May 20, 2013 Should banks be required to hold much more capital as a safety net? Just kidding, banks don't hold capital!
April 15, 2013 The main skills required are attention to detail, cheerful obedience, and the ability to add two-digit numbers in your head. Also, it helps to like finance.
March 25, 2013 A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?
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March 5, 2013 Banking is a highly regulated beast. Shadow banking, not so much.
February 11, 2013 Does anyone make anything that beats a low-cost index fund? There are at least two short answers to this, which are (1) Don't ask me, and (2) No.
January 17, 2013 Two common questions: 1. Shouldn't more bankers be in jail? 2. How do I get a job in investment banking?
November 20, 2012 Short answer: Of course! Long answer: Here's what it's costing taxpayers, what people are doing about it, and what might happen if we broke up the banks.
November 7, 2012 More and more stocks are traded by computers, at speeds so fast humans can't keep up. The problems this creates are largely the problems created by all trading, just speeded up.
October 24, 2012 Sure, derivatives are bets. But they're also tools for getting around the tax code, accounting rules, and lots of other regulations.
October 17, 2012 I will tell you what a derivative is, but I will take a while to get there, and you may feel cheated. That is okay. If you want to understand derivatives, you must learn to live with uncertainty, and also with feeling cheated.
October 9, 2012 They're traveling money salesmen. This explains why many of them are so ornery so much of the time.
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