SmartBrief Originals
News and original analysis on the finance and accounting sectors.

Illinois-based Magnetar Capital is expanding its energy franchise, which dates back to 2005

FDIC headquarters

Strange days at the FDIC, a new nominee for the CFTC, and a nothing burger speech from the new chair of the SEC

Kids playing football

How really bored bond traders pass the time, teeny-tiny bank fines, and should policymakers be Tweeting more?

CFPB Director Richard Cordray

On "social collateral" and interbank markets, firepower at the CFPB, firepower at the SEC, and Dr. Doom is doing his thing again

Jean-Claude Juncker

Trump gets an Econ 101 lecture, Where renewable power might literally replacing nuclear, the OCC states the obvious, and should anyone really worry about bond market liquidity?

Brexit flag

How to rein in a winning trader, crowd-sourcing as an investment strategy, Brexit kabuki dance, and clean coal bites the dust

Labor Department

Labor Department isn't in on the joke, Money and politics in the UK, The cable woes of forex traders, and when wine labels go bad

Chris Christie

Mark Carney impersonates Leon Lett, the Wall Street Journal editorial board needs an editor, a new kind of World Cup, and a West Side Story in New Jersey

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank is helping bankers save lives, Europe’s role in the de-globalization of banking, Post-evolution energy policy confronts reality, and Substainable really is the new strategery


Banks beat CCAR, Central banks ponder virtual currency, an "Enigma" in Hong Kong, and how to optimize airport security

Jay Clayton

Yellen plays the age card, Clayton re-defines efficiency, some hedge funds jobs dodge AI, and whodunit at the Philly Fed?

Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin

Bank bailouts in Italy, future bank bailouts in the US, Ethereum delirium amid bouncy house slip-and-slides, and the religion of CrossFit


What banks can learn from Ryanair, the value of analyst research, precious metals and what light-touch regulaiton looks like.

Stress tests prove to be not so stressful, George Clooney toasts to a cool $1 billion, and green bonds feel some growing pains

Travis Kalanick

Fun with stress tests, Uber alles, Qatar pivots, and SIFMA and FSI cry foul on FINRA