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Barron’s (March 7)

2018/ 03/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Today, in response to a campaign by sustainable investors Arjuna Capital and Walden Asset Management, American Express (AXP) became the seventh financial-services company since Jan. 15 to agree to take steps to publish and close the pay gap between male and female employees. The others are Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), Mastercard (MA), and JPMorgan Chase (JPM).”

 

Washington Post (April 29, 2013)

2013/ 04/ 30 by jd in Global News

Despite the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo remain too big to fail. “At $7.8 trillion, their combined assets are half the size of the entire U.S. economy, and they hold more than half of the nation’s $7 trillion in deposits.” It is unlikely that the U.S. government could ever allow any of them to fail.

 

New York Times (August 2)

2010/ 08/ 04 by jd in Global News

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined Citigroup $75 million for misleading shareholders. “Too big to fail” author Andrew Sorkin notes the irony. This settlement punishes the shareholders, the very “same people who were arguably defrauded by its [Citigroup’s] failure to disclose its exposure to subprime mortgages in the first place.” The SEC admits this is “awkward,” but claims corporate settlements best encourage companies to obey disclosure regulations. Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt has a different opinion, “a class of innocent shareholders is being asked to pay for the misconduct of corporate officers.”

 

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