August 10, 1991 |
In the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal, as in other scams of our age of go-go finance (including the S&L debacle), it would appear that regulators everywhere took their sweet time detecting the pollution. As usual there is in BCCI's exposure and indictment as a criminal enterprise the sound of barn doors resolutely slammed behind long-escaped horses. BCCI, in case you missed the details, is the huge international banking operation - founded in Pakistan, chartered in Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands, and headquartered in the City of London - whose operations bank regulators shut down earlier this month.
June 15, 1991 |
Federal regulators yesterday took over Springfield Federal Savings & Loan Association, removing the Delaware County S&L's top officers and installing a management team from the Resolution Trust Corp., the federal agency that runs or closes failed thrifts. The Office of Thrift Supervision said it had acted because Springfield Federal had been "operating in an unsafe and unsound condition" and had nearly run out of capital. The federal agency blamed Springfield's problems on "inadequate internal controls" as well as "losses on poorly underwritten commercial loans" and loans for real estate development.
November 15, 2003 |
State regulators closed the Pulaski Savings Bank in Philadelphia yesterday, saying that fraudulent loan activity had made the small institution insolvent. The bank's only office, on Orthodox Street in the Northeast, will reopen Monday as a branch of Earthstar Bank, Southampton, Bucks County. Pulaski held deposits of $9 million. William Schenck, the state's secretary of banking, declined to elaborate on the fraudulent loans. "It was senior management," he said late yesterday.
April 27, 1988 |
Casino gambling has gone corporate and New Jersey's gaming regulators might be better served with a degree from the Wharton School rather than one from the state police academy. That was the message yesterday from Anthony J. Parrillo, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, in an appearance at the monthly Atlantic City Press Club luncheon. "Pending sales, new partnerships, corporate mergers and financial restructurings - all reflecting a period of consolidation and reorganization in a maturing casino industry - have brought to the fore new areas of concern for regulators," Parrillo said.
April 21, 2000 |
A small political flap has erupted over a planned meeting in Detroit of utility company executives and top regulatory officials from Michigan, Pennsylvania and several other states. Environmental advocacy groups - none of which were invited - contend the meeting was put together by Republicans who want to weaken environmental enforcement standards if Texas Gov. George W. Bush wins the presidency. Bush aides and state officials say this is nonsense. "There they go again," said Deb Callahan, president of the League of Conservation Voters.
September 10, 2010 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia regulators have approved FirstEnergy Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Allegheny Energy Inc. The companies announced the deal's approval by the State Corporation Commission on Friday. Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy announced in February that it was buying Greensburg, Pa.-based Allegheny Energy in a stock deal that would form one of the biggest power companies in the country, made up of 10 utilities serving 6.1 million customers from Ohio to New Jersey. The companies sought approval from Virginia regulators because Allegheny Energy owns transmission assets in Virginia through Potomac Edison and the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company.
February 17, 1994 |
State insurance regulators have seized and closed a West Chester life insurance company that they said had been insolvent for nearly three years. Commonwealth Court had allowed Corporate Life Insurance Co., based at 893 S. Matlack St., West Chester, to continue selling policies until this week. Officials of the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance took over Corporate Life, a $275 million company, Tuesday evening, dismissed its officers and its lawyers and announced that the company would be liquidated.
April 10, 2012
Parke Bank, of Sewell, said it reached agreements with federal and state regulators that require it to clean up its balance sheet by eliminating assets from its books that have already been classified as a loss, among other measures. The bank entered into the consent orders with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance after a recent regulatory examination. Parke had net loans of $605.79 million on Dec. 31 and reported net income of $7.27 million for the year.
January 16, 1992 |
Consider this: A stream of raw sewage stealthily wending its way down the Delaware River and its tributaries. Two recent state loans - totaling $2.64 million - to the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) are designed to wipe that image from your mind and improve water quality during the next two years along towns bordering the Delaware River south of Philadelphia. The money from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (DEPE) will be used to repair and upgrade 29 regulator gates in Gloucester City and Camden through which 5 million to 6 million gallons of raw sewage is dumped daily into the Delaware.
June 13, 2010
Joseph E. Stiglitz is a Nobel laureate in economics, and author of Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy It has taken almost two years since the collapse of Lehman Bros., and more than three years since the beginning of the global recession brought on by the financial sector's misdeeds for the United States and Europe to reform financial regulation. Perhaps we should celebrate the regulatory victories. After all, there is almost universal agreement that the crisis the world is facing - and is likely to continue to face for years - is a result of the excesses of the deregulation movement begun under Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan 30 years ago. Unfettered markets are neither efficient nor stable.