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February 7, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Rating Agency Reforms Still Slow After Financial Crisis



Justice Dept. A Justice Department lawsuit against a major rating agency does not address the fundamental problems with the industry, according to critics.

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Topics: Financial Sector

June 21, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

JPMorgan Deploys Former Regulators to Talk to Current Regulators



Caricature of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon by Flickr user DonkeyHotey. Amid a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulation, JPMorgan Chase, the banking powerhouse, has often deployed former government officials to represent it in Washington.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 25, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdog: Interest Rate Manipulation Puts Taxpayers at Risk



Financial Oversight U.S. taxpayers "continue to be at risk" from government bailout programs' reliance on a global interest rate called LIBOR, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) said in a report.

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 12, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Watchdog Finds Recordkeeping in Disarray



Financial Oversight The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)—a federal regulator that polices recordkeeping on Wall Street, among other things—has failed to properly handle its own records, according to a recent audit by the agency's inspector general (IG).

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Topics: Financial Sector

July 17, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

Fannie, Freddie, and Mortgage Regulator Balked at Oversight, Watchdog Says



Fannie Mae A federal inspector general says even as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were receiving billions of dollars from the government to continue playing a central role in the nation's crippled housing market, the mortgage companies and their regulator were balking a

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Topics: Financial Sector

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