The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System.

The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System; Signed by Economist Kenneth R. French

The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System.

FRENCH, Kenneth R.; Martin N. Baily; John Y. Campbell; Robert Shiller.

Item Number: 114597

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Early printing of this “excellent primer on the workings and failures of today’s sophisticated financial system” (Alan Greenspan). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Kenneth R. French on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

In the fall of 2008, fifteen of the world's leading economists--representing the broadest spectrum of economic opinion--gathered at New Hampshire's Squam Lake. Their goal: the mapping of a long-term plan for financial regulation reform. The Squam Lake Report distills the wealth of insights from the ongoing collaboration that began at these meetings and provides a revelatory, unified, and coherent voice for fixing our troubled and damaged financial markets. As an alternative to the patchwork solutions and ideologically charged proposals that have dominated other discussions, the Squam Lake group sets forth a clear nonpartisan plan of action to transform the regulation of financial markets--not just for the current climate--but for generations to come. Arguing that there has been a conflict between financial institutions and society, these diverse experts present sound and transparent prescriptions to reduce this divide. They look at the critical holes in the existing regulatory framework for handling complex financial institutions, retirement savings, and credit default swaps. They offer ideas for new financial instruments designed to recapitalize banks without burdening taxpayers. To lower the risk that large banks will fail, the authors call for higher capital requirements as well as a systemic regulator who is part of the central bank. They collectively analyze where the financial system has failed, and how these weak points should be overhauled.

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