When former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was campaigning to be the Republican presidential nominee, he told reporters that his “truth message to Wall Street is going to be, ‘Get your snout out of the trough.’” Which, maybe that’s still his truth message? But instead of delivering it as co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign, Governor Pawlenty will be speaking it as head of the Financial Services Roundtable, a banking industry lobby.
Somewhere, an algorithm read the coverage of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on high-frequency trading, and figured it will take years for the government to hammer out reforms to fix market structure issues.
Whither Europe: Spain will request European aid for its failing banks on Saturday afternoon, Reuters reports. That comes after Fitch Ratings downgraded Spanish debt three notches yesterday, and ahead of Greek elections on June 17 which could thrust European markets into crisis mode. “The government of Spain has realized the seriousness of their problem,” Read More
THREE'S A TREND!
Three hours before President Obama’s “eff an S & P” presser, a tidbit of news broke about a staffing change at the Federal Reserve: Nathan Sheets, the Fed’s chief international economic adviser—or: the director of the Division of International Finance—is getting out of dodge. Mr. Sheets, who started with the Federal Reserve Board in 1993 as an economist, had been there for 18 years. More importantly, he’s the third in a trend of (take a guess)…
The Big PictureBull vs Bear
Barry Ritholtz, the founding voice of the popular financial blog The Big Picture, is tired of watching his inbox fill up with self-righteous emails from his more bearish readers.
“A composite of their emails would read something like this: ‘How can you sit there so blithely while the Fed debases the world’s reserve currency? Read More