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How banks are structured

The finance lawyer behind Economics of Contempt set out to write a defense of the resolution authority provisions in the Dodd-Frank bill, but then realized that to understand why they would work, "you really have to have an understanding of...

By Ezra Klein  | December 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The government's pretty-good investment

Bloomberg reports that taxpayers have made $25 billion off the $309 billion they loaned the banks and AIG to keep them afloat: The U.S. government’s bailout of financial firms through the Troubled Asset Relief Program provided taxpayers with higher returns...

By Ezra Klein  | October 20, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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A world without suckers

Michael Lewis notes that after fighting hard to make sure their proprietary-trading desks survived FinReg, the big banks are closing those desks down. That seems a bit odd, no? But fear not. "There are any number of explanations why Wall...

By Ezra Klein  | October 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Information is money

Tim Fernholz wishes conservatives would spend more time thinking through the imbalance in information that's at the heart of most financial transactions: Consumers are almost always suffering from a major asymmetry in information when they purchase financial products, for reasons...

By Ezra Klein  | October 18, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Could Obama have played TARP better?

Sunday was the second anniversary of TARP, the wildly successful, wildly unpopular bailout program that saved the economy while destroying the careers of a good number of the legislators who voted for it. Noam Scheiber asks the obvious question:...

By Ezra Klein  | October 4, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Douglas Elliott on Basel III: 'I am happy, and yes, you should be pleased.'

Since nothing juices traffic quite like blanket coverage of the capital requirements coming out of the Basel III negotiations, here's one more for you: Douglas Elliott, the current director of Brookings' Center on Federal Financial Institutions and a former investment...

