Author Archive | Paul Soltis

The Strange Twists and Turns of Politics

“We’ll postpone the vote if, there’s a little confusion here, so we’ll postpone the vote”.  With those words from Chairman Richard Shelby way back on April 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs delayed consideration of President Obama’s nomination of Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce for membership in the SEC.  […]

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Freaking Out, Brexit Style

The first line of the Fortune article read “Decades of European integration were blown up by a single vote”. For the Economist, a “senseless, self-inflicted blow”. The Telegraph deemed it the “greatest disaster to befall the block in its 59-year history”. NIKKEI 225 down 7.92%. DAX down 6.82%, CAC 40 down 8.04%, FTSE down 3.15%, […]

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When Good Intentions Go Bad – Regulators and Cloud

Regulators are often, to quote one of my old bosses when referring to his boss, unencumbered by reality. Their detachment from the practical application of their ideas has been especially apparent in the past few years as Dodd Frank and other post-crisis regulations have come into effect. Just look at what happened with Money Market […]

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Trouble Comes in Threes

For people who believe in this sort of thing, numbers can be an omen. Seven is lucky. Thirteen is unlucky. All good things and certain bad things, most notably death and trouble, come in threes. And as everyone knows, the third time is the charm. In 2015, the number three has definitely been of the […]

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