The current financial crisis involves a potent witches’ brew of bankruptcies, mortgage bailouts, failed banks, blame assignment, and liquidity issues. Because every one of these ingredients contributes in some important way to the total mix of current woe, this post briefly references each one of these issues and concludes with a video that manages to find

General Motors’ March 4, 2009 filing on Form 10-K (here), among other things, reflected the doubts of the company’s auditor, Deloitte & Touche, of the company’s ability to continue as a "going concern."

The auditors, quoted in the company’s filing, said that "the corporation’s recurring losses from operations, stockholders’ deficit

By now it is not news that the current credit crisis and related litigation wave have both spread far beyond the residential real estate sector in which they both first began. But the details surrounding the extension remain interesting and may even contain hints about what may lie ahead, as suggested by a recent lawsuit.

As the difficulties and challenges from the global economic crisis continue to mount, one recurring question has been – how could things possibly have gone so wrong?

One way to try to answer this question is to look at the root causes – that is, the financial and economic conditions that produced the current

As detailed in a recent post (here), one of the more worrisome trends in an economic environment full of thing to worry about is the increasing number of bank failures involving community banks. This trend continued this past Friday night when the FDIC closed three more banks, brining the 2009 bank closure tally

In recent days, all eyes have been on two of the world’s largest banks. Commentators have questioned, for example, whether Citigroup should be nationalized (refer here) or if the Merrill Lynch-related losses might cost Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis his job (refer here). These institutions’ enormous size makes their problems predominant.

In recent posts discussing year-end trends, my observations included predictions that credit crisis related lawsuits would continue in 2009 and that increased levels of bank failures could lead to further "dead bank" litigation. As it turns out, 2009’s first-filed securities class action lawsuit appears to reflect both of these projected trends.

According to the

2008 was a remarkably eventful year, from the dramatic events that rocked the financial markets to the Presidential election that resulted in a change in national leadership. Virtually all of the significant events during 2008 also had an impact on the world of D&O insurance, one way or another. In all likelihood, significant developments will