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The Hearing: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Making Financial Regulation Work: A Breakdown of the Options

This is part of a series on The Hearing called "Making Financial Regulation Work." This guest post was written by University of Pennsylvania professor David Zaring. There are many, many proposals for reforming the financial regulatory system, from Congress, experts,...

By Tim Lawson  |  June 5, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Banking , Regulation  
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It's About Derivatives, Twice

You might wonder how the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry could hold a hearing on issues that are central to the financial crisis and cleaning up the aftermath. That’s easy: derivatives – options to buy and sell crops...

By Terri Rupar  |  June 4, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Regulation  
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Why Not Just Take the Money?

Late yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced guidelines for large banks (the nineteen that were subject to stress tests) that want to repay money invested by the Treasury Department as part of the Troubled Assets Relief Program. At first glance, this...

By James Kwak  |  June 2, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Banking  
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What's So Bad About Government Intervention?

As the federal government dives headlong into one of the most massive interventions into the private sector in decades - the restructuring of GM through bankruptcy, which will leave the government with a 60 percent ownership stake in the company...

By James Kwak  |  June 1, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Autos  
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What's Getting a Hearing This Week

Congress has scheduled a light week on the economic policy front, and the Sonia Sotomayor nomination continues to suck up most of the media attention. But the executive branch will have its hands full with the auto industry, where most...

By James Kwak  |  June 1, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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