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Politico: On Finance, Obama Hews to Status Quo

Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and current Ronald A. Kurtz professor of entrepreneurship at MIT, suggests that Obama's supposedly "centrist" approach to financial reform is actually quite conservative, while real reform is being driven from the center by Gary Gensler, Mary shapiro, and Elizabeth Warren.

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Prime Brokers and Derivatives Dealers

Author: Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation

Runs by prime-brokerage clients and derivatives counterparties were a central cause of the global financial crisis. These runs precipitated the failures of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers by substantially reducing the broker's liquidity. This Working Paper, the ninth in the Squam Lake series distributed by the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, argues for higher regulatory liquidity requirements for dealer banks that use assets of clients and counterparties as a source of liquidity.

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Too Big to Get Wrong: Getting Financial Regulatory Reform Right

Speaker: Robert E. Diamond
Presider: Maria Bartiromo

This meeting is part of the CEO Speaker Series. This series provides a forum for leading global CEOs to share their priorities and insights before a high-level audience of CFR members. The series aims to educate the CFR membership on the private sector's important role in the policy debate by engaging the global business community's top leadership. Members benefit from hearing CEOs' perspectives as well as interacting with them in an informal setting; in turn, CEOs have the opportunity to highlight the work of their organization and strengthen their relationship with CFR.

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C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics: The Global Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (Audio)

Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Presider: Peter G. Peterson

Listen to Alan Greenspan, president of Greenspan Associates LLC and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, outline the causes of the financial crisis and what the outcomes have been, including large fiscal deficits and new financial reforms.

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Credit Default Swaps, Clearinghouses, and Exchanges

Author: Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation

Credit default swaps (CDS) are contracts that provide protection against the risk of default by borrowers. The failure of one important participant in the CDS market can destabilize the financial system by inflicting significant losses on many trading partners simultaneously. A clearinghouse could in theory reduce counterparty risk by standing between the buyer and seller of protection, insulating the counterparties’ exposure to each other’s default. This Working Paper, the fifth in the Squam Lake Working Group series distributed by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies, analyzes the market for credit default swaps and makes specific recommendations about appropriate roles for clearinghouses and about how they should be organized.

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A Systemic Regulator for Financial Markets

Author: Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation

Financial regulations in almost all countries are designed to ensure the soundness of individual institutions, principally commercial banks, against the risk of loss on their assets. This focus on individual firms ignores critical interactions between institutions and can also cause regulators to overlook important changes in the overall financial system. The solution: One regulatory organization in each country should be responsible for overseeing the health and stability of the overall financial system. This Working Paper, the fourth in the Squam Lake Working Group series distributed by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies, argues that the central bank should be charged with this important new responsibility.

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