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Ad Wars: The SEC Is Turning Hedge Funds Into the New Ginsu Knife

Aided and abetted by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission deregulates as if the financial crisis never happened.

Small Banks Get Theirs Too: Treasury’s Quiet Bailout

In an effort to wind down the bank bailout program, the government is trying to sell its preferred stock holdings of the remaining smaller banks, but the potential losses from the auctions could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Why Do We Keep Swooning Over Failed Bankers?

Sandy Weill and others are being celebrated for now calling for breaking up megabanks. The many debacles on their watch seem to have cost them absolutely nothing in fashionable society.

Like Rate-Fixing Scandals? You’ll Love the Credit Default Swap Market

A proper market would want an organization that was impartial, regulated, transparent and open to appeal, but with credit default swaps, there is no such luck.

How Shareholders Are Hurting America

Corporations don't plan for the long-term. Blame economists, business professors and corporate governance do-gooders, says a professor.

Incoming Regulator Promises No More Coddling of Banks

In his first interview, new O.C.C. head John Curry shows he knows what's wrong with the agency. But can he fix it?

What Did JPMorgan Execs Know and When Did They Know It?

When banks are in trouble, they often mislead the world about their financials. Maybe JPMorgan disclosed everything properly about its $2 billion loss, but that's what we need to determine.

SEC Keeps Ratings Game Rigged

The SEC hammers a tiny ratings agency for petty infractions but does nothing against the big agencies that helped cripple the global economy.
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)