Category Archives: Risk and risk management

Capital Requirements: Another Odd Attempt to Declare Victory on Dodd-Frank

I suppose we’re going to have to deal with half-truths and logical stretches about Dodd-Frank right through until November, but Bernie Sanders’ focus on Wall Street has really ramped this up of late. The trajectory appears to be a show of proof of some sort, followed by a blog link from Paul Krugman, at which point the citation hardens into conventional wisdom. The version of this that began a few days ago with Wonkblog’s Matt O’Brien has a level of truth to it, of course, but I don’t think it reveals exactly what its endorsers think.

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Why Larry Summers is Wrong and Bernie Sanders is Right on Glass Steagall

Larry Summers, acting as a proxy for Team Clinton, attacked Sanders’ reform proposals, particularly the an updated Glass Steagall. Her’s why Summers is wrong.

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Debunking “The Big Short”: How Michael Lewis Turned the Real Villains of the Crisis into Heros

How Michael Lewis’ The Big Short, whether for profit or by accident, has denied the public the truth about what really causes the crisis.

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CalPERS Used Sleight of Hand, Accounting Tricks, to Make False “There is No Alternative” Claim for Private Equity

CalPERS staff and outside experts went to considerable lengths distort data and abuse analytical methods to make the case that only private equity could offer the allegedly superior returns needed to meet CalPERS’ targets. The fact that CalPERS did not make an honest case for private equity suggests that no honest case could be made.

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Supervising Culture and Behavior at Financial Institutions

Financial regulators increasingly acknowledge organizational culture as a source of systemic risk, yet they have been loath to do more than influence compensation structures, since they do not want to be perceived to be interfering with management. This post describes a new approach in the Netherlands that

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