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1. Trump Picks Camera-Proven Kudlow as Top Economic Aide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and a smaller government.

2. SBA Head Sees Businesses Held Back by Lack of Loans, Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners – they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open.

3. Trump's SEC Pick, an Ex-Goldman Lawyer, to Face Skepticism -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington.

Jay Clayton, a well-connected Wall Street lawyer who is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, is sure to face sharp questions from Democrats at his confirmation hearing Thursday over his years of work for Goldman and other financial giants.

4. Yellen Signals More Aggressive Stance Toward Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and nearly toppled the entire banking system.

5. Transcripts Show Fed at Times Slow to Grasp Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude.

6. JPMorgan $13 Billion Deal May Not End Bank's Legal Woes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The $13 billion settlement that JPMorgan Chase agreed to Tuesday is the largest ever between the Justice Department and a corporation. Yet it isn't likely the end of the bank's legal troubles over the risky mortgage securities it sold before the financial crisis.

7. JPMorgan, Government Finalizes Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a record $13 billion settlement with federal and state authorities, resolving claims over the bank's sales of low-quality, high-risk mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the U.S. housing crisis.

8. JPMorgan Chase Reaches $4.5 Billion Deal With Investors -

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a $4.5 billion settlement with investors who said the bank deceived them about bad mortgage investments.

9. JPMorgan Faces Criminal Probe Over Mortgage Bonds -

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is investigating JPMorgan Chase over mortgage-backed investments the bank sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.

The New York-based bank said in a regulatory filing that it is responding to investigations by the civil and criminal divisions of the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of California. In May, the civil division informed JPMorgan that it had "preliminarily concluded" that the bank had violated federal securities laws in connection with certain mortgage-backed investments it sold from 2005 to 2007.

10. Baker Donelson Litigator Tom Comes Full Circle -

Robert Tom, commercial and business litigation attorney for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been elected shareholder of the law firm.

The 35-year-old Tom grew up in Memphis and attended Memphis University School before going to Emory University in Atlanta to study business and finance. Becoming an attorney was never even on his radar screen.

11. Windsor Points Finances 53 Wesley Forest Lots -

Windsor Pointe 2011 LP, the Diamondhead, Miss.-based partnership that bought 53 lots in Wesley Forest Subdivision in November, has financed the property for $4.5 million.

Windsor Pointe filed the commercial trust deed, security agreement, and assignment of rents and profits through Stearns Bank on April 11. Gary R. Gibbs signed the deed, which matures Oct. 11, 2014, as chief manager of Windsor Pointe.

12. Transcripts Show Fed Underestimated Crisis in 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials in 2007 underestimated the scope of the approaching financial crisis and how it would tip the U.S. economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression, transcripts of the Fed's policy meetings that year show.

13. Republicans Grill FDA Chief on Meningitis Outbreak -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican lawmakers challenged the country's top medical regulator Wednesday to explain why her agency did not take action sooner against the specialty pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak.

14. JPMorgan Turns in Record Profit, Higher Revenue -

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank, reported a record quarterly profit Friday, helped by a surge in mortgage refinancing. CEO Jamie Dimon said he believed the housing market "has turned a corner."

15. Feds Throw Support Behind Lawsuit Against JPMorgan -

The federal government on Tuesday, Oct. 2, threw its support behind a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase accusing Bear Stearns, the investment bank JPMorgan bought in 2008, of engaging in massive fraud in deals involving billions in residential mortgage-backed securities.

16. The Least Loved Day is Also the Market's Worst -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's not just in your head. Mondays really are the worst.

Monday is the only day the stock market is more likely to fall than to rise. The Dow Jones industrial average has been down 10 of the past 11 Mondays. And the two worst days in market history are both known as Black Monday.

17. White House to Review Energy Department Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday ordered an independent review of clean-energy loans made by the Energy Department, its latest response to questions and criticism over a half-billion-dollar loan to a California solar company that eventually went bankrupt.

18. Treasury Officials: Never Saw a Loan Like Solyndra -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senior Treasury officials said Friday that they had never seen a loan restructuring similar to the Energy Department loan to a failed solar panel maker.

