an employee of Google or Microsoft donated to a candidate, it was probably Barack Obama. If an employee at Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley did, it was probably Mitt Romney. In short, Silicon Valley loves Obama... More »

Sandy May Have Ruined Billions in Bearer Bonds

Wall Street could lose $70B, source says

(Newser) - Add this to Superstorm Sandy's damages: billions of dollars in soaked bearer bonds that may never be recovered, the New York Post reports. The storm surge flooded a huge underground vault in New York, sousing 1.3 million bond and stock certificates with water, sewage, and diesel. Now a... More »

OK, Obama, Now Can We Get Tough on Wall Street?

His 2nd term is a chance to do it right: William Cohan

(Newser) - Back when President Obama took office in 2009, many assumed he'd reform the Wall Street system that had just blown a hole in the economy. "It turned out we were either naïve or stupid," author William Cohan writes at Bloomberg . Instead, Obama's administration was stocked... More »

Obama: Romney's a Bullsh***er

President gives wide-ranging cover interview with 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - President Obama sat for a wide-ranging cover interview with Rolling Stone, and took a not-very-subtle jab at his opponent right off the bat, reports Politico , which notes the president's "genuine disdain" for Mitt Romney. When told by his interviewer that his 6-year-old told him to tell the president,... More »

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