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Audit the Federal Reserve

The Dodd bill (Senate bill 3271) grants enormous new powers to the Federal Reserve. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is filing an amendment (S. 3738) to “audit the Fed” which currently has fifteen cosponsors. America needs ponder if a private, independent institution should control such a substantial part of financial system without complete and thorough […]

Protect taxpayers and break up the banks

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, says “the issue is not whether Congress regulates Wall Street, it’s the degree to which Wall Street regulates Congress.” Time to break up the banks…

Financial overhaul could create financial utilities

Matthew McCormick, a portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor Inc., talks about the prospects for legislation to overhaul U.S. financial regulation and the implications for financial stocks. *  *  * Let’s move away from the shadow banking system and go to a new place > > > Narrow banking is a proposed type of bank […]

Glorious sunlight…

It’s so refreshing to see this lovely video of Senator Blanche Lincoln talk about her derivatives reform legislation… here is her draft… Somehow I sense the hand of CFTC Chairman Gensler in this process… and the spirit of House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson… yes… substantive forces to rein in Wall Street on derivatives are at […]

Mashup the money!

Kudos to the Sunlight Foundation… we need a way to see what large and powerful corporations are doing on the state and federal level… From Flowing Data… ~~~ “Anyone who’s looked at campaign finance data knows it can get messy really quick (especially if you’re getting it directly from the FEC). Sunlight Labs’ newly launched TransparencyData […]

Bubble watching and bank supervision

Shahien Nasiripour of Huffington Post wrote a great story today about new language spotted in the FOMC meeting statement… and the pointed use of that language to send a message to the lawmakers who are deciding the new scope of the Fed’s authority… The Federal Reserve is arguing that it must maintain supervisory authority over […]

Our English cousins lay it out…

The House of Commons Treasury Committee Ninth Report of Session 2009–10 Report, together with formal minutes Ordered by the House of Commons, to be published 22 March 2010 Too important to fail– too important to ignore Summary The banking crisis of the last two years resulted in government support for the sector around the world amounting to almost a […]

13 bankers and too big to fail

March 30 (Bloomberg) — Simon Johnson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, talks with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller about his new book “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown.” From Publishers Weekly Though this blistering book identifies many causes of the recent financial crisis, from housing policy to minimum […]

Opening muni

Brilliance is so exciting… Welcome to OpenMuni By Philip Ashlock A tool for facilitating collaboration and cataloging case studies, best practices, and standards for open data and open source on the local level. OpenMuni is a resource to spread knowledge and connect localities to better provide open channels of information to improve quality of life, increase […]

Fitch announces recalibration of U.S. municipal ratings

Fitch Announces Recalibration of U.S. Municipal Bond Ratings NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitch Ratings is proceeding with the recalibration of certain of its U.S. Public Finance credit ratings. Fitch initially announced the initiative in July 2008, but suspended it in October of that year in the midst of the financial crisis. This recalibration will affect ratings in […]