Archive for the ‘Financial Markets’ Category

Imagine that…candidates actually debating substantive differences on economic policy

November 16th, 2015

Of course, Saturday’s debate between the Democratic candidates was initially dominated by foreign policy in the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris. But when they turned to the economy, there were interesting substantive differences at a level of specificity you don’t often hear in these debates. I add my own few sense [sic] in… Read more

We must not allow scare tactics to derail the conflict-of-interest rule

October 20th, 2015

[This post was written jointly with Lily Batchelder.] In objecting to our op-ed on the importance of ensuring that financial advisors place their clients’ best interest ahead of their personal profits, Dirk Kempthorne, the President and CEO of the American Council for Life Insurers, offers a misleading argument, built on a large, incorrectly cited number…. Read more

Full employment and the candidates’ agendas

October 19th, 2015

The presidential debates are generating an important discussion about which public policies will help to reduce inequality, with D’s focusing on tamping down excesses in financial markets, higher minimum wages, balancing work/families, college affordability, paid for by progressive taxation, and R’s going with trickle-down tax cuts, as is their wont. Over at WaPo, I argue that… Read more

Fed Fight!

October 13th, 2015

The Twitter-verse is abuzz with pretty overtly dissenting opinions coming out of the Federal Reserve right now. Chair Yellen and Vice-Chair Stan Fischer have leaned pretty hard into the view that rates should go up before the end of the year, while in the last couple of days, Fed governors Lael Brainard and Dan Tarullo… Read more