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The Black Financial and Fraud Report


Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One says don't expect much - sadly, the British Serious 'Farce' Office that brought about the charges may not have the wits to carry out the prosecution

  June 22, 2017

Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains that the Republicans' effort to eliminate Dodd-Frank Act financial regulations serves the interests of the big financial institutions and has nothing to do with rules' complexity or impact on the economy

  June 14, 2017

GOP Policies Hurt Trump Voters, But Will Democrats Fill the Void?
White-collar criminologist Bill Black says that President Donald Trump's stumbles and the GOP's policies give Democrats an opportunity to win over voters, if they can offer a meaningful alternative.

  May 25, 2017

FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director
White Collar criminologist Bill Black explains the history and dynamics of FBI investigations, which show that they are not as unstoppable or unimpeachable as they are being made out to be

  May 22, 2017

Lawyer with Responsibility for Mortgage Crisis Appointed to Take Care of Mortgage Banks
Trump appointed Craig S. Phillips, who contributed to the 2008 financial crisis at Morgan Stanley, to take care of FannieMae and FreddieMac, explains white collar criminologist Bill Black

  May 12, 2017

Wells Fargo's Board Investigation of Itself Amounts to a Farce
Bill Black explains how the Wells Fargo scandal is emblematic of the bank's corporate culture and that the fined executives are only scapegoats

  April 13, 2017

President of Richmond Fed Leaks Insider Information and Gets to Walk Free
According to Bill Black, the investigation into leaking of inside information shows how banks and the Federal Reserve are riddled with conflicts of interest

  April 6, 2017

February Job Growth Barely Made Dent in Record Low Labor Force Participation
Newest government data still show trends of low wage job creation, racial disparities in employment, and workers continuing to leave the labor force, says economist Bill Black

  March 15, 2017

Chinese Telecom Giant Pays DoJ $892 Million Fine for Practices Trump Wants Legal For U.S. Firms
Bill Black says Trump wants to gut the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to enable U.S. firms to engage in corruption

  March 9, 2017

High Frequency Trading in the Trump Era
White-collar criminologist Bill Black sits down with the Real News to spell out how the ballooning HFT industry works exactly, and where it's headed under President Trump

  March 6, 2017

New Democrats Seek to Block Rise of Progressives to DNC Leadership
Economist Bill Black explains why Democrats run the risk of alienating progressives - their most reliable voting base - if Tom Perez becomes the next DNC chair

  February 24, 2017

Steve Mnuchin, Who Played Key Role in Foreclosure Crisis, Confirmed As Treasury Secretary
Former financial regulator Bill Black says that a Mnuchin-owned bank made hundreds of billions of dollars of fraudulent mortgage loans that caused a financial catastrophe

  February 14, 2017

Republicans Plan to "De-Supervise" the Consumer Financial Protection Board
Overwhelming the CFPB with lawsuits and cost-benefit analyses will undermine its capacity to enforce regulation, says former financial regulator Bill Black

  February 2, 2017

Private Sector Will Make a Killing Off of Infrastructure Bank
Democrats and Republicans appear willing to offer public-private partnerships and tax credits to the benefit of Wall Street, says former financial regulator Bill Black

  February 2, 2017

Trump Set to Rollback Financial Regulation Passed After the 2008 Crisis
The Democrats have refused to challenge Clinton and Bush-era deregulation and explain the causes of the financial crisis to the public, says former financial regulator Bill Black

  February 1, 2017

Executive Order on Pipelines Will Benefit Billionaire Trump Donor
Harold Hamm is the CEO of a major fracking company that would see its product flow through the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, says DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn

  January 27, 2017

How the Small Business Administration Will Be Used to Destroy Regulations
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Linda McMahon's career involved exploiting workers as independent contractors and sabotaging small businesses

  January 26, 2017

Wilbur Ross's Economic Expertise: Exploiting Tax Law
Following the confirmation of Ross, TRNN replays an interview with former financial regulator Bill Black about the pervasive conflicts of interest in the Trump administration

  January 18, 2017

IMF Board Response to Lagarde Conviction Reaffirms Institutional Indifference to Corruption
Former financial regulator Bill Black says the case reveals how power and money protect the elite

  December 21, 2016

Deutsche Bank is Too Big to Fail, Too Big For Big Fines?
The German bank that was at the center of the LIBOR scandal is likely to face upwards of $5 billion in a settlement with the Justice Department, says economist Bill Black

  October 2, 2016

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