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Gretchen Morgenson Columns

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 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,...

September 23, 2013 A Better Way to Compare C.E.O. Pay

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has dipped its toe into the executive pay pool with a rule issued last week that would require companies to publish a comparison of their chief executives’ pay to the median compensation...

September 16, 2013 Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

It was supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street.

September 9, 2013 Find the Loan Behind the Loans

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Online lenders who charge borrowers stratospheric interest rates are coming under pressure from state regulators — and it’s about time. But to get at the root of the problem, the regulators may need to dig much deeper.

August 26, 2013 New Jobs! If Only It Were True

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

CREATING jobs is an essential goal today, given our high unemployment rate. But when job programs rely on taxpayer backing, their success or failure should be clearly disclosed. For example, the United States Department of...

August 19, 2013 The Problem With Wiggle Room in Securities

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

To veterans of Wall Street, the details that emerged in last week’s criminal complaints against two former JPMorgan Chase traders didn’t exactly shock. Over the years, countless traders have misrepresented the values of the...

August 12, 2013 The Housing Market Is Still Missing a Backbone

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

IN a speech in Phoenix last Tuesday, President Obama finally entered the debate over the future of United States housing policy. But his talking points offered few details about how to reduce the government’s giant footprint in...

August 5, 2013 Clawbacks in Word, Not Deed

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

WHAT good is a policy if it’s never enforced? That’s a question investors are asking these days about an executive pay standard that companies rarely seem to use. We’re talking about so-called clawback provisions allowing a...

July 29, 2013 How to Gauge SAC on the Richter Scale

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

NO major financial firm has survived a criminal indictment, and with SAC Capital Advisors facing insider trading charges, this gigantic hedge fund founded and run by Steven A. Cohen may have to unwind its portfolio. If it does,...

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