Archive for March, 2008

The Fed and Crony Capitalism

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to grant Wall Street access to special borrowing facilities smells of special dealing for special interests. The decision subsidizes the biggest most powerful investment banks, thereby distorting financial markets in their favor. Behind the decision lies the problem of excessive representation of Wall Street interests within the Fed. (more…)

Preventing a Financial Crash

Monday, March 17th, 2008

With the collapse of Bear Stearns, financial markets are moving closer to a crash that risks grave harm to the economy and the lives of working people. The Federal Reserve’s recently created Term Auction Facility (TAF) and Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF) move policy in the right direction. However, more needs to be done if a crash is to be prevented. (more…)

Meltdown Moment: What Must be Done

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Last week’s default of Thornburg Mortgage had an ominous sound, like the cracking of sheet ice. Wall Street now sits atop a potential collapse of confidence in asset valuations, threatening a panic that will wipe away both sound and unsound financial institutions. The week’s events also reveal how the Federal Reserve’s bail-out policy has failed to address the underlying problem of credit market seizure. Here’s what’s going on, and what must be done to prevent a meltdown. (more…)