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A New Orleans housing group is signing on to national complaints alleging the Bank of America is contributing to blight by letting foreclosed homes fall into disrepair.

The National Fair Housing Alliance says the bank is especially neglectful in African American and Latino neighborhoods.

James Perry of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center said 26 homes that B of A owns in New Orleans are in disrepair.

A study by the University of New Orleans shows a continued decline in the number of community banks. The drop is a bit slower in New Orleans.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of great reasons to live in New Orleans, but “making money” is not typically at the top of the list. Even though the business climate is undeniably better here now than we’ve seen in decades, money is not what drives most of us.

But of course, we can’t live without it. So thankfully there are New Orleanians who devote themselves to looking after money, and two of them are Peter's guests this week on Out to Lunch.

U.S., Swiss Strike Deal On American Tax Evaders

Aug 30, 2013

The U.S. government and Switzerland have reached an agreement that could expose Americans who have used Swiss banks to avoid paying taxes.

The agreement will allow Swiss banks to settle any potential U.S. charges if they disclose extensive information about their American clients, the value of their accounts and any help they received from tax professionals.

Those settlements would include penalties for Swiss banks that helped their U.S. customers avoid taxes, according to a senior Justice Department official.

As the financial crisis began to unfold in 2007, the New York Federal Reserve learned that some banks might have intentionally underestimated the rates they expected to pay for loans from other banks.

Documents the New York Fed released Friday, in response to a request from Congress, show that the banking regulator began to be concerned about the accuracy of LIBOR — or the London Interbank Offered Rate — late in 2007.