Editor's Note: This is a monthly publication on economic trends and financial policy issues. In this publication you can read "The Longbrake Letter", an analysis of economic trends and conditions written by Bill Longbrake, as well as commentary on financial regulation and policy written by members of the law firm Barnett, Sivon & Natter, P.C., a Washington, DC based law firm that specializes in financial services law. The lawyers in the firm are also counsel to the international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs.
ISSUE: #77, December 2016
The Longbrake Letter - Assessment of 2016 Forecasts; Outlook for 2017
Part I is a final assessment of observations Bill made a year ago about how the U.S. and global economies might fare in 2016. As one might expect, Bill's track record is mixed. The U.S. and global economies are dynamic and ever changing. Some trends are foreseeable. But, governmental policy intervention, whether it be political or economic, can alter outcomes and set in motion feedbacks that significantly affect economic developments. In this respect, 2016 was no different from any previous year. Part I also includes commentary about key U.S. and global economic and political developments that seem possible, perhaps likely, in 2017, along with a list of possible risks that could derail expected developments.
The Longbrake Letter – Long-Run U.S. Economic Outlook – Scenarios
Part II of December's Longbrake letter explores a 10-year economic outlook for a variety of measures of economic activity and compares four of Bill's scenarios with projections of other professionals including the Congressional Budget Office.
Financial Regulatory Appointments in the New Administration
The Filibuster Rules in the U.S. Senate
FinTech is Coming: OCC Charter Proposal
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