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May 6, 2016, Vol.34, No.09

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Paging George Champion

Before desk-top computers—before consultants—a worldwise banker laid in reserves against loan losses in the certain knowledge that credit experience is cyclical. What the great man could teach the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Inherent safety?

Risk is where you don’t look for it.

Sell New York

Not the city, but the ticker. Where’s the value, Larry Silverstein?

Made (up) in Japan

You can run from credit risk, but you can’t hide it. A kind word for bankruptcy reform, no matter how belated.

Bubble No. 3

Growth in household net worth had handily outstripped growth in after-tax income. You may thank the Fed, Donald Trump.

Under the headline

The share price would be lower if the analysts were more curious. Attention, Wall Street: There’s a balance sheet, too.

Buncombe glut

Did the president of the European Central Bank say “savings” when – with a little more attention to analytical detail – he should have said “credit”?

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About James Grant

James Grant founded Grant's Interest Rate Observer in 1983 following a stint at Barron's, where he originated the "Current Yield" column.

His books include works of financial history, finance and biography. They are: “Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend” (Simon & Schuster, 1983); “Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending from the Civil War to Michael Milken” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992); “Minding Mr. Market” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993); “The Trouble with Prosperity” (Times Books, 1996);  “John Adams: Party of One” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005); “Mr. Market Miscalculates” (Axios Press, 2008); and “Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster” (Simon & Schuster, 2011).


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