financial crisis inquiry commission

Financial Meltdown Accountability: Bring On the Class Actions!

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's report concludes that ineffective regulators and big banks were the primary causes of the financial meltdown. Next stop: Government and class action lawsuits to recoup some of what we all lost, and (please please please) criminal charges against the worst offenders too.

Financial Crisis Commission Scrambles for a Publisher

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission had planned to publish its findings in book form with Little, Brown. But the unusual deal between the two, which involved an advance payment from the publisher, has fallen apart, and PublicAffairs Books has stepped in as the new publisher.

Flawed Incentives Were the Rot Behind the Mortgage Crisis

The mortgage-backed securities meltdown whose effects still haunt our economy sprang from a simple cause: The rules of the game gave big incentives to every player involved to ignore the problems and keep collecting their fees. And despite financial reform, those rules haven't changed much.

Seven Villians of the Financial Crisis: Where Are They Now?

The financial crisis was produced by a complex set of circumstances, including a massive housing bubble, poor regulation and irresponsible lending on an epic scale. A handful of bankers became the public faces of the crisis, and now, two years later, we take a look at what became of them.

Blaming Short Sellers: A Pointless Game

The former CEO of Lehman Brothers, Richard Fuld, blames the firm's collapse on hedge funds and short sellers that bet on declines in Lehman's stock price. That explanation may be satisfying for Fuld, but there's one problem -- it's probably not true.

Fuld: Regulators Had 'Flawed Information' in Lehman Bankruptcy

U.S. regulators used "flawed information" when they decided not to extend the kind of aid to Lehman Brothers that later went to other financial institutions, the bank%u2019s former CEO Richard Fuld says. Lehman filed for the nation%u2019s largest-ever bankruptcy in September 2008, a move that sparked panic in the financial markets.

Goldman Execs Grilled on AIG Debt

Executives of Goldman Sachs were grilled by members of an inquiry panel Thursday on the firm's full recovery of billions in debt in 2008 from crippled AIG, for which U.S. taxpayers footed the bill.

Why Credit Ratings Have Outlived Their Usefulness

While defending the rating agencies last week before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Warren Buffett also admitted, "I don't need them." It seems that more and more, the financial markets are coming to agree with Buffett's stance on ratings.

Will the Heat on Lloyd Blankfein Get Unbearable?

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's subpoena of Goldman Sachs for documents has thrust the beleaguered firm back in the spotlight. And now even a bullish top analyst is calling for CEO Lloyd Blankfein's head.

Can Buffett Be Objective About Financial Crisis?

Next week, Warren Buffett will give his expert opinion about the causes of the 2007 Wall Street meltdown to the government's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. But will the Oracle of Omaha's testimony be objective, or will it be slanted to benefit his own mammoth investments?