Obama leans on banking sector to support new regulations; Citi to repay bailout funds

By Incorrect Author 15 December 2009

US President Barack Obama has called on bank executives to support new, tighter rules on the banking sector, but bankers told Obama not to oversimplify their fears if he expects them to help. And he can stop calling them “fat cats” for a start. The Obama administration wants Wall Street to back its proposed consumer protection agency in financial areas that have already been okayed by the House of Representatives (though not the Senate). Meanwhile, Citigroup said it is repaying $20 billion in bailout cash it received from the Treasury, as part of an effort to reduce the government’s power over the bank. The government will also sell its preferred stock holdings in the company. Wells Fargo is the last national bank to pay back its bailout. For more, read the AP



The Trojan Horse that wheeled R600m out of state-owned entities

By Susan Comrie for amaBhungane

Some firing squads are all issued with blank cartridges with the exception of one person. This helps alleviate personal responsibility for the execution squad.