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  1. Ken Belson To Appear On The Sunshine Report

    Ken is a reporter with the New York Times in the Sports Depart­ment and will be on The Sun­shine Report talk­ing about the busi­ness of sports. I got to know Ken when he worked for Busi­ness Week in Japan and he has been a great friend of mine ever since. Ken brings to the New York […] [read full story]

    Posted in: The Sunshine Report
  2. Bijan Amini To Appear On The Sunshine Report

    Bijan Amini will be the first guest this week on The Sun­shine Report. Bijan and I will be dis­cussing how the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion let multi-billion dol­lar funds that owned and con­trolled Chrysler off the hook with­out pay­ing for unfunded pen­sion lia­bil­i­ties. That is, the Admin­is­tra­tion is let­ting them off the hook to the tune of as […] [read full story]

    Posted in: The Sunshine Report
  3. Sunshine Notes Turns 50,000 and Expands To Radio

      That’s right, this week­end Sun­shine Notes will have had 50,000 read­ers log onto its site over the last 12 months and read one or more arti­cles. And, next Sat­ur­day at 12 PM EST the Sun­shine Report will debut on Boston AM 1510 “The Zone” and the World Wide Web at 1510thezone.com. The Sun­shine Report […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Finance
  4. Government Accountability Is The Key To Banking Overhaul

    The prob­lem with the bank­ing reg­u­la­tory sys­tem that needs to be fixed is that reg­u­la­tors aren’t held respon­si­ble when they do a bad job. Obama’s focus on new leg­is­la­tion doesn’t do a lot to pro­mote gov­ern­ment account­abil­ity and takes the spot­light off lead­er­ship prob­lems that exist within the var­i­ous reg­u­la­tory agen­cies. The Obama leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Alan Greenspan, BANKS, economy, Finance, Politics, Public Policy, REGULATION, Regulatory Reform
  5. The New Supersized Fed

    Fed watch­ers need to stop pan­ick­ing when they look at the new super­sized Fed bal­ance sheet and mon­e­tary base. The Fed’s bal­ance sheet doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean run­away infla­tion is in our future or that the Fed is out of con­trol. The Fed got super­sized because Bernanke & Com­pany came to appre­ci­ate the U.S.‘s spe­cial role […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Bernanke, economy, Excess Reserves, Federal Reserve, Finance, monetary policy, Money Supply, Politics, Public Policy
  6. What If The Fed’s Isn’t Printing Money Like A Drunken Sailor?

    What if con­ven­tional wis­dom about the Fed is wrong and it isn’t print­ing money like a drunken sailor? Well…that would make most of the media cov­er­age of the bond mar­ket and the econ­omy wildly off the mark. As it turns out while media talk­ing heads were rant­ing about how the Fed was run­ning their print­ing presses […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Bernanke, Brad Setser, Economic Statistics, Federal Reserve, Finance, M1, M2, M3, monetary policy, Money Supply, Politics, Public Policy
  7. Bank Employee Compensation: Financial Journalists Meet Aesop’s Fables

    Two nights ago I was watch­ing busi­ness TV news when one of the jour­nal­ists started explain­ing to view­ers why the Obama admin­is­tra­tion shouldn’t reg­u­late bank employee com­pen­sa­tion. I haven’t been able to get the jour­nal­ists com­ments out of my mind since the show. And, I keep on think­ing of the moral of an Aesop fable […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Bank Compensation, BANKS, Finance, Public Policy, REGULATION, Regulatory Reform
  8. II" rel="bookmark">Don’t Worry About The Debt Tsunami Part II

    Last week I wrote that the for­ward cal­en­dar of to-be-issued gov­ern­ment and mort­gage related debt isn’t going to swamp the econ­omy. Since I wrote my arti­cle Paul Krug­man wrote an arti­cle cit­ing research done by Brad Setser that sup­ports my the­sis. Setser’s analy­sis pre­dates my arti­cle and is really high qual­ity work. I am cer­tain that […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Brad Setser, economy, Finance, Fiscal Policy, Paul Krugman, Public Policy, Savings Rate
  9. Don’t Worry About The Debt Tsunami

    It looks like in the next few years newly issued Trea­sury and agency guar­an­teed res­i­den­tial mort­gage debt may cre­ate a debt tsunami that will swamp the econ­omy. For­tu­nately, looks can be deceiv­ing. While inter­est rates are likely to rise for both long matu­rity Trea­sury notes and bonds and agency guar­an­teed res­i­den­tial mort­gage debt, ris­ing rates […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Credit Crisis, Economic Statistics, economy, Federal Reserve, Finance, monetary policy, Money Supply, Public Policy