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$1B Bank Heist Thwarted by ... a Typo

Hackers still made off with $81M, say officials

(Newser) - Hackers helped themselves to $81 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month—but the massive theft could have been far worse if not for a typo, reports Reuters . Investigators say the heist began when the hackers breached the security systems of Bangladesh Bank and then, posing... More »

Household Debt Takes Biggest Leap Since 2007

And that might mean good things for the economy

(Newser) - US household debt spiked by $241 billion in the fourth quarter, up to $11.5 trillion, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It's the biggest increase seen since the financial crisis, and the first on a year-over-year basis. That might actually be... More »

US Selling Off $18B Stake in AIG

With sale, US will be minority shareholder for first time since bailout

(Newser) - The US government is selling another $18 billion in AIG, a move that will make it a minority stakeholder for the first time since bailing out the insurance giant in 2008, reports the Wall Street Journal . Four other sales since March 2011 have reduced the government's stake in AIG... More »

Feds Open Vault, Double-Check Giant Gold Stash

Auditors drilling into Uncle Sam's NY Fed holdings

(Newser) - Have Die Hard-style criminal masterminds made off with part of the world's biggest stash of gold? Probably not, but the federal government has been quietly double-checking its holdings in the New York Federal Reserve's vault anyway, the Los Angeles Times finds. The fortress deep below Manhattan holds close... More »

NY Fed Kept Mouth Shut About Barclay's Libor Scheme

Staffers knew about rate fixing

(Newser) - Barclays admitted that it was rigging Libor to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York back in 2008—and the New York Fed, and its then-head Timothy Geithner, told precisely no one. Geithner has said he sounded the alarm on Libor in 2008, and indeed, the Fed did suggest reforms... More »

BofA Near $8.5B Deal to Settle Big Investors' Claims

BlackRock, New York Fed lost money on mortgage-backed securities

(Newser) - Bank of America is close to a deal that calls for the lender to pay $8.5 billion to settle claims from a group of heavyweight investors who bought mortgage-backed securities before the housing collapse and lost a ton of money in the process. A person familiar with the discussions... More »

Fed Report Rakes Geithner Over AIG Bailout

He's accused of handing AIG creditors 'backdoor bailout'

(Newser) - Tim Geithner did a lousy job of looking out for the interests of taxpayers during the AIG bailout last year, according to a report from a federal oversight group. Geithner, then head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, made no attempt to renegotiate AIG's debts, effectively giving the... More »

Fed Knew of AIG Bonuses 5 Months Before Storm

Geithner's New York Fed planned for controversy in Sept. '08

(Newser) - Senior officials at the New York Federal Reserve knew about AIG's plans to pay large bonuses more than 5 months before controversy erupted, according to documents seen by the Washington Post. Correspondence and phone records show that the central bank was working with AIG, lawyers, auditors, and PR firms to... More »

NY Fed Chair Quits Over Goldman Ties

Friedman upped stake in bank after it fell under Fed supervision

(Newser) - The chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has abruptly stepped down amid criticism of his ties to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street Journal reports. Stephen Friedman, who increased his holdings in Goldman after it became a bank holding company under Fed supervision, denied acting improperly. But he... More »

At NY Fed, Geithner Got Cozy With Wall Street

Geithner's cozy history with the high finance club draws critics' ire

(Newser) - While some feel Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has been an aggressive steward of the public trust, some critics point to his days as New York Fed president as proof he’s too cozy with the very banks that crippled the financial system. The New York Times investigates his tenure there,... More »

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