The Great Debate

Here lies the Great American Consumer

By J Saft
September 10, 2009

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Worry about bank capital, not bonuses

By J Saft
September 8, 2009

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Fishy bailout profits and ephemeral gains

By J Saft
September 1, 2009

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There is a long list of outfits which have done well out of the banking bailout, but the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve are not among them.

A brief, but welcome recovery in housing

By J Saft
August 27, 2009

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Activity in the U.S. housing market has bottomed – a huge plus for the economy – but a recovery in prices will not be sustained and the threat from real estate to bank capital remains acute.

How not to avoid the next panic

By J Saft
August 25, 2009

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A proposal to give banks, hedge funds and private equity firms “affordable” credit default swap-based insurance against market panics will be very effective: it will effectively encourage even more risk taking and turn the next crisis into one about government credit.

Pensions and the coming savings boom

By J Saft
August 6, 2009

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The dollar’s Tinkerbell moment

By J Saft
July 7, 2009

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Repeat after me: “I believe in a strong dollar as the primary global reserve currency, I believe in a strong dollar as the primary global reserve currency.”

U.S. should batten down the TARP

By J Saft
May 15, 2009

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Active funds, more high-paid value destroyers

By J Saft
April 24, 2009

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