Commentaries

Let the Fed regulate

November 20, 2009

By John M. Berry

John M. Berry, who has covered the economy for four decades for the Washington Post and other publications, is a guest columnist.

The VaR cover-up

October 14, 2009

By Pablo Triana

Pablo Triana is the author of Lecturing Birds On Flying: Can Mathematical Theories Destroy The Financial Markets? The views expressed are his own

‘Living wills’ easier said than done

September 10, 2009

In the wake of the widespread chaos that accompanied the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers last September, regulators have sought to find a better way to unwind global financial giants. One approach is that the banks themselves should prepare for their own orderly demise — a kind of “living will”.

Delaying the moment of truth

August 21, 2009

Procrastination is not a virtue, except when it involves billions of dollars of debt.

Eddie and the losers

August 20, 2009

Why are there financiers who think that they — and they alone — can run businesses where nearly everyone else who has tried has failed? There is Guy Hands with EMI and Cerberus Capital Mangement with Chrysler, but Exhibit A has to be hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert’s nearly four-year adventure with Sears.

G.E. waits for Washington to drop the ball

July 28, 2009

Gridlock in Washington is not always welcome, but General Electric appears to have placed much of its hopes for GE Capital on it.

Goldman Sachs earnings call

July 14, 2009

Goldman Sachs had a blowout second quarter, exceeding high expectations on its strong trading gains.