The half-billion dollar loan to Solyndra Inc. was restructured so that private investors moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment on part of the loan in case of a default.

19. Obama Defends Solyndra Loan, Says Solar Viable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. must not surrender development of clean energy to China and other countries, despite the spectacular failure of a solar-panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after taking a half-billion dollar government loan.

20. American Way Hotel Sold After Foreclosure -

The hotel at 4225 American Way Boulevard in Parkway Village has sold for $1 million to a Knoxville investor following a foreclosure.

21. Refinancings Rise as Mortgage Rates Hit 4.56 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — The lowest mortgage rates in decades are just too good for some people to pass up.

Brokers are reporting rising interest in home refinancings as rates on a 30-year fixed loans have hit record lows in four of the past five weeks. This week the average rate fell to 4.56 percent, the lowest since mortgage company Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971.

22. Memphis Loans Part of Bear Stearns Rescue -

The Federal Reserve bought a piece of commercial loans that financed a handful of properties in Memphis when the central bank swallowed billions of dollars’ worth of new assets during its 2008 rescue of Bear Stearns.

23. Ex-IBM Exec Pleads Guilty in Inside Trading Case -

NEW YORK (AP) - A former IBM senior executive pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges arising from what prosecutors call the largest insider trading case in hedge fund history.

Robert Moffat, 53, of Ridgefield, Conn., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and securities fraud, charges which carry a potential penalty of 25 years in prison.

24. Three FTN Analysts Join Guggenheim -

The investment firm Guggenheim Partners LLC headquartered in New York and Chicago has snapped up three bank analysts formerly of FTN Equity Capital Markets, the unit Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. announced recently it's shutting down.

25. Federal Reserve Banker Sheds Light on Economic Problems, Recovery -

James Bullard is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, whose territory includes Memphis.

26. Morgan Keegan Earns Industry Distinctions -

Morgan Keegan & Co. since 2006 has almost doubled its number of public finance bankers and has been making a big push into new markets that are hotbeds of municipal bond activity.

27. Fed Paid Record $46.1B to Treasury Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve paid a record $46.1 billion in earnings to the U.S. Treasury Department last year, reflecting gains as the central bank bulked up its portfolio of securities to revive the U.S. economy and fight the financial crisis.

28. Geithner: Some Bailout Funds to Help Lower Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday the government's $700 billion bailout program will end "as soon as we can," and that part of it will be used to lower the soaring federal debt.

29. Bernanke Subdued On Fed’s Consumer Protection Role -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a skeptical Congress Thursday that the central bank is “well suited” to oversee colossal financial companies whose failure could endanger the entire economy.

30. Panel Begins Inquiry into Financial Meltdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a new congressionally appointed panel on Thursday pledged to deliver a no-holds barred investigation into last year's devastating economic collapse, including whether big financial firms and their government regulators were guilty of criminal misconduct.

31. Fed's Steps to Aid Banking System Raise Risks, Too -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve's bold steps to prevent the banking industry from collapsing last year have injected new dangers into the financial system.

Analysts and government officials fear that the nation's biggest banks will be emboldened to resume excessive risk-taking on the belief that the Fed will be there – again – to prevent them from collapsing.

32. Obama Touts Wall St. Changes on Lehman Anniversary -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is going to Wall Street on the first anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse to outline financial changes to avert a future crisis like the one that sent the global economy into a tailspin.

33. Risk-taking is Back for Banks One Year after Crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) - A year after the financial system nearly collapsed, the nation's biggest banks are bigger and regaining their appetite for risk.

Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and others – which have received tens of billions of dollars in federal aid – are once more betting big on bonds, commodities and exotic financial products, trading that nearly stopped during the financial crisis.

34. Morgan Stanley CEO to Inherit Bank in Transition -

NEW YORK (AP) - Morgan Stanley's incoming CEO will be facing a drastically different landscape on Wall Street from when John Mack took over in 2005.

