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  • Did Over-Regulation Cause the Market Meltdown?

    This week “60 Minutes” highlighted an obscure statute that some say is at the root of the recent market meltdown: the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. The CFMA exempted certain derivatives from existing state and federal regulation. But “60 Minutes” failed to ask the most interesting question: Why was … More

    If Governments Are Always 'Behind the Curve'...

    …then how can we trust them to better manage the economy? A few weeks ago famed currency speculator George Soros made news complaining that financial regulators had been “consistently behind the curve” during the unfolding financial crisis. But why is Soros surprised? It seems that “behind the curve” is one … More

    Nice Little Hedge Fund You Have There...

    …it would be a shame if something should happen to it. Gangsters threatening those who fail to knuckle under are rarely so unsubtle as Friday’s letters to two hedge funds from the Chairs of the House Financial Services Committee and its subcommittees. Based on an article in the New York … More

    Removing Uncertainty from the System

    When a Nobel Prize-winning economist tells you something is too complicated to understand, pay attention. That is just what Nobel Laureate Gary Becker said about the financial crisis in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. The main problem with the modern financial system based on widespread use of derivatives and securitization is … More

    Regulators No More Prescient Than Market

    The DC Examiner has a mostly wonderful editorial pointing out that the regulators missed the warning signs of the market crisis as much as the investment banks did. The Examiner properly concludes the question is not “more” or “less” regulation, but then wrongly implies there was no regulation “at all”. … More