By Ezra Klein  | September 13, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Does Elizabeth Warren have something to tell us?, Ezra Klein , September 2, 2010
Wall Street rises again, Ezra Klein , September 1, 2010
Considering Warren, Ezra Klein , August 13, 2010
Why you should care about Basel III, Ezra Klein , July 27, 2010
The case against Elizabeth Warren, Ezra Klein , July 20, 2010
Starting consumer protection right, Ezra Klein , July 16, 2010
FinReg vs. Wall Street reform, Ezra Klein , July 15, 2010
What FinReg does, Ezra Klein , July 13, 2010
Treasury and FinReg, Ezra Klein , July 8, 2010
Feingold vs. FinReg, Ezra Klein , June 30, 2010
Scott Brown's problems with FinReg, Ezra Klein , June 29, 2010
Looking forward on FinReg, Ezra Klein , May 20, 2010
Costs and consequences, Ezra Klein , May 17, 2010
Exempting end-users -- or not, Ezra Klein , May 10, 2010
More on the Crash of 2:54 p.m., Ezra Klein , May 7, 2010
The administration's FinReg scorecard, Ezra Klein , May 4, 2010
Not your father's financial system, Ezra Klein , April 30, 2010
The incompetence dodge, Ezra Klein , April 29, 2010
The case for a bank tax, Ezra Klein , April 28, 2010
Retconning, death panels, and bailouts, Ezra Klein , April 27, 2010
Should we nationalize the ratings agencies?, Ezra Klein , April 27, 2010
David Brooks: Centralizer, Ezra Klein , April 27, 2010
Fix the ratings agencies!, Ezra Klein , April 27, 2010
Remember the Cornhusker Kickback?, Ezra Klein , April 27, 2010
Filibustering the legislative process, Ezra Klein , April 26, 2010
Don't cry for J.P. Morgan's profits, Ezra Klein , April 23, 2010
The problem of Wall Street profits, Ezra Klein , April 22, 2010
What would FDR do?, Ezra Klein , April 22, 2010
Should we wait for the world?, Ezra Klein , April 22, 2010
Vague deal nearing on FinReg bill?, Ezra Klein , April 21, 2010
Explaining FinReg: Resolution authority, Ezra Klein , April 20, 2010
Re: Wall Street profits, Ezra Klein , April 20, 2010
Wall Street Journal calls out Wall Street, Ezra Klein , April 20, 2010
What accounts for Wall Street's profits?, Ezra Klein , April 20, 2010
Does Wall Street control the government?, Ezra Klein , April 20, 2010
There is no 'bailout fund', Ezra Klein , April 20, 2010
A question about derivatives, Ezra Klein , April 16, 2010
Financial reforms moving fast, Ezra Klein , April 14, 2010
The complexity problem, Ezra Klein , April 8, 2010
Greenspan: It wasn't me., Ezra Klein , April 8, 2010
Can't regulate what you can't see, Ezra Klein , April 7, 2010
Updates on the battle for financial reform, Washington Post editor , April 5, 2010
Kansas City Fed president on financial reform, Washington Post editor , April 2, 2010
Consumer financial protection, Texas-style, Washington Post editor , April 1, 2010
Geithner's attack on leverage requirements, Washington Post editor , April 1, 2010
What does success mean on FinReg?, Ezra Klein , March 31, 2010
Yes, America can regulate its banks, Ezra Klein , March 30, 2010
Why take the chance?, Ezra Klein , March 29, 2010
FinReg's killer app, Ezra Klein , March 29, 2010
The Palin test for FinReg, Ezra Klein , March 29, 2010
The win-win politics of health-care reform, Ezra Klein , March 26, 2010
A thought on financial innovation, Ezra Klein , March 26, 2010
A primer on 'too big to fail', Ezra Klein , March 24, 2010
FinReg headed to the Senate floor, Ezra Klein , March 23, 2010
We won't get another chance at FinReg, Ezra Klein , March 17, 2010
Better rules for a better market, Ezra Klein , March 17, 2010
Business and FinReg, Ezra Klein , March 17, 2010
Financial funeral plans, Ezra Klein , March 16, 2010
A minority of 59, Ezra Klein , March 3, 2010
What's Chris Dodd's game?, Ezra Klein , February 5, 2010
All you ever wanted to know about the CFPA, Ezra Klein , February 1, 2010
Is deposit insurance the problem?, Ezra Klein , January 26, 2010
The new financial reform strategy, Ezra Klein , January 25, 2010
Obama's bank-friendly bank tax, Ezra Klein , January 15, 2010
The new bank tax, and beyond, Ezra Klein , January 14, 2010
Condescending to the markets, Ezra Klein , January 14, 2010
The faux independence of the big banks, Ezra Klein , January 13, 2010
Making banks pay, Ezra Klein , January 13, 2010
A tale of two taxes, Ezra Klein , January 12, 2010
Obama considering a tax on Wall Street, Ezra Klein , January 11, 2010
Blame people for the financial crisis, Ezra Klein , January 11, 2010
The difficulty of selling financial reform, Ezra Klein , January 8, 2010
The Noah's Ark strategy for financial regulation, Ezra Klein , December 28, 2009
Financial reforms takes another step forward, Ezra Klein , December 11, 2009
The populist politics of financial regulation, Ezra Klein , November 11, 2009
A future of financial crises, Ezra Klein , November 11, 2009
Does banker pay matter?, Ezra Klein , October 23, 2009
Cutting bankers' pay, Ezra Klein , October 22, 2009
Regulating Derivatives, Ezra Klein , October 15, 2009
Wall Street Loves Money, Ezra Klein , October 14, 2009
Confusing Disclosure and Information, Ezra Klein , October 1, 2009
Assume You Don't Have a Can Opener, Ezra Klein , September 29, 2009
While The Federal Reserve Slept, Ezra Klein , September 29, 2009
An Interview With Barney Frank, Ezra Klein , September 27, 2009
Barney Frank vs. the Government, Ezra Klein , September 25, 2009
Rating the Raters, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2009
Watching Wall Street Watch Obama, Ezra Klein , September 15, 2009
The Department of Bad News, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2009
Obama's Financial Regulation Speech, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2009
Geithner Goes After the Banks, Ezra Klein , September 4, 2009
Much-Too-Big-to-Fail, Ezra Klein , August 28, 2009
'They Frankly Own the Place', Ezra Klein , August 28, 2009
How Financial Speculation Can Help America, Ezra Klein , August 3, 2009
High-Frequency Trading, Ezra Klein , July 31, 2009
Trapped in the Fine Print, Ezra Klein , July 24, 2009
Choice and Financial Products, Ezra Klein , July 21, 2009
What Do You Mean by "Innovation?", Ezra Klein , July 20, 2009
Too Big to Fail Gets Bigger, Ezra Klein , July 17, 2009
Stopping Earthquakes, Ezra Klein , July 14, 2009
The Problem With Blaming Joe Cassano, Ezra Klein , July 13, 2009
We Don't Need Red Tape. We Need Red Rope., Ezra Klein , June 26, 2009
Graphics! Get Your Graphics!, Ezra Klein , June 18, 2009
The Need for Speed on Reform, Ezra Klein , June 18, 2009
Financial Reform for the Rest of Us, Ezra Klein , June 17, 2009
We Love Markets, Says Larry Summers, Ezra Klein , June 12, 2009
The Left Wakes Up to Financial Regulation, Ezra Klein , June 11, 2009
 
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