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PostSubject: Re: Recommended reading   Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:20 pm

Just about everyone knew. I have see Foroohar interviewed a couple of times. She's an obviously intelligent person with a deep interest in the subject matter. But it was also the case that much of what she talked about was common knowledge for anyone paying even a little attention. I still may grab the book, however.
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended reading   Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:44 am

I'm still trying to finish the book. As you say, everything she details is pretty much common knowledge, she just brings up a hundred illustrative examples.

'Thorough' does not always intersect with 'readable.'
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PostSubject: Re: Recommended reading   Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:22 am

The last chapter of "Makers and Takers" is Foroohar's recommendations to fix the financial system. Some interesting recommendations.
  • Reinstate a modified Glass-Steagall
  • regulate derivatives
  • a financial transaction tax
  • limit executive pay in options (and tax them as income)
  • increase equity limits
  • change tax law so it's not cheaper to borrow than to save
  • tie gov't debt payments and mortgage rates to GDP
  • limit stock buybacks
  • tie capital gains taxes to how long the asset was held
  • 'healthy economy' stimulus spending
  • investigate, publicize and prosecute the 2008 crash purveyors
  • rejigger the OFR to work like the NTSB
  • have a Hippocratic Oath for financiers
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