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‘Reforming Global Finance’

News, opinion, proposals for reforming finance at global and national levels. Tracks new laws to curb speculative finance, transaction taxes and how financiers caused the collapse of 2008-9. News on monetary-systems reform of the Federal Reserve, IMF, World Bank, BIS and central banks.

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Financial Times: Taking a Closer Look at the Flash Crash

From Barry Ritholtz    Posted: 02 Jun 2010 08:30 AM PDT There is a fascinating discussion on the FT, looking for possible causes of the flash crash of May 6th: “During the 2008 financial crisis, trading in the equity markets “continued without a significant hitch. This is in contrast to the liquidity freezes and instability that were [...]

4 Easy Ways to Improve Financial Reform

Posted: 26 May 2010 07:50 AM PDT David Leonhardt discusses 4 easy ways to improve the Financial Reform legislation: DERIVATIVES Too many investors used debt to buy their derivatives, leaving no margin for error when prices fell.Put these on exchanges, disallow debt for purchases, place some restrictions on  iBank derivative [...]


THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010 Bob Monks: banks have ignored their fiduciary duties (video) In new video this week: Bob discusses enforcement of fiduciary duty to customers. He says that conglomerate banks have ignored these duties and the conflicts of interests that resulted. (more…)

The Big Picture

Hedge fund industry titans are meeting in Las Vegas to talk about investing in these wild global markets. CNBC’s David Faber talks to Barry Ritholtz, CEO of Fusion IQ, at the conference. Read more...

We support Transparency International’s Hughette Labelle in her Challenge to the G-20

Why G20 Should Go the Whole Hog at June Summit By Ramesh Jaura IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis BERLIN (IDN) - As the global financial crisis remains far from resolved and the world's major currencies continue a roller coaster ride, a sound and safe global financial system appears to be sliding into the realm of utopia. But resignation will not [...]

Focus On This: Merkley-Levin Did Not Get A Vote

By Simon Johnson After 9 months of hard fighting, yesterday financial reform came down to this: an amendment, proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Carl Levin that would have forced big banks to get rid of their speculative proprietary trading activities (i.e., a relatively strong version of the Volcker Rule.) Read more...

The Baseline Scenario: The Mystery of Capital

By James Kwak So the dust has settled on the Senate bill, and it remains studiously vague about capital requirements — no hard leverage cap, for example. This is what the administration wanted, for two reasons: first, they claim that regulators need ongoing flexibility to modify capital requirements; second, they claim that they need [...]

How Might the Invisible Hand Handle Electronic Money?

The purpose of the paper is to consider how the financial system might change from technology that is introducing new forms of electronic money that by-passes banks, current laws and institutional practices. The introductory first Section identifies the illogical and inefficient features of the existing financial system with an overview of [...]

The Weekly Buzzing Beat at Wall St. Cheat Sheet

More Good Sense from DYLAN RATIGAN via  Wall Street Cheat Sheet - Ed. We Need a Value-Creating Society as Opposed to a Value-Extracting Society – with Dylan Ratigan VIDEO: Wall St. Cheat Sheet Top 3 Traders Under 30 on Yahoo TechTicker EXCLUSIVE: Wall St. Cheat Sheet Top 3 Traders Under 30 Gold & Silver: The Only Game in Town [...]

The Baseline Scenario

13 Bankers: Lehrer Newshour Edition – And Another Connection Posted: 16 May 2010 06:20 AM PDT By Simon Johnson On Thursday evening, the Lehrer Newshour ran my discussion with Paul Solman on American financial history and previous attempts to constrain the power of big banks - covering the main points in chapter 1 of 13 Bankers. On [...]

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