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Expanding BRICS

Foreign Policy magazine reported on the recent BRICS meeting, which added six new members. It said: This week’s geopolitical headliner is expanding the clique. BRICS—an economic bloc consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—invited six new nations to… Read More »Expanding BRICS

IRS Funding

The Inflation Reduction Act included an $80 billion increase over ten years for the Internal Revenue Service.  Subsequently as part of the agreement on the debt ceiling, the IRS budget would be cut by up to $21.4 billion over three… Read More »IRS Funding

Good Bank, Bad Bank

I am worried that my previous post may have been too favorable to bankers.  Bankers are not universally loved.  They have a reputation for foreclosing on decent people having a hard time financially, for not lending to anyone except those… Read More »Good Bank, Bad Bank

SVB and Bank Profits

This article in The Economist magazine describes well what happened with Silicon Valley Bank and some other impending bank failures.  It also describes the other side of the banking business, which is getting less attention today.  The lesson of SVB… Read More »SVB and Bank Profits