Bankers Without a Clue?

Paul Krugman wrote a nice op ed piece in today’s New York Times titled Bankers Without a Clue. Krugman observes disappointingly that the bankers just don’t get it. In truth, comments like the financial crisis was just a perfect storm (Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein) and that no one could have predicted its coming (Jamie Dimon

The Big One!

Bless them boys, Who Dat! and Geaux Saints! As someone that spent most of my life in Louisiana, the Saint’s getting to the Superbowl feels like an impossible dream that just came true. As someone who lived in New Orleans most of my adult life, who watched from afar after moving away from Louisiana the

The Politics of Bernanke’s Reappointment

The Senate today confirmed Chairmen Bernanke’s reappointment to a second term at the Federal Reserve by a vote of 70 to 30 (See Bernanke Confirmed). As concerns abounded about the extent of the Federal Reserve’s independence, Senator Schummer commented: “If you don’t like monetary policy when the Fed does it just wait until the politicians

Interchange Fees: the Silent Visa Tax

As we’ve seen the federal government tackle credit, debit and gift cards, new attention is gearing up toward card network interchange fees. Interchange fees are the cost of using debit and credit cards charged to merchants for use of the network (Visa, Mastercard, etc.). The fees are about $.75 for every $100 spent and more