FROM Heidi Moore
If Dodd-Frank disappears, what happens to the US economy? President Trump says he wants to get rid of Dodd Frank, the legislation reining in big banks. We talk about what that would do to the economy and consumers.
Why Hasn’t the Carried Interest Tax Loophole Been Eliminated The average hedge fund lost money for investors last year, but top 25 American hedge fund managers raked in $13 billion. That’s more than the entire economies of many countries. One reason for all this wealth is the carried interest tax loophole, which allows incentive fees earned by investment managers to be treated as capital gains, which are taxed at a rate about 20 percent less than income. The so-called loophole is something all three presidential candidates want to eliminate, and yet President Obama hasn’t done so. Why not?
When $182 Billion Just Isn’t Enough One of the biggest financial bailouts of all time is going on trial today. The former CEO of A.I.G., Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, is suing the government, claiming that the $182 billion bailout was illegal... because it was too low. We look at what the trial could reveal about big decisions made during and after the financial crisis.
Herbalife Troubles The Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation yesterday into whether Herbalife operates as a pyramid scheme. The L.A.-based company sells vitamins, protein shakes and other health supplements. It relies on about three million independent distributors worldwide to move its products. We talk about the latest issues the company faces, and we hear how one billionaire hedge fund manager pushed for the government investigation.
Are America's Financial Institutions Still 'Too Big to Fail?' Five years ago this week, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers led to America's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The Bush and Obama Administrations used billions of taxpayer dollars to bail out banks that were so big their failure would have hurt the economy even more. Now some of those banks are bigger than ever. Will that lead to another round of excessive risk-taking by executives and investors confident of another government bailout? JP Morgan Chase is America's biggest bank. Today, JP Morgan Chase made a rare admission that it did wrong — to the tune of $920 million in fines to four regulatory agencies. The Dodd-Frank bill was supposed to prevent a repeat of the Great Recession. We talk to former Congressman Barney Frank and others. Should Main Street be worried about the future of Wall Street?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.