Topic - Government

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Raising the credit bar, or getting clubbed by it?

Credit is tightening, but there is a fine line between tighter credit and a so-called credit crunch
Ronald A. Wirtz
January 2009 - fedgazette

Too Big to Fail: The Way Forward

Top of the Ninth
Gary H. Stern
December 2008 - The Region

A question of credit

The credit enhancement market is in flux, which leads to some navel gazing over municipal bond offerings
Ronald A. Wirtz
November 2008 - fedgazette

Auction-rate fireworks: Ooh, aah, ouch

Once a useful and sophisticated tool for cheap financing, issuers discover the dark side of more exotic bonds
Ronald A. Wirtz
November 2008 - fedgazette

Hungry (for cash) like a wolf

Montana State Roundup
November 2008 - fedgazette

The bonds of debt

The recent financial crisis blew a hole in the municipal bond market. But it has been shifting for more than a year.
Ronald A. Wirtz
November 2008 - fedgazette

Smoking good for health of charitable gaming

Minnesota State Roundup
September 2008 - fedgazette

All those in favor, quack

Minnesota State Roundup
July 2008 - fedgazette

I hear you’ve been smoking

Wisconsin State Roundup
July 2008 - fedgazette

A pink slip for JOBZ?

Minnesota State Roundup
May 2008 - fedgazette

Crow Nation, State of Montana sign UCC filing compact

May 2008 - Community Dividend

More salt for a struggling economy

Minnesota State Roundup
May 2008 - fedgazette

State budget deficit: Practice makes perfect

Wisconsin State Roundup
May 2008 - fedgazette

Both sides of the pork trough

Earmarks are easy to want, easier to criticize. Though inefficient at a number of levels, the political economy of pork barrel spending suggests some benefits are also ignored.
Ronald A. Wirtz, Douglas Clement
March 2008 - fedgazette

Dual-edged earmarks

Earmarks can meet local needs; they can also leave locals hanging.
Douglas Clement
March 2008 - fedgazette

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