derivatives regulation

Credit Default Swaps: Still Here, Still Able to Wreak Havoc

JPMorgan Chase's rapid $2 billion trading loss reportedly involved credit default swaps -- the same investments that played such a large role in the financial crisis. Here's why credit default swaps still pose such a threat to the U.S. economy.

Would Rating Downgrades Clip Bank Profits?

Moody's is reviewing 10 large regional banks for possible downgrades because it thinks financial reform means total government support is now less likely. That's setting off a debate about whether those banks will actually take a hit to profitability.

The Biggest Winners in Financial Reform

The Dodd-Frank financial regulation reform bill tries to resolve some of the most pressing problems left over from the financial crisis. The effects will clearly be sweeping, even if not all quite predictable. At this early point, here's a rundown of some of the biggest likely winners.

Derivatives Played "No Role" in Financial Crisis?

At the Financial Services Inquiry Commission hearing, former Wall Street derivatives executive Steven Kohlhagen claimed derivatives generally played "no role" in causing the financial crisis. This puzzling argument doesn't pass the straight-face test.

The Case for Buying Bank Shares Now

Some pros are aiming straight at the eye of the financial hurricane, buying into the besieged banks. Here's why: The uncertainty threatening them has dissipated, and banks will now start looking for new ways to profit from the new rules.

Big Banks May Have to Pay for Fannie and Freddie

Banks are up in arms over language added to the proposed financial regulation overhaul that would make big financial firms shoulder some of the cost if government-backed mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac go bust.

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.

10 Tough Questions for Warren Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting will be held on May 1. Here are 10 questions attendees should ask Warren Buffett -- ranging from the financial reform bill to housing's prospects and who the famed investor favors to succeed him at Berkshire.