A recent Treasury Department report of misconduct by a banking regulator is giving watchdogs some ammunition to argue that financial regulators are too cozy with the banks they are tasked with overseeing.
U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open Tuesday as investors continued to look for positive economic news.
The U.S. Treasury Department has added four Venezuelan officials to its drug "kingpin" list for allegedly providing arms and security to the FARC leftist guerrilla group.
Note to President Obama: Don't expect a hiring tax credit to spur much hiring.
I know that immediate income annuities pay a monthly check for life in exchange for a lump sum upfront. But their payments are based on the claims-paying ability of the insurance company behind the annuity. How can I be sure the insurer will make good on its guarantee and that I can count on the annuity's income well into the future, when I'll be most vulnerable? -- Gary H.
President Barack Obama Wednesday imposed tough sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other senior Syrian officials in an effort to stop the regime's fierce crackdown on protests, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
U.S. stocks were set to open lower Wednesday, as investors awaited U.S. Treasury secretary Tim Geithner's comments on the economy and jobs, and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's House testimony about the deficit.
It may be a new year, but U.S. Treasury prices are picking up right where they left off in 2010 -- lower.
The U.S. Treasury Department is forbidding Americans from engaging in transactions with three high-ranking militants in "Pakistani-based terrorist organizations."
A Congressional watchdog group said Tuesday that U.S. banks should undergo stress tests to determine whether or not they have enough money to absorb losses that could stem from investigations into their foreclosure processes.
The United States is extending sanctions against Iran, announcing Tuesday that it is targeting a number of Iranian entities accused of aiding groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Taliban.
Benjamin Franklin gets a facelift as the Treasury Department unveils a new $100 bill Wednesday, the first remake of the denomination since 1996.
President Obama's foreclosure prevention program will likely fall far short of its goal and may even do more harm than good, a government watchdog said Tuesday.
The watchdog charged with monitoring the government's $700 billion bailout unleashed one of his harshest criticisms of the program to date, questioning its overall effectiveness.
Under fire for the low number of people receiving long-term mortgage help, the Treasury Department on Thursday announced new guidelines that will require applicants to provide all paperwork before getting a trial modification.
Hundreds of thousands of troubled homeowners who are making lower mortgage payments on a trial basis are at risk of being kicked out of President Obama's foreclosure-prevention program.
Executives for mortgage companies and government officials faced an angry congressional committee Tuesday concerning some of the problems with the Obama administration's mortgage-aid program aimed at avoiding foreclosures.
For the federal government, this has been the year of spending dangerously.
Just as federal officials seek to wind down many bailout programs, the Obama administration announced Monday yet another initiative to prop up the housing market.
Treasurys fell Monday after the government received strong demand for its sale of $7 billion worth of 10-year Treasury Inflation Protected Securities.
For some, the slow, steady demise of TARP cannot happen soon enough.
Ten leading banks won approval to repay money from the government's controversial TARP program, regulators said Tuesday, which could represent approximately $68 billion in bailout funds returned to taxpayers.
At long last, the end of TARP may be here for some big banks.
Why is it so hard to get an honest answer from our politicians? We learned today that a member of Congress hasn't been truthful with us about the AIG bonuses, and we have a pretty good idea now that some in the Obama administration's Treasury Department haven't been entirely forthcoming either.
Treasury prices held in a tight range Monday as investors weighed $180 billion worth of government debt auctions later in the week with U.S. stocks at 12-year lows.
The Treasury Department offered up details Tuesday for 23 regional banks that received a combined $365 million in the latest round of government bailout funding.
The "massive overhaul" of the banking bailout will be announced a day later than expected.
The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it had provided about $386 million in investment capital to 23 local banks in an effort to make cash available to small businesses and consumers.
The Treasury Department said Thursday it will give regulators two extra weeks to approve thrift and bank holding company applications and so effectively extend the time for some firms to seek rescue funds.
Stocks fell Tuesday in a sparsely traded session as the market limps toward the end of a brutal year.
There wasn't much holiday good cheer on Wall Street Friday morning after the collapse of the Big Three bailout in the Senate late Thursday night. But investors started to feel merrier later in the day as hopes grew for a loan from the Treasury Department instead.
The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled a plan to pump $800 billion into the struggling U.S. economy in an attempt to jumpstart lending by banks to consumers and small businesses.
On Oct. 14, the U.S. Treasury announced it would spend $250 billion of taxpayer money to buy shares in U.S. banks. The feds hope that the infusion will resolve the financial crisis paralyzing the economy. Here, in 300 words or less, is everything you need to know about it.
When the Treasury Department first unveiled its plan to buy stakes in banks last month, the move was heralded as a potential savior for fast-sinking banks and financial firms.
The federal government issued another $976.5 million worth of economic stimulus checks to American households in October, the Treasury Department announced Friday.
Britain unveiled a $87.4 billion rescue package for its battered banking system Wednesday as global stocks prices continued to crumble under the weight of the unrelenting financial crisis.
Coming to the rescue of a bedrock of American investing, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve took three big steps Friday to shore up the $3.3 trillion U.S. money-market fund industry.
The Treasury Department is close to finalizing plans to effectively take over beleaguered mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a report published Friday.
The Treasury Department said Friday that it sent out 9.7 million economic stimulus checks this week, totaling $7.5 billion. Only two weeks remain until the majority of the stimulus payments are distributed, according to the Treasury Department.
The Treasury Department said Friday that it sent out 9.1 million economic stimulus checks this week, totaling $6.9 billion.
The Treasury Department said Friday it sent out 9.5 million economic stimulus payments this week, totaling more than $7 billion.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired people.
The Treasury Department said Friday it sent out more than 15 million economic stimulus payments this week, totaling more than $13.5 billion, in an effort to boost the nation's spending power.
Nearly 8 million taxpayers found some extra money in their bank account this week, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury.
You know how good it feels when you fish a $10 bill out of your jeans pocket right before it hits the wash. Imagine coming into hundreds of dollars from a savings bond or a bank account you forgot about.
The Federal Reserve would have the power to regulate virtually the entire financial industry under a Treasury Department proposal to be announced Monday.
Earlier this week, the Treasury Department and Wall Street banks tried to calm the nerves of investors about the state of a key short-term debt market.
The U.S. Treasury department said Thursday it was keeping a close eye on financial market activity as stock prices slumped in early trading on worries about subprime mortgage sector problems.
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired people.
U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on Friday amid worries that an anticipated Fed interest rate cut in early 2007 may be delayed after surprisingly upbeat manufacturing conditions and consumer confidence data.
In an effort to track the flow of terrorist money in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Treasury Department obtained data from an international cooperative that transmits information between financial institutions worldwide, both the department and the cooperative said.
The Great Savings Bond Treasury Hunt
Welcome to MONEY's annual report on the year's most important funds. The 725 stock funds have combined assets in excess of $3.7 trillion and hold 87% of all the wealth in stock funds. The 275 bond entries, with $846 billion, represent 71% of bond fund dollars. To see how the funds you own--or those you are considering--fared, read on.
As we face a new year, it's a great time to take steps to protecting ourselves and our families from some of the disasters we saw last year. In today's 5 Tips we're going to tell you what you can do right now to avoid those pitfalls.
The president's tax-reform advisory panel submitted two final proposals Tuesday morning to the Treasury Department, both of which offer significant changes to the tax breaks people have come to expect -- as well as to the complexity and costs of filing that many have come to detest.
U.S. Treasury debt prices fell Thursday as factory surveys showing an energy-related jump in prices renewed inflation fears, while the dollar rose against the euro and the yen.
Treasuries were muted Thursday as an employment report offering an upbeat sign for the labor market wasn't enough to move bonds off the gains reached in the previous session following news that the Treasury Department would resume selling the 30-year bond.
With the world situation looking very "iffy," I'm looking for some safe places to put my money. Specifically, I'm thinking of small stocks and international funds. What do you think?
In bond land, a big event begins today: the quarterly refunding. This happens four times a year when the Treasury department sells a bunch of new notes and bonds to take the place of the ones that are maturing.
U.S. Treasury prices dropped Monday on a government report that showed solid increases in personal income and spending, factors that may lead to an eventual pickup in inflation.
U.S. Treasury prices continued their recent downtrend and dipped Tuesday as traders remained wary of the all-important payroll figures scheduled for release at the end of the week.
U.S. Treasury prices jumped Friday after the trade deficit in June came in far wider than expectations on falling exports, a key measurement in gross domestic product that may lower expectations for economic growth.
U.S. Treasury prices posted solid gains Thursday as record high oil prices raised concerns that the economic recovery may hit a prolonged slump.
U.S. Treasury bonds made a slight push upward Monday on news that terrorists plan to attack financial centers with truck bombs, but they failed to climb as high as expected after the release of strong economic data.
U.S. Treasury prices fell Friday after a closely watched measure of inflation came in higher than previously reported.
U.S. Treasury prices dropped Thursday in an initial reaction to firm inflation and jobs figures, although the losses were limited amid additional unrest in the Middle East.
U.S. Treasury prices slid Wednesday as lower oil prices boosted equity markets, making safe haven investments less attractive, while fears over a strong payrolls report and better-than-expected auto sales pressured bonds.
U.S. Treasury prices rose Friday, sending yields down from two-year highs, as investors sought out fixed-income securities after a lower-than-expected reading on consumer sentiment.
U.S. Treasury prices fell slightly Thursday on a report that showed manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region surged in early April, offsetting a jump in initial jobless claims.
U.S. Treasury prices rose Wednesday as the government issued a strong report on orders for long-lasting goods. Excluding transportation orders, however, the report came in on the soft side.
U.S. Treasury prices fell Wednesday, pushing yields higher, as investors awaited note auctions and anticipated an improving picture of the employment market when figures are released later in the week.
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With yields on certificates of deposit down to 5% or less, investors are scrambling for higher yields. The biggest rush may come over the next few weeks, when an estimated $150 billion in CDs -- pu...
Which financial institutions do Americans trust these days? The surprising answer, according to a MONEY/ABC News survey, is that you favor banks and credit unions over the U.S. Treasury itself. In ...
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The Treasury Department, which last summer put a $73 billion pricetag on the S&L disaster, has increased its estimate to between $90 billion and $130 billion. Over the same period, the General Acco...
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To high-tax-bracket investors, state and local bonds have long been the land of milk and honey, offering tempting yields that looked sweeter still on an after-tax basis. But the Reagan Administrati...