Found 496 article(s) in category 'Financial Services'

Twenty years of transparency research

Twenty years of transparency research. James Alt, October 26, 2018, Paper, “A keynote speech given at the conference “Public Sector Economics 2018 – Fiscal openness: transparency, participation and accountability in fiscal policies” organized by the Institute of Public Finance, International Budget Partnership and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Zagreb on October 26, 2018.” Link

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Challenges Ahead

Challenges Ahead. Ricardo Hausmann, 2018, Book Chapter, “Sovereign debt ratios in advanced and emerging economies have grown to near record highs, while in low-income countries, debt levels have been gradually building since the debt relief of the early 2000s. As global monetary conditions tighten, the burden of debt will grow, and rollover risks will increase. And with a more fragmented creditor base, timely and orderly restructurings may become harder to achieve. This chapter will explore these challenges and consider which policies might enhance crisis prevention and strengthen crisis resolution. It will also consider the extent to which these objectives can be pursued by individual countries, and where multilateral action may be required to improve the international architecture.Link

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Harvard’s Rogoff Says Next Global Crisis to Come From China

Harvard’s Rogoff Says Next Global Crisis to Come From China. Kenneth Rogoff, September 12, 2018, Video, “Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff discusses the risks posed by emerging markets and warns that the next global crisis may potentially come from China. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg).Link


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Dodd-Frank regulations good and bad for financial system, Harvard director says

Dodd-Frank regulations good and bad for financial system, Harvard director says. Hal Scott, September 11, 2018, Video, “Hal Scott, director of the program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School, and Sebastian Mallaby, the Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss what triggered the financial crisis in 2008 and if we are safe from another.Link

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Crash Time

Crash Time. Kenneth Rogoff, September 7, 2018, Opinion, “A decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the global financial crisis, it is clear that many lessons have been learned, while many economic misconceptions remain embedded in the public consciousness. If economic history teaches us anything, it is to be mindful of our own limitations in a world of infinite uncertainties.Link

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What Next for the US Stock Market?

What Next for the US Stock Market? Martin Feldstein, August 28, 2018, Opinion, “August 22 marked the longest period of rising share prices in US history. But the stock market’s nine-year bull run won’t last much longer, as three factors drive up long-term interest rates, reducing the present value of future corporate profits and providing investors with an alternative to equities.Link

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Presidential Address: Pension Policy and the Financial System

Presidential Address: Pension Policy and the Financial System. David Scharfstein, August 24, 2018, Paper, “In this paper, I examine the effect of pension policy on the structure of financial systems around the world. In particular, I explore the hypothesis that policies that promote pension savings also promote the development of capital markets. I present a model that endogenizes the extent to which savings are intermediated through banks or capital markets, and derive implications for corporate finance, household finance, banking, and the size of the financial sector. I then present a number of facts that are broadly consistent with the theory and examine a variety of alternative explanations of my findings.Link

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Looking for Alternatives: Pension Investments around the World, 2008 to 2017

Looking for Alternatives: Pension Investments around the World, 2008 to 2017. Victoria Ivashina, Josh Lerner, August 24, 2018, Paper, “Using hitherto-unexplored data, this paper provides a first look into pension funds’ allocations to alternative asset classes around the world. On average, in the ten years following the financial crisis, allocations to private equity and real estate nearly doubled, representing about 20% of assets under management in 2017 for pensions in many of the largest economies. Our sample indicates a $1.8 trillion shift to alternatives between 2008 and 2017. This phenomenon equally affected public and private pension funds, as well as funds of all sizes. This shift does not appear to be a consequence of mechanical factors such as increase in drawn capital or expected returns, but rather reflects a proactive portfolio allocation response to perceived investment opportunities. The extent of the shift to Alts is more pronounced for nations with lower long-term interest rate environment.Link

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The Fed Should Raise Rates, but Not the Ones You’re Thinking

The Fed Should Raise Rates, but Not the Ones You’re Thinking. Jason Furman, August 20, 2018, Opinion, “The Federal Reserve has kept rates too low for too long. I’m not referring to interest rates. It’s high time for the Fed to raise countercyclical capital-buffer rates, which govern the amount of extra equity and cash banks are supposed to hold in good times. Increasing the capital buffer would reduce the risk of financial instability, set a precedent for sound macroeconomic management, and build up a bigger cushion for the next downturn.Link

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