Skip to content

Category Archives: Transparency

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 FED

President Obama should do Americans a favor and get behind the AUDIT THE FED amendment rather than fighting it. His actions in this matter subvert every campaign promise he made about accountability and transparency. When Congress passes the Sanders “AUDIT THE FED” amendment today important information will be audited by the Government Accountability Office such […]

Euro crush

From the brilliant graphics team at the New York Times… ~~~ “Banks and governments in these five shaky economies owe each other many billions of euros — converted here to dollars — and have even larger debts to Britain, France and Germany. Arrow widths are proportional to debt amounts.” ~~~ What is the solution? Haircuts… […]

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 […]

Wall Street banker says “we are close to getting it over the finish line”

From the beginning of the financial reform process it seemed that the goal of the Obama administration and the Senate was to accommodate Wall Street… And here is Barclays President Robert Diamond expressing his pleasure with the legislation.  In fact Wall Street loves it except for Blanche Lincoln’s derivatives legislation… Sorry America… maintenance of the status quo trumps […]

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 […]

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 […]