35. Bach’s Lunch Celebrates Anniversary, Business Growth -

Just as the kitchen is the heart of the home, Bach’s Lunch is the heart of the office tower.

The restaurant’s four locations in Memphis serve as gathering spots for office workers or places to grab a quick meal. Bach’s Lunch also brings its signature dishes, like bourbon-brown-sugar salmon salads or chicken enchilada casseroles, directly to places of business through its catering service.

36. Banks Trim Borrowing From Emergency Fed Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Banks reduced their borrowing from a Federal Reserve emergency lending program for the third straight week, a sign the institutions are having an easier time getting credit from private markets.

37. JPMorgan Profit Surges on Investment Banking Gains -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The banking industry has another winner.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. reported a 36 percent jump in second quarter profits Thursday, easily surpassing analysts' forecasts as huge gains in its investment banking business outweighed higher losses from bad loans.

38. CIT Shares Rally as Firm Seeks Federal Aid -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of CIT Group Inc. rebounded Tuesday amid optimism that the top lender to small and mid-sized U.S. businesses may get a lifeline from the federal government.

The company's shares rose 33 cents, or 24.4 percent, to $1.68 in Tuesday morning trading after falling to a 52-week low of $1.08 during Monday's trading session.

39. Fed Lost $5.3B on Bear Stearns, AIG Holdings in Q1 -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve lost $5.25 billion in the first quarter on the securities it acquired with last year's bailouts of Bear Stearns and insurer American International Group Inc., according to a report issued Wednesday.

40. Banks Cut Fed Borrowing, Investment Cos. Draw None -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks have reduced borrowing from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program, while investment firms took a pass for the second week in a row, a sign that some credit stresses may be easing.

41. Judge OKs Chrysler's Steps Toward Sale to Fiat -

NEW YORK (AP) - The judge overseeing Chrysler LLC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection proceedings has ruled that the automaker can start taking steps toward selling the vast majority of its assets to Italy's Fiat Group SpA. The judge also said lawyers for a dissident group of lenders have until noon (1600 GMT) Wednesday to file a list of members with the court, ruling that their identities do not need to be sealed despite reported death threats.

42. Fed 'Extremely Uncomfortable' About Bailouts -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - While acknowledging that the Federal Reserve was "extremely uncomfortable" about last year's bailouts of big financial companies, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday the central bank's strategy to ease the financial crisis is working.

43. Judge Dismisses Whistleblower Lawsuit -

A judge in Boston federal court has dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Medtronic employee Jacqueline Poteet.

The case was in jeopardy after Poteet lost a similar case on appeal as first reported by The Daily News March 12.

44. Fed Moves to Help Distressed Homeowners -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With foreclosures spiking, the Federal Reserve is taking steps to try to keep some distressed borrowers in their homes.

Under the program, the Fed has a number of options to provide relief, including lowering the amount the homeowner owes on the mortgage, reducing the interest rate or lengthening the term of the loan.

45. Fed Pledges to Use All Tools to Help Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve, acknowledging the economy has continued to deteriorate, signaled Wednesday that it will keep using unconventional tools to cushion the fallout, including keeping a key interest rate at a record low for quite "some time."

46. JPMorgan Posts Profit, But 'Disappointing' One -

NEW YORK (AP) - JPMorgan Chase eked out a fourth-quarter profit, but its results were anything but calming to investors worried about the mountain of upcoming losses in the troubled banking sector.

47. Death Knell for Citigroup's 'Supermarket' Model -

NEW YORK (AP) - The original financial supermarket is dead.

Citigroup signaled the end of a decade-long experiment to create one-stop shopping for financial services – everything from consumer loans to investment banking – with Tuesday's announcement that it was putting its Smith Barney brokerage into a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.

48. Affluent Cut Spending, Which is Bad News for All -

The 80 percent discounts along New York's tony Madison Avenue the weekend before Christmas reflect how bad it is for luxury purveyors. Wealthy Americans have slashed spending and are rethinking their priorities, fueling concern among high-end retailers that conspicuous consumption will go out of style even when the economy recovers.

