Chris Dodd

Countrywide Bank Won Influence with Discount Loans to VIPs: Report

The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of Fannie Mae, according to a House report.

For Top Bankers, the Era of Easy Job Hopping Is Ending

The banking world works in a lot of ways like a sports league. You can be a star, but that barely matters if your team is in last place. But if you're lucky enough to be a premiere bankers, you could always go elsewhere if your team's fortunes faded. That fluidity in finance world may, however, be fading.

Lawmakers Reach Deal on Financial Reform

Democratic and Republican lawmakers worked into sunrise Friday morning to reach a fractured agreement over financial regulatory reform. The so-called "Fin-Reg" bill hands President Barack Obama a solid political victory heading into the mid-term elections.

The Financial Reform Endgame Approaches

One of the key questions facing Congress as it labors to reconcile the House and Senate bills is this: Three years after the financial crisis began, how much risk should America's banks be allowed to take? Not surprisingly, opinions differ greatly.

Senate Set to Begin Voting on Financial Reform Bill

The Senate will begin voting on amendments to the financial reform bill Tuesday. The bill would create a new consumer protection watchdog within the Federal Reserve; increase bank supervision; and end "too big to fail" bailouts.

Why Senator Dodd Should Fire His Chief Counsel

Senate Banking Committee, which Dodd chairs, retains a general counsel, Amy Friend, who apparently tried to profit off the implosion of Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, AIG and other financial institutions in the 2008 collapse. The counsel's actions were legal -- but despicable.