Jim Zarroli http://apr.org en How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://apr.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years, money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 56369 at http://apr.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy Treasury Secretary Calls For Corporate Tax Code Overhaul http://apr.org/post/treasury-secretary-calls-corporate-tax-code-overhaul Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says, there has been an uptick in the number of U.S. corporations moving their headquarters overseas in an effort to pay less tax. In a moment, we'll talk to David Wessel about what's allowing these moves to happen. We begin with NPR's Jim Zarroli.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: In recent months there's been a small wave of U.S. companies doing what are called inversions - they merge with a foreign company and then move their legal headquarters overseas. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55926 at http://apr.org Citigroup Agrees To $7 Billion Fine For 'Egregious' Misconduct http://apr.org/post/citigroup-agrees-7-billion-fine-egregious-misconduct Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle claims that it committed fraud when it sold mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Most of the money will be paid to the U.S. Treasury, but some will be used to provide mortgage relief to struggling homeowners. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55755 at http://apr.org Citigroup Settles Subprime Mortgage Case For $7 Billion http://apr.org/post/citigroup-settles-subprime-mortgage-case-7-billion Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Citigroup has agreed to settle allegations that it defrauded investors in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The settlement requires Citigroup to pay $7 billion. Two and a half billion will go toward mortgage relief for homeowners. Now, this settlement involves mortgage-backed securities the bank packaged and sold to investors, and it was announced this morning by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. We're going to talk this through with NPR's Jim Zarroli who's on the line. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55728 at http://apr.org With Default 23 Days Away, A Little Clause Could Cost Argentina Big http://apr.org/post/default-23-days-away-little-clause-could-cost-argentina-big Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The clock is ticking for Argentina. Yes, in the World Cup, but here, we're talking about its effort to prevent another debt crisis. Argentina has until the end of this month to pay its bondholders or it risks going into default. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55367 at http://apr.org Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June http://apr.org/post/report-shows-288000-new-jobs-june Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We begin this hour with more positive signs about the nation's economy. The Labor Department this morning said the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly six years last month, and employers added some 288,000 jobs to their payrolls. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The job growth was spread across the economy in business services, retail trade, manufacturing and even government hiring. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55074 at http://apr.org Before The Holiday Weekend, Latest Jobless Report Is Issued http://apr.org/post/holiday-weekend-latest-jobless-report-issued Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We'll get an important snapshot of the U.S. economy today. The job market in this country has been racking up some healthy gains over the past few months. That trend is expected to continue. We'll find out if it does when the Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report later this morning. Here's a preview from NPR's Jim Zarroli.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The job market hit something of a milestone last month, employers added 217,000 jobs to their payrolls. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:07:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55049 at http://apr.org French Bank To Pay $8.83 Billion In Sanctions Probe http://apr.org/post/french-bank-pay-883-billion-sanctions-probe Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This morning, top executives at France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, reassured investors that they have enough cash to pay a $9 billion penalty to the U.S. government. Late yesterday, the bank agreed to plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions laws and accepted that $9 billion fine. It's the largest penalty ever imposed by the U.S. government for sanctions violations. The bank admitted it helped clients in Sudan and other countries evade U.S. trade embargoes through its New York office. And the U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 54909 at http://apr.org BNP Paribas Agrees To Nearly $9 Billion Fine And Admission Of Guilt http://apr.org/post/bnp-paribas-agrees-9-billion-fine-and-admission-guilt Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Banking giant BNP Paribas has agreed to pay American regulators nearly $9 billion dollars to settle charges of economic sanctions violations. It's the largest such fine ever imposed by the U.S. The bank will plead guilty to two criminal charges. It was accused of helping clients in Sudan, Cuba and Iran conduct business in the United States. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The charges were brought after a lengthy investigation that involved the Justice Department, the Federal Reserve and banking regulators in New York state. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 54894 at http://apr.org Absentee Ballots To Decide Whether Rep. Rangel Gets A 23rd Term http://apr.org/post/absentee-ballots-decide-whether-rep-rangel-gets-23rd-term Even though votes are still being counted, Rep. Charles Rangel has declared victory in his race against Adriano Espaillat. It could be more than a week before the results are available. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 54609 at http://apr.org U.S. Tip-Toes Closer To Unprecedented Fine On French Banking Giant http://apr.org/post/us-tip-toes-closer-unprecedented-fine-french-banking-giant Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>U.S. officials are close to a multibillion-dollar settlement with the giant, French bank BNP Pariba over allegations of sanctions violations. The bank is expected to admit that its affiliates did business with countries subject to U.S. economic sanctions - Sudan, Cuba and Iran. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Regulators are still in talks with BNP Pariba, and no resolution is expected before early next week. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 54420 at http://apr.org U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms http://apr.org/post/us-foreign-mergers-raise-calls-tax-reforms This week the big medical device company Medtronic said it was moving its legal headquarters from Minneapolis to Ireland. It's part of a $43 billion merger with another medical company, Dublin-based Covidien.<p>The move is a tax-saving strategy called an inversion and it's growing more common in the corporate world.<p>U.S. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 54306 at http://apr.org U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms Lightning-Fast Trades Go Beneath The Congressional Microscope http://apr.org/post/lightning-fast-trades-go-beneath-congressional-microscope The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on problems in the financial markets caused by high-frequency trading firms. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 54070 at http://apr.org Once A GOP Pillar, Chamber Of Commerce Is Now A Lightning Rod http://apr.org/post/once-gop-ally-chamber-commerce-now-lightning-rod The Chamber of Commerce says it tried to help Eric Cantor in his primary campaign, but Cantor refused the offer. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 53777 at http://apr.org Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline http://apr.org/post/political-rhetoric-bogs-down-future-keystone-xl-pipeline Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Last month the Obama administration put off a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The project has been enormously controversial. It would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This morning we examine what's at stake for the oil industry and for energy production. Fri, 23 May 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 52523 at http://apr.org