Archive for the ‘Food for Thought’ Category

Housing Problems: Where To Get Help

By • Dec 9th, 2012

I asked Alys Cohen of the National Consumer Law Center what I can say when people ask me what to do about their foreclosure or mortgage modification nightmare.



Deutsche Bank Fair Value Fakeout Didn’t Prevent Backdoor Fed Bailout

By • Dec 7th, 2012

Deutsche Bank may have avoided a bailout by the German government but borrowed billions from the US Federal Reserve and various programs during this period. So much for avoiding a bailout by pretending there was no risk of catastrophic losses during the financial crisis.



McKenna On NPR’s “All Things Considered”

By • Nov 21st, 2012

I was asked to talk about HP and Autonomy tonight on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program.



My Big Fat Overrated CEO: McKenna On Dimon On The Keiser Report

By • Nov 18th, 2012

I taped an episode of the Keiser Report last week while in New York. The focus was Jamie Dimon with a bit of MF Global thrown in for heat. Max Keiser, the host, asked me this question: Why does Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase still have a job?



Do It Yourself SEO: An Essay for Sundayed.com

By • Nov 4th, 2012

How can I leave my readers with something they’ll remember, something to lead them back to me, something that encourages them to tell a friend about me?



Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair On Foreclosure Lookback Reviews

By • Oct 27th, 2012

Chapter 21 of Sheila Bair’s book, “Bull By The Horns,” is a blow-by-blow account of the wrangling and dealmaking that resulted in two settlements that satisfy neither consumer advocates nor the borrowers that were harmed by abusive mortgage servicer activities.



Zynga And Facebook: A Dangerously Close Relationship

By • Oct 17th, 2012

Zynga is practically a wholly owned subsidiary of Facebook. At some point I think it will be, probably to actualize an online real-money gaming strategy.



Laboring In The Big 4 – A Labor Day Special Report

By • Aug 31st, 2012

Is this really the way to run a professional services firm?



More Sarbanes-Oxley Anniversary Thoughts

By • Aug 5th, 2012

The day my OpEd in the Financial Times was published, July 30, there were many other stories in other publications marking the occasion of Sarbanes-Oxley’s tenth anniversary. Most of them focused on the lack of prosecutions of CEOs and CFOs for false financial statement certification crimes.



Friday Thoughts

By • Jun 29th, 2012

We’re coming up on another weekend already and another summer holiday. Seems like we just enjoyed Memorial Day. Here in Chicago we wait all winter for summer so I don’t complain about the heat. I like the heat. Reminds me of Mexico…