Category: Primer

Talking down and buying up

31 August, 2012 (09:20) | Banking, Bonds, Capital markets, Euro, Finance, Global news, Hard equity, Primer |

By:David A. Smith   Banker speak with forked tongue?   In real life, talking from both sides of one’s mouth is a prescription for social disaster, but in finance, the difference between two perspectives can have profitable consequences (at least in the short term), as reported in the Wall Street Journal (August 12, 2012):   […]

The ten housing-policy commandments – times two: Part 4, change and resilience

26 June, 2012 (11:17) | Affordability, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Essential posts, Infrastructure, Legislation and policy, MEEs, Policy, Primer, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   As we’ve seen so far in this four-part post, I had no trouble reeling off a score of answers, in response to the Bipartisan Policy Center‘s intriguing blog question:   What lessons can the U.S. learn from […]

The ten housing-policy commandments – times two: Part 3, program and products

25 June, 2012 (16:22) | Affordability, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Essential posts, Infrastructure, Legislation and policy, MEEs, Primer, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw in the two preceding posts, whereas Moses needed only ten rules for all of humanity, when called upon to reply to the Bipartisan Policy Center‘s intriguing blog question, I went on for twenty:   What lessons can […]

The ten housing-policy commandments – times two: Part 2, who should develop and own

22 June, 2012 (10:12) | Affordability, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Essential posts, Infrastructure, Legislation and policy, MEEs, Primer, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post covered five of the double-stack of housing policy commandments I posted on the Bipartisan Policy Center‘s blog, answering their intriguing question:   What lessons can the U.S. learn from housing programs, policies, or regulatory frameworks in other countries?    On to Part 2: […]

The ten housing-policy commandments – times two: Part 1, systems and scale

21 June, 2012 (09:56) | Affordability, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Essential posts, Infrastructure, Legislation and policy, MEEs, Primer, Theory, Urbanization, US News | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Over the last few months, I’ve been contributing posts to the Bipartisan Policy Center‘s blog, and when they posed an interesting question, I punched out my under-500-word answer with scarcely a moment’s thought:   If I had more time, I’d have written fewer commandments?   What lessons can the U.S. learn […]