Question: Is the $68 billion that big banks are paying back in TARP money going back to the taxpayer or can it be reused by the Treasury in some of its other schemes (e.g.
Question: How is the U.S. savings rate, which has gone from near zero percent in the past to 6.9 percent recently, determined? And a more elaborate question: Is it truly the difference between what is earned and what is…
Question: Instead of the government trying to prevent risky behavior by limiting bonuses and other compensation for the best performers in the finance industry, would it be possible for the government to review risk models that banks use? Paul Solman:…
The Obama administration outlined a plan for new executive compensation regulations Wednesday, putting the politically charged issue of executive pay back in the spotlight. Analysts examine how more oversight will affect the industry.
Question: What is the actual amount that banks have “lost” if banks still had to follow mark-to-market rules? My understanding is that our large banks would be insolvent by almost a trillion dollars if they had to declare what…
Question: How did the dollar volume of U.S. mortgages get to be such a huge dollar problem? Did derivatives do that? Why are investment banks allowed to bet 34 dollars for only one they have? Paul Solman: First, a word…
Question: I am a commercial mortgage broker in California. I have had nearly every bank recently advise that their examiners are preventing them from lending. How can we get out of this mess if the examiners, in effect, prevent the…
Question: Banks like Wells Fargo and JP Morgan recently announced better-than-expected profits. The given reason is that they are making money on the refinancing of mortgages. Doesn’t mortgage refinancing imply lower rates of interest and repayment? How can they be…
You can watch one of Paul’s recent Making $ense pieces, The Paradox of Thrift, below. Here are a few reader reactions and Paul’s responses. Question: I have a question related to your recent segment, Paradox of Thrift: Aren’t the…
Question: You did a great job explaining where the money for the bailouts comes from. Can you now tell us where, exactly, it is going? If there are so many trillions of dollars sloshing about, how come the…
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