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Secret Taxes for Financial Untouchables

Well over half of unbanked Americans cite not having enough money as the reason they have not opened a bank account. Substantial fees are one of the culprits. If you think wealth creation is good and want it to happen, freeing the unbanked where you find them is an obvious step, says Will Ortel.

Book Review: Commodity Markets and the Global Economy

The author focuses on market dislocation issues that make commodities different from other asset classes, looking at the market’s dynamics through the four major forces that influence the commodity landscape. He examines long-term issues and takes the discussion of commodity markets beyond the typical focus on financial pricing models, emphasizing instead the larger competitive forces of supply and demand.

Book Review: Better Bankers, Better Banks

Because they do not regard ethical failings in the financial industry as the actions of a few bad apples but, rather, as inevitable consequences of an unhealthy culture, the authors seek to restore the environment that existed before the major investment banks transformed themselves from partnerships into publicly traded corporations. The problems addressed in this book affect every participant in the financial system.

Reduced Viability? Banks, Insurance Companies, and Low Interest Rates

In the current low-rate environment, there is reason to wonder about the viability of banks, insurance companies, and indeed any institution that generally depends on the spread between long- and short-dated liabilities for its profits, says David Schawel, CFA.

Why Savers Might Miss Out on the Benefits of Higher Interest Rates

Do higher interest rates actually lead to higher returns on savings? Research shows a 1% increase in interest rates by the US Federal Reserve equals a 0.34% increase in the rates paid by banks on savings deposits. Why do savers fail to capture the benefits of higher interest rates?

Book Review: Why Minsky Matters

In this comprehensive overview of the work of the late economist Hyman Minsky, the author serves up a rich variety of concepts that will stimulate and inform anyone concerned about the fate of the economy. If you want to know where we are going, it helps to know where we have come from, and this book provides an essential road map for that journey — past, present, and future.

100 Small Steps: Will India’s Bank Licenses Bring Reform?

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been steadily reforming India’s financial sector, in addition to achieving notable monetary policy successes. A few weeks back, the RBI granted licenses to 11 payments banks and followed that with licenses to 10 small finance banks. The new licensing will enable mobile payments and a significantly expanded depositor base that will reshape India's financial sector.

Lessons from the Financial Crisis

Former chair of the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Sheila C. Bair provides insight on the financial crisis and discusses how the system can be made more stable in a Take 15 interview.

Book Review: Virtual Banking

At the intersection of banking, financial services, and technology, Virtual Banking offers an excellent view of the changes taking place in banking and financial services thanks to changes in consumer behavior and advances in Internet and mobile banking. If banks do not adapt, they run the risk of becoming irrelevant to their customers.

Who Protects You from Losses?

Gains and losses are the product of human behavior, driven by greed, fear, and sloppiness, with an accelerator of leverage thrown in to shorten the terminal period. This is the way it has always been and probably always will be.



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