U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren accuses former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson of lying to the American people and recounts Larry Summers urging her to be an insider in her new book, “A Fighting Chance.”
Former Bank of America Corp. Chairman Kenneth Lewis agreed to a three-year ban on serving as a public company’s officer or director and to pay $10 million to settle claims by New York’s attorney general that he misled investors about the bank’s 2009 purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co.
John F. W. Rogers is known on Wall Street for four initials and an enviable fact of corporate geography. The F. and W. stand for Francis and William, though why Rogers uses them both is one of several mysteries he has either gone out of his way to cultivate or never seen fit to explain.
The highly compensated Wall Street spin machine never ceases to amaze me. Case in point: defending the indefensible Jon S. Corzine. As soon as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sued the embattled former chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Inc., the now liquidated brokerage, the spinmeisters mobilized.
In a speech this week to celebrate the Federal Reserve’s 100th birthday, Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said one of the central bank’s greatest strengths is its willingness, “during its finest hours,” to stand up to political pressure and make tough decisions. To remind him that those pressures aren’t new, Bernanke keeps in his office one of many two-by-fours that construction industry workers mailed to Paul Volcker to protest the former Fed chairman’s double-digit interest rates.