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International experts from industry, academia, the financial community, and government share lessons learned from their efforts to objectively measure housing risk.

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On the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and a panel of experts in financial regulation explain the need for reform.

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There is little difference in prospective returns between an index fund and a low-cost, low-turnover actively managed fund.

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A man waves a national flag as protesters march through San Juan May 13, 2015. University students and employees took to the streets to protest against government plans to implement cuts to public university budgets, according to local media. Reuters

Economic advisers compare and contrast the Puerto Rican and Greek debt crises and examine what impact their respective resolutions may have on the US and European economies.

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While the FSOC is eager to designate MetLife a SIFI, it does not pursue the same designation for Fannie and Freddie. Why not?

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It is an unlikely explanation for the nation’s near economic collapse back in 2007-2009.

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“The Long-Term Effects of Hedge Fund Activism” by Lucian Bebchuk, Alon Brav, and Wei Jiang offers a contrarian conclusion on the impact of activist hedge funds on long-term shareholder value and corporate performance.

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Senator Richard Shelby’s reforms look like a positive and balanced start at fixing the negative economic fallout created by the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Astute members of Congress have been trying to determine whether the Financial Stability Board (FSB) regards its rules as binding on its members, including the United States. Congress should prohibit the Treasury and other agencies from implementing any of the FSB’s rules in the United States until the Treasury can provide an answer.

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Our estimates show that supervisory restrictions have a large negative impact on bank loan growth after controlling for the impact of monetary policy, bank capital and liquidity conditions and any voluntary reduction in lending triggered by weak legacy loan portfolio performance or other bank losses.

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Congress directed the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) how to set the g-fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge for guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities, but the FHFA didn’t follow the directions.

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Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington February 21, 2014. Reuters

What if Fannie and Freddie had kept paying a 10% dividend and then been allowed to use any remaining profits to retire some of the senior preferred stock at par? Would this have resulted in paying off all the taxpayers’ investment? Nope.

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The political uncertainty sired by elections tends to increase risk premia in corporate stock and bond markets.

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