Newspaper Articles – John Berlau

The Great Italian Auto Bailout — Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers

At the beginning of 2014, Detroit may be bankrupt, but they’re cheering the five-year-old U.S. auto bailout in Italy. That’s because after being the beneficiary of billions in U.S.

The Volcker Winter Storm – Bad Rule, Worse Implementation

On a snowy