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DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Scott Patterson and Janet Tavakoli Debate: Did Quants or Malfeasance (and Leverage) Cause the Financial Crisis?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

What really caused the financial crisis? High leverage against assets that could only go down in value -- and the subsequent seize-up of funding due to nervousness about malfeasance.

Scaling Back Our Bloated Financial Sector

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

Individual oversized banks are not the only problem Big Finance poses to the economy -- the overall sector is much too large.

Six Key Fights for Wall Street Reform's Next Phase

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

Thursday night's passage of Wall Street reform is an event to be celebrated, but several key issues remain in play as the House and Senate iron out differences between their respective versions of the legislation.

Can you leverage world change?

John Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bergquist

What would change if those who were the experts in their field took a week out of their time to teach and inspire a handful of people? Seth Godin t...

The Stock Market Spasm

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

Since financial deregulation in 1999, we've suffered several episodes of extreme volatility. This will keep happening until there is more transparency and less leverage in the financial system.

Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney's Girlfriend, Lands TV Role On 'Leverage' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

In America, Elisabetta Canalis is best known as George Clooney's girlfriend. Now, she's about to give audiences in the U.S. a taste of her acting tale...

Michael Lewis: Junior Salesgirlieman

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

It takes courage to tell the real story of this financial crash and recession. This is actually a story of Wall Street's massive, wide-spread, multi-year fraud, including accounting fraud.

The Biggest Cause Of The Financial Crisis? It's Leverage: Roger Lowenstein | Roger Lowenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Foreclosures by consumers heavily weighed on the economy, but what triggered the credit crunch was the failure (or near- failure) of the banks that is...

Lowering the Boom on Financial Leverage

David A. Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David A. Moss

A healthy financial system would have been able to absorb the subprime shock. But our financial system, wildly overleveraged, crumpled after just one blow. If we don't fix the leverage problem, everything else will be for naught.

David Moss: Limiting Financial Leverage Is 'By Far The Most Important Thing We Can Do' To Prevent Another Crisis | David Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What will it take to prevent such a calamity from ever happening again? We should certainly address the bookends of the crisis: common-sense regulati...

Defusing "Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction"

Jason Paez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Paez

Buying a five year naked CDS is like buying life insurance on a stranger. It is not legal for individuals and should be treated similarly for companies.

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

The Debt Economy - How The Tax Code Encourages Debt : The New Yorker | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

. Debt didn't get dangerously out of scale because the system was broken. It got out of scale, in part, because the system worked. The government d...

Joseph Stiglitz: 5 Lessons From The Crisis We May Need To Learn All Over Again

China Daily | Joseph Stiglitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The best that can be said for 2009 is that it could have been worse, that we pulled back from the precipice on which we seemed to be perched in late 2...

Tips on How to Reframe the Current Economy

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arjuna Ardagh

When it is easy to make money just by buying a house and waiting, there is not much incentive to look deeper into yourself -- to find out what you were born to give, what your unique talents are.

Federal Reserve Debates A Bubble-Popping Strategy

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Amidst calls to bring greater transparency to the Federal Reserve, the central bank's leaders are torn over one key issue: can the Fed pop financial b...

Washington's Bipartisan Betrayal: The 2015 Global Financial Crisis

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The economy did not just have a heart attack; we are suffering from financial appendicitis. Instead of doing the necessary surgery, Congress is prescribing potent addictive painkillers.

FHA: Federal Housing Authority Low On Cash, High On Leverage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Treasury has announced new "capital cushion" requirements for financial institutions to reduce excessive risk and prevent taxpayer bailouts. Seems...

Wall Street Leverage Rising At Fastest Pace Since '07 | Kristen Haunss and Jody Shenn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Banks are increasing lending to buyers of high-yield company loans and mortgage bonds at what may be the fastest pace since the...

Deleveraging Everything! A Conversation With Heinrich Thyssen

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Benjamin R. Barber

Leveraging was increased to insane levels irrespective of whether it made economic sense. In other words, continued progress and prosperity was dependent on "ever increasing deficits."

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Financial Sector Regulation

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

There's no question that Wall Street is going to mobilize -- is already mobilized -- to defeat the administration's positive proposals.

Summers/Geithner Plan: Bank Heist One More Time

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

This plan is more of the same: highly leveraged risk-taking shenanigans facilitated by a naive government and tax dollars.

Beyond the Age of Leverage: Alternative Cures for the Global Financial Crisis

Niall Ferguson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Niall Ferguson

The harsh reality that is being repressed is this: the Western world is suffering a crisis of excessive indebtedness.

The Story of 2008: What Went Wrong?

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

Bear markets are difficult experiences, but they provide unique prospects. I believe we will look at the present U.S. stock market valuations as perhaps the best investment opportunity of a generation.