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Lehman CEO Blames Fed for Financial Crisis

(Newser) - In a remarkable case of the pot calling the kettle black, Lehman Brothers' former CEO Richard Fuld pointed a finger at the US Federal reserve today, saying it worsened the financial crisis in September 2008. Testifying at a hearing, Fuld blamed the Fed for letting the investment bank fail. He...

Meet the Best Paid Execs of the Decade

Only some of them actually made money for shareholders

(Newser) - Maybe those giant executive pay packages weren’t such great ideas after all. Of the eleven highest paid executives of the last decade, five presided over companies that lost their shareholders money, the Wall Street Journal reveals today, breaking down the numbers to reveal who the decade was most generous...

Lehman Post Mortem Bares Shady Tricks

Execs may land in court for disguising bad investments

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers tried to buy itself time by manipulating accounting gimmicks to disguise its bad investments, according to a court-ordered report on the firm's demise. The exhaustive, 2,200 page report found that execs, including former CEO Richard Fuld, could be held legally liable for the "materially misleading" attempt...

Advice to Budding Journos: Hate Is the Hottest Beat

(Newser) - Who says journalism is dead? Sure, newspapers are slashing newsroom staff and shutting down bureaus, Simon Dumenco writes in Advertising Age, but there’s still one booming sector: hate. “Everything is a hate beat these days, because everybody is consumed with hating on everybody else.” And you can...

Fuld: 'I Was Whipping Boy' for Lehman Failure

Lehman's last CEO steels himself for anniversary of firm's collapse

(Newser) - Former Lehman CEO Richard Fuld is ready to get dumped on again as the anniversary of the company's collapse nears, he told a Reuters reporter. Fuld was widely blamed for leading Lehman into the biggest bankruptcy in US history, although former execs are still bitter that rivals Bear Stearns, Merrill...

Magna Cum Fraud: Top Schools for Scoundrels

People behind financial crisis went to same universities

(Newser) - Many of the bigwigs involved in the financial crisis went to the same few elite schools, notes Joe Weisenthal in Business Insider. Maybe, he writes, when the crisis begins to fade, we’ll think twice about having another Harvardian or MIT grad running things. Among the offending institutions:
  • New York

Chrysler, Merrill CEOs Passed Houses to Wives, Too

Fuld not the only one hiding assets

(Newser) - Dick Fuld’s wife isn’t the only one getting a discount mansion. Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli and ex-Merrill Lynch honcho Stanley O’Neal have followed Fuld’s lead, handing their multimillion-dollar homes to their spouses, according to property records obtained by the New York Post. Such deed transfers are...

Wall Street's Hottest Jobs? Lehman Bros

Bankruptcy experience is the skill set of the future, execs say

(Newser) - Wall Street's hottest jobs in 2009 are coming from its biggest disaster of 2008—Lehman Brothers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lehman still has billions of dollars in assets and contracts to untangle and restructure, and Wall Street's legions of laid-off execs are keen to get a piece of the...

Lehman CEO Sells Mansion to Wife—for $100

But Fuld's attempt to evade creditors may not work

(Newser) - The housing market is weak, but the $13 million mansion of fallen Lehman CEO Richard Fuld on the Florida coast fetched just $100 last November, reports Reuters. So who forked over the C-note for the seaside property? Fuld's wife Kathleen, famous for carrying her Hermès purchases in generic shopping...

2008 Hall of Infamy Inductees
 2008 Hall of Infamy

2008 Hall of Infamy Inductees

A month-by-month gallery of the year's most ignominious figures

(Newser) - As we look back at the great people who made their mark this year, let us not forget to document the schlubby, the sneaky, and the just plain criminal. Vanity Fair has done the legwork, rounding up a month-by-month rogue's gallery. Some highlights:
  • January: Rudy Giuliani's Florida strategy was

Check Out Mansions of Bigwig Bankers

(Newser) - It's not been the best of years for the titans of Wall Street: a few federal bailouts, a housing collapse, and now a Ponzi scheme of mind-boggling proportions can do that. "Where did all that money go?" wonders the website And it has a partial answer: Straight...

CEOs Took Billions Off the Table Before Bust

15 financial, home building bosses made over $100M

(Newser) - Investors have lost some $9 trillion since last year’s stock market peak, but at the center of the maelstrom, CEOs of some of the worst-performing companies are sitting pretty. Fifteen financial services and homebuilding CEOs have accumulated more than $100 million each in the past 5 years in cash...

Major Works Fail to Sell at Christie's

Dismal auction season continues as Bacon fails to find buyer

(Newser) - The art world bust continued last night at the Christie's contemporary auction in New York, where almost a third of the 75 works on the block went unsold. Not a single collector bid for the highlight of the sale, a self-portrait by Francis Bacon estimated to sell for around $40...

Disgraced Lehman CEO Fired
 Disgraced Lehman CEO Fired 

Disgraced Lehman CEO Fired

Face of the financial crisis 'terminated,' will stay on board of directors

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers boss Richard Fuld, who led the giant 158-year-old Wall Street brokerage firm into bankruptcy, has been abruptly terminated. The 62-year-old Fuld, who earned $484 million from Lehman over the last eight years, won't receive a bonus or severance payments, but will keep his salaried post on the board...

US Probes of Lehman May Include Fuld Subpoena

NY, NJ prosecutors convene grand juries to investigate stock-offer fraud

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers is getting the evil eye from three different US attorneys, who have convened grand juries to investigate the failed investment bank, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors are particularly interested in a $6 billion stock offering made in June, and suspect Lehman was not straightforward with investors about the financial health...

How Much Will Wall Street Pay Itself Now?
How Much Will Wall Street Pay Itself Now?

How Much Will Wall Street Pay Itself Now?

The banker bonus culture encourages CEOs to take big risks

(Newser) - Richard Fuld has made roughly $480 million since 2000 as he piloted Lehman Brothers to total ruin, according to one congressman at his testimony yesterday. “I have a very basic question,” he said. “Is this fair?” Many shareholders are wondering the same thing, writes Andrew Ross Sorkin...

Congress Gets Ugly Portrait of Lehman's Last Days

Investment giant knew of liquidity concerns, gave out $5B in bonuses

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers’ departing executives were negotiating millions in bonuses while the bank begged for taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy, a House committee finds after reviewing documents. At a hearing today on Capitol Hill—the first on the financial crisis—the investment firm was painted as one run by irresponsible leaders...

Lehman CEO's Art Collection Goes Up for Sale

Richard Fuld's wife puts $20M in prized drawings on the block

(Newser) - A $20-million collection of abstract expressionist drawings belonging to Lehman boss Richard Fuld and his wife is to be sold by Christie's, Bloomberg reports. Fuld's net worth has taken a whack with the collapse of Lehman stock; the sale, which includes 3 de Koonings, was anounced 4 days after the...

Who's Who: The Players Remaking Wall St.

(Newser) - The financial world has been rocked to its foundations in a few short days, with a handful of men making momentous decisions. The Wall Street Journal outlines the key players.
  • Henry Paulson. No Treasury chief has wielded such power. He decides whether big firms live or die via federal bailouts.

Thain Made Most of Merrill's Ugly Position
Thain Made
Most of Merrill's Ugly Position

Thain Made Most of Merrill's Ugly Position

CEO proved wiser than Wall St. colleagues, has $50B to show for it

(Newser) - As the credit market self-destructed, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers faced similar problems. The difference, Henry Blodget writes in Slate, is that Merrill’s John Thain played his cards right, and Lehman’s Dick Fuld didn’t. Brought in to clean house after Stan O’Neal’s high-risk strategy exploded,...

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