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Covering a housing or banking story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI financial services team.

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AEI’s Paul Kupiec and Peter Wallison present a paper arguing that the FDIC’s Single Point of Entry strategy does not end too big to fail.

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Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee members present policy statements on current issues in financial regulation and answer related questions.

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AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk releases a new objective and transparent measure of the first-time buyer share and the riskiness of first-time buyer mortgages.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

“Hidden in Plain Sight” presents the compelling narrative that government housing policies caused the US financial crisis, challenging the Dodd-Frank Act and the claim that the financial crisis was caused by insufficient regulation.

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Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg gestures during the second day of the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington, September 10, 2014. Reuters

The Export-Import Bank debate ties into knots the reasoning of a certain type of liberal.

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Protesters demonstrate against cuts in Detroit city workers' pensions and healthcare, Oct. 23, 2013. Reuters

Retirement funds for Illinois and California hold 75% risky investments. The Texas teachers’ plan: 81%.

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The central bank’s expansive regulatory powers should be subject to congressional and executive branch oversight.

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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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Federal policy often tilts the playing field, picks winners and losers, and rewards well-connected insiders, contributing to the public perception that the ‘game’ is rigged and harming economic growth. AEI scholars have identified a few policy changes that lawmakers can pursue if they want to combat cronyism and corporate welfare.

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Analysis of the CBO report reveals that the top 20% of American households finance 100% of the transfer payments to the bottom 60% as well as almost 100% of the tax revenue collected to run the entire federal government.

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Three easy financial reforms could be quickly enacted by the incoming Congress to reduce unnecessary and unproductive regulations and stimulate economic growth. One simple repair: Congress can rescind the designation of any nonbank financial firms as ‘systemically important.’

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