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Is the Fed Preparing to Asset-Strip Local Governments?

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The Federal Reserve just eliminated municipal bonds from its list of high-quality liquid collateral assets. Banks are liable to start dumping them in favor of Treasuries and corporate bonds. The cost of credit will increase for municipal governments and decrease for corporate and financial institutions, and power and financial resources will be further shifted from the public sector to the private sector.

Bail-Out Is Out, Bail-In Is In

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The new rules for keeping the too-big-to-fail banks alive allow for the use of creditor funds, including uninsured deposits, to recapitalize failing banks. In the event of another crisis, access to your money would depend on the security of the FDIC. The question, then, is how reliable is the FDIC?

The Confiscation Scheme Planned for U.S. and U.K. Depositors

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Confiscating customer deposits in Cyprus banks was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England, dated Dec. 10, 2012, shows these plans have been long in the making.

Truthdigger of the Week: Sheila Bair
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Few voices in the regulatory community called for the expulsion of derelict executives and the means to force banks to lend bailout money to the public amid the 2008 financial crisis. Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair was among them.Few voices in the regulatory community called for the expulsion of derelict executives and the means to force banks to lend bailout money to the public.

'Left, Right & Center': Jobs, Taxes and Debatable Behavior

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The presidential campaign got a jolt this week with an uplifting jobs report and a big debate win for Mitt Romney. The falling unemployment numbers released Friday have skeptics wondering whether unemployment could have dropped 0.3 percentage points last month, just in time for President Obama's campaign to tout it. The "Left, Right & Center" panelists dissect the implications of these matters and more on this week's program.

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