The Great Debate

Drugs, terrorism and shadow banking

By Bernd Debusmann
March 26, 2010

The trouble with moving big amounts of cash, from a criminal’s point of view, is threefold. It’s bulky, it’s heavy and it smells.

Did Asperger’s help cause the crisis?

February 4, 2010

Did the financial system blow up because it was built and largely operated by people with many of the characteristics of a mild form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome?

Lowering risks from large, complex financial institutions

January 22, 2010

– Robert R. Bench, a former deputy Comptroller of the Currency, is a senior fellow at the Boston University School of Law Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law. The views expressed are his own. –

Welcome to the Teenies, sorry about those returns

December 29, 2009

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-James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-

As we say goodbye to a decade so abysmal it never even earned a nickname, it is time to take bets on how the coming 10 years will shape up in economics and financial markets.

from Commentaries:

Banking? Keep it simple stupid

September 10, 2009

In 1873, Walter Bagehot wrote that "the business of banking ought to be simple; if it is hard it is wrong." He would have struggled to recognize today's banking system.

Bank rally ready to be marked-to-market

By J Saft
April 3, 2009

James Saft Great Debate – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Accounting change won’t save banking

By J Saft
March 13, 2009

James Saft Great Debate —James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

By all means reform accounting, but for pity’s sake take your time and keep your expectations low.

A middle ground in the banking crisis

March 11, 2009

pauldanos– Paul Danos is the dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. The views expressed are his own. –

Bankers can’t kick the sporting habit

By Alexander Smith
February 11, 2009

Alex Smith– Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

from James Saft:

Save capitalism from the banks – Nassim Taleb

January 30, 2009

Black Swan

Nassim Nicholas Taleb,  the author of  "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable", has a simple proposal to as he puts it, "save capitalism and free markets from the banks."