A new Reuters Investigates special report covers how intense lobbying of regulators, many of them veterans of the industry themselves, helped ensure that practices the Dodd-Frank law was meant to stop would remain in place. Today’s graphic from the report shows how securitizations are increasingly going into opaque and lightly regulated private markets.
Read more about how Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks.
By Maurice Tamman, Editor in Charge, Data & Computational Journalism
What is data and computational journalism? And why is Reuters doing it?
Let’s start by saying what it isn’t.
It’s not doing a Google search and copy and pasting a couple of numbers from a PDF; it’s not looking up an indictment online; it’s not opening a spreadsheet attached to an email, sorting a column and finding the largest or smallest value. Although those are all useful skills to have. At its core, data journalism is reporting, albeit a different kind from door-stopping politicians or cold-calling bankers. But it’s just as hardcore and relentless, and requires a unique combination of reporting instincts and technical skills. And that has created new capabilities that let us extend Reuters journalism in fresh and important ways.
In the last few months, Reuters has published three remarkable sets of stories that illustrate how we have become one of the global leaders in this journalism specialty. Our data journalism team members, working alongside other reporters, created compelling narratives that formed the flesh around a backbone of data reporting. In each example, they told stories around subjects that had never been told so precisely and with data that had largely been ignored.
Reuters Investigates: Water’s Edge
The President’s 2016 Budget, which was released on February 2nd, focuses on a strategy to strengthen the middle class and help working families. A mixture of old and new provisions, it estimates that it achieves about $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, primarily from reforms to health programs, the tax Code and immigration. Earlier this week, Checkpoint released a special report titled, President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. Our special report discusses the individual and business tax provisions in the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget in detail.
The causes of the oil price plunge, and what happens now, are discussed in our new report, A Brief History of the Oil Crash. Today’s graphic, which comes directly from the report, tracks hedge fund positions and oil prices throughout 2014.
Download the full report.
“The Echo Chamber”, a recent Reuters investigative report on a small group of lawyers and its outsized influence at the U.S. Supreme Court, has been making its own reverberations.
The series by Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts and John Shiffman (read our journalist spotlight with Joan Biskupic here) reported that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the court over a nine year period accounted for 43% of the cases the court agreed to hear.
It has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Financial Times, Esquire and SCOTUS Blog.
Despite owning a theme park which has become Europe’s top tourist destination, with about 14 million visitors per year, Euro Disney has recorded losses in 16 of its 23 years since it opened its park in 1992. A lot of the trouble at Euro Disney stems from the firm’s origins and ownership structure. Read the Reuters special report to see why Euro Disney has been a nightmare for French Investors.
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Terra Capital pooled investors’ money into four separate funds to make real estate loans, but its latest offering document shows that instead of making all new loans with each fund, it has traded slices of some loans among the funds. Today’s graphic shows how Terra Capital pooled investor’s money into separated funds to make real estate loans.
Read the full special report on how Ameriprise shaped deals so it could sell more securities.
Today’s graphic shows the results of a Reuters analysis of relative changes in sea level as measured by tidy gauges around the world. For its analysis, Reuters relied on thousands of annual gauge readings supplied by the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level, based in Liverpool, England.
To smooth year-to-year variations, reporters examined three-year rolling averages of tide-gauge readings over a 50-year period that started between 1958 and 1963 and ended between 2008 and 2013.
The gauges with the biggest increases were on the U.S. Gulf and East coasts and particularly in Southeast Asia. In both regions, the relatively large increases reflect the impact of subsidence, whereby long-term geologic forces, the extraction of groundwater and the weight of construction cause the land to sink.
Read more about why Britain is flirting with retreat from its battered shores and the entire Water’s Edge special report.
On Monday, Reuters published an investigative series on “The Echo Chamber,” detailing the small group of lawyers that has outsized influence at the U.S. Supreme Court. The series reported that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the court over a nine year period accounted for 43 percent of the cases the court agreed to hear. About half of these lawyers have worked for the justices, and some socialize with them. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Legal Affairs Editor-in-Charge Joan Biskupic, who recently published a biography on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, offers an inside look at the reporting behind the series.
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A Reuters examination of about 10,300 court records filed over a nine-year period shows that lawyers at a dozen law firms (below) have become extraordinarily adept at getting cases before the Supreme Court. These firms were involved in a third of the cases the high court accepted. When the justices agreed to hear cases brought on behalf of Big Business, top firms were involved 60% of the time. A slightly larger group – 31 firms – accounted for 44% of all cases the court accepted. Today’s graphic lists the top 12 law firms who petition the U.S. Supreme Court and some statistics on their cases.
Read the full special report on a small group of lawyers and its outsized influences at the U.S. Supreme Court.