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Pay for pay?

You’ve heard of pay-for-play, right? How about pay-for-pay? Here’s an idea that seems to make some sense. Don’t limit Wall Street pay and bonuses, but require higher FDIC premium payments if a bank’s pay structure…


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Whoa … Citi going down?

Okay; I can honestly say that I didn’t see this happening. I figured that Citigroup, like Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase, would both be strong enough to weather almost anything the economy could…


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The aftermath …

Perhaps this plan will make Art a little happier … but I’d like to read the actual text of the bill before I make any judgments. Democrats offer alternative ‘no bailouts act’ – CNN.com WASHINGTON…


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Bread and circuses

From this morning’s Wall Street Journal: ‘No’ Votes Came From All Directions The fatal “no” votes to the financial rescue package came from a strange-bedfellows coalition of lawmakers, from the most conservative to the most…


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At what cost, “NO”?

Without a Bailout Plan, What Will the Cost Be? – TIME By voting down the proposed $700 billion financial bailout package — and causing a spectacular stock market rout — a majority of members in…


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GS, MS to become banks

This is an interesting twist. Obviously, it means that Morgan Stanley will be subject to more stringent regulation, but I wonder what it fundamentally means for the business model. This will be really interesting to…