Category Archives: Michael Barr

Wikipedia Loan Modification Page Offers Concise Look at History and Current Programs, Ignores Government Failures


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I get frequent questions about loan modifications and resources for learning more about available programs. Those interested in learning more about this subject at the heart of the current financial crisis should start with the Wikipedia page entitled “Loan Modification … Continue reading

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Treasury Official Speaks Out About Excessive Risk Taking


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At long last, someone in Washington is speaking out about the dangerous precedent set by the government bailouts of major banks. As discussed in this article on the financial regulations website FinReg21, Treasury secretary Michael Barr testified before the House … Continue reading

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