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In 2015, we might see the resurgence of the euro crisis in a very big way.

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Initially a union idea, the 40-year-old Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has a mission impossible.

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (standing) takes his seat for a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department in Washington October 6, 2014. Also pictured are U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (seated, 2nd L) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A new Congress is arriving, and it is time to reform FSOC, the “Financial Stability Oversight Council.”

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The combination of Xi’s inaction and daunting challenges threatens the end of China’s economic rise. Not a delay, the end.

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Housing policy needs to be refocused on strengthening household balance sheets, especially by making borrowers more resilient to home price declines. The new Wealth Building Home Loan developed at the American Enterprise Institute does exactly that.

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My paper “Market Reaction to Corporate Press Releases,” co-authored with Andreas Neuhierl and Bernd Schlusche, shows that stock prices react to news very quickly. Additional trading will likely only contribute to an overreaction that will be reversed in the future, leaving you with a loss.

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Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy. His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy, and partly as a result have decided to make him chairman of the tax-writing committee of the House should they keep control of it in November’s elections.

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The recent slowdown in the rate of decline for semiconductor prices suggested by the PPI is puzzling in light of evidence that the performance of MPUs has continued to improve at a rapid pace. The authors argue that hedonic indexes provide a more accurate measure of price changes.

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Dave Brat, an economics professor, claims to be committed to the principles of a free market, but also appears to support heavy-handed intervention in governmental labor markets. How can he claim to be both a “free market guy” and have such strong beliefs about preventing immigration?

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