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Bernanke: We Must Fix the 'Too Big to Fail' Problem

Fed chair defends financial crisis actions

(Newser) - The government must be ready to close even the biggest banks if they threaten to bring down the financial system, Ben Bernanke said today, in testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. "If the crisis has a single lesson, it is that the too-big-to-fail problem must be solved,"... More »

Feds Slap Foot-Dragging Goldman With Subpoena

Sachs stalls commission, then dumps millions of documents

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs is giving investigators the run-around in their probe into the roots of the financial crisis, a federal commission says. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission says the firm, asked for information on its dealings, first dragged its feet and then dumped hundreds of millions of pages of documents on... More »

Congress Must Grill Bankers, Depression Style

US needs something like the combative Pecora Commission

(Newser) - In the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, bankers weren't just held accountable, they were humiliated. Writing for Vanity Fair , historian Alan Brinkley looks at the agent of that humiliation: the Pecora Commission, a nasty, combative affair. The brilliant cross-examiner Ferdinand Pecora grilled the likes of JP Morgan Jr.... More »

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 ... More »

Social Responsibility Costs Calif. Pension Funds Billions

Keeping pension money out of tobacco, emerging markets has cost billions

(Newser) - California's plan to put state pension funds in socially responsible investments means those funds are worth billions less than they would be if they'd been allowed to invest in tobacco companies and emerging markets, BusinessWeek reports. The initiative, launched in 2000, also pushed investment in California real estate—where the... More »

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