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Dylan James Alexander Ratigan (born ) is an Americanmarker television host primarily covering financial markets, the global economy, and politics. He currently hosts Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan, an MSNBC program airing weekday mornings.

Early life

Ratigan was born April 19, 1972 in the village of Saranac Lakemarker in upstate New York. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economics from Union Collegemarker in Schenectadymarker, where he was a member of the crew team.

Journalism career

Ratigan worked at Bloomberg Television as a business correspondent and at the Bloomberg News Service as Global Managing Editor for Corporate Finance, and before that had covered IPOs. At Bloomberg, he co-created and hosted Morning Call for Bloomberg's cable network and the USA Network. He has served as a contributor to ABC News and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and Chicago Tribune.

Ratigan was the first anchor of CNBC's On the Money. He hosted the program from October 3, 2005 to January 2007. Also on CNBC, he anchored the TV program Bullseye for about a year and a half. In addition to his former duties on Closing Bell and Fast Money, Ratigan was a rotating co-anchor on the 11 A.M.—noon hour of The Call.

Ratigan also co-anchored Closing Bell, and hosted the nightly program Fast Money. Ratigan co-created Fast Money with Susan Krakower and launched the show as its host on June 21, 2006.

Ratigan left CNBC on March 27, 2009 when his contract ended. The New York Times reported he was considering all options but quoted him as saying he was dedicated to covering the economy, “the story that is affecting every American in every setting.”

Morning Meeting launched Monday, June 29, 2009. Ratigan also contributes to other NBC News programs. Ratigan described the show's imperative as "to discuss any and all political issues with no directive other than to provide compelling content." The show was the second ever on the network to air in HD, as the network launched their programming in that format.

Reportage

Ratigan reported on NASCAR for the program NASCAR Gold and about Las Vegasmarker for Las Vegas, Inc on CNBC on Assignment.

Ratigan won the Gerald Loeb Award for 2004 coverage of the Enron scandal.

In Ratigan's final CNBC broadcast from the floor of the NYSE he reported on what he called "an important story developing" that Goldman Sachs and "a variety of European banks", in his assessment and that of his guests, essentially "perpetrated securities fraud" and an "insurance fraud scam" against AIG—and, by extension, the government and taxpayers funding that insurance company's "bailout"—by insuring their questionable investment vehicles and, upon their devaluation, making claims on them to be paid by AIG "at 100 cents on the dollar" despite all of the markdowns "being forced upon every other" entity including the government, banks, shareholders, bond holders, taxpayers and homeowners.

"I think that it should be a bigger political issue than whether somebody bought an airplane... Forget the private jets, forget who got a million dollar bonus. Fifty billion dollars", he emphasized, minimizing what he saw as populist side issues to "the real question" of how "government policy makers" are to deal with the "problems of contract law" inherent in the agreements of businesses receiving government assistance during the financial crisis.

"The banks are being asked to take 'haircuts' on their toxic assets, why are the Goldmans and the Deutsche Banks of the world not being asked to take haircuts on their toxic credit default swaps? It's a real question. I will continue to pursue it for sure, I hope others will as well." Ratigan praised New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's subpoena of AIG to determine the bank payouts as "legitimate inquiry" and looked forward to "a body of lawmakers in Washington D.C. who are going to ask, it appears, some of the same questions that I'm asking."

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