This last week I had the honor of being interviewed for The Whistleblower Newsroom, a podcast by whistleblowers, for whistleblowers, developed and hosted by journalists Celia Farber, TruthBarrier.com, and Kristina Borjesson. Although I had visited with Ms. Borjesson several times on the phone over the last three years, we first met last November at the… [Read More]
So it’s about bank mergers, stupid!
The world’s largest bank merger in more than a decade has been proposed, and poses concerns many are saying we need to pay attention to. This proposed merger, with BB&T Corp purchasing SunTrust Banks Inc. for $28.2 billion combines two regional lending powerhouses and creates the sixth-largest U.S. retail bank in the U.S. This is… [Read More]
An About Face
There is something wrong with this picture! What are we missing here? And when will we try to hold politicians and government, not just bankers and investors, accountable? A recent Wall Street Journal article proclaims “Banks Get Kinder, Gentler Treatment Under Trump.” It points out that regulators are asking examiners to adopt a less aggressive… [Read More]
The American Dream: Do the Right Thing Wells Fargo!
For many, the American dream is still about owning your own home. So imagine your financial situation, never as healthy as it was before the 2008 financial crisis, growing worse, you fall behind in your mortgage payments and contact your bank for help. In fact, you reach out to them to negotiate a mortgage loan… [Read More]
So Why Is Wells Fargo Still In Business? Story of a Broken Culture.
The latest in the Wells Fargo scandals has me asking, why is America’s third largest bank ($1.95 trillion) still in business? And is its present CEO, Tim Sloan, the best person to head up the sanctions and changes the Federal Reserve mandated? The Fed has yet to remove the bruising penalties it imposed on Wells Fargo in February… [Read More]
Truth, Trust, Transparency: The Hijacking of FOIA
Last week following an initiative by the Boston Globe some 350 news organizations’ editorial boards published their views on the continual harassment they have encountered from our present administration. Our administration has called the press the “enemy of the people,” “very dangerous,” “sick,” and has labeled their reporting as “fake news.” As the Better Government Association… [Read More]
So What’s New: Wells Fargo Caught Again!
Wells Fargo will pay more than $2 billion for allegedly lying about the quality of subprime and Alt-A mortgages that secured residential mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 housing crisis, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced just last week. It was similar abuses in the mortgage-backed securities industry that led to the 2008 financial crisis that… [Read More]
Bank Reputations are Falling: Wonder Why?
In October 2010, a Gallup study revealed that Americans’ trust in banks had fallen to an all-time low of 18% — lower than its level at the height of the global financial collapse. In 2011, 86% of opinions shared on social media about U.S. (and European) banks were negative. That same year, Market Watch named Wells Fargo… [Read More]
Glass-Steagall: Come Back Before It’s Too Late. Again!
June 16th marked the 85th anniversary of the Banking Act of 1933, known as the Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking. The Depression-era bank regulation kept different types of financial institutions separate. But collective memories have waned as to why it was put into law in 1933 in the first place and why… [Read More]
The DOJ report: Another Political Hot Potato?
The Justice Department’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email scandal and other actions in advance of the 2016 election is already a political hot potato. The report has President Trump supporters saying “Told ya so” and the general public questioning how the DOJ and the FBI runs its departments. And rightfully so…. [Read More]
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