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My new year’s resolution? To kick my savings habit
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 01:01 PM

With interest rates in the basement, why keep squirreling all that money away? Let’s take out some loans and rack up some debt! By Sheila Bair FORTUNE — It’s well into the new year. Have you made your resolutions yet? No? Well, I have a suggestion. This just could be the year the economy comes…

 
Why Republicans need to help Obama
Friday, January 4, 2013 @ 01:01 PM

A little Democratic idealism mixed with some old-fashioned fiscal discipline could be what Republicans need to get Americans back on their side. By Sheila Bair, contributor FORTUNE — Over the past four years income inequality has worsened, particularly among minority groups. Continuing a long-term trend, the gap between rich and poor is the widest it…

 
Why aren’t big banks issuing more long-term debt?
Thursday, December 6, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

Many banks are thinking more about maximizing short-term profits than about building a stable base of funding that will protect them when interest rates inevitably rise again. By Sheila Bair FORTUNE — During the financial crisis, several large financial institutions heavily relied on short-term borrowings to support their operations. This became a major problem. As…

 
4 ways Wall Street can ante up for fiscal health
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

Wall Street chiefs say they want Washington to come up with a long-term fix for our debt problems. How far are they willing to go? By Sheila Bair FORTUNE — Okay everyone, listen up. I’m going to say something nice about Wall Street CEOs. That is because they are putting their considerable political clout behind…

 

It’s helped make corporate America run better. It might just be the ticket to get our lawmakers back on track. By Sheila Bair, contributor FORTUNE — Will the elections bring about improvements in our increasingly dysfunctional government? I fear not. Successfully running for office these days is more about political fundraising and negative campaigning than…