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Gretchen Morgenson Columns

December 13, 2012 Study Shows a Pattern of Risky Loans by F.H.A.

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

A new and extensive analysis of 2.4 million loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration in recent years shows a pattern of risky lending that could generate $20 billion in losses and harm thousands of the nation’s most...

December 3, 2012 In an F.H.A. Checkup, a Startling Number

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before it, the Federal Housing Administration is suffering in a mortgage hell of its own making. F.H.A. officials say they won’t need taxpayers’ help, but we’ve heard that kind of line before.

November 26, 2012 Many Moons Later, the I.R.S. Questions a Tax Deal

Source: Gretechen Morgenson, NY Times

THE Internal Revenue Service works in mysterious ways. Its wheels grind slowly, but grind they do, as seen in the case of Fairfax Financial Holdings of Toronto.

November 19, 2012 A Change in Carrots, Without a Stick

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Shareholders get little say on executive pay. Yes, they can get angry. But they can rarely get even. One big investor, the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System, wants to change that. Its target is the Simon...

November 12, 2012 Sandy Slapped Bond Issuers, Too

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

IT’S going to take a long time to get over Sandy. For homeowners, towns, hospitals, school districts — on and on — the recovery is painfully slow. Everyone wants the rebuilding effort to go faster. But that takes money —...

November 5, 2012 One Safety Net That Needs to Shrink

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

ELECTION Day is upon us, and neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has really addressed one of the nation’s most pressing economic issues: the risk that one day taxpayers might have to bail out swashbuckling financial...

October 29, 2012 The Perils of Feeding a Bloated Industry

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

THEY say the wheels of justice grind slowly, but should it really have taken more than five years for the Justice Department to discover that Countrywide Financial, the mortgage mania’s top creator of risky loans, dumped a load...

October 23, 2012 Citi’s Torch Has Passed. Now Find a Knife.

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

THE defenestration of Vikram S. Pandit from the corner office at Citigroup might just be a turning point for shareholders of this great big beleaguered bank. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the change will also...

October 1, 2012 How to Erase a Debt That Isn’t There

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Cast your mind back to February. Five of the nation’s big banks, including Chase and Bank of America, agreed to pay $25 billion to settle state and federal claims over questionable mortgage practices and promised to work harder...

September 24, 2012 C.E.O.’s and the Pay-’Em-or-Lose-’Em Myth

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

CORPORATIONS are forever defending big executive paydays. If we don’t pay up, the argument goes, our sharpest minds will jump to our rivals.

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