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Richard Benson

Richard Benson

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


Prior to founding the Specialty Finance Group in 1989, Mr. Benson acted as a trading desk economist for Chase Manhattan Bank in the early 1980's and started in the securitization business in 1983 at Bear Stearns, and helped build the early securitization businesses at Citibank and E.F. Hutton.

  • The Incredible Shrinking Postal Service

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    Published 08 November 2011 | viewed 0 times

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  • The Fed Pays a King's Ransom to China

    Published 04 October 2011 | viewed 0 times

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  • The Collapse of America's Labor Force

    Published 16 February 2011 | viewed 0 times

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  • Obesity and Taxes

    Published 12 October 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • An Inflationary Cocktail in the Making

    Published 30 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 26 July 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 28 June 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 10 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • A Trillion Here, A Trillion There....

    Published 08 April 2010 | viewed 949 times

    "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money". This phrase about government expenditures has become a classic but with great…

  • Twilight Zone Economy

    Published 08 November 2009 | viewed 3,568 times

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  • The Housing Tsunami's Second Wave

    Published 16 September 2009 | viewed 4,901 times

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  • Hard Times

    Published 09 July 2009 | viewed 3,074 times

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    Published 23 September 2008 | viewed 4,289 times

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