The Great Debate

Fishy bailout profits and ephemeral gains

By J Saft
September 1, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

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.

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Time to get tough with AIG

August 28, 2009

It's time for someone in the Obama administration to read the riot act to Robert Benmosche, American International Group's new $7 million chief executive.

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Who’s afraid of deflation?

August 24, 2009

christopher_swann1.jpgFor most policymakers, deflation is the stuff of nightmares -- scarier even than bank failures and stock market collapses. As the economy stumbled, deflation became Lords Voldemort and Sauron rolled into one.

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Time for the Fed to stand up to its critics

August 20, 2009

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

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FOMC: Dull by design?

August 12, 2009

The FOMC is determined not to make waves, either in the markets or in Congress. Today's decision looks to be a compromise between these two goals. Lawmakers such as Jim DeMint are yearning for an end to the credit easing policies. But going cold turkey might unsettle the Treasury market. Allowing the program to taper off gently is a good middle ground. With the Fed's regulatory role hanging in the balance in Congress over the coming months, this is no time to attract adverse attention.

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Commercial real estate death watch

August 10, 2009

It's no wonder that the Federal Reserve has a watchful eye on commercial real estate. Lending hasn't come back, prices are plummeting and those that poured funds into the sector during real estate boom are getting killed by high vacancy rates and falling rents.

It’s tough to modify your way out of a hole

July 14, 2009

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If you thought the U.S. housing crash could be blunted if only lenders would cut delinquent borrowers a break, it is perhaps time to move on to another vain hope.

Today’s markets need noise filters

June 24, 2009

Agnes Crane – Agnes T. Crane is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are her own –

First exit for the Fed

June 23, 2009

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