49. Merrill, BofA Shareholders Approve Combination -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Shareholders of Merrill Lynch & Co. and Bank of America Corp. on Friday approved the investment bank's sale to Bank of America, in a move that will create the nation's largest financial-services firm.

50. Gov’t Plans Massive Citigroup Rescue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rushing to rescue Citigroup, the U.S. government agreed to shoulder hundreds of billions of dollars in possible losses at the stricken bank and to plow a fresh $20 billion into the company.

51. Bush Says Citigroup Deal Needed to Protect System -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush argued Monday that the government's dramatic rescue of Citigroup was necessary to "safeguard the financial system" and help the economy recover, and he said there could be more such moves if other institutions need help.

52. Citi Shares Sink Despite Saudi Prince's Investment -

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup Inc. shares tumbled below $5 a share Thursday for the first time in 15 years, a sign that a Saudi prince's decision to boost his stake in the bank failed to galvanize confidence among increasingly anxious investors.

53. Morgan Stanley Unveils Job Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) - Morgan Stanley on Wednesday outlined plans to cut 10 percent of staff in its biggest business, which covers everything from investment banking to stock trading.

54. Prosecutors Eyeing Wall Street Mess Look for Lies -

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators are hunting through the remains of the stock-market collapse and housing bust of 2008 for fresh signs of white-collar crime, targeting many of the same types of misdeeds that precipitated past market downturns.

55. Thain to Remain With BofA After Merrill Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America Corp. reported Thursday that Merrill Lynch & Co.’s chief executive, John Thain, will take a new position at Bank of America once the bank completes its acquisition of Merrill.

56. WaMu Biggest Bank to Fail In Nation’s History -

NEW YORK (AP) – Washington Mutual Inc., one of the nation’s largest banks, has collapsed under the weight of its enormous bad bets on the mortgage market.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized WaMu on Thursday, and then sold the thrift’s banking assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billion.

57. Goldman Raises $5 Billion in Public Stock Offer -

NEW YORK (AP) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., seeking to improve not only its balance sheet but its standing with investors, has undertaken a huge capital-raising program that includes an investment of at least $5 billion from Warren Buffett and a common stock offering for another $5 billion.

58. Fed Could Suffer with New Role -

The Federal Reserve, responding to the nation's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, is stepping into its most political role ever - using government funds and its credibility to end the turmoil.

59. Last Major Investment Banks Change Status -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve said Sunday it had granted a request by the country's last two major investment banks - Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley - to change their status to bank holding companies.

60. SEC Bans Short-Selling of Financial Stocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government, trying to boost investor confidence in the face of a market crisis, took the dramatic step Friday of temporarily banning a practice of betting against financial stocks.

61. World Markets Soar on Plans for US Bank Rescue -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Global stock markets roared higher Friday after news of a U.S. government plan to rescue banks from toxic mortgage debt raised investors' hopes amid the world's worst financial crisis in decades.

62. Fed, Central Banks Move to Boost Global Confidence -

NEW YORK (AP) - The worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression forced the Federal Reserve and central banks in other countries to pump billions of dollars into the world's banking system in an urgent bid to stop further damage.

63. Stocks Tumble After Government Bailout of AIG -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street plunged again in a crisis of confidence Wednesday as anxieties about the financial system still ran high after the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 340 points, and investors seeking the safety of hard assets and government debt sent gold, oil and short-term Treasurys soaring.

64. Shares of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley plunged on Wednesday, a sign that investors fear they can't survive in their present form as the last two major independent investment banks.

65. Fed Observers: Shifting Markets Could Spell Rate Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With turbulence hitting financial markets as a global credit crisis claims heavyweight victims, suddenly the possibility of a reduction in interest rates by the Federal Reserve was back on the agenda by press time Tuesday.

66. Congress Weighs New Regulations Amid Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Congress criticized for being asleep at the switch while financial problems festered is eyeing tough new regulations for investment banks and a new government role in the mortgage market as Wall Street reels from another round of collapses.

67. Fed Moves to Deal With Financial Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve announced late Sunday several steps to cope with the worst U.S. credit crisis in decades, including broadening the types of assets that investment banks can put up to get emergency loans from the Fed.

