Here's a look at what's news in banking and finance this morning:
- Wells Fargo was fined $2 million after the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority determined one of the bank's salesmen improperly sold derivative products to elderly people. Bloomberg has the story.
- Both credit card defaults and late payments were down in November for Bank of America credit card customers, the Associated Press reports.
- Bank failures have cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Fund about $88 billion in the last few years, while federal regulators largely work in secret, Bloomberg says. Industry leaders are calling for more transparency.
- Chase is the first bank to simplify its credit card disclosure agreement using a template prepared by the Pew Charitable Trusts and endorsed by some lawmakers, the New York Times reports. Bank Watch wrote about the agreement last month.