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As the Federal Reserve Bank of New York moved to beef up its oversight of Wall Street two years ago, the team charged with supervising the nation’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, was in turmoil. Fed examiners embedded at JPMorgan complained about being blocked from doing their jobs. In frustration, some requested transfers.
A special examiner hired – and fired – by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York recorded about 46 hours of meetings and conversations with her colleagues. Many of these events document key moments leading to her firing. But they also offer an intimate study of the New York Fed’s culture at a pivotal moment in its effort to become a more forceful financial supervisor.
A senior professor of economics argues that the economics now being taught in university classrooms “makes it appear as though markets descended straight from heaven while maintaining a conspiracy of silence on the Achilles heals of free markets such as not paying sufficient attention to safety, not caring enough about the environment, and being indifferent to the welfare of future generations.”
In March 2011, the Federal Reserve made a controversial decision to permit 19 leading U.S. financial institutions to pay out $33 billion to shareholders, including many of their own top executives. Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger’s in-depth account of the Fed’s momentous decision sheds light on the inner workings of one of the most powerful but secretive economic institutions in the world.
Widespread demonstrations in support of Occupy Wall Street have put the financial crisis back into the national spotlight lately. So here’s a quick refresher on what’s happened to some of the main players, whose behavior, whether merely reckless or downright deliberate, helped cause or worsen the meltdown.
Later this month, the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to let banks know how they did on its most recent round of “stress tests,” a follow-up to the tests the Fed conducted in the wake of the financial crisis. But reporter Jesse Eisinger says something seems different this time around. It’s almost as if the banks knew their results, even before the testing was complete.
Even as the headlines report that the U.S. economy is improving, the drumbeat of recriminations stemming from last year’s financial crisis grows louder. Rightly so.