Monthly Archives: November 2010

Just like the American family!

Two high profile bipartisan budget commissions have been working on plans to return the US to fiscal balance.  One, under the auspices of the Bipartisan Policy Center (a non-profit group), is chaired by former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici … Continue reading

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Don’t change the Fed’s mandate

Writing in the Financial Times, Stephen Roach concludes that it is “[t]ime to revamp the Fed’s flawed mandate.” Roach argues that maintaining financial stability should be added to the Fed’s current dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability.  Such … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Troubles

In a bitter editorial, The Irish Times laments the country’s financial difficulties in historical terms. Was it for this? IT MAY seem strange to some that The Irish Times would ask whether this is what the men of 1916 died … Continue reading

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Two Cheers for Basel III…or Waiting for Basel 3.5

Citibank chief Vikram Pandit warns in the Financial Times against excessive increase in capital and liquidity requirements.  This is a tough argument to make in the aftermath of a serious crisis in which banks and other financial institutions were caught … Continue reading

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Glad I don’t work for a ratings agency…..

The Financial Times reports today that Portuguese banks have lashed out at Fitch Ratings after the rating agency repeatedly downgraded the banks over their funding and liquidity risks. According to the report: Banco Espírito Santo said it was terminating its … Continue reading

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Zoellick’s confusing FT op-ed

Writing in the Financial Times, World Bank President Robert Zoellick argues for greater economic coordination among the G20 nations.  It was not clear from his op-ed exactly how coordinated a system he envisions.  On the one hand, he calls for … Continue reading

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Sailing to a stronger economy on the QE2

One of the nice things I have discovered about doing jury duty is that when it is all over, the judge usually comes in to thank the jurors for their service (or for coming down to the courthouse, if they … Continue reading

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Bank capital and why it is important

Since I will return to the subject of bank capital, it is probably worth spending a few lines describing what it is and why it is important. You can’t start a bank—or any new enterprise, for that matter—without some start-up … Continue reading

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