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October 22, 2013 Thoughts About the JP Morgan Case

econintersect.com - This was written after reading about the reported $13 billion dollar settlement for JP Morgan Chase for fraudulent mortgage securities activities. Well, without trying to sound pornographic about it, size per...

October 22, 2013 4 Reasons the SEC's New Ratio Test Will Not Decrease CEO Pay

Source: Huff Post

On September 18, the SEC announced the proposal of a rule intended to increase disclosure of executive compensation as part of its ongoing effort to curb the growth of CEO pay. The new rule, promulgated under Section 953(b) of...

October 21, 2013 Supreme Beef v USDA: Why Salmonella is on your Chicken

foodpoisoningbulletin.com - How can a company that has sickened at least 472 people, many ... of pounds of ground beef to the National School Lunch Program. In 1999, Salmonella on the product became a point of concern for the...

October 21, 2013 How to Pay Millions and Lag Behind the Market

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Today’s low-interest-rate environment has made the hunt for investment income tougher than ever. Many overseers of public pension funds, desperate to bolster returns and meet ballooning retiree obligations, have turned from...

October 18, 2013 Here Are 5 Lessons Learned From The Political Madness We Just Witnessed

Source: Business Insider

Deal done! Lesson 1. There will be no default. Disgraceful, divisive Democrats and ridiculed, repugnant Republicans, who share blame equally for this horrendous example of poor governance, are aware that the country must not...

October 17, 2013 A World Without Privacy

Source: Jode Nocera, NY Times

In his great and prophetic novel “1984,” George Orwell laid out his vision of what totalitarianism would look like if taken to its logical extreme. The government — in the form of Big Brother — sees all and knows all. The Party...

October 8, 2013 Why the Debt Ceiling Matters

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

The word we keep hearing is “catastrophe.” “A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe, Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall,” screams the headline in Bloomberg Businessweek. “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic,”...

October 7, 2013 Five Reasons to Fear the Debt Ceiling - editorial

Source: Bloomberg

The global economy is facing a bizarre man-made threat: Radical legislators in the U.S., issuer of the world’s most trusted currency, think forcing the government to renege on its obligations would be a good way to shock it into...

October 7, 2013 At the S.E.C., a Question of Home-Court Edge

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

SINCE Mary Jo White settled in as chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, lots of tough talk has emanated from the agency about enforcement priorities. Just last week, Andrew Ceresney, co-director of enforcement,...

October 4, 2013 Show Us the Obamacare Exchange Numbers

Source: Bloomberg

It's a little hard to get worked up over the technical glitches plaguing Obamacare's federal-exchange websites. We should still ask, as my colleague Megan McArdle did, why the Department of Health and Human Services wasn't ready...

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