FROM Douglas McIntyre
Ousted as Bank of America Chair, Ken Lewis Still in Charge Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis has testified that he agreed to merge with Merrill Lynch to help save the financial system, even though he knew it would be bad for some shareholders. Yesterday, shareholders struck back by stripping him of his chairmanship of the board. Despite yesterday’s rebellion, Lewis is still President and CEO. Walter Massey, who replaced him as chair, says Lewis has the “unanimous support” of the Board. Doug McIntyre is co-editor of 247WallStreet.com.
Is a Wave of Foreclosures Heading Our Way? Fannie Mae , Freddie Mac and a lot of big mortgage banks have quietly ended their moratoriums on home foreclosures. The foreclosure listing firm Realty Trac reports today that the number of households threatened with losing their homes jumped 24% in the first three months of this year.
Is a Wave of Foreclosures Heading Our Way? Fannie Mae, Freddie Mack and a lot of big mortgage banks have quietly ended their moratoriums on home foreclosures. The foreclosure listing firm Realty Trac reports today that the number of households threatened with losing their homes jumped 24% in the first three months of this year.
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Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.