U.S. Debt: Is It The Calm Before The Storm?

Wharton's Joao Gomes and George Washington University's Tara Sinclair discuss the nation's long-term debt burden and what might be done about it. Q4 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Rilsonav / Pixabay The U.S. national debt has crossed $22 trillion dollars — the highest ever. In the first four months of the [...]

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Will Deutsche Bank Survive Its Latest Crisis?

Wharton's David Zaring and William Black from the University of Missouri-Kansas City discuss alleged money laundering at the bank. Q3 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc By Deutsche Bank AG (GIF format logo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDeutsche Bank faces its most severe test yet in the wake of police raids [...]

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How Fintech Serves The ‘Invisible Prime’ Borrower

For decades, the main recourse for cash-strapped Americans with less-than-stellar credit has been payday loans and their ilk that charge usury-level interest rates, in the triple digits. But a slew of fintech lenders is changing the game, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to sift out true deadbeats and fraudsters [...]

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Could Fracking Debt Set Off Big Financial Tremors?

Author Bethany McLean and Jyoti Thottam, business and economics opinion editor for The New York Times, discuss the risk of a financial crisis arising from the fracking industry's high debt load. Mystery and high stakes often go together, as is the case with fracking — the process of using high [...]

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What Causes Financial Crises?

One of the great ironies of the 2008 financial crisis is that it was sparked by a product created from a historically safe investment asset: residential mortgages. In the past quarter century, delinquency rates of single-family home mortgages hovered below 3% for the most part except for the time [...]

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Is The Next Recession Around The Corner?

Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett discusses the impact of the financial crisis and red flags in today's economy. The panic following the collapse of Lehman Brothers a decade ago spread quickly and far, even to markets that were less vulnerable to developments in the U.S., such as Australia. That underscored the [...]

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Remembering ‘Lehman Weekend’: Where Are The Risks Now?

September holds the dubious honor of being the month that marked two cataclysmic events with profound global impact: the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that ignited the war on terror, and the Sept. 15, 2008, bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers that marked the beginning of the global financial crisis. [REITs] Q2 [...]

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How The U.S. Rental Market Is Increasing Inequality

Wharton's Benjamin Keys, Zillow's Aaron Terrazas and the Brookings Institution's Jenny Schuetz discuss trends in the U.S. rental market. Get The Timeless Reading eBook in PDF Get the entire 10-part series on Timeless Reading in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. [...]

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The Time Bomb Inside Public Pension Plans

Wharton's Olivia Mitchell and Leora Friedberg of the University of Virginia discuss the $4.4 trillion public sector pension shortfall. Get The Timeless Reading eBook in PDF Get the entire 10-part series on Timeless Reading in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. [...]

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Is The U.S. Headed For Another Mortgage Crisis?

Wharton's Natalya Vinokurova discusses her research on the development of mortgage-backed securities and the parallels to the present day. Ten years after the mortgage-fueled Great Recession, several of the market and structural components remain in place that could set the environment for the next crisis. In her latest research, Wharton management professor Natalya [...]

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