Christopher Whalen

In defense of free market fundamentalism

June 10, 2011

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Why Congress should vote no on raising the debt ceiling

April 13, 2011

By Christopher Whalen
The opinions expressed are his own.

“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.”

It’s a wonderful life 2011

January 3, 2011

About a year ago, Arianna Huffington called my friend and colleague Dennis Santiago and asked if my firm could provide a list of “good banks” for an effort she was planning. Along with Rob Johnson from the Roosevelt Institute, Huffington conceived of something called “Move your Money,” which sought to get consumers to move their business from large banks to smaller community institutions.

Is Ben Bernanke driving the QEII or the Titanic?

December 6, 2010

Our colleagues in the media have been diligently pouring over the latest disclosure by the Federal Reserve on rescue loans made to banks and corporations around the world in the hope of uncovering a pearl. For one thing, the details of the extensive rescue operation by the Fed following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 confirms the role of the U.S. central bank as the global lender of last resort, a job description as yet unauthorized by Congress. But there are some rather subtle revelations which do deserve investigation.

Triple threat: Fannie, Freddie, and the triumph of the corporate state

October 27, 2010

Below is an excerpt from the October 27, 2010 issue of The Institutional Risk Analyst, “Triple Down: Fannie, Freddie, and the Triumph of the Corporate State.”  To read the entire article, click the link at the bottom of the excerpt: