Blog resources for the social studies of finance.
February 16, 2008
Defaultrisk.com is a visually frenetic site whose author, a risk professional, has enthusiastically collected 1,327 academic and industry articles, and counting, on credit risk management. The majority of these articles are available for free download. (I tried a couple of them myself, and it seems to work quite satisfactorily). The site is a juicy gold mine — so rich that I’m not ashamed to mix metaphors over it — and potentially useful for anyone in SSF working up a literature review of Basel II, credit markets, structured debt securities, credit risk metrics, swaps… and so on. If you’d like to join the gang of contributors check out the submissions page. Or, if you just want to peek to see if you recognize anyone who has work housed on the site, check out the photo gallery of featured researchers.
Calculatedrisk.blogspot.com is highly ranked on Google and pops up frequently in my searches on consumer credit risk. It must be very successful because since the last time I looked at it, it’s become peppered with ads. The anonymous authors are a retired senior executive, and a former bank officer and mortgage lending specialist. They tend to have some pretty sensible, to-the-point, and up-to-date (if not earth shattering) commentary on the events of the day. They also provide extensive links to the main stream press on the economic news and regulatory updates, with special coverage of the domestic real estate issues and mortgages.
Here’s one of no direct relevance to finance which I’ll include just for fun. Its concept is a thrill to any fan of historian Susan Strasser who might be working on a topic related to the history of consumerism and consumer culture. BrandlandUSA™ is a blogspot dedicated to the preservation of America’s best-loved brand names. (I came across it looking for a good price on a Penguin Munsingwear sweater, where I was informed that the company was recently taken over by Perry Ellis. Which made me wonder: With so many brands, but such huge conglomerates supporting them all, what does this say about the role of finance in the dynamics of contemporary fashion? A thought to pursue on another day…)