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Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President. The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Until August 2007, when that confidence finally [...]

Book choice: Twin Peaks Revisited

Twin Peaks Revisited…a second chance for regulatory reform By Michael Taylor With policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic considering how to beef up the regulation of financial soundness, as distinct from consumer protection, the “Twin Peaks” approach is right back in fashion. The UK is now implementing a Twin Peaks approach. Michael Taylor, central [...]

Book choice: The Monetary Policy of the ECB

The Monetary Policy of the ECB By the European Central Bank The European Central Bank (ECB) has today published the third edition of the publication entitled The Monetary Policy of the ECB. This book aims to provide the public with a comprehensive overview of the ECB’s monetary policy and its institutional and economic background. The [...]

Book choice: Reckless Endangerment

Reckless Endangerment By Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosne The New York Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist reveals how the financial meltdown emerged from the toxic interplay of Washington, Wall Street, and corrupt mortgage lenders In Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson, the star business columnist of The New York Times, exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to [...]

Book choice: Lessons from the Financial Crisis

Lessons from the Financial Crisis By Arthur M. Berd (Ed) The ongoing credit crisis is perhaps the biggest economic calamity we have experienced since the 1930s, and has dramatically and fundamentally changed the financial, economic and social landscape of the world. Immediate reactions to the crisis lay in the identification, treatment and management of its [...]

Book choice: Payments Systems in the U.S.

Payments Systems in the U.S. By Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness Payments Systems in the U.S. is a comprehensive description of the systems – (cards, checks, cash, ACH, etc.) that move money between and among consumers and enterprises in the U.S. In clear and lively writing, the authors explain what they systems are, how [...]

Book choice: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World

Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World By William D. Cohan Contrary to the subtitle, William D. Cohan does not argue that Goldman Sachs rules the world. A judicious author, Cohan avoids hyperbole in “Money and Power,” a definitive account of the most profitable and influential investment bank of the modern [...]

Book choice: All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” -Shakespeare, The Tempest As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, [...]

Book choice: Enhancing monetary analysis

Enhancing monetary analysis The European Central Bank (ECB) has published a book entitled “Enhancing monetary analysis”, edited by Lucas Papademos, former Vice-President of the ECB, and Jürgen Stark, member of the Executive Board of the ECB. The book summarises the results of a research agenda pursued by Eurosystem staff to enhance the set of tools [...]

Book choice: The financial crisis – Bernanckes reading recommendation

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission asked the Fed’s Bernanke to recommend some readings: Banks, Banking, and Crises By Gary Gorton Gary Gorton identifies the analogies between what happened to the shadow banking system and classic bank runs — 19th-century-style bank runs. Bernanke thinks that work is very interesting. Deciphering the Liquidity and Credit Crunch 2007–2008 [...]

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