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  • Can The US President Fire The Fed Chair?

    Probably no other American president has expressed so much public displeasure with his own choice to head the U.S. Federal Reserve as has Donald Trump with Jerome Powell. It actually reached the point that much speculation has arisen as to whether or not he can fire the Fed chair if he wishes. The quick answer seems to be no, but there may be some highly political and difficult means for…

  • The Lehman Brothers Collapse

    What Is The Lehman Brothers Collapse? The collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 was the largest instance of corporate bankruptcy in American history. The firm's failure is generally regarded as the seminal event of the global financial crisis, which triggered the Great Recession that followed. The effects are still being felt today in the form of weak economic growth and unprecedented central bank intervention in the global economy and…

  • What Is The “Irish Backstop”?

    In the aftermath of the June 2016 vote for Brexit, several issues became points of contention regarding the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. Monetary settlements, immigration policies and the future of trade relations spearheaded negotiations during an extended transition period. In addition to these concerns was the Irish border, what it was to become and how it was going to impact the U.K.-EU relationship moving forward. Throughout the…

  • US Treasury Securities

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is the largest issuer of bonds in the world. It issues debt securities in order to fund the activities of the U.S. government, which generally runs high budget deficits. As of 31 December 2018, the U.S. federal debt totaled slightly below US$22 trillion. Of that amount, $16.1 trillion was held by the public and $5.9 trillion was held by other entities of the federal…

  • US Energy Information Administration (EIA)

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is an official provider of energy-related data and analytics. Initially created by the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, the EIA specializes in the collection, analysis and dissemination of energy industry data at the federal level. Producers, traders and government officials view the EIA as a leading authority on the current state of global energy. Mission And Products Dating back to the oil crises…

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a private, not-for-profit agency authorised by the U.S. Congress to protect American investors from fraud and wrong-doing by securities brokers. It's not part of the U.S. government but is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is part of the government. FINRA regulates U.S. brokerage firms by enforcing its own rules as well as federal securities laws and those of the Municipal…

  • What Is The G20?

    The Group of Twenty (G20) was founded in the late 1990s by ministers of the original G7. Formally launched in 1999, the G20 adheres to many of the tenets put forth at Bretton Woods. The annual Leaders' Summit is the culmination of each year's work.

  • What Is The USMCA?

    The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the long-awaited revision of NAFTA promised by the Trump administration. Officially signed by member nations at the 2018 G20 Summit, USMCA aims to restructure North American trade and commerce.

  • World Bank Group (WBG)

    The World Bank Group (WBG) is a product of the Bretton Woods Accords ratified in 1944. With a stated mission of eradicating world poverty, the WBG issues loans, grants, and other aid to developing economies in need of financial or technological assistance.

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