Tagged: banking

UBS tax deal in trouble

The Swiss government says it may have to renegotiate that deal with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to hand over names of thousands of tax cheats in return for ending legal proceedings against the Swiss banking giant UBS.  Law Professor Daniel Berman, a former U.S. Treasury deputy international tax counsel, says the Swiss government has […]

Dealing with TBTF institutions

President Obama has proposed taxing banks that have benefited from TARP bailouts and restricting banking trading activities so depositor funds are not put at risk.  In a Boston Globe op-ed, Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says it would be more effective to make too-big-to-fail institutions return […]

Protect taxpayers from TBTF firms

In the wake of the great financial crisis/bailout of 2009, it’s in the U.S. taxpayers’ interest to again separate the “financial markets industry” from the “financial services industry.”  In a Reuters commentary, former deputy Comptroller of the Currency Robert Bench, now a senior fellow at the BU School of Law’s Morin Center for Banking and […]

Wall Street’s record compensation

Despite fury over Wall Street’s pay culture, major banks and securities firms are headed toward a record compensation total of around $145 billion for 2009 when all the numbers are out.  Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a  senior economist in the Reagan administration whose new book, “Jimmy Stewart is Dead,” about the banking industry, will be […]

Obama proposes bank tax

To recoup taxpayer losses fom the Wall Street bailout, President Obama is proposing taxing about 50 big banks and major financial institutions for at least the next decade.  Former deputy Comptroller of the Currency Robert Bench, now a senior fellow at the BU Law School’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says payback is […]

FDIC seeks to rein in banker’s pay

Despite opposition from other banking agencies, the FDIC wants to penalize banks for compensation packages that are based on bankers taking too much risk.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says it’s too bad the FDIC is unwilling to work with other U.S. and international regulators to find a […]

AIG backlash heats up

The heat continues to increase on insurance giant AIG, which got $182 billion in taxpayer bailouts yet gave out $165 million in bonuses.  New York Senator Chuck Schumer says President Obama’s pay czar should be given the power to recover the “outrageous” bonuses.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial […]

AIG breaks bonuses promises

Insurance giant AIG, bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of $180 billion, had promised to return $45 million of the $165 million in bonuses it paid despite the bailout.  But most of that remains unpaid, the Washington Post reports.  Former Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance at BU’s School of […]

Wellesley lawyer new BofA CEO

Bank of American has tapped Wellesley attorney Brian Moynihan as its new CEO, promoting him up from head of the bank’s consumer and small-business operations.  Former Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the BU School of Management, says BofA needs a risk-management veteran, not a lawyer, at its helm. “In […]

Citigroup repayment costs taxpayers

On the one hand Citigroup is repaying Uncle Sam that TARP bailout money, which is good for taxpayers.  On the other hand, they’re getting a multi-billion dollar tax break in the process.  Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a former senior economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisors, doesn’t like the tax breaks built into […]