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Category Archives: Recession busters…

This is real leadership – Liz Warren for consumer financial protection head

The primary lubricant of the financial system is confidence… Restoring American’s belief in the financial and banking system will require years. Americans must believe that the credit, investing and savings products offered to them represent fair dealing. Elizabeth Warren is the best person to lead the new consumer financial protection agency. I hope that President […]

The continuing expansion of the Federal Reserve’s scope

From Washington’s Blog: ~~~ “On Tuesday, I wrote: The Fed argues that an audit would interfere with its monetary policy decisions. [But] decisions about what toxic assets should be accepted by the Fed as collateral, how such assets should be valued, and who bailout funds should be given to are wholly separate from the Fed’s core monetary […]

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 […]

6 things worth fighting for in the Senate bill

Excellent table via Rortybomb… although it’s actually 7 or 8 things worth fighting for in the Senate financial reform bill… Mr. Rortybomb misses a big one related to legislation on the Federal Reserve… Ryan Grim of HuffPo writes about it the grant of $4 trillion of lending authority to the Federal Reserve with no Congressional […]

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 […]

serious reckoning for those who gamed the system is a win-win

Frank Rich writes in the New York Times… ~~~”… Both as policy and politics, a serious reckoning for those who gamed the system is a win-win. Yet the fear that the Obama administration is protecting its friends persists. On the same morning that Rubin testified last week, Eamon Javers of Politico wrote about his continued influence […]

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 […]