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For an upcoming post on Because Finance is Boring, I compiled the following tables comparing two Wall Street regulators budgets, employees, number of Dodd-Frank rules completed, budget requests, and enforcement actions. CFTC vs SEC: Rules Finalized, # Employees, Budget Dodd-Frank Rules Finalized (as of March 2014) # Full Time Employees (FY 2013) FY 2013 Budget […]


Cross-posted with permission from Because Finance Is Boring. Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Many on the Left are using this opportunity to bring new life to a much-aligned idea: that there is a role for government in fighting poverty. On the Right, LBJ’s War on Poverty drew criticism from […]


It took me seven years to learn about Wall Street what Federico Garcia Lorca gleaned simply by witnessing the 1929 Market crash. An excerpt from a lecture he gave at Columbia University in October 1929: The truly savage and frenetic part of New York…the terrible, cold, cruel part, is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow […]


Today, I was on the Up with Chris Hayes show to discuss the comments made by President Obama and Governor Romney about Dodd-Frank in the first president debates. There is much to say on this topic, more than can fit even into a long-form program like Up with Chris, so I wanted to present some […]


This is an article that I wrote that was originally published in n+1 ‘s fourth issue of the Occupy! gazette When some people think about Wall Street, they conjure up images of traders shouting on the stock exchange, of bankers dining at five-star restaurants, of CEOs whispering in the ears of captured Congress members. When I think […]


On April 26th, Senators Levin (D-MI) and Merkley (D-OR) put out a letter calling on our financial regulators to finalize a strong version of the Volcker Rule by the summer. Twenty-two Senators signed the letter. There is a draft companion letter circulating today in the House of Representatives that is being led by Rep. Blumenauer […]


I was on the UP with Chris Hayes Show today and I talked about the Swaps Execution Facilities Clarification Act (HR 2586), and why I thought it was problematic. Executive summary: it rolls back part of Dodd-Frank that aims to make the derivatives market more transparent. The Short Version A good summary of the problems […]


I am in the midst of a trial of the TradeStation platform.  It is a wonderful system that allows you to quickly develop your own trading strategies, and then backtest them against historical data.  TradeStation will then create a Performance Report that shows you everything from your win/loss ratio to your Equity performance graph (showing […]


I am FLOORED by the Bloomberg platform, and thrilled to finally have a terminal to call my own.  There are two particularly impressive areas: (1) the customer service Bloomberg provides to users of its terminal, and (2) the platform itself, in areas like my portable, “Bloomberg Anywhere” card that reads my finger print and logs […]


Most of us can understand at an emotional level how people were feeling about the markets in September:  many of us were, for starters, incredibly nervous about the fate of financials. Lehman Brothers had declared bankruptcy Merrill Lynch was bought by Bank of America There were only two investment banks left in the United States! […]



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