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September 19, 2013 | David Lazarus
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.
Federal thrift regulators on Tuesday banned former Lincoln Savings & Loan operator Charles H. Keating Jr. from the banking industry and ordered him to pay $36 million in restitution for two illegal dealings at the failed Irvine thrift. The action by the Office of Thrift Supervision ended three years of hearings and legal maneuverings involving Keating and other executives at Lincoln, which collapsed in April, 1989, and became one of the industry's costliest thrift failures.
March 18, 2012 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
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 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, Times Staff Writer
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.
December 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
Wrapping up a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde case that stretched around the world, a woman accused of helping her boyfriend rob banks across the West was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay more than $231,000. Nova Guthrie, 31, turned and smiled at her parents and other relatives after hearing her punishment. Her father, Ralph Guthrie, waved at her as she was led away.
June 26, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
When David L. Butler's real estate development company faced collapse in 1982, he found a novel and lucrative way out: He swapped it for control of a Northern California savings and loan. The 29-year-old developer then turned Bell Savings & Loan into a personal piggy bank, paying himself millions of dollars and bankrolling questionable projects of friends and associates, according to court records.
November 18, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
The Occupy Wall Street movement has led many banks to hire extra security. Manhattan's Amalgamated Bank has rolled out the red carpet. The bank, owned by the Workers United labor union, has emerged as the unofficial financial institution of the anti-Wall Street movement. Even people who hate banks, it seems, need a bank. "It was quite obvious we were not going to open a Bank of America account," said Wylie Stecklow, who serves on Occupy Wall Street's finance committee.
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