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Nov 18, 2013
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Derivatives detail could sink bank wind-down plans

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By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

A seemingly small derivatives detail could sink global bank wind-down plans. American and European regulators want to standardize contracts to help cross-border lenders fail smoothly. If the problem isn’t fixed, investors could undermine financial stability by calling in swaps. It’s a reminder of how much work still needs to be done to end too big to fail.

Oct 21, 2013
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Obamacare mess is opportunity for Valley hackfest

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By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The Obamacare mess is an opportunity for a Silicon Valley hackfest. The launch of the new U.S. healthcare law has been plagued by technological glitches. That gives West Coast tech whizzes a chance to muck in.

Oct 9, 2013
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Obama’s Fed chair pick looks timed to calm market

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By Daniel Indiviglio

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next Federal Reserve chair looks timed to calm the market. Janet Yellen appears set to get the nod on Oct. 8 to run the central bank. That will mark a safe, boring end to a wild nomination process. But a little certainty is what global investors need from a politically chaotic Washington. A debt ceiling deal remains elusive, but at least there’s some predictability on Fed policy.

Oct 8, 2013
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GOP’s best bargaining tactic: raise debt ceiling

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By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Congressional Republicans might want to consider a new bargaining tactic: raising the debt ceiling. Using the prospect of imminent default to force the White House to a compromise on the government shutdown isn’t working. Removing it from the table would show that the GOP can be reasonable – and allow the funding debate to rage without roiling global financial markets.

Sep 20, 2013
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Fed politics may just preserve Fed’s independence

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By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

America’s dysfunctional politics might just preserve the central bank’s independence – if inadvertently. President Barack Obama’s pick as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, Larry Summers, was torpedoed by congressional opposition. That suggests an unwelcome increase of political meddling in the Fed’s affairs. But if the Fed’s internal choice, Janet Yellen, gets the job, isn’t the central bank’s sovereignty maintained? It’s a messy way to the right outcome.

Sep 19, 2013
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Activist would contest Obama’s capital allocation

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By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

If Barack Obama were the chief executive officer of the United States, an activist investor would have a field day contesting his allocation of capital – political capital, that is. In the CEO analogy, an uppity shareholder would want more focus on the economy, jobs and fiscal challenges.

Sep 16, 2013
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Summers smart enough to avoid Fed chair battle

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By Daniel Indiviglio

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Larry Summers is smart enough to have decided to avoid a battle over the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. Despite the support of embattled U.S. President Barack Obama, the former Treasury chief faced opposition from both liberal Democrats and plenty of his dismal scientist peers. Summers says it’s better for the economic recovery not to have the fight. That may be true – unless his exit from the race opens new fissures.

Sep 12, 2013
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2008 retold: Lehman bail-in averts broader crisis

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By Daniel Indiviglio and Rob Cox
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Lehman as it might have been … The following  is part of a special feature package marking the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Wall Street securities firm. Breakingviews writers imagine what might have happened if post-crisis reformers had acted pre-crisis. Herewith a column  from that alternative archive.
New York – Sunday Sept. 14, 2008

Sep 12, 2013
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2008 retold: Lehman bail-in not one-size-fits-all

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By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
Lehman as it might have been … The following  is part of a special feature package marking the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Wall Street securities firm. Breakingviews writers imagine what might have happened if post-crisis reformers had acted pre-crisis. Herewith a column  from that alternative archive.
New York – Monday Sept 15, 2008

One size won’t fit all when it comes to fixing ailing U.S. banks. For Lehman Brothers, the novel use of a so-called “bail-in” mechanism was the best option. Some variation may also work for other very sick giants Merrill Lynch and AIG. But for smaller fry like Washington Mutual and Wachovia, an outright sale may be preferable. Regulators need to focus their energy on removing systemic risks.

Aug 28, 2013

New U.S. mortgage bond rules at least are simpler

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expressed are his own.)

By Daniel Indiviglio

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters Breakingviews) – U.S. regulators
have at least come up with simpler mortgage bond rules. They
have reworked heavily criticized proposals for how much of their
own structured finance cooking banks must eat. Though the
watchdogs have given ground on down payments, the streamlined
requirements are a step toward greater mortgage market
confidence.

    • About Daniel

      "Daniel Indiviglio is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist, based in Washington, where he covers the intersection of politics and business. He joined from The Atlantic, where he covered a similar beat, providing analysis on topics such as financial regulation, housing finance policy, the Treasury, and the Fed. He also wrote for Forbes. He is a 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow through the Phillips Foundation. Prior to becoming a journalist, Dan spent several years working as an investment banker and a consultant for financial services firms. He holds a BA from Cornell University, where he triple majored in economics, philosophy and physics. ..."
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