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Goldman Sachs Plans Another Round of Job Cuts

Goldman Sachs will begin a fresh round of job cuts as early as this week, sources said Monday. The bank usually culls the weakest 5 percent of its employees around this time of year, but the cuts will likely be deeper in some businesses, particularly equities-trading.

Without Taxpayer Aid, Too Big to Fail Banks Would Only Break Even

Today brings what seems like a minor milestone in the big banks' fall from grace: a Bloomberg editorial announcing that Wall Street's largest firms would not be profitable without taxpayer backstops, and calling for an end to the perverse incentives that this arrangement produces.

Mortgage Relief Scams Still Going Strong

More than five years have passed since the mortgage bubble began to pop, and scammers taking advantage of homeowners still abound. In fact, the criminals and their techniques have become increasingly sophisticated.

Why It's Really Time to Break Up the Too Big to Fail Banks

When the financial crisis hit, Washington chose to rescue America's biggest banks, lest their failure crush the economy. Now, "too big to fail" has morphed into "too big to jail," and letting them remain that way isn't good for the economy -- or the banking industry.

Bank of America Earnings Shrink Due to Mortgage Settlements

Bank of America says its fourth-quarter earnings shrank as it cleaned up old problems from its mortgage unit, settling one case with Fannie Mae and another with the government. But the modestly positive results still beat the expectations of analysts.

How to Pick the Best Stocks: CEO Candor Predicts Performance

When smart investors consider a stock, they look at profit margins, revenue growth, and a raft of ratios to decide if it's a good buy. But beyond those measurements, here's a subtle and simple guideline that can give you real insight about a company's prospects: How honest is its management?

5 Things to Watch on Wall Street This Week

From eBay stepping up with its latest financials to Facebook showing off its latest clever ideas, there will be plenty of news breaking in the coming days. Here's a rundown of what's likely to shape the week ahead on Wall Street.

13 Money Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself By Age 30

Age 30 has become the new benchmark for people to get their lives together, and advice on how to do that abounds. But in fact, most of us already know how to succeed: We just happen to let ourselves -- and a few convenient lies -- get in the way.

Gun Maker Claims BofA Withheld Money Over Online Weapon Sales

In the wake of December's Sandy Hook school shootings, the debate over America's gun policy has come to a full boil. And, according to American Spirit Arms, an Arizona gun manufacturer, it has even caused one of the country's biggest banks to take matters into its own hands.

10 Top Banks Agree to Pay $8.5 Billion for Foreclosure Abuses

Ten major banks and mortgage companies have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners. Under the settlement, people who were wrongfully foreclosed on could receive from a few hundred dollars up to $125,000.

B of A Reaches Settlement with Fannie Mae on Risky Mortgages

Bank of America has reached a settlement with Fannie Mae on residential mortgage loans sold by the bank and its Countrywide unit to the agency ahead of the nation's 2008 financial crisis. The settlement includes a $3.6 billion payment to Fannie Mae.

Fewer U.S. Banks Failing as Industry Strengthens

U.S. banks are ending the year with their best profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They're helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish manufacturing and anxious consumers.

9 Questions to Ask to See If Your Bank Is Right for You

The end of the year is a good time to give your financial life a once-over and see what changes need to be made. One item not to forget in that review: your bank. Answering these questions will help you determine whether your money is in the right place, or if it's time for a strategic withdrawal.

U.S. Bank Earnings Up 6.6%, Most in 6 Years

U.S. banks earned more from July through September than in any other quarter over the past six years. The increase is further evidence that the industry is strengthening four years after the 2008 financial crisis.

Banks Drop Fees for Hurricane Sandy Victims

With much of the northeastern United States either hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy or evacuating to higher ground, two of the nation's largest banks have given consumers breaks on fees until the storm passes.

U.S. Sues Bank of America for $1 Billion for Mortgage Fraud

The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan says he's suing Bank of America for $1 billion for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Countrywide had procedures designed to process loans at high speed and generated thousands of fraudulent loans.

Is Prepaid the Future of Plastic? Fee-Hungry Banks Hope So

There's a new wave of plastic filling the middle ground between credit cards and debit cards: refillable cards -- or prepaid cards -- that act like a hybrid of both. They're an attractive option for consumers -- and a convenient way for banks to sidestep recent consumer protection laws.

Bank of America Beats the Street with a Narrow Profit

Bank of America said Wednesday that it narrowly turned a profit from July through September, good enough to beat Wall Street expectations. The bank earned $340 million in the quarter, which works out to a fraction of a penny per share. But financial analysts expected an 11-cent loss.

Vikram Pandit Quits as Citigroup CEO

Vikram Pandit abruptly stepped down as CEO of Citigroup on Tuesday after steering the bank through the 2008 financial crisis and the choppy years that followed. Also resigning: President and Chief Operating Officer John Havens. Citigroup offered no explanation for the sudden departures.

How High Credit Card Rates Could Be Good News for You

Despite ultra-low mortgage and savings interest rates, the average credit card rate is still high, and has barely budged over the past year. That's not so lucky for you as a spender -- but it could guide you to a windfall as an investor.

B of A to Pay $2.43 Billion to End Lawsuit Over Merrill Lynch

Bank of America has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle a class-action shareholder lawsuit related to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch. Plaintiffs alleged that Bank of America and some of its officers made false or misleading statements about both companies' financial health ahead of the deal.

US Court Revives Mortgage Debt Class-Action vs. Goldman

Thursday's decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York could subject banks to a wider array of claims by mortgage securities investors, by letting them sue over securities in which they did not specifically invest themselves.