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American Banker

1955: When Chase Was Too Small to Bail

American Banker has a fun flashback that helps show how out of whack our financial system has gotten in the... More

American Banker Delves into Debt-Collecting Woes at Chase

It looks more and more like the foreclosure scandal is a symptom of a larger problem. American Banker's Jeff Horwitz... More

Audit Notes: 1966 Wages, Fracking’s Chickens and Eggs, Whistleblowers

David Cay Johnston looks at the latest income-distribution data from Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, and notes that in this... More

Audit Notes: Banker’s Good FHA Work, FBI’s Small Fry, Michael Barone

The American Banker's Jeff Horwitz has another excellent report on the Federal Housing Administration and its former commissioner David Stevens,... More

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Audit Notes: bad banks edition

Too big to behave or to fail

Gretchen Morgenson writes about how the interest-rate swaps Wall Street encouraged government agencies to take out are costing governments billions... More

Audit Notes: Forced Fed, Bank Wages, Schroeder on Buffett

The press continues to rifle through the Fed's discount window data dump, finding that Some 70 percent of all loans... More

Audit Notes: Gutting Blame-the-Borrowers, Geithner Going? Wages and Profits

Barry Ritholtz says "First, Blame the Lenders" in a good post today over at The Big Picture on the crisis... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Industry Conflicts of Interest Edition

American Banker has a smart story on "How Not to Make a Mortgage Servicing Settlement," taking a look at the... More

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Audit Notes: NYT on JPM, The Guardian’s future, Big Lie of the crisis

Jamie Dimon’s bank pressured brokers to steer clients into its own funds

The New York Times reports that JPMorgan Chase pressured its brokers to steer its retail clients into its own investment... More

Audit Notes: Overdraft Ethics, CNN’s Wall Street Apologist, U.S. Gas Boom

American Banker's Jeff Horwitz finds some emails that offer an interesting look into how banks make unethical decisions to gouge... More

Audit Notes: Payment Protection, Greek Austerity, Inflation Bugaboo

American Banker's Victoria Finkle and Jeff Horwitz report on the credit card industry's payment-protection racket and note that the Consumer... More

Audit Notes: Romney’s Black Box, Banker Probe, Laffer Curveball

Politico makes a good point about how reporters are having something of a hard time assessing Mitt Romney's tenure at... More

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Audit Notes: The unbanked, Paolo Pellegrini, a debt collector pauses

The NYT on the minor mishaps keep people out of the banking system

You've read a lot about how Big Data can save the world and all that. You don't read much (at... More

Bank of America’s Disastrous Countrywide Deal

The “dumb” money squandered tens of billions of dollars on Angelo Mozilo’s predatory lender

In The Big Short, hedge fund investor Steve Eisman recalled the time he heard Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis... More

Excellent Reporting on the Revolving Door By American Banker

Paper’s FOIA request shows a former FHA commish palling around with his future employer

American Banker has a terrific story on the revolving door, digging into the records of former Federal Housing Authority commissioner... More

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Hot air housing stories?

News reports on rising housing prices, including rentals, neglect a basic economic fact

The price of housing, whether buying or renting, is rising, or so say many recent news reports. Some skepticism is... More

Mostly Skimpy Coverage of JPMorgan’s Overdraft Settlement

Press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase is paying $110 million to settle a class-action suit against it for gouging its... More

Reuters On the “Payment Protection” Scam

Plus, an American Banker columnist’s predatory-lending past

Reuters puts the spotlight on the scam that is the multi-billion-dollar credit-card insurance industry, which promises to cover payments if... More

The Banker Finds Possible “Trouble” at Chase (UPDATED)

Debt-collection lawsuits dry up in at least five states, raising questions about past practices

Back in June, The Wall Street Journal reported a big scoop that press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase had dropped... More

The Foreclosure Scandal Continues (UPDATED)

American Banker and Reuters show banks thumbing their nose at the law

It's clear that the banks aren't much chastened by the foreclosure scandal that erupted last fall and which threatens to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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