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Economic Outlook
August 31, 2010 Posted by
The bullets we need for economic recovery have been with us all along. For evidence, you need look no further than the first report card on Fannie and Freddie since conservatorship.
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Economic Outlook
August 24, 2010 Posted by
There is much to be learned about life by simply observing human behavior.

Last week, I had an opportunity to learn something about myself that was both surprising and revealing with regard to the analysis of economic and policy woes of today.
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Economic Outlook
August 17, 2010 Posted by
In February 2007, HSBC shocked the analyst community when it put aside $10.6 billion to cover future losses on bad mortgage debt. Other lenders were in a similar situation and a cascade of dour mortgage market predictions kicked off the - take your pick of names - liquidity, consumer leverage, credit quality, stock market, bond market, CDS market, sovereign debt, mismatched funding, euro, trade deficit, currency reserve, and interest rate crisis.
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Economic Outlook
August 17, 2010 Posted by
In my conversations with CFOs lately, I am hearing more and more about their desire for higher return.
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Economic Outlook
August 03, 2010 Posted by
The ratings agencies have largely escaped public scorn throughout the current financial crisis, including the recent regulatory reform signed into law. A notable exception is the legal liability foisted upon them regarding the ratings they place on specific issues.
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Economic Outlook
July 27, 2010 Posted by
Followers of the Fed have always been challenged with interpreting its written or spoken word. From the early Greenspan days, Fed-watchers spent countless hours scouring speeches, testimonies and written releases, parsing every single word in search for clues of coming Fed actions.
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Economic Outlook
July 20, 2010 Posted by
Fridays in the summer on the trading floor are a time for reflection and a time to catch up on the week's work before heading home for the weekend. But this past Friday, I was presented with a challenge in the form of CNBC's Apple "antennaegate" coverage (Steve Jobs' label, not mine).
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Economic Outlook
July 13, 2010 Posted by
With quarterly net Treasury issuance reaching the mid-$500 billion mark — about 3 times as much as the average net issuance from 2002 to 2007 —one could say we are leaning aggressively on our high credit quality and reputation in the marketplace.
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