William Longbrake

The Volcker Rule: Unintended Consequences?

When the stock market plunged in the first minutes of August 25, did well-intended financial regulations contribute to the volatility? The Dodd-Frank act, passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, introduced a host of regulations into the financial system. But Smith School executive-in-residence William Longbrake says some scholars worry that one particular regulation, the so-called Volcker rule, may have introduced new uncertainty into the system. Read more...

Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates? William Longbrake

What is the likelihood that the Fed will raise interest rates in September? William Longbrake, Smith School Executive in Residence and senior policy advisor at the school’s Center for Financial Policy, shares insights and assesses the risks of the various policy options. "The odds (of a rate hike) have fallen further in recent days as turmoil has engulfed global financial markets," he says. Read more...

Market Reaction Muted after Greece 'No' Vote

U.S., European and Asian stock markets all fell in response to Greece rejecting austerity plans demanded by international creditors. But the market reaction was much more muted than analysts had expected. Those experts include Smith School executive-in-residence Bill Longbrake, who spoke to the Associated Press ahead of market openings on Monday. Longbrake said on Sunday night to “watch for how the Europeans handle the Greek bank run, which must be addressed in the next couple of days." Read more...

Greek Drama Reaches Climax

Bill Longbrake, executive-in-residence at the Smith School's Center for Financial Policy, lays out the big issues for Greece as the country enters the end game of its long-running financial drama. "There are times when, even though there might be a logical solution from an economic and financial point of view, you can't get there because of political constraints," Longbrake says. Read more...

Three Culprits for Slow Economy

Not reaping the expected benefit of cheap oil, the U.S. economy shrank at an annualized pace of 0.7 percent in the first three months of this year. “When data do not fit expectations, the knee-jerk reaction is to look for excuses,” says Bill Longbrake, executive in residence at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Financial Policy. “Was it bad weather, the West coast dock strike, faulty seasonal adjustment methodology, the strong dollar, consumer reluctance to spend potentially temporary gas expense savings or something else?” He outlines a rippling effect of three culprits in his May 2015 Longbrake Letter. Read more...

Greece: Skunk at the Party or Canary in Coal Mine?

Smith School executive-in-residence Bill Longbrake says the Greece crisis can be viewed in the short term as a skunk at the party – the party being new optimism in the European Union. But in the longer view, Longbrake says Greece is a canary in the coal mine. “Its condition and crisis is the direct result of deeply embedded flaws in the European Union," he writes in the monthly Longbrake Letter. Read more...

Longbrake Comments on U.S. Public Debt Imbalance, Government Shut-down

In an interview at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Executive-in-Residence of the Center for Financial Policy Bill Longbrake provided insight into the government’s debt imbalance and possible outcomes of the ensuing congressional deadline of March 4th to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government.

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