Archive for the ‘Financial Markets’ Category

The House and the Fed go in opposite directions on financial market oversight.

December 10th, 2014

Ensuring that financial institutions have adequate capital buffers is an essential line of defense against the bubbles and busts that have characterized the US business cycle in recent decades, at great cost to the living standards of most households. So I was happy to see the Fed’s proposal to kick up banks’ reserve requirements, especially… Read more

Why is our macroeconomy doing so much better than Europe’s?

December 1st, 2014

Over at PostEverything. Bonus for OTE’ers: here’s an update of a figure I made awhile ago tracking Eurozone GDP, government spending (both in real terms), and unemployment. What I find revealing here is the fairly clear–for this sort of thing–initial increase in public spending to offset the downturn and the subsequent stabilization of GDP and… Read more

When Minsky raises an eyebrow, I pay attention. So should you.

November 19th, 2014

The work of the late economist Hyman Minsky has become increasingly relevant in recent years, as his understanding of the fragility of financial markets and their role in bubbles and busts was both deep and prescient. Other economists generally viewed financial markets as playing not much more than an intermediary function, passively allocating excess savings… Read more