Weekly Newsletter – Nov 16, 2014

SAIS International Finance Club Weekly Newsletter – Nov 16, 2014

Thank you to those who participate in our Finance Skills Roundtable discussion last week. If you could not come but would like to be included in one of the study groups, please email emily.jd.chen@gmail.com. Application for the next class of Finance Club leadership will start soon – please watch out if you are interested!

–Your SAIS International Finance Club Leadership 


Nov. 19: “Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets” – Professor Roger Leeds, Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy at SAIS, will illustrate how private equity is a tool uniquely suited to strengthening the value and performance of businesses in emerging market countries. Wednesday, 6pm. Bob 500.Members of public and media should RSVP here.

Nov. 20
: “The State of the World: Legacies, Clouds, Uncertainties” – Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counselor and Director of the Research Department of theInternational Monetary Fund will discuss this topic. Thursday, 12:15pm. Rome 806. Members of public and media should RSVP here.


Nov. 17: “Welcome to the Banking Union: Sound Financial Regulation to Fuel Economic Growth?” – Will Europe be able to avoid a prolonged period of stagnation and instead find a way back to economic growth in 2015? This workshop explores the state of the European banking sector in a new regulatory environment and tries to assess whether banks will increase lending to the real economy. Against the backdrop of the results of the Comprehensive Assessment on Banks undertaken by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Banking Authority (EBA), we also will explore the potential impact of recent developments on monetary policies of the ECB and highlight the current political dynamics among member states of the monetary union, in particular France and Germany. For more information click here

Nov. 17: “Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence, and the Wealth of Nations” – From the very beginning of finance to the recent housing boom and bust, financialpanics have been characterized by hidden leverage and bad debt. Losses embedded in the system have often been disguised by fraud on the part of private and public actors. The panel will take a walk through financial history and describe a theory of financial stability derived from that history, as elaborated in Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence, and the Wealth of Nations. Elements of this theory suggest that the rule of law, freedom, and transparency are critical ingredients for financial stability. The panel will also examine how free markets can narrow credit spreads and stabilize equity markets, leading to greater overall financial stability. Monday 12:00 pm. Cato Institute. For more information click here

Nov. 17: “The Case for a National Sales Tax” – The FairTax would replace the income tax and payroll taxes with a national sales tax and provide a rebate that ensuring that no American pays tax on spending up to the poverty level. It would simplify the tax code, promote economic growth and improve the internationalcompetitiveness of U.S. businesses. The FairTax currently has 75 cosponsors in the House. The FairTax has been criticized for being insufficiently progressive. Others are concerned that a sales tax and an income tax could coexist, allowing politicians to grow government. Still others believe it is too dramatic a change to be politically feasible. Join the panel as Representative Woodall makes the case for the FairTax and a panel of experts provides their view. Monday 3:30 pm – 4:30pm. Heritage Foundation. For more information click here

Nov. 19: “Strategic Importance of Trade” – The economic benefits of President Obama’s trade agenda are coupled with strategic regional opportunities. Just days after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the most significant in its 25 year history, please join the Wilson Center for a discussion with Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, about the “strategic logic of trade”: how U.S. trade policy is strengthening U.S. partners and allies; promoting broad-based, inclusive development; and setting guidelines for engaging with critical regions in flux. Wednesday 12:30 pm – 1:30pm. Woodrow Wilson Center. For more information click here
Newsletter Contributors
On-Campus Events: Wenxin Lin
Off-Campus Events: Jingwen Lu
Jobs & Internships: Wendy Chen
Editor: Wendy Zhiyi Chen, Cynthia Yuan Wang


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