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State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report

“The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has released a study, entitled State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report, conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen. Commissioned by NFESH, this report reveals that 15.5 percent of seniors or 9.6 million individuals age 60 or older in the United States faced the threat of hunger. This represents an increase of 300,000 more seniors affected by senior hunger than the previous year.” (Released April 23, 2015)

Are Survey Expectations Theory-Consistent? The Role of Central Bank Communication and News

Lena Drager, Michael J. Lamla, and Damjan Pfajfar (2015). Are Survey Expectations Theory-Consistent? The Role of Central Bank Communication and News, Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2015-035. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2015.035. “In this paper we analyze whether central bank communication can facilitate the understanding of key economic concepts. UsingContinue Reading

Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study

Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession – Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study, 2015 “Introduction – There is widespread consensus that the legal profession stands at an important inflection point. Traditional models of professional organization, practice, and education are under increasing pressure to adapt toContinue Reading

SIGAR Quarterly Report to Congress on Afghanistan Reconstruction

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Quarterly Report to Congress, April 30, 2015 “As a result of a SIGAR investigation that uncovered corruption in the award of a nearly $1 billion, multi-year Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) fuel contract, SIGAR has developed a relationship with the new Afghan national-unity government that promises to create uniqueContinue Reading

Regulatory change and monetary policy

CGFS Papers No 54 Regulatory change and monetary policy – Report submitted by a Working Group established by the Committee on the Global Financial System and the Markets Committee. The Group was chaired by Ulrich Bindseil (European Central Bank) and William R Nelson (Federal Reserve Board). May 2015. “Financial regulation is evolving, as policymakers seekContinue Reading

Historic Survey of Financial Services Professionals Reveals Widespread Disregard for Ethics

News release: “Labaton Sucharow LLP, which established the nation’s first practice exclusively dedicated to representing SEC whistleblowers, today announced the results of its collaborative survey with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business: The Street, The Bull and The Crisis. The survey, the most expansive of its kind, polled more than 1,200 U.S.Continue Reading

Women’s Representation in Science Predicts National Gender-Science Stereotypes

Women’s Representation in Science Predicts National Gender-Science Stereotypes – David I. Miller and Alice H. Eagly – Northwestern University; Marcia C. Linn, University of California, Berkeley “In the past 40 years, the proportion of women in science courses and careers has dramatically increased in some nations but not in others. Our research investigated how nationalContinue Reading

WSJ Graphics – Greece’s Debt Due: What Greece Owes When

Greece is negotiating with its eurozone creditors to get more aid before the indebted government runs out of cash. Here’s what Greece owes, when, by Charles Forelle, Pat Minczeski and Elliot Bentley, laast updated May 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Published Feb. 19, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. ET.

How Much for a Haircut? Illiquidity, Secondary Markets, and the Value of Private Equity

“Bollen, Nicolas P. B. and Sensoy, Berk A., How Much for a Haircut? Illiquidity, Secondary Markets, and the Value of Private Equity (May 17, 2015). Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2015-03-08. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2608549 “Limited partners (LPs) of private equity funds commit to invest with significant uncertainty regarding the timingContinue Reading

What Do Private Equity Firms Say They Do?

Gompers, Paul A. and Kaplan, Steven N. and Mukharlyamov, Vladimir, What Do Private Equity Firms Say They Do? (April 27, 2015). Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 15-081; Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 15-081. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2600524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600524 “We survey 79 private equity investors with combined AUMContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Home Loan Banks, Medicare

Federal Home Loan Banks: Collateral Requirements Discourage Some Community Development Financial Institutions from Seeking Membership, GAO-15-352: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: May 22, 2015: “Collateral requirements rather than membership requirements discouraged some nondepository community development financial institutions (CDFI)—loan or venture capital funds—from seeking membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System. CDFIs areContinue Reading

Open Bitcoin Privacy Project assesses wallet privacy in new report

“The Open Bitcoin Privacy Project (OBPP) – an open-source, international organization whose goal is to improve financial privacy within the Bitcoin ecosystem – has released its Spring 2015 Wallet Privacy Rating Report. In the report, the OBPP rates the 10 most popular Bitcoin wallets by measuring the wallets’ effectiveness at protecting users’ privacy. Each walletContinue Reading