House GOP’s Dodd-Frank Fix: A Market-Based Solution
Politics / Regulation

House GOP’s Dodd-Frank Fix: A Market-Based Solution

When Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan started as Speaker of the House last October, he promised to outline a Republican vision on policies for the 2016 election. Last week, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), began that process by outlining a bill designed to replace the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform … Continue reading

Volcker and The Capital Asset Pricing Model: Enforcing Ineffective Regulation Since 2013?
Economy / Fiscal policy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Volcker and The Capital Asset Pricing Model: Enforcing Ineffective Regulation Since 2013?

One fundamental principle of financial markets is the relationship between risk and return. This tenet is reflected in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), the workhorse of security pricing, where the return required by investors is measured by adding the risk free rate (such as a treasury bond) to a market risk premium, adjusted for … Continue reading

Playing Politics With America’s Retirement
Economy / Fiscal policy / Social Security / Tax / Taxes

Playing Politics With America’s Retirement

Social Security is both the largest program in the federal budget and one of the most fiscally unsustainable.  The program has already begun paying out more in benefits than it is taking in through payroll taxes.  By 2033, the Social Security Trust Fund will be drained and the benefits paid out will decline by 25 … Continue reading