May 10, 2023
What The SVB Collapse Says About Crypto’s “Most Stable” Stablecoin
The March 2023 collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) — aside from foregrounding the hypocrisy of neoliberal pundits and libertarian venture capitalists alike — spotlighted the instability of the cryptocurrency industry’s most ostensibly stable offering. Hidden within the uncertainty of SVB’s fate following a $42 billion withdrawal frenzy was a similar crisis of confidence for Circle Internet Financial and its stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC).
April 28, 2023
While Thorough, Fed Report Refuses To Name Names On SVB Failure
One glaring blind spot does jump out: the complete absence of the names ‘Quarles,’ ‘Barr,’ ‘Powell,’ or any other actual member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from the main text of the report.”
April 26, 2023
Memo To Reporters: What The Fed's Self-Investigation Must Explore To Be Credible
The Fed report is being written by Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr, whose own failures ought to be among the report’s focuses.
April 21, 2023
Rescinding Trump’s Shields For Non-Bank Financial Firms Is A Crucial First Step
Rolling back Trump’s framework just means that FSOC is allowing itself to see the financial system through a realistic lens.
April 19, 2023
Amid Reports of Block’s Alleged Criminality, How Does Board Member Larry Summers Manage His Multiple Corporate Engantlements?
It’s high time that members of the press who regularly turn to Summers for his views on the economy begin questioning him on how he is able to adequately perform his multiple advisory roles and moreover, why there is a pattern of illegality at firms he advises. Or they could simply toss him to the aether, and platform non-conflicted experts instead.
April 18, 2023
How A Herbert Hoover Policy Got Wrapped Up In SVB And A Fed Opening
One of the flashing-red warning signs about SVB’s bad balance sheet was the huge cash advances it was taking out of the FHLBank system.
April 10, 2023
The Larry Summers-Linked Fintech Firm That Bought A Bank
By doing so, Jiko became one of the, if not the, first fintech company to buy a national bank.
April 06, 2023
We Have Always Been Right About Jerome Powell
Despite years of our best advice, and indeed the better judgments of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other progressives in Congress, government watchdogs like Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) and others, nearly one year ago President Joe Biden disappointed his responsibility to the public and to his own economic agenda by renominating Donald Trump’s hand picked head of the Fed: Jerome Powell. Biden bafflingly stuck by Powell despite his years of betraying labor unions, environmental groups and frontline communities, and the middle class. As a result, broad coalitions of folks concerned about the climate crisis, about the long term safety and stability of our financial system, about attacks on labor and the working class, about housing insecurity and the long term impacts of the pandemic, mobilized against Powell’s renomination because his storied track record of, well, making each of these things (and more!) worse.
April 05, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
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Several Flavors of Regulatory Failures
Until the Biden administration learns that they need to draw a sharp contrast with their predecessors and, generally, do a full 180, they will keep getting egg on their faces. And when the blame genuinely belongs to both the Trump and Biden administrations, warranted criticism of disastrous Republican deregulation is undermined.
March 31, 2023
Hack Watch: Steve Rattner, SVB, And Selective Expertise
A wealth manager with a history of breaking the rules should not be the authority on bank regulation.
March 27, 2023 | The American Prospect
The SVB Collapse Reveals the Class Bias in American Policymaking
When bankers blow their businesses up, it’s no-questions-asked bailout time. When student borrowers need relief, not so much.
March 23, 2023
Larry Summers-Linked Payments Company Accused of Criminality
Short-seller Hindenburg Research says the payments mogul Block has inflated user metrics, ignored widespread criminal transactions on its platforms, and evaded regulations.
March 17, 2023 | RDP Newsletter
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Hack Watch: Two Percent Is Just A Number
There’s nothing special about the Fed’s target inflation rate
March 17, 2023 | The American Prospect
Bankers Being Greedy Morons Poses Climate And Financial Risk
The SVB collapse rubs in our collective faces the fact that the financiers with great influence over our political economy are, by and large, a pack of greedy idiots.
March 15, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Selling Out the Arctic; Bailing Out the Rich
The year is 2023, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 50 percent higher than it was before the Industrial Revolution, and the so-called “climate president” has decided to go ahead with industrializing the Arctic wilderness, a region already warming four times faster than the rest of the world.