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US Treasury eyes support for community loan funds

October 23, 2009

By David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department is considering ways to provide support through its bailout program to community development loan funds, a senior Treasury official said on Friday.
Gene Sperling, counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, said loan fund support could be developed as an extension to efforts unveiled this week to provide more capital to small banks and other community lenders through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

ANALYSIS-U.S. TARP bailout fund may outlive expiry date

October 22, 2009

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (R) engages with reporters during the 2009 Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 20, 2009.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Glenn Somerville
WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The Obama administration appears to want to keep an inherited $700 billion financial rescue fund going past its scheduled expiry at year-end, but is retooling the program to focus on more than just banks.

Top pay at bailed out U.S. companies to be cut – sources

October 22, 2009

Lawrence H. Summers, Director of the White House's National Economic Council, speaks about the a luncheon hosted by "The Economist" magazine at Pace University in New York October 16, 2009. (File Photo) REUTERS/Nicholas Roberts (UNITED STATES BUSINESS POLITICS) By Karey Wutkowski and Steve Eder
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Top earners at financial and auto companies bailed out by the U.S. government will see their pay slashed under an Obama administration plan aimed at addressing public outrage over eye-popping paychecks, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

U.S. pay czar may issue rulings before Oct. 30 deadline

October 21, 2009

By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s pay czar said on Tuesday he may publicly release his rulings on the compensation packages for top earners at bailed-out firms before his Oct. 30 deadline.

US Congress to probe compensation at rescued companies

October 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress will soon probe executive compensation at companies such as American International Group Inc and Bank of America Corp receiving significant taxpayer funds, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel said on Wednesday.

FDIC to meet Sept. 29 on rebuilding insurance fund

September 23, 2009

Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Sheila Bair WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will meet next week to discuss how to rebuild the deposit insurance fund, which has been depleted by a sharp increase in bank failures, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said in an agenda notice on Wednesday.

Obama lashes out at U.S. banks over student loans

September 21, 2009

Obama lashes out at U.S. banks over student loansTROY, N.Y., Sept 21 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday criticized the largest U.S. banks for their efforts to thwart legislation that would overhaul federal student loan programs.
Speaking at a community college in Troy, N.Y., he singled out in particular banks that have received bailout money from the federal government, saying they want to maintain the status quo on student loans because they get an “unwarranted subsidy” from it.

U.S. rebuffing big banks’ push to exit bailout early

September 15, 2009

By Karey Wutkowski and Steve Eder
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Some of the largest U.S. banks will remain in the government’s financial bailout program for months, as officials do not expect to grant the next wave of exit approvals until near the end of the year, according to a source familiar with the matter. (more…)

U.S. banks to be first to shed government support – economists poll

September 11, 2009

By Nigel Davies
LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – U.S. banks are expected to be free of bailout obligations like those owed to the Troubled Asset Relief Program within two years, a Reuters poll of economists found on Friday, but European lenders were seen taking longer to cut loose from public support.

American Express pays $340 mln for U.S. bailout warrants

August 5, 2009

By Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) – American Express Co paid the U.S. Treasury Department $340 million on Wednesday to redeem warrants to buy its stock, allowing it to fully escape the government’s bank bailout program.