68. Bank of America Agrees to Buy Merrill for $50B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America on Monday began adding another slice to its growing financial services empire, buying Merrill Lynch in a $50 billion deal that would create a bank that offers everything from fixed-income trading to credit card lending.

69. Washington Mutual Shares Continue to Plunge -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shares of Washington Mutual Inc. continued a perilous plunge on Thursday as anxiety grew on Wall Street over the financial stability of the nation's largest thrift and its options for survival.

70. Banks Borrow More from Fed; Wall Street Takes Pass -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks borrowed more over the past week from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program, while Wall Street firms passed for the fourth straight week.

A Fed report released Thursday said commercial banks averaged $18.47 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared to a daily average of $17.51 billion in the previous week.

71. Economists Weigh Bailouts’ Impact -

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Do Washington policymakers listen too much to Wall Street? A possible bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, on the heels of similar action involving investment firm Bear Stearns, seems to send a loud signal to financial companies that the government will clean up their messes.

72. Banks Borrow Less From Fed's Emergency Loan Window -

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. banks borrowed a bit less over the past week from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program, while Wall Street firms passed for a third straight week.

The Fed reported Thursday that commercial banks averaged $17.51 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared to a daily average of $17.70 billion in the previous week.

73. Banks Borrow More from Fed's Emergency Loan Window -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks borrowed slightly more over the past week from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program while Wall Street firms did not draw any loans for a second straight week.

74. SEC Short-Selling Ban on Fannie, Freddie to End -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government order expires Tuesday that temporarily banned a certain kind of short-selling of the stocks of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and 17 large investment banks.

75. Banks, Wall Street Firms Step Up Fed Borrowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks and Wall Street firms stepped up their borrowing over the past week from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program.

A Fed report released Thursday said commercial banks averaged $17.5 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared to $16.4 billion in the previous week.

76. Fed Extends Wall Street Emergency Borrowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials said Wednesday it is extending its emergency borrowing program to Wall Street firms and is taking other steps to ease a severe credit crunch that has hobbled the national economy.

77. Treasury: Swift Support Needed for Mortgage Giants -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Congress needs to quickly approve a support package for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make sure the two mortgage giants maintain their critically important role in housing finance.

78. Feds Eye More Charges for Bear Stearns Executives -

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say they expect to bring more criminal charges against two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers already charged with lying to investors about the collapse of the subprime mortgage market.

79. JPMorgan Chase Profit Falls 53% On Loan Losses -

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase’s profit took a 53 percent hit in the second quarter as mortgage and other loan defaults worsened, but the bank’s results were better than expected and gave Wall Street a lift.

80. FBI Looking Into IndyMac Bancorp. -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is investigating failed bank IndyMac Bancorp Inc. for possible fraud, an official said Wednesday of the government's latest target following the collapse of the nation's subprime mortgage market.

81. Fannie, Freddie In No Danger of Failing, Bernanke Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in “no danger of failing.”

The Fed chief made his remarks to the House Financial Services Committee, his second day on Capitol Hill where he briefed lawmakers on the problems plaguing the economy.

82. Bush Calls on Congress to Pass Housing, Energy -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said Tuesday the nation's troubled financial system is "basically sound" and urged lawmakers to quickly enact legislation to prop up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

83. Analyst: Lehman Should be Private; Financials Fall -

NEW YORK (AP) - Investors bailed out of investment bank stocks Monday as concerns about the credit crisis prompted one analyst to call for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. to go private.

Financials such as Merrill Lynch & Co. and Morgan Stanley dropped sharply amid more uncertainty about their fate. The most dramatic drop came from Lehman, which tumbled to a 9-year low on fears it does not have enough capital to stay in business.

84. Fannie, Freddie Rescue Pushes Housing Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A foreclosure aid plan that was facing a sluggish trip through Congress has a powerful new engine behind it: the Bush administration's urgent request to rescue mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

85. Washington, Wall St. Weigh Fannie, Freddie Help -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wall Street and Washington wrestled Friday with how to shore up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two troubled pillars of the economy whose failure would deal a devastating blow to the already crippled housing market.

