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The Trouble With Disclosure: It Doesn’t Work

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(David Sleight/ProPublica)

Disclosure and transparency have become the answer to every vexing regulatory problem, but sunlight is not always the most effective disinfectant.

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Rent to Own: Wall Street’s Latest Housing Trick

As the Obama administration moves to expand housing credit, “rent to own” schemes are one illustration of why a continuing federal role in housing is vital to protect consumers from exploitative products.

Obama Stands At Crossroads On Financial Reform

With Republicans moving to dismantle Dodd-Frank, some are urging Obama administration to push hard for a significant overhaul of the financial system.

The Wall Street Takeover of Charity

The rise of donor-advised funds is helping financial firms but hurting society.

Now What? Failed Allergan Deal Strains Valeant

The Real Roots of Hedge Fund Manager Rage

The Big Bank Backlash Begins

Nice Little Agency You Got There

The Fed Hates To Burst Your Bubble

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)