The Great Debate

Transforming Post Offices into banks

By Helaine Olen
February 5, 2014

The U.S. postal service inspector general put out a report last week suggesting an intriguing way to shore up the ailing institution’s finances: Let the mailman double as a bank teller.

Would more women as traders make a difference?

By John Coates
June 19, 2012

This essay is adapted from The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, published this month by The Penguin Press.

How big banks can fix their leadership blindspots

By Kate Pugh
October 18, 2011

By Katrina Pugh
The opinions expressed are her own.

In the jitteriness over the stock market’s worst quarter in two years, a racing volatility index, and protests spreading across the nation’s major cities, all bank leadership (and perhaps all corporate leadership) needs to ask a fundamentally new question: “What blindspots are dogging us?”  This hardly seems like a radical question. After all, most arbitrators make their money off of other people’s blindspots by seeing around corners where others can’t.

from MacroScope:

A “Greed Tax” on banks

April 21, 2010

The International Monetary Fund has done what it was bid by the G20  and come up with proposals for getting banks to pay for the government help they receive when they get in trouble.  You can read the actual wording here, but it comes down to this:

Too failed to live not too big to fail

March 16, 2009

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