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Category Archive: Finance

  1. The Inflation Monster Is Tame

    Despite the quick run up in gaso­line prices, the U.S. econ­omy isn’t about to be eaten by the infla­tion mon­ster. While it is a good bet that some­time in the next few years the Fed will have to deal with ris­ing infla­tion, now isn’t the time to change mon­e­tary pol­icy in an effort to slay […] [read full story]

    Posted in: CPI, Deflation, Economic Statistics, economy, Finance, Inflation, M2, Monetary Policy, Oil, Public Policy
  2. Renminbi to Replace the Dollar as King of Currencies? Not Likely

    There is a lot of spec­u­la­tion that the dol­lar is los­ing ground to the Chi­nese ren­minbi and that sooner or later the Fed will share the global stage with Chi­nese mon­e­tary author­i­ties. Chi­nese gov­ern­ment offi­cials and Jere­miad west­ern eco­nomic fore­cast­ers who claim that the ren­minbi will replace the dol­lar as the world’s pre­mier cur­rency cer­tainly […] [read full story]

    Posted in: China, Economic Statistics, economy, Finance, M2, Monetary Policy, Money Supply, Public Policy, Seeking Alpha, Trade, Trade Finance
  3. SBA Policy Restricts Small Business" rel="bookmark">28-Year-Old SBA Policy Restricts Small Business

    It’s tough to explain why the Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion favors banks over non-banks in its flag­ship SBA 7(a) loan pro­gram. For the last 28 years, the SBA has refused to license a sin­gle new non-bank lender and has restricted the abil­ity of exist­ing non-bank 7(a) lenders to finance their port­fo­lios. [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Credit Crisis, economy, Finance, SBA, Small Business Lending
  4. Obstacles To Small Business Lending

    On Jan­u­ary 13th I attended the FDIC Small Busi­ness Forum titled Over­com­ing Obsta­cles to Small Busi­ness Lend­ing and got an extra­or­di­nary glimpse into why many small busi­nesses are miss­ing the recov­ery.  Even though the forum pan­elists agreed that “what’s good for small busi­ness is good for Amer­ica”, they had few ideas about how to ener­gize […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Bernanke, Credit Crisis, economy, Finance, Public Policy, REGULATION, Regulatory Reform, SBA, Small Business Lending
  5. Wall Street’s Fatal Defect — Republished From The Huffington Post

    The fate of Fred­die Mac and Fan­nie Mae will be cen­ter stage in Jan­u­ary when the Obama admin­is­tra­tion makes its required Con­gres­sional rec­om­men­da­tions about what to do about the two com­pa­nies. The stakes for home­own­ers and the econ­omy couldn’t be higher as the next Con­gres­sional ses­sion will deter­mine if the U.S. has a pri­vate mort­gage mar­ket or if, by con­trol­ling hous­ing finance, gov­ern­ment bureau­crats will be able to direct where Amer­i­cans live and how much they pay for hous­ing. [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Fannie Mae, Finance, Freddie Mac, housing crisis, Mortgage, Public Policy, REGULATION, Regulatory Reform
  6. I’m back from vacation

    Sorry for the long absence from blog­ging. Start­ing today, the Sun­shine Report is com­ing back to life. And, start­ing today I am also blog­ging for the Huff­in­g­ton Post. The first post was pub­lished today. The link is http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-sunshine/post_1494_b_802412.html.  I look for­ward to a lively debate and hope that every­one enjoys the blog and the infor­ma­tion […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Finance
  7. It’s Not Too Late For Congress To Fix The Derivatives Market

    The finan­cial reform leg­is­la­tion that passed the House last week doesn’t fix the deriv­a­tives mar­ket but there is still time to make it right. The Sen­ate hasn’t passed its ver­sion of the bill and all Sen­a­tors need to do is include a pro­vi­sion stop­ping the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment from pre­vent­ing enforce­ment of state and local crim­i­nal […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Credit Crisis, Credit Default Swaps, economy, Finance, Politics, Public Policy, REGULATION, Regulatory Reform