Recent Flurry of World Leader Visits to Turkey

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek December 18, 2014
As the United States and its allies battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Vice President Joseph Biden, Pope Francis, and Russian President Vladimir Putin have all visited Turkey.

Pocket Policy: Do New Payments Technologies Need New Rules?

Aaron Klein December 17, 2014
In a world with multiple payment systems, the one you choose matters because it determines your legal rights, the speed at which you are charged or receive funds, and the costs and benefits that consumers and merchants incur.

What to Watch for: FSOC’s December 18 Meeting

Aaron Klein, Justin Schardin December 16, 2014
On the agenda for the Financial Stability Oversight Council's final scheduled 2014 meeting is a closed-session vote on whether to designate MetLife as a systemically important financial institution.

Kline-Miller: Making Tough Choices to Improve Solvency for Retiree Plans

Alex Gold December 15, 2014
The spending bill that passed the House last week included a bipartisan provision that would allow certain underfunded pension plans to reduce benefits that were promised to retirees.

Bipartisan Redistricting Takes a Big Step Forward in Ohio

Matthew Weil December 15, 2014
There is too much distrust of the electoral system and many reasons to account for why. But one of the causes we have heard more about than any other is the way in which legislative districts are drawn.

Lotteries with No Losers Have the Green Light

Alex Gold December 15, 2014
The American Savings Promotion Act, which will allow banks to offer depositors lottery entries (in lieu of interest) in “Prize-Linked Savings” accounts, passed the Senate by unanimous consent earlier this week and is now headed for President Obama’s desk.

HSYK Elections and the Future of Judicial Independence in Turkey

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek December 12, 2014
While U.S. policymakers’ attention has been focused on Turkey’s response, or lack thereof, to the conflict raging in Iraq and Syria, there have also been significant developments in the country’s domestic politics worthy of attention.

What We’re Reading in Financial Regulatory Reform, December 12

Financial Reform December 12, 2014

We hope you enjoy our latest selection of readings from the financial regulatory world. As always, the views expressed in these articles do not necessarily represent the views of the initiative, its co-chairs, task force members or the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Data Shows “Nuclear Option” Had an Impact on Financial Regulatory Appointments

Justin Schardin December 10, 2014
This year there will be no last-minute votes for high-level jobs at the major independent financial regulatory agencies. Why? None are pending.

The Health and Housing Nexus

Henry Cisneros December 8, 2014
Determining how best to care for an elderly loved one is a challenge facing millions of families throughout America.