Miscellaneous

House Fin. Services Drilldown (February 11)

Update 330 — House Fin. Services Drilldown: Subcommittee Chairs, Members, Agendas Chairwoman Maxine Waters and the House leadership have announced assignments for House Financial Services Subcommittee seats in the 116th Congress.  No less than a dozen freshmen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Katie Porter of California, have landed spots on prominent subcommittees, such as …

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Household Debt Through the Roof (January 25)

Update 326 — Household Debt Through the Roofas Students, Homeowners, Consumers ReleverageThe growing national appetite for debt is not limited to the federal government or to corporate America, as covered in the previous Update.  Households, too, have rediscovered the virtues of debt and they are turning increasingly to nonbank sources of financing. Are we turning …

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Our Systemically Riskiest Markets (January 18)

Update 324: Our Systemically Riskiest Markets… Beyond a Shadow of a Notional Doubt The long weekend ahead —or the furlough as the case may be — affords the opportunity to look at the little-understood but vast shadow banking system. Many firms involved in the 2008 financial crisis continue to operate in a relative regulatory void, …

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Bear or Bull Market: What’s the Beef? (January 11)

Update 322 — Bear or Bull: What’s the Beef? What Market Volatility Means for Real Economy Markets are notoriously difficult to read, let alone predict.  And market performance correlates to growth and other macroeconomic factors in an opaque way.  But the increasingly erratic capital markets are arresting attention and arousing concerns. Which of these real …

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Senate Banking and Finance in the Next Congress (December 7)

Update 317: Incumbent Ranking Members in the Next Congress Sens. Brown of Banking and Wyden of Finance Last week, we looked at the agenda for the House Financial Services Committee under new Chair, Maxine Waters. The midterms were less kind to Democrats in the Senate, as Republicans narrowly increased their majority. Gavels on Senate Banking …

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Economic Policy Issues Throughout the 2018 Midterms (November 2)

Update 311: Economic Policy Issues Throughout the 2018 Midterm Campaign As we look ahead to next week’s midterms, we take a look back at four of the key economic policy themes that have played out this cycle. Across the country this cycle we have seen common themes and policies resonating with voters in seemingly disparate …

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Corporate Governance/Citizenship (September 10)

Update 297: Corporate Governance/Citizenship A Look at Issues and Progressive Solutions Whether or not corporations are people, my friends, they certainly have citizenship-like functions from paying taxes, to engaging in community relations, to supporting candidates for office.  For the many progressives who believe that corporate citizenship in the U.S. can be improved, reform of rules …

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