Category Archives: regulation

SMSFs and red tape

Regulation has a special place in the heart of this blog and superannuation is a particular fave. I’ve offered some connoisseurship of Self Managed Super Fund regulation in the past. I could say that this takes the cake, but really it’s just … Continue reading

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Doing over the creditors, Greek style

As Greece’s situation has gone in recent days from bad to worse to worser to even-worserer-than-that, I’ve seen a lot of claims that the European authorities treated Greece’s private creditors too generously back in 2010-2012. My natural tendency was to … Continue reading

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Habituation – to mediocrity

A Tale of Repetition: Lessons from Florida Restaurant Inspections by Ginger Zhe Jin, Jungmin Lee – #20596 (IO) Abstract: We examine the role of repetition in government regulation. Using Florida restaurant inspection data from 2003 to 2010, we find that … Continue reading

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Matt Levine helps you understand the bank regulation problem in 1800 words

If you want to understand what bank regulators were doing in 2008, and what people like APRA and the Reserve Bank worry about here, try reading Matt Levine’s latest column. Leviine’s piece is nominally about a weird court case involving … Continue reading

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The Pell Principle: Mission will trump morality

The current inquiry into institutional child abuse holds some interesting lessons about the nature of religion, which I’ll stay clear of here. But it also holds a larger lesson about the ability of organisations to act morally and to act … Continue reading

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Jeff Sachs’ ego to the rescue: or maybe not . . .

“as much as I don’t understand it, Jeffrey Sachs really, really, really doesn’t understand it.” Nina Monk, author of The Idealist “I don’t want to argue with you Jeff, because I don’t want to be called ignorant or unprofessional. I … Continue reading

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Predictions versus outcomes in 2013?

In the last 5 years, I have made a point of giving clear predictions on complex socio-economic issues. I give predictions partially to improve my own understanding of humanity: nothing sharpens the thoughts as much as having to actually predict … Continue reading

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