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The Quals: An Autopsy of Health Reporting in the Latest OECD Numbers

In Health on March 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Obesity, life expectancy and health expenditure indicators are provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in their OECD in Figures 2009 released in September. With The Quants in such heavy debate lately relating to the financial market collapse and quantitative modeling through computer programmed trading, it is time to analyze The Quals for a change, that is, in the context of the other heavily spotlighted subject in the headlines, that is, healthcare reform policy.
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Primary Regulators: OCC, OTS, FED & FDIC-Failed Institutions in Distributed Form

In Economy on March 17, 2010 at 2:23 AM

Behind the curtain of failed depository institutions, it is notable that the total number of posthumous banks and thrifts having failed during business cycle #34, as ordained by official NBER record, is rapidly approaching 200. This thread analyzes the distribution of failures across primary regulators. Upfront, here is a pie chart displaying that regulator distribution, with warts and all.
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U.S. Banking Crashes, Three Episodes

In Economy on March 3, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Compared here and revisited are three banking-centered recessions dominating the unpopular imagination from 1900 onward: namely, the Great Depression period, the Savings & Loan Crisis period and the Subprime Recession period. In looking back, contrasted are usual traditional monetary measures one encounters in Mankiw (2003), e.g., the money multiplier, monetary base, reserves-to-deposits ratio, etc., with aim to assess and draw distinctions between the three larger bank failure periods in modern American recall and imagination.
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