William Rhodes

Guest view: Warning signs of a "Volcker Moment"

Jun 14 2021

NEW YORK Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who was my longtime friend and officemate, died at the end of 2019 before Covid-19 swept the planet. But as the world has struggled to cope with the economic and human damage inflicted by the pandemic, I am often reminded of Paul’s concerns that policymakers would forget the important lessons imparted during his years as the central banker who led the fight against runaway American inflation.

Breakingviews - Guest view: Consider a debt for vaccines program

Mar 09 2021

NEW YORK Almost a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, infections continue to increase in much of the world and especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the consequences are already counted in economic, social and political terms. After a race to obtain approval for vaccines worldwide, the focus is on this region, where there is concern that the vaccine may not reach the entire population due to factors such as cost and logistics.

Breakingviews - Guest view: Another lost decade for Latin America?

Sep 29 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Latin America is facing three simultaneous challenges, which when combined pose the gravest threat seen across the region in over a century. It will take far-reaching political vision and leadership to move forward in implementing reforms that can set a course through this triple crisis to restore stability.

Breakingviews - Guest view: Venezuela is least equipped for virus

Apr 15 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - As Venezuela continues to battle its unparalleled humanitarian emergency, the spread of Covid-19 is exposing the shortcomings in the country’s health, water, electrical and economic systems, which were already under immense pressure.

Breakingviews - Guest view: Chinese oil can fuel North Korea talks

Oct 16 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Nothing will concentrate the minds of North Korean leaders more than a Chinese oil embargo. Nearly 90 percent of the country's petroleum comes across the border, giving Beijing enormous  leverage. Cutting off these shipments would swiftly weaken the North's military capacity and help restart negotiations.

Guest view: Culture can’t be bank-reform casualty

Jul 18 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The U.S. Treasury’s recent 147-page report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities," details a rollback of many of the measures imposed to make banking safe and sound after the financial crisis. The proposals include substantial weakening of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law. At the same time, White House appointments to several bank regulatory agencies are likely to promote measures that result in reductions in bank compliance costs, capital requirements and liquidity constraints.


Mar 13 2013


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