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Why Big Banks Fear Senate Bill's Lincoln Amendment

By Marshall Eckblad
Published: May 21 2010 WSJ

Banks say that for them, the most worrisome part of the Senate's regulatory overhaul, known as the Lincoln amendment, is like an unwanted house guest who has somehow managed to stay far too long.

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In Defense of Over-the-Counter Derivatives

By Mark C. Brickwell
Published: May 14 2010 WSJ

In 1989, there were $2.5 trillion of swaps outstanding, according to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. Today there are $464 trillion. Why?

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Bank Equity-Derivative Fees Rise as Rules Push Threatens Profit

By Elisa Martinuzzi and Alexis Xydias
Published: April 20 2010 BusinessWeek

Banks are making more money arranging customized equity derivatives for clients in Europe than from managing initial public offerings, one reason they're resisting reforms that may curb that profit.

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Another Reason to Break Up TBTFs: Derivatives Reform Cannot Happen Without It

Published: April 15 2010 SeekingAlpha

As I - and many others - have repeatedly pointed out, the economy will not stabilize until the too big to fails are broken up.

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White House Urges Blankfein, Dimon to Stop Bill Fight

By Julianna Goldman and Alison Vekshin
Published: April 14 2010 Bloomberg

Top White House officials last week pressed the chief executive officers of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to stop lobbying against a financial-regulatory bill advancing in Congress, according to people who attended the meeting.

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Banks Should Make Swap Prices Transparent, Fed Says

By Matthew Leising and Shannon D. Harrington
Published: January 7 2010 Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other banks in the $605 trillion over-the-counter derivatives market should make swap prices more transparent, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

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