86. Fed Chief: Gov't Needs More Power When Firms Fail -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top economic officials urged Congress on Thursday to give them new regulatory tools to better protect the country from economic and financial havoc if a major Wall Street firm were to fail.

87. Fed to Curb Shady Lending Practices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve will issue new rules next week to try and protect future homebuyers from dubious lending practices, its most sweeping response to a housing crisis that has propelled foreclosures to record highs.

88. Fed, SEC Complete Information-Sharing Pact -

Financial regulators on Monday announced an information-sharing agreement aimed at better detecting potential risks to the U.S. financial system.

The pact between the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission should enhance regulatory cooperation between the two agencies, allowing them to more effectively carry out their regulatory duties, officials said.

89. Paulson: Banking Regulations Need Overhaul -

LONDON (AP) - The United States must build a tougher regulatory system that can allow financial institutions to fail without causing wider economic turbulence, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Wednesday in London.

90. Fed: Wall Street Aided to Avert ‘Contagion’ -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve was scrambling to prevent a “contagion” from infecting the nation’s financial system when it took unprecedented actions to provide financial backing to a Bear Stearns rescue package and provide emergency loans to big Wall Street firms.

91. Wall Street Firms Reduce, Banks Step Up Fed Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wall Street companies scaled back their borrowing from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program over the past week, while commercial banks stepped it up.

A Fed report released Thursday said the investment firms averaged $6.1 billion in daily borrowing for the week ending June 25. That compared with $8.6 billion the previous week.

92. Bush Administration Calls For Giving Fed More Powers -

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday that the government must move quickly to give the Federal Reserve more powers to regulate the financial system, contending that this year’s financial market turmoil had highlighted the need for action.

93. Hundreds Swept Up In Mortgage Fraud Arrests -

More than 400 real estate industry players have been indicted since March – including dozens over the last two days – in a Justice Department crackdown on incidents of mortgage fraud nationwide that have contributed to the country’s housing crisis.

94. Bear Stearns Charges Linked To Subprime Debacle -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two former Bear Stearns managers were arrested Thursday on securities fraud and other charges linked to the collapse of a hedge fund that bet heavily on subprime mortgages before the market collapsed, federal authorities said.

95. FDIC Chief Calls for Tighter Investment Bank Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top U.S. banking regulator says the government must do a better job of planning for the failure of a large investment bank after the near-collapse of Bear Stearns Cos.

Investment banks have looser government oversight than commercial banks, whose financial stability is closely monitored. Ever since the swift decline and government-backed rescue of Bear Stearns in March, policymakers have debated whether investment banks should be subject to tighter controls.

96. Investment Firms Borrow at Steady Pace From Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wall Street companies borrowed from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program at a fairly steady pace, while banks scaled back.

A Fed report, released Thursday, said the investment firms averaged $8.4 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared with $8.3 billion the previous week.

97. Fed Chief Says Fed Must Stay Dynamic -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the central bank must remain a "dynamic institution" to deal with economic and financial challenges.

The Fed, created in 1913 after a series of bank panics, is now fighting battles on multiple fronts. It is trying to shore up the fragile economy and financial markets, while at the same time trying to prevent inflation from flaring up.

98. Investment Houses Pull Back on Emergency Fed Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wall Street companies are scaling back their borrowing from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program.

A Fed report Thursday says the investment firms averaged $8.26 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared with $12.3 billion the previous week.

99. JPMorgan Completes Bear Stearns Buyout -

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has closed its acquisition of Bear Stearns Cos., as planned.

JPMorgan said Saturday it completed the purchase on Friday, a day after Bear Stearns shareholders approved the deal with 84 percent voting “yes.”

100. Bear Stearns Shareholders OK Buyout -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bear Stearns Cos. shareholders on Thursday approved JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s $2.2 billion buyout of the investment bank whose wagers on subprime mortgages made it the largest corporate casualty of the global credit crisis.