Financial Regulation

Op-Ed

Demons on Wall Street

Author: Sebastian Mallaby
Washington Post

One year ago, with spectacular timing, a Wall Streeter named Richard Bookstaber published a book on financial engineering. He called it "A Demon of Our Own Design," and his argument was that a new breed of "quants" had created a system too complex to be manageable. In this Washington Post op-ed, Sebastian Mallaby agrees with Dr. Bookstaber that—in the wake of Bear Stearns—modern financial engineering has become harder to defend.

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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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