FDIC: Bonus culture needs to change

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Description:  FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair is concerned with the lack of real change in big banks’ operations and compensation. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 01/22/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/01/22/n_fdic_bair_bank_bonuses.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Summary the ideas put forward by Sheila Bair. Do you support her position? Explain your thinking. How do you think the investment industry… Read more »

Obama proposes new limits on big bank risky trading

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Description: In his toughest response yet to the financial crisis, Obama proposed Thursday that strict limits be imposed on the size and trading activities of the nation’s biggest banks. The proposal aims to deter commercial banks from becoming so large that they put the broader economy at risk and distort normal competitive forces. The president… Read more »

Goldman’s image crisis

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Description:  The elite Wall Street firm is criticized for doling out $21 billion in bonuses this year and having sold toxic assets. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 01/13/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/01/13/n_goldman_public_attention.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What are your impressions of the report with respect to the presentation of the culture of the firm and the… Read more »

Ackman Buys 2% Kraft Stake, Urges Cash for Cadbury

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Description:  Billionaire investor William Ackman bought a $950 million stake in Kraft Foods Inc. and urged its Chief Executive Officer Irene Rosenfeld to limit the amount of stock she uses to bid for Cadbury Plc. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 01/16/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aSMnsSKPDuMk Questions for discussion: Do you think Ackman’s decision is a smart move? Do you… Read more »