TD Bank buys S.C.-based South Financial

The Boston Business Journal reports that TD Bank Financial Group, the parent of TD Bank, said Monday it has struck a deal to acquire a money-losing South Carolina-based bank with an elevated amount of problem loans on its balance sheet. Editor’s note: TD Bank is a DDIFO Sponsor.

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Citizens’ pain: A $600M loss

A unit of Citizens Financial Group recently reported a full-year net loss of $600.4 million for 2009 after charging off more than $2 billion in bad loans. RBS Citizens, the No. 2 retail bank in Massachusetts, disclosed the loss in a financial report filed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The bank was not available to comment for this story

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Why Does Dunkin’ Donuts Lobby The Federal Reserve?

Arthur Delaney writes in the The Huffington Post thagt financial firms have long lobbied the Federal Reserve, high-minded maker of monetary policy. But the Fed’s foray into lending during the financial crisis this year has opened it up to lobbying from niche industries like recreational boat manufacturers, rental car companies, and — Dunkin’ Donuts? Indeed. Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, began lobbying the Fed in the second quarter of this year, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed with Congress.

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