September 19, 2013 |
Michael Barr served as the U.S. Treasury Department's assistant secretary for financial institutions in 2009 and 2010. He oversaw the Obama administration's dealings with Congress in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And he's still smarting from the experience. "The banks fought against the bureau tooth and nail," Barr told me. "They were in an all-out war with the administration over this. " But he makes no effort to hide his satisfaction with how things turned out. "The financial sector lost that fight," Barr said.
March 18, 2012 |
If you want to do business with the biggest bank in the Western world, don't get on a plane to New York or London. The new place to go is sunny California. Wells Fargo & Co., with its headquarters in downtown San Francisco, has shot ahead of the East Coast institutions that have long been the behemoths of the financial industry, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. andCitigroup Inc. Although Wells Fargo still has fewer bank deposits than its closest competitor, its total stock market value is now about $178 billion - that's about $70 billion more than Citigroup and about $9 billion more than JPMorgan.
February 11, 1991 |
The banking industry has prepared a plan to contribute $10 billion over the next two years to avoid a taxpayer bailout of the troubled fund that insures savings deposits, industry officials said Sunday. The plan, which will be presented to federal regulators on Tuesday, calls for banks to purchase a special issue of bonds from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
November 29, 2011 |
A member of the founding family of Farmers & Merchants Bank has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $2 million from a customer's account. Matthew J. Walker, who managed the bank's Laguna Hills branch, entered the guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford in Santa Ana. Walker's attorney said he squandered the stolen money on a failed investment. Walker, 34, admitted to stealing the money by taking advances from a customer's line of credit during a 16-month period during 2009 and 2010.
August 5, 1990
"The industry is a dinosaur. The only real question is when, not if, it is going to be folded into the banking industry." --Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution, on the future of the savings and loan industry.