Tag Archives: economics

JP Morgan Chase’s Mysterious $13B Payment

Community bankers could be expected to rejoice at the news of JP Morgan Chase’s agreement to pay $13B in “settlements” to various federal and state agencies. None of this is good news. This strange transaction is another tightening of the toxic embrace between the TBTF banks and the regulatory agencies who sponsor, nurture, regulate and […]

Marinette Economic Summit Speech

What follows is a speech from Bob Atwell, CEO of Nicolet Bank, at an economic summit in Marinette, WI.  This event was founded and hosted by Nicolet Bank. I have been asked to make a few observations about the economic environment in our area.  I was also asked that I avoid any commentary that could […]

When Left and Right Agree

When President Obama and Rick Santorum agree about something, it gets my attention. They have both announced tax initiatives favoring manufacturing over other economic sectors. This together with their occasional expressions of skepticism about free trade policies have met with dismissive scorn from the guardians of economic orthodoxy. It is easy to chalk this up […]

All I Really Need to Know About Economics I Learned From my Grandparents

The crisis in the financial markets and the federal response to it has created a renewed interest in economics. We are hearing about Keynes, the Austrian school and various other dead academicians. The ghost of Malthus was even spotted advising Nancy Pelosi to include contraception funding in the stimulus package (where is Saturday Night Live […]

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