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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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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 [...]

Papandreou Weighs Legal Action Against US Banks for Role in Greek Crisis

Papandreou Weighs Legal Action Against US Banks for Role in Greek Crisis Posted: 15 May 2010 10:56 PM PDT At first blush, Greece’s prime minister George Papandreou statement that he is looking into litigation against banks that worsened the country’s financial woes sounds like pandering to his electorate. From Bloomberg: Papandreou said [...]

More Essential Reading from Simon Johnson and James Kwak

ABA Argues That Black Is White and Must Stay That Way Agreeing on the Problem Thinking About Financial Reform ABA Argues That Black Is White and Must Stay That Way Posted: 17 May 2010 08:49 AM PDT By James Kwak I wasn’t sure if I was going to write about the Whitehouse Amendment, which would allow states to regulate the interest [...]

NAKED CAPITALISM: Geithner on Europe: “Subprime is Contained” Redux?

More Good Sense From Yves Smith, - Ed. Posted: 14 May 2010 09:47 PM PDT Most of the major figures in the financial crisis have had an “insert foot in mouth and chew” moment, although none have yet proven as memorable as Irving Fisher’s “Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” less than a week before the [...]

The Baseline Scenario: Senator Kaufman Was Right – Our Financial System Has Become Dangerous

Posted: 13 May 2010 02:54 AM PDT By Simon Johnson, co-author, “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and The Next Financial Meltdown“ Update: link to Senator Kaufman’s speech yesterday Senator Ted Kaufman (D, DE) is best known these days for arguing that, as part of comprehensive financial reform efforts, our biggest banks need to be [...]

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