FIRE Policy News : Issue Archive

  • 2014 February FIRE Policy News

    The February issue of FIRE Policy News reports a federal bankruptcy judge has ruled Detroit may reorganize under bankruptcy law, meaning holders of Detroit bonds could take losses, city workers and...
  • 2013 December FIRE Policy News

    The December issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports on a lawsuit filed by the owners of Schott’s Market, a family grocery store, and the Institute for Justice. In...
  • 2013 November FIRE Policy News

    The November issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports the California legislature approved two bills offering relief from retroactive taxation of capital gains taxes....
  • 2013 October FIRE Policy News

    The October issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports the inspector general for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, finds they...
  • 2013 August FIRE Policy News

    The August issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports on Detroit’s continuing financial woes, including its mid-June default on a scheduled debt payment. This issue,...
  • 2013 July FIRE Policy News

    While a U.S. Senate subcommittee recently took Apple Inc. to task for allegedly using “offshore tax havens” to avoid paying U.S. taxes on foreign income, the July issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance,...
  • 2013 June FIRE Policy News

    The June issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other city officials held a two-day conference financed by municipal bond...
  • 2013 May FIRE Policy News

    The May issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports on Pennsylvania’s interest in using “pension obligation bonds” to avoid steep increases in pension payments over the...
  • 2013 April FIRE Policy News

    The April issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports Standard & Poor’s is the only credit rating agency to have downgraded U.S. government debt – and the only credit...
  • 2013 March FIRE Policy News

    The March issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports hundreds of condominium and homeowners associations in Florida are threatening foreclosure of banks that foreclosed...
  • 2013 February FIRE Policy News

    The February issue of FIRE Policy News reports state legislators in Oregon are considering lowering the state’s capital gains tax rate, one of the nation’s highest. Steve Buckstein, a senior policy...
  • 2012 December FIRE Policy News

    The December issue of FIRE Policy News reports residential home construction in September 2011 hit its highest level in four years, and in some markets, existing home sales also have been surging....
  • 2012 November FIRE Policy News

    The November issue of FIRE Policy News reports on the Federal Reserve’s decision to buy $40 billion of mortgage debt per month for an unlimited amount of time. “QE3 is more of the same, and it will...
  • 2012 October FIRE Policy News

    The October issue of FIRE Policy News reports the Obama administration has restructured terms of the federal government’s bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The administration made its move...
  • 2012 September FIRE Policy News

    The September issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports state and local governments in Illinois – and that means taxpayers – collectively owe more than $200 billion in...
  • 2012 August FIRE Policy News

    The August issue of FIRE Policy News reports financial institutions that do proprietary trading are coming under fire for high-profile losses that critics say could put taxpayers at risk....
  • 2012 July FIRE Policy News

    In an April 17 Rose Garden speech, President Barack Obama blamed “speculators,” whom he called “an irresponsible few,” for the rise in the price of oil. But, as the July issue of FIRE Policy News...
  • 2012 June FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News

    The June issue of FIRE Policy News reports on the Federal Reserve’s apparent commitment to more years of historically low interest rates, despite indications of an improving economy and rising price...
  • 2012 April FIRE Policy News

    The April issue of FIRE Policy News reports on federal charges filed in late January against a “criminal club” of investors who made money trading on insider information. The charges have raised the...
  • 2012 March FIRE Policy News

    The March issue of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Policy News reports on Louisiana’s unusually expensive automobile insurance rates, symptomatic, author Kevin Mooney writes, “of public...
  • 2012 February FIRE Policy News

    The February 2012 issue of FIRE Policy News opens with Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Wendell Cox’s analysis of the 2010 American Community Survey, which finds 79.2 percent of new households in U....
  • 2012 January FIRE Policy News

    The January 2012 issue of FIRE Policy News reports on the looming bankruptcy – or will it be a takeover by the state? – of Harrisburg, capital of Pennsylvania. The city’s finances are a mess, at...
  • 2011 December FIRE Policy News

    The December issue of FIRE Policy News reports on news that Wall Street firms secretly received at least $1.2 trillion in emergency loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis. Did the...
  • 2011 October FIRE Policy News

    The October issue of FIRE Policy News features a quotation from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, published more than five decades ago and still frighteningly accurate today. In an editorial, Heartland...
  • September 2011 - FIRE Policy News

    The September issue of FIRE Policy News reports on the Federal Reserve’s debit card fee limit, scheduled to go into effect October 1. Retailers are expected to benefit the most from the limit; it...