Author Archives: Peter Conti-Brown

The Federal Reserve Circus: What Did We Win, What Did We Lose

by Peter Conti-Brown — Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Today, the President is likely to announce Jerome Powell as his pick for Fed Chair. It’s a move that had been telegraphed for the last few days and followed an unusually extended vetting period. The comparisons between President Trump’s personnel processes and Donald Trump’s reality television showmanship are easy to make and just as easy […]

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Does the New Fed Governor Serve at the Pleasure of the President?

by Peter Conti-Brown — Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

President Trump and the Senate got within a few days of having four vacancies on the Fed’s Board of Governors, an ignominious milestone that has never occurred in the Fed’s history. I wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal that these vacancies–whether we have four or three or two–are deeply problematic for the Fed. First, […]

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Call for papers – Second Annual Wharton Financial Regulation Conference

by Peter Conti-Brown — Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Our readers may be interested in this call for papers, with an October 31, 2017 deadline. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will host the second annual Wharton Financial Regulation Conference, sponsored by the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research and the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, on April 19-20, 2018. We issue a […]

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The Fed’s Governance Crisis

by Peter Conti-Brown — Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

I’ve written about the relatively new problem of chronic Fed vacancies before (see here), but we’re setting new records. With the just-announced resignation of Vice Chair Stanley Fischer 18 months before his leadership term expired, we face another potential milestone: the first time in the Fed’s history that we have only three sitting Governors. I’ll […]

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Is there a Duty to Serve an Immoral President? A Taxonomy

by Peter Conti-Brown — Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

A few weeks ago, in those bygone days when Sean Spicer reigned in the White House pressroom and Reince Priebus was White House Chief of Staff, I wrote an op-ed called the Case for Janet Yellen. In it, I explained why Janet Yellen should be her own successor at the Fed, for a variety of […]

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Health Care, the Congressional Budget Office, and “Audit the Fed”

by Peter Conti-Brown — Monday, July 31, 2017

There’s no shortage of colorful players in the last round of health care debates. Senators battling kidney and brain cancer, the parliamentarian’s star turn, presidential surrogates and their sideshows, all preceded the ultimately fruitless (until now) effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. One of the most intriguing institutional players in the debate was the […]

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The Future of Financial Regulation Just Got Much More Interesting

by Peter Conti-Brown — Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last week brought news of two major appointments at the Fed: Mark Van Der Weide, a long-time lawyer in the Fed’s supervision and regulation division, will be the new general counsel, and Randy Quarles has been nominated (and is expected to be confirmed) as the first Vice Chair for Supervision and member of the Fed’s […]

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George Mason Law Review–essays from the Transatlantic Forum

by Peter Conti-Brown — Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

The inimitable Michael Greve hosts a stimulating conference with scholars and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic, called (appropriately) the Transatlantic Law Forum. The George Mason Law Review just published some of the essays from the 8th of these conferences, with a intellectual and substantive diversity reflected in the essays. They include Mike’s introduction, […]

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new preface for The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve

by Peter Conti-Brown — Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

I’ve reached the happy milestone of republishing my book, The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve, in paperback. This means a new preface, copied below. It’s long, but because I spend a lot of time in it discussing some of the themes and ideas that first found their home in these digital pages, I thought I […]

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Donald Trump’s most important Fed appointment (Hint: It’s not the Fed Chair)

by Peter Conti-Brown — Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Given the tumult of the opening weeks of the Trump Administration, the public is forgiven for not realizing that the Administration is woefully understaffed. But even in the flurry of personnel announcements from first the transition team and now the Administration, on the Federal Reserve—perhaps the most powerful of governmental agencies—we have had near radio silence. Of […]

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