Posts filed under “Think Tank”


Category: Real Estate, Think Tank

Category: Employment, Think Tank

Global Aging: More Headwinds for U.S. Stocks?

Global Aging: More Headwinds for U.S. Stocks? Zheng Liu, Mark M. Spiegel, and Bing Wang FRBSF Economic Letter, December 22, 2014     The retirement of the baby boomers is expected to severely cut U.S. stock values in the near future. Since population aging is widespread across the world’s largest countries, this raises the question…Read More

Category: Think Tank

Dear Federal Reserve

Dear Federal Reserve: As we approach your last get together of the year I first want to wish you all great holidays and a happy and healthy new year. I also want to extend my utmost respect for the time you have given to public service in your contribution of what is the Federal Reserve…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Think Tank

Is There a Future for Credit Default Swap Futures?

Is There a Future for Credit Default Swap Futures? Or Shachar Liberty Street Economics, December 22, 2014     Last year, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) launched a credit default swap index futures contract. In the first two weeks there were spurts of interest in it, but soon it became evident that the new product was unable to…Read More

Category: Think Tank

IMF: An Overview of Macroprudential Policy Tools

Category: Think Tank

BdE: Sovereign Ratings and Their Asymmetric Response to Fundamentals

Category: Think Tank

How U.S. Torture Led to the Rise of ISIS

  Nice Job Creating Terrorists, You Morons … We’ve previously noted that many members of ISIS were members of Saddam Hussein’s secular Baath Party who converted to radical Islam in American prisons. And we’ve documented that torture creates more terrorists.   Indeed, Salon notes: Among the most notable victims of torture was Sayeed Qutb, the founding…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Think Tank, War/Defense

Performance fee baloney.

The Banker’s Umbrella began in January of 2013, and as it turns out it seems to have become rather popular. The Banker’s Umbrella is loved by many and hated by a few. Not bad for one (former) banker and a laptop. ~~~ Performance fee baloney. You know that look teenage kids give their parents at least twice a…Read More

Category: Finance, Investing, Think Tank

How Has the Bankruptcy Act Affected Bankruptcy Filings?

How Has the Bankruptcy Act Affected Bankruptcy Filings? By Juan M. Sánchez, Senior Economist     ©Thinkstock/bobbushphoto   It is well known that the number of non-business bankruptcy filings increased dramatically during the ‘80s and ‘90s. This period has been referred to as the “revolution in consumer credit and consumer bankruptcy,”1 as the number of Chapter…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank