Category Archives: Financial Crises

Two Thoughts on William Niskanen

I had only one close encounter with him. That was when he went to a Congressman’s office to argue against TARP and he invited me to join in the meeting. My observations about him: 1. He was highly principled. If … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Two books that attack conventional economic modeling, especially in light of the financial crisis. I have a preview copy of Economics for Independent Thinkers, by Daniel Nevins. I have a review copy of The End of Theory, by Richard Bookstaber. … Continue reading

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When to break up the big banks

Stephen G. Cecchetti and Kermit L. Schoenholtz write, From our perspective, by raising the odds of an effective resolution, FIBA (as a complement to Dodd-Frank) boosts the credibility of the U.S. regime. Over time, foreign regulators also may be reassured … Continue reading

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Needed: A March for Fiscal Responsibility

John Cochrane writes, We live on the edge of a run on sovereign debt. The US has a shorter maturity structure than most other countries, and a greater problem of unresolved entitlements. Despite our “reserve currency” status, we may actually … Continue reading

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If I were an editor

I would be very hard on a lot of manuscripts. As a result, fewer published books would fail to meet my standards. By the same token, a lot of authors would be really frustrated, and they would give up trying … Continue reading

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Financial Policy if I were in charge

This afternoon, I am supposed to participate in a discussion of financial regulatory policy. There are so many participants, including big shots like John Taylor and John Cochrane, that I may end up not saying anything. I probably will just … Continue reading

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The Source of Systemic Financial Risk

Charles Calomiris says that it is the political system. There are two important systemic threats to financial stability: government policies that subsidize mortgage risk, and government policies that insure bank debts (and, more generally, that subsidize bank default risk through … Continue reading

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Biggs’ BIG for Social Security

Andrew Biggs writes, Under the plan, Social Security would guarantee that all retirees, regardless of work history or earnings, are lifted out of poverty in old age. Thus, while Social Security currently offers no minimum benefit, a strong minimum benefit … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Outlook

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget reports, CBO finds debt held by the public will roughly double as a share of the economy over the next three decades, rising from 77 percent in 2017 to 150 percent by 2047. … Continue reading

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We are not Singapore

John Mauldin writes, Forty-one percent of Americans have no savings at all. An article in Forbes cites data that shows that just 37% of Americans have savings to cover an emergency that costs over $500. …Simply put, most Baby Boomers … Continue reading

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