Walmart loves to shock and awe. City-size stores, absurdly low prices ($8 jeans!) and everything from milk to Matchbox toys on its shelves. And with the recession forcing legions of stores into bankruptcy, the world’s largest retailer now apparently wants to take out the remaining survivors.
Former MIT computer scientist Jim Psota hopes that Panjiva can attract more gatherers of esoteric data to help serve traders.
The festive affair belied the uneasy times for the Shapiro family. Three days before attending the party, Shapiro son-in-law Robert Jaffe was accused by federal regulators of delivering $1 billion in client funds to Madoff, reaping $150 million in improper payments in return. Jaffe denies the charges.
In addition to the Fed being held more accountable, there must be implementation of performance-based incentives for a job well done. Equally, there needs to be clear consequences to the Fed for poor performance. Only after we plug this regulatory sophistication gap at the Fed can confidence in this agency be restored.
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.”
Logue, the chief executive of State Street Corp., a financial services giant in Boston that handles investments around the world, said he first started to worry in 2007, while traveling abroad on business. He feared that markets were becoming so complex and intertwined that the next hedge fund meltdown or foreign currency crisis could threaten the financial system, and ultimately State Street.
As chief executive of BlackRock Inc (BLK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), already the largest publicly traded U.S. asset manager, Fink this week engineered a blockbuster deal to buy Barclays Plc’s investment unit BGI. Together they will become world’s biggest money manager with roughly $2.8 trillion of assets.