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Buried Treasure What we don't know about money in America

The federal government maintains vast treasure troves of important financial data, but discloses little. It holds the power to compel corporate America to report much more, but rarely does.

This page serves as a hub for our reporting on this financial data. Who has it? Why it is important? What is publicly available? How can you get it?

On this site you will find stories, links to databases and other resources. Have an idea for a story? Let us know.

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  1. Regulators lobbied by industry testify on Volcker rule

    Federal regulators have had at least 89 meetings with outside groups, most of them big banking interests, about the controversial "Volcker rule," the provision in the Dodd-Frank financial law that prohibits banks from making bets with their own money. The effort to curb the practice, widely held to be a contributor to the 2008 financial meltdown, was the subject of a hearing in Congress today.

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  2. Data lacking on private student loans

    With student debt rising to a projected $1 trillion and concerns rising in the Occupy Wall Street movement and beyond about the bursting of the student loan bubble, the new federal consumer protection agency has set a Tuesday deadline for the public to send in data and stories about the rapidly expanding private student loan market—loans students are getting from banks and, increasingly, by for-profit universities such as Corinthian Colleges and DeVry University.

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  3. Futures industry nabs former government regulator as new leader

    In the latest example of a former financial regulator finding employment in the industry, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) has announced that its new president will be a former leader at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

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  4. Meetings missing from CFTC website

    A week before Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioners unanimously approved new rules restricting how brokerage firms may invest customer funds, executives from Newedge, which had pushed against the rules along with the now bankrupt firm MF Global, attended several meetings with high ranking CFTC officials.

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