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Engine of Inequality, by Karen Petrou

The first book to reveal how the Federal Reserve holds the key to making us more economically equal, written by an author with unparalleled expertise in the real world of financial policy.

Following the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy placed much greater focus on stabilizing the market than on helping struggling Americans. As a result, the richest Americans got a lot richer while the middle class shrank and economic and wealth inequality skyrocketed. In Engine of Inequality, Karen Petrou offers pragmatic solutions for creating more inclusive monetary policy and equality-enhancing financial regulation as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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“Petrou’s book uncovers a hidden engine of our skyrocketing inequality: financial-policy. In an accessible and engaging prose, Petrou takes us through the inner workings of monetary policy at the Fed and financial regulations, how they’ve made inequality worse and how they could instead be retooled to take us to a more equitable future. A novel look at the problem of inequality and bold ideas to help resolve it. A must read.”—Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics at the University of California Berkeley and author of The Triumph of Injustice

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The Hill, Wednesday, February 1, 2023

February 1st, 2023|

The Fed can’t fix inflation alone. Here’s why By Karl Evers-Hillstrom The Federal Reserve continues to hike interest rates in its fight to bring an end to historic inflation. The central bank has driven up borrowing costs and slowed the economy in an effort to reduce demand for goods and [...]

Banking with Interest, Tuesday, January 31, 2023

January 31st, 2023|

Are the FHLBs Dangerously Off Mission? Host Rob Blackwell While the Federal Housing Finance Agency conducts a historic review of the Federal Home Loan Banks’ mission, several critics are questioning whether the housing government-sponsored enterprises have lost sight of their original purpose. Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner of Federal Financial [...]

American Banker, Tuesday, January 10, 2023

January 10th, 2023|

Silvergate Bank loaded up on $4.3 billion in FHLB advances By  Kate Berry When depositors began pulling money out of Silvergate Capital Corp. following the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, the California bank shored up its liquidity by tapping a quasi-government agency not typically known as a lender of last [...]

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Karen Petrou: It’s Game-On for End-Game Capital Regulation

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FedFin on: State Member Bank Powers

In conjunction with rejecting an uninsured crypto bank’s application for Federal Reserve membership, the Federal Reserve issued a policy statement conforming state member bank powers only to those authorized for national banks even if the state member is an uninsured depository institution. While it is possible for state member banks to gain greater powers following Fed deliberations, the new approach sharply limits the ability of states to empower uninsured charters [...]

Karen Petrou: M&Ms, McHenry, and the Making of Financial Policy

It’s a sad commentary on American politics to observe, as I feel we must, that the experienced chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Patrick McHenry, has followed M&M’s “spokescandies” as a target of Tucker Carlson’s bilious, yet widely-watched, wrath.  The fundamental frivolity of this contrast is self-evident, but that has yet to dampen the credibility of this combustible commentator with his super conservative acolytes.  That Mr. Carlson matters so [...]

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