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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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IMF: What's Driving Investment in China?

Authors: Steven Barnett and Ray Brooks

Investment has grown rapidly in China in recent years, reaching more than 40 percent of GDP. Despite good progress on bank and enterprise reforms, this paper from the IMF argues that weaknesses remain that could contribute to inefficient investment decisions, and that the regulation of state lending to state-owned companies needs to be reformed further if productive investment is to be maintained.

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Op-Ed

A Risky 'Systemic' Watchdog

Author: Sebastian Mallaby
Washington Post

Sebastian Mallaby writes that the Frank proposal for a new "systemic risk regulator" is dubious. The sad truth is that crowded trades are near-impossible for the government to identify.

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Op-Ed

Testing Time for a Young Administration

Author: Roger M. Kubarych
Nikkei

In this Nikkei op-ed, Roger Kubarych analyzes the early challenges facing the Obama administration with regards to the economic crisis. He writes that the ugly stock market response to the Geithner plan will make it all the harder to recapitalize the U.S. financial system without taxpayers footing the bill.

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