U.S. Banks Risk ‘Untold Problem’ as Muni Debt Swells By Dakin Campbell (Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc., State Street Corp. and U.S. Bancorp are among U.S. banks whose municipal bond holdings have reached a 25-year high just as state budget deficits swell to $140 billion, the most since the start of the recession. Commercial lenders added
Luckily, America hasn’t yet been confronted with a financial crisis “fix” that exceeds its capacity to borrow. But to ensure that doesn’t happen in the future, institutions need to be appropriately sized so that they aren’t crucial enough to create the hope for financial help when times get tough.
WASHINGTON — Documents unearthed by congressional investigators reveal disagreements among senior Federal Reserve officials about how to handle Bank of America Corp.’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch, fueling concern on Capitol Hill over giving the central bank even more power to regulate the financial system.
When President Barack Obama this week unveiled his proposal for the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. financial regulations since the 1930s, he proposed the central bank oversee not just banks but “other large firms that pose a risk to the entire economy in the event of failure.”
President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s financial regulatory system received support yesterday from key Massachusetts congressional members who said changes are long overdue.
WASHINGTON – Rates on 30-year mortgages inched downward this week, remaining below 5 percent for the 10th-consecutive week and just above record lows.
The Obama administration told industry officials on Friday that it was leaning toward making such a recommendation, according to officials who attended a private one-hour meeting between President Barack Obama’s economic advisers and representatives from about a dozen banks, hedge funds and other financial groups.