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GSE Reform: Not So Fast

Like so many issues in Washington these days, the debate over what to do with the nation’s housing Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE)—Fannie Mae and Freddie…

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify: The First Principle of Tax Reform

Overhauling the federal tax system is one of the most important steps U.S. political leaders can take to promote economic growth and fairness. It is…

Can Eminent Domain Help Underwater Homeowners?

Several California counties are considering a controversial proposal to use their eminent domain powers to offer relief to underwater homeowners. The plan is quietly being…

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Does Ex-Im Bank Need a ‘Third Option’?

Long dogged by claims of corporate welfare, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) finds itself once again fighting for its survival. At 80 years old, Ex-Im has…

Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan and the ‘Whale Trade’ Fallout

Last week, JP Morgan Chase settled with regulators in both the United States and United Kingdom over massive losses suffered in the 2012 “London Whale”…

Don’t Make Credit Unions Die for Banks’ Sins

Five years ago this week, a collapsing housing bubble plunged America into its worst financial crisis since the Depression. Wall Street’s near meltdown midwifed both…

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Rating the Credit Raters

Credit rating agencies (CRAs) are supposed to be hard-eyed accountants whose job is to assess credit risk. But they also got swept up in the…

Is Your 401(k) Obsolete?

New research by the firm HelloWallet finds that more than a quarter of Americans who have an employer-sponsored retirement plan are raiding these accounts for…

Retail Holidays Show Need for More Small Business Financing

With the “fiscal cliff” likely to be averted, consumers are gearing up for the Holiday season. Retail designated shopping days “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday,”…

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Defusing Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: What America—and China—Should Do.
University of California Washington Center, Washington DC