Christopher Whalen

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Washington & Wall Street: Is Bitcoin Money or a Movement?

Washington & Wall Street: Is Bitcoin Money or a Movement?

In a recent exchange on Twitter with my London based friend Max Keiser (www.maxkeiser.com) I suggested that the monetary upstart known as bitcoin is merely the latest evolution of the tulip mania speculation.  The Economist describes the tulip mania: “Tulpenwoede” (tulip madness) resulted in big

Washington & Wall Street: The Death of Money

Washington & Wall Street: The Death of Money

My friend and fellow monetary historian James Rickards has written an important new book, “The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System.”  Jim and I both worked together at Tangent Capital Partners in New York and

Washington & Wall Street: Fed Easing Hurting Housing, Banks

Washington & Wall Street: Fed Easing Hurting Housing, Banks

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released financial data for all federally insured banks as of the end of the third quarter of 2013.  The Quarterly Banking Profile, which is an important publication that provides a comprehensive summary

Washington & Wall Street: Questions for Janet Yellen

Washington & Wall Street: Questions for Janet Yellen

On Thursday Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman Janet Yellen appears before the Senate Banking Committee to defend her nomination to succeed Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who received the weakest approval ever from the Senate when he was confirmed in February

Dodd-Frank: Money Never Sleeps

Dodd-Frank: Money Never Sleeps

President Obama and Congress continue to wrestle with competing ideas to fix America’s housing crisis, ranging from abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to introducing new regulations for repairing the rickety mortgage-financing system years after it crashed. To understand the