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Economic tensions overseas have affected US investment portfolios, and we are seeing populist backlash due to small growth. According to Conard, the Fed should have stopped quantitative easing a while ago.

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Shape up or break up. That’s the message Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley gave to Wall Street yesterday. Too much risk taking and law breaking means government will have to take action without some big changes by the megabanks.

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Though the Federal Reserve now publishes the Federal Reserve Board members’ forecasts for the future path of a key Fed-set interest rate, historically, these Fed forecasts have not predicted the rate especially well. This suggests that the Fed’s new push towards transparency should be met with at least some measure of skepticism.

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According to discussions with insiders at multiple institutions designatated as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), the Financial Stability Oversight Council has never outlined the steps that these institutions need to take to remove their designation.

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A woman walks past the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington February 11, 2011.

After a federal judge’s ruling against some hedge funds, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s stocks dropped. What happens next?

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Stanley Fischer, the former chief of the Bank of Israel, testifies before the Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be a member and vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors on Capitol Hill in Washington March 13, 2014.

Macroprudential regulation is not likely to prevent asset bubbles. But credit allocation will depress growth.

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Although the FSOC has not made public any standards for how it determines whether a financial firm should be designated as a SIFI, the IAIS methodology provides compelling evidence that MetLife should not have been designated. Nevertheless, the MetLife designation was foreordained, because the FSOC appears to be following the directions of the FSB rather than making its own independent decisions.

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The IUHF’s purpose is to provide knowledge, information and understanding about housing finance systems in varying economic, financial, and political contexts, and to compare each of our own narrow institutional assumptions to a broader international perspective, so that we may mutually learn from multiple experiences, experiments, problems, disasters, successes, and innovations.

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Considerable attention has focused recently upon the channels through which financial instruments trade. The structure of our system for trading equity has come under particular scrutiny.  Even in market structure contexts, designing suitable ways to generate and evaluate evidence can be challenging, but we believe there is a genuine opportunity for data-driven regulatory reform.

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