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"You have to love the Financial Times' Lex column, which has this item today and begins thus: "Caveat emptor. But which emptor?"  It also makes the unassailable observation that "A truth and... Read More
"At the root of today’s credibility deficit is a failure to come to grips with the long, slow growth period that is typical of post-financial crisis recovery," says Ken Rogoff.  Read the full story at... Read More
"There is a difference between the amount of equity a bank needs to run its business and the amount it needs to maintain market confidence."  While this observation was made about Bank of America, every bank,... Read More
"'Most of the world's largest economies are heading for a period of slower growth, and it is increasingly likely that the U.S. will share that fate,' according to the OECD." Read the full story at... Read More
"Fears about the health of the U.S. banking system are back in a big way.  Bank stocks plunged 11% Monday in their biggest one-day drop since April 2009, as investors questioned how well giant financial firms will... Read More
The Senate Banking Committee has started gathering information for what could become a hearing on the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, a committee aide said Monday. S&P downgraded America’s sparkling... Read More
Better Markets called today for the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide more rigorous oversight of the troubled credit-rating industry.  “The SEC needs to use its new authority under Dodd-Frank to... Read More
Discussion of recessions, business cycles, and what is happening now as laid out in Rogoff and Reinhart's book, with Rogoff quoted as saying “The whole mentality of thinking of this as a recession leads to bad... Read More
"AIG Financial Products, the little-known unit that set off a panic on Wall Street and came to symbolize the recklessness and greed behind the financial crisis, died this week. It was 24." Washington Post
While each graph is worth a thousand words, the lead paragraph says it all: "This is a remarkable sequence of pictures from Calculated Risk showing that no major economic indicator has returned to its pre-crisis level.... Read More
"The extraordinary actions taken to prevent the financial meltdown from becoming a Second Great Depression are going to limit what governments can do to ameliorate a second recession if it happens." Read the full... Read More
"SOME of our Congressional leaders, especially in the Republican Party, seem to want the federal government to cease operations. After all, their brinkmanship over the raising of the debt ceiling suggests that they don... Read More
"As the political temperature rises over executive pay, it has become more important for large quoted companies to be able to show that however rich the rewards available to their chief executives, they are paid... Read More
"The first half of 2011 showed a slowdown of growth – if not outright contraction – in most advanced economies. Optimists said this was a temporary soft patch. This delusion has been dashed. Even before last... Read More
"The decision by the European Central Bank to intervene in the bond markets to buy Italian and Spanish government debt is likely to prove hugely controversial - both inside the eurozone's chief monetary... Read More
Kathleen Casey, a commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, has said she will depart the agency, even though her replacement has not been confirmed. Ms Casey, a Republican on the five-member commission that... Read More
U.S. regulators, intensifying their probe of last year's "flash crash" and other market swings, have sent subpoenas to firms that do high-frequency trading, according to people familiar with the matter. The... Read More
Mortgage markets in the U.S., which remain on government life support, could be rattled by the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, potentially raising borrowing costs for consumers. Given the "sufficiently perilous... Read More
Standard & Poor's decision to yank away the U.S. government's vaunted triple-A rating is a vivid reminder of the bond-rating industry's power even after setbacks in recent years.   Read the full... Read More
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has told President Obama he plans to remain in his job through the fall of 2012, keeping in place Obama’s longest-serving economic adviser after the first-ever U.S. credit... Read More

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