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Financial Reform: Now It's Up to the Regulators

(24) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 4:30 PM

The simpler half of financial reform will be completed shortly with the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Hard as it may be to conceive, the complexity embedded in its over 2,000 pages of text is likely to be exceeded by the complications involved in the regulatory implementation of...

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What Obama's Financial Regulation Reform Announcement Means

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 3:19 PM

The long-awaited Administration plan to reform financial regulation has arrived. The good news is that the specific proposals are virtually all sensible and constructive. The bad news is that there were some missed opportunities. On the whole, the good news significantly outweighs the bad -- we'll be better off if...

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Implications of the Bank Stress Tests

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 2:13 PM

The financial "stress tests" on the big banks gave us good news: they "only" need $75 billion of new capital. That's a lot of money, but much less than many of us feared. However, it is important not to take excessive comfort from what is essentially a highly educated...

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How to Interpret the Bank Stress Tests

(7) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Washington and Wall Street are waiting with bated breath for the results of the financial "stress tests" that the regulators have been running on the 19 largest banking groups in the U.S. The public may feel hopeless about the bailout, but it is worth paying attention to what is announced...

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