Monthly Archives: March 2020

Taxes in the Time of Coronavirus: Is it Time to Revive the Excess Profits Tax?

By | March 30, 2020

Courtesy of Reuven S. Avi-Yonah A recent New York Times headline summarizes one of the most significant economic impacts of the current pandemic: “Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever.” At a time when most American citizens and businesses are suffering catastrophic economic damage from the Coronavirus recession, some corporations—such as Amazon, 3M,… Read More »

Hot-Stove Effects: The Impact of CEO Past Professional Experiences on Dividend Policy

By | March 26, 2020

Courtesy of Matthew Faulkner and Luis García-Feijóo In 2019, companies such as IBM, Apple, and Disney paid shareholder dividends of approximately $6 billion, $14 billion, and $3 billion respectively. What explains the decision to pay out dividends and the amounts involved? In a recent study, we focus on the impact of CEO past professional experience… Read More »

COVID-19 Market Protection: Close Down Stock Exchanges

By | March 25, 2020

Courtesy of Alexandra Andhov As COVID-19 continues to spread across continents, all economies begin to tremble and prepare for the worst. Companies, investors, and trading clients are turning to stock exchanges amid one of the most tumultuous periods in market history to borrow money, buy or sell assets, and limit losses in their holdings. Yet… Read More »

Does FOIA Foil the SEC’s Intent to Keep Investigations Confidential?

By | March 24, 2020

Courtesy of Braiden Coleman, Ken Merkley, Brian P. Miller, and Joseph Pacelli The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a long-standing policy to keep formal investigations confidential. In our recent article, we examine the extent to which compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides investors with information about ongoing SEC investigations. We exploit… Read More »

Congress and the President Must Counteract the Wealth Inequality the Fed Will Create

By | March 23, 2020

Courtesy of Todd Phillips* This morning, the Federal Reserve announced it would begin open-ended quantitative easing, offering to buy “Treasury securities and agency mortgage-backed securities in the amounts needed to support smooth market functioning and effective transmission of monetary policy.” This expands on its announcement last week that it’d buy up to $700 billion worth… Read More »

Coronavirus and Climate Change: Tragedies of the Horizon

By | March 18, 2020

Courtesy of Joseph Smith Can the current health crisis teach us about the looming environmental one?  I think so, particularly as a study of horizons in both time and space. While there is consensus among experts that climate change is real and its potential impact catastrophic or worse, there is also consensus that the worst-case… Read More »

Testimony of the Honorable Sarah Bloom Raskin Before the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis

By | March 17, 2020

Courtesy of Sarah Bloom Raskin On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis had a hearing on “The Economic Risks of Climate Change.” One of the witnesses, Sarah Bloom Raskin, provided the following testimony:   Chairman Schatz and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here to… Read More »

A World Without LIBOR: A New Financial Order?

By | March 16, 2020

Courtesy of Xing Huan, Gary J. Previts, and Antonio Parbonetti Introduction On June 27, 2012, news of Barclays being fined for manipulating the daily setting of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) flooded the media. Nearly eight years later, the transition away from LIBOR is still a work in… Read More »

Dealing with the Carbon Bubble: The Senate Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

By | March 12, 2020

Courtesy of Graham Steele  Introduction  Today, the Senate Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has convened a hearing about the potential financial risks from climate change. This hearing is the culmination of years of expert warnings about the risks of a growing carbon bubble that, like other asset bubbles, could result in stranded assets and… Read More »