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How the Case Against Bank of America CEO Fizzled

Years after Ken Lewis came under investigation for misleading investors, the case against him ended with a minuscule fine paid by the bank.

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Goldman, the Muppets and the Mystery of ‘Pretty Fishy & Dodgy’ Holdings

Investors are accusing Goldman Sachs of improper conflicts of interest in a fight over a hotel company the investment bank controls.

When Regulation Threatens, Bankers Predict Doom For Main Street

To protect a financial instrument that predominantly profits three major banks, the industry in invoking the interests of the Little Guy.

Lucky Man: CEO’s Repeated Good Fortune in Timing Stock Sales

Good things keep happening to Questcor in the middle of the month, which coincides with the stock selling plan of its chief executive.

Maintaining Ethics in the Move From Regulator to Regulated

Life is fraught for financial watchdogs who switch to the private sector, especially if they try to have standards, writes Jesse Eisinger in The Trade column.

Investors Are Chastened. That’s A Good Thing.

Looking back over the bubbles that have burst, investors are understandably skeptical of today’s strong capital markets.

The Problem Is Bigger Than Too Big to Fail

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s financial reform speech offered many platitudes but didn’t get to the heart of the matter.

Obama’s Mystery Man for Derivatives

The Obama Administration has nominated a Treasury lawyer to take over the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. But no one knows what his views on regulation are.

The One Mortgage Fix Washington Isn’t Talking About

The Washington consensus about how to fix the mortgage market looks a lot like Obamacare: A complicated Rube Goldberg device. Why isn’t anyone talking about something simpler?

Jesse Eisinger

About The Trade

In this column, co-published with New York Times' DealBook, I monitor the financial markets to hold companies, executives and government officials accountable for their actions. Tips? Praise? Contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)