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Commentary & Opinion
August 24, 2012 I Don’t Want to Eat Your Lunch…Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator
If you held any doubts as to which direction the Republican presidential ticket would take this country if it were to be elected this fall, with the selection of Paul Ryan as vice presidential candidate, doubt no longer.
August 23, 2012 Regulator Fines Bank for Analysts’ ViolationsSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
Rodman & Renshaw, an investment bank that sponsored numerous Chinese companies in the United States market, was fined $315,000 on Wednesday by Finra, the financial markets’ private regulator, for repeated violations of rules...
August 23, 2012 Marikana - a bitter pillSource: iAfrica.com
You need a strong constitution to stomach the news diet in South Africa. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted and it’s something I always try to convey to the “journalists in training” when I do guest lectures at various...
August 22, 2012 Revisiting the Chick-fil-A and Chapstick Incidents: The Ethics of Transparency and Authenticity in Social MediaSource: ComproBiz
After eight members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team were found guilty of throwing the 1919 World Series, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them from professional baseball for life. Landis went further and exacted the...
August 7, 2012 Knight Capital: The Ideal Way To Screw Up On Wall StreetSource: Forbes
Call it the best disaster and recovery Wall Street has seen in a long time. In less than a week, Knight Capital screwed up royally to the point of near failure and then managed to save itself with the help of outside investors....
August 6, 2012 Taxing Matters!Source: Larry Checco
Billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley is alleged to have said: “Only little people pay taxes.” Although the tabloids' "Queen of Mean" went to her grave denying she ever spoke those words, she should have taken credit. It turns out...
July 30, 2012 Changed by Wall Street, for Wall StreetSource: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
Last week, two senior Washington officials — Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, and Gary Gensler, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission — testified before Congress about the scandal surrounding Libor, the...
July 25, 2012 Penn State Is Hit Hard. Is It Enough?Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times
In 1982, the president of the University of San Francisco, the Rev. John Lo Schiavo, suspended the university’s basketball team. The school had had a legendary basketball program — the great Bill Russell won two national...
July 23, 2012 Bankers Gone WildSource: Larry Checco, president, Checco Communications
Question: What’s the difference between many of today’s bankers and HBO's program star, the fictional mafia boss, "Tony Soprano?" Answer: The HBO character Tony Soprano appears to have some scruples.
July 23, 2012 Financial Scandal ScorecardSource: Joe Nocera, NY Times
Is it my imagination, or does every week bring news of another financial scandal? No, it’s not my imagination. First up: Peregrine Financial Group. This long-running fraud, which has apparently been going on almost as long as the...
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