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November 13, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Obama Nominates CFTC Chairman with Corporate Ties



Timothy Massad Yesterday, President Obama nominated Timothy Massad, who currently works at the Treasury Department overseeing the government bailout, as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). But there is skepticism about Massad's priorities.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 22, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

JPMorgan Close to Record $13 Billion Settlement



Financial Oversight JP Morgan Chase is close to settling a $13 billion deal with the government over the company’s mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis. The proposed settlement would be the largest amount of damages ever paid by a financial firm.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 17, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Wall Street Erases Its Own Mistakes



Financial Oversight An online database serves as a repository of Wall Street brokers’ bad behaviors, allowing the public to check for any red flags before investing, but a new report found that in the vast majority of cases, brokers who asked to have bad marks removed from th

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 15, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

NY Fed Examiner Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit



Financial Oversight A senior examiner has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, claiming she was let go after refusing to keep quiet about serious conflicts of interest at Goldman Sachs.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 8, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

SEC Issues $14 Million Whistleblower Reward



whistleblowers2 An unidentified tipster has received a $14 million federal reward for aiding an “enforcement action that recovered substantial investor funds,” according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement last week.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector

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