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February 28, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
A Republican who wants to be California's governor is staking his bid on having run the $700-billion federal bank bailout - even as GOP candidates across the nation distance themselves from the highly unpopular program. As he courts voters, former U. S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari rarely mentions the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) by name. But he says that it staved off another Great Depression, and he cites his work on the program as proof of what he could do in Sacramento.
February 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The sudden collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange Tuesday demonstrated to the public just how risky the virtual currency can be. Prosecutors have rushed to investigate, and regulators in the U.S. and Japan, where Mt. Gox was based, are mulling how to extend their purview to bitcoin trades. One senator even called for a ban on the currency. Investors, however, have long been keenly aware of the perils associated with the volatile commodity. While the currency is in its infancy, those with little appetite for risk should stay away.
February 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - A Senate subcommittee investigation accused Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse of using elaborate "cloak and dagger" methods to hide the accounts of 22,000 wealthy American citizens with a total of up to $12 billion in assets from U.S. authorities so they could avoid paying taxes. The bipartisan probe also sharply criticized the Justice Department for being lax in using subpoenas and other legal tools to pressure the bank to reveal most of the names of account holders, which have been withheld as part of a long Swiss tradition of bank secrecy.
February 25, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced plans Tuesday to cut 8,000 positions, more than previously forecast, as fewer Americans refinance their mortgages because of rising interest rates. The cuts will hit its mortgage and retail banking businesses, according to a Tuesday presentation, reports said .  QUIZ: How much do you know about Bitcoin? JPMorgan, the country's largest bank, also increased its target for annual net income to $27 billion. That would be a significant improvement from last year's $18-billion net income, which took a hit because of legal costs associated with regulatory enforcement actions.
February 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Men's Wearhouse does not want to take "no" for an answer.  The Fremont, Calif.-based retailer on Monday raised its offer to purchase rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. to $63.50 a share, up from $57.50, and has also sued to prevent Jos. A. Bank's planned acquisition of retailer Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc.  The newly issued offer is good through March 12 and could potentially be raised to $65 a share after further "limited due diligence," Men's Wearhouse...
February 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz.  - No one in camp is comparing Kevin Jepsen to sidearm-throwing Joe Smith , but there is a noticeable difference in the delivery of the Angels reliever, who has gone from a straight over-the-top motion to a three-quarter-arm slot. "This off-season I thought, 'As a kid, you pick up a rock and throw it, you're going to throw your natural way,' and my natural way is down here," Jepsen said, mimicking his new motion. "Since I had shoulder surgery in 2004, I've been trying to find something that didn't hurt.
February 19, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
A top European Union regulator raised concerns Wednesday that new Federal Reserve rules for foreign banks operating in the U.S. could place an unfair burden on EU financial firms. The Fed's Board of Governors now requires Barclays, Deutsche Bank and other large foreign banks doing business in the U.S. to hold more capital in reserve for their U.S. operations to guard against losses and undergo stress tests to determine their financial health. The requirements, approved unanimously Tuesday, are similar to those for the largest U.S. banks.
February 17, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - Brutal winter weather contributed to a downturn in job growth and other economic data, raising questions about the strength of the recovery and testing the Federal Reserve's resolve in unwinding its key bond-buying stimulus program. Fed policymakers will have another month of data to consider when they next meet in mid-March. But if the views of John C. Williams are any indication, the Fed is likely to hold course. As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, one of the Fed's 12 district banks, Williams has a seat at the mahogany table where top Fed officials meet regularly to discuss the economy and make policy decisions.
February 14, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., the repeated target of an acquisition by Men's Wearhouse, said Friday it will buy retailer Eddie Bauer in a deal worth $825 million in cash and stock.  Jos. A. Bank, the Hampstead, Md.-company, said it will pay $564 million in cash and about 4.7 million new shares at $56 a share to Eddie Bauer's owner, Golden Gate Capital, a private-equity firm, which will own nearly 17% of Jos. A. Bank shares. The company said it has been looking for companies to acquire in recent years, and said Eddie Bauer was one of its first choices.  "The acquisition of Eddie Bauer solidifies Jos. A. Bank's leadership in men's apparel and adds new categories such as women's apparel and footwear, to create a powerful, diversified, multi-branded retail platform," Jos. A. Bank said in a statement.
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