Are you familiar with the Office of Financial Research? You may not be, but I hope I can change that. Over the past couple of weeks, we have highlighted examples of wasteful spending and how a bloated federal government leads to a situation where no one has control over how our tax dollars are spent. Oversight in these cases has been severely lacking and I am of the opinion that this is a direct → Read More
Back in May, I wrote a short post about the issue of debit card fees, linked to the fact that Dodd-Frank was about to take affect and limit the fees banks could charge retailers whenever a debit card was used in their business. Because of that, banks were lining up to raise their fees, one of which is the fee which they charge their customers who use a debit card. At the time, I → Read More
As with any issue, there is always two sides of the story, two parts of the argument, for and against a particular issue or debate. In this case, the debate is over a little piece of plastic that most of us use every day, better known as the debit card. Actually, the debate is over who should pay the fees that are associated with using a debit card and how much those fees should → Read More
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s report reads like a retroactive defense of the Dodd-Frank reform bill, and downplays the monetary policies that created the conditions for the housing bubble.
The President’s Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission issued its final report last week. “If we do not learn from history, we are unlikely to recover from it,” the six-member majority concluded. While I agree with the statement in principle, the report’s conclusions are too flawed to → Read More