1. GlobalDebtscapes: Interrogating 'Financial Inclusion' in Contemporary Capitalism


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    Tuesday 26th June 2012 - SOAS, London Speakers: Dr. Susanne Soederberg and Dr. Marcus Taylor Over the past decade, international development agencies such as the United Nations to the World Bank have argued that the incorporation of the poor into the formal financial system is key to alleviating poverty and promoting economic development. Despite concerns over growing levels of indebtedness in many parts of the world, this narrative of 'financial inclusion' has become a rallying call for the proliferation of diverse financial instruments that increasingly connect the livelihoods of the urban and rural poor across the global South to the dynamics of global finance. Using case studies drawn from contemporary Mexico and India that look at urban housing finance and rural microcredit respectively, Susanne Soederberg and Marcus Taylor interrogate what is at stake in the discourse and practices of 'financial inclusion', who gains from these new forms of financing, and why are they being promoted so heavily in an era characterised by recurring debt crises. via @refleaflet (Twitter)

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    • "Financialization, Economic Opportunity, and the Future of American Democracy." GW Law's Center for Law, Economics & Finance


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      A conference on the Political Economy of Financial Regulation, February 7 and 8, 2013, at the George Washington University Law School. Panelists: Robert C. Hockett, Cornell Law School Tim Noah, The New Republic Marc Schneiberg, Reed College, Department of Sociology Don Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Sociology Moderator: Patricia A. McCoy, University of Connecticut School of Law Presented by: the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF), the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law, the Center for Banking and Finance at the University of North Carolina School of Law, and the Institute for Law and Economic Policy.

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      • Machine Learning-based Stock Trading Strategies


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        Special thanks: Klout / Lithium for hosting and providing video recording! Lightning talk: Verbs of data science (Abe Gong, Jawbone) Abstract: Almost everything you've read and heard about data science focused on nouns: algorithms, software, infrastructure, etc. that data workers use, or products that they make. Noun-based texts teach tools and technical skills, but do not teach about time. Therefore, they have little to say about scheduling, deadlines, efficiency, and return on investment—fundamental concepts that separate abstract thinkers from productive doers. This lightning talk will kick off the evening with thoughts about the verbs of data science: how to arrange your workflow to get more data work done, on deadline. Main talk: Machine Learning-based Stock Trading Strategies (Dr. Tucker Balch, Lucena Research) Abstract: Dr. Tucker Balch will review Lucena Research’s approach to building Machine Learning-based trading strategies. The presentation will include several example strategies developed at Lucena. Tucker will also talk about some of the challenges for ML in this domain and lessons learned. Bio: Tucker Balch, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, and CTO of Lucena Research. His course at Coursera, Computational Finance, Part I has been taken by more than 100,000 students worldwide. At Georgia Tech he teaches courses in Artificial Intelligence and Finance. Balch has published over 120 research publications related to Robotics and Machine Learning. His work has been covered by CNN and by New York Times. His graduated students work at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citadel, AQR, and Yahoo! Finance.

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        • “Global Systemically Important Banks: Too Big (and International) to Regulate?” C-LEAF Symposium at GW Law


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          Panel discussion at the October 31, 2013 symposium "The Road Traveled: Assessing Dodd-Frank Five Years After the Crisis." The George Washington University Law School Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) Fifth Annual Financial Regulatory Reform Symposium Panelists: Richard J. Osterman, Jr., Acting General Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C. Michael Helfer, Vice Chairman, Citigroup, Inc., New York, NY Anna Gelpern, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. Paul Lee, Of Counsel Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY Moderator: V. Gerard Comizio, Partner and Chair, Global Banking Practice Group Paul Hastings LLP, Washington, D.C.

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          • 20110728 - The most insane news rant to date!


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            For additional information about this presentation, please see the BLOG entry at http://smartscarecrow.blogspot.com/2011/07/segment-1-alternative-energy-news.html

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            • “The Future of Housing Finance: Finding a New Direction?” C-LEAF Symposium at GW Law


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              Panel discussion at the October 31, 2013 symposium "The Road Traveled: Assessing Dodd-Frank Five Years After the Crisis." The George Washington University Law School Center for Law, Economics & Finance Fifth Annual Financial Regulatory Reform Symposium Panelists: Michael Fratantoni, Vice President, Single-Family Research and Policy Development, Mortgage Bankers Association Tom Deutsch, Executive Director, American Securitization Forum Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Julia Gordon, Director, Housing Finance and Policy, Center for American Progress Peter Carroll, Assistant Director, Office of Mortgage Markets, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Moderator: Laurence E. Platt, Partner, K&L Gates LLP

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              • GO! Network 2011-08-16 Financial Issues in Career Transition With Dan Dobinsky and Willie Smith


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                GO! Network Welcomes Dan Dobinsky, Joe High, and Willie Smith on Tuesday, August 16th Are you having problems managing your finances with a slimmed-down budget? Is the thought of a retirement plan difficult to imagine? Is your credit score limiting your ability to thrive? Dan Dobinsky, and Willie Smith are here to show you light. Dan will be highlighting credit and debt issues; Willie will be covering how to fix your credit score; and Joe will show you how planning for retirement is not only possible, it’s a necessity. About Our Presenters: Daniel F. Dobinsky Dan Dobinsky has spent his entire, professional career matching his client’s goals with the correct vehicle to achieve them. For the past 12 years, he has been helping his clients repair their credit and obtain non-traditional mortgages. Prior to that, he did the same as an insurance agent and small business owner, giving him an understanding of a wide variety of customer’s needs and potential solutions. Dan and his wife are now empty-nesters, with two daughters out of the house, so Dan spends his Saturday’s volunteering his construction skills to AmeriCorps and All Hands, working with tornado victims; WITS, a non-profit recycler of consumer electronics, as their handyman; and NORC, a group that helps the elderly with minor, household repairs. He is currently a licensed mortgage loan originator with First Option Mortgage in Creve Coeur. Willie Smith Willie is a Credit Education Specialist with WCS Credit Sense, where he helps people create a personal plan to raise their credit score and help them get money when they need it at an affordable price. Having a good credit score makes you more attractive to banks and lenders, where you can build upon that to develop a mutually beneficial long-lasting relationship with a banking institution. Previously, Willie owned Calvin Production Entertainment, which specialized in elite venues with jazz and Blues orchestra (16- 40 pieces) and taught Spanish at Dunbar High School. Willie is a graduate of Illinois State University.

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                • Debate on the Gold Standard: Northwood University


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                  Arguing for the Gold Standard: Dr. Richard M. Ebeling Professor of Economics, Northwood University Author of Political Economy, Public Policy and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition Arguing Against the Gold Standard: Dr. Robert B. Barsky Professor of Economics, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Monetary Economics Program, National Bureau of Economic Research Debate format 20 opening - 10 rebutting - 10 closing

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                  • Jim Rickards - Financial Threats to National Security - Dec 2008


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                    Financial Threats To National Security Lecture and Q&A Dec 17th 2008 Marriot Residence, Arlington VA - Mr. James G. Rickards The Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory Sponsored : Rethinking the Foundations of the National Security Strategy and the Quadrennial Defense Review

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                    • Ten Tips to Control your Financial Future


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                      Learn "Ten tips to control your financial future", led by one of Educators Financial Groups expert financial planners, Marie Blanchet.

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