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Susan M. Stein
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December 13, 2009
A striking holiday bargain emerged last week: government warrants in bailed-out banks.The Treasury Department received a relatively paltry $936 million in an auction for warrants in JPMorgan Chase &am... more
December 10, 2009
Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co.  warrants held by the U.S. Treasury Department sold for $936.1 million, less than some traders predicted, closing out the federal bailout program&r... more
December 10, 2009
WASHINGTON ( Dow Jones) - If last week's auction of Capital One Financial Corp. (COF) warrants is any sign, the U.S. likely won't earn as much as expected as it unloads assets acquired through its res... more
December 10, 2009
Last week’s first auction-style warrant sale was Capital One Financial (COF), which netted the Treasury (U.S. Taxpayers) $162.1 million, as a total of 12.7 million COF warrants were bought for $... more
December 08, 2009
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Treasury Department’s bailout program should delay tomorrow’s auction of JPMorgan Chase & Co. warrants because prices at a sale last week were too low, a... more
December 07, 2009
FASB Chairman Robert Herz and AICPA Accounting Standards Executive Committee Chairman Jay Hanson separately acknowledged that many assets and financial instruments do not need to be measured at fair v... more
November 30, 2009
Capital One’s warrants sold at a surprisingly low price last week as the market awaits Treasury Department sales of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and TCF Financial Corp. warrants.If those auctions fe... more
November 25, 2009
Maybe the Securities and Exchange Commission couldn’t catch Bernard L. Madoff. Maybe there was nothing that can be done when housing prices crater and securities backed by mortgages hit the dump... more
October 26, 2009
Hedge Fund DiscountsQuick, think about using deflated interests in hedge funds for tax-efficient transfers of wealth to heirsTreasury Secretary Tim Geithner told Congress and the nation on Sept. 10, 2... more
October 26, 2009
With losses mounting at many companies and forecasts offering scant hope for recovery, auditors are starting to ask hard questions about the deferred tax assets companies are reporting.“This is ... more
October 20, 2009
Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. economy would get a $63.5 billion boost if businesses were able to free up their funds trapped in the auction-rate debt market based on student loans, a study pre... more
September 30, 2009
The fair value guidance in FAS 157 does not represent, as many perceive, a radical departure from previous accounting rules.  FAS 157 is the result of a natural evolution that has been taking pla... more
September 22, 2009
Half a year into an unprecedented emergency effort to save the credit markets, would we do it all over again? Markets Media talks to key decision makers and financial historians to see just how effect... more
September 20, 2009
An asset-backed security is trading at a price of $100. Suddenly, the market freezes and only a handful of transactions take place. The last one is for $20.One fund manager prices the security at $20 ... more
September 16, 2009
Interactive Data Corp. and Pluris Valuation Advisors LLC have teamed up to provide what they contend will be first-of-its-kind daily pricing data for illiquid student loan and other municipal auction-... more
August 30, 2009
Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Pinnacle Airlines Corp., which operated the Continental Connection flight that crashed near Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 12, took a loss to sell the auction- rate securities that ... more
August 29, 2009
Nearly a year after the federal rescue of the nation’s biggest banks, taxpayers have begun seeing profits from the hundreds of billions of dollars in aid that many critics thought might never be... more
August 27, 2009
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Eighteen months after investment banks quit supporting auction-rate securities that were once marketed as an equivalent to cash, companies from Dallas-based Texas Instruments In... more
July 31, 2009
Espen Robak couldn't have timed the launch of his valuation firm any better if he'd tried.  In 2006, just weeks after Pluris valuation was founded, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued... more
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