News Analysis: Obama Second Term Has Immediate Challenges

The work for President Obama starts right away.

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Hurricane Sandy on Livestream

48,000 people watching storm coverage on Livestream right now…

Mayor Bloomberg speaking now…

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Money, Power & Wall Street – FRONTLINE Documentary

This is a very good program on the inside story of the global financial crisis.  See it on the Frontline web site. Pay close attention to the segment that explains of how CDO’s (collateralized debt obligations) developed and Credit Default Swaps proliferated.  Also,  there is a brief appearance by Brooksley Born who in the 1990’s headed the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  In 1998 she proposed regulation of the growing market in swaps, financial instruments that are traded over the counter between banks, insurance companies or other funds or companies, and thus have no transparency except to the two counterparties and the counterparties’ regulators, if any. However CFTC regulation was strenuously opposed by Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, and by by Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers. Under heavy pressure from the financial lobby, legislation prohibiting regulation of derivatives by Born’s agency was passed by the Congress. Born resigned in 1999 after having issued the first, official and clearest warning that derivatives could sink the financial markets and therefore the economy.  She made the right call before anyone.  Click here to watch.

The Warning (PBS) - Brooksley Born

The Warning (PBS) – Brooksley Born (Photo credit: k-ideas)

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WSJ Guest Opinion: How Facebook Messed Up Its IPO

Barry Ritholtz gives his opinion. It is just one man’s view, but so far the IPO has spawned a lot of questions.

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Dimon And Gupta And Greece! Oh My!

More fallout from the financial crisis

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The Met Gala 5/7/12 – on Livestream!!

Livestream teamed up with Vogue to broadcast the Costume Institute Gala LIVE from the Met on Monday night (5/7/12).  The stream was presented and made possible by  It was an incredible event,  amazing turnout of stars — and it raised $11 million for the museum.  Kudos to Anna Wintour and team for another extraordinary evening.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIVESTREAM

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Goldman Sachs Uproar – William Cohan comments

The author of the definitive book on Goldman comments on the Greg Smith resignation and NY Times Op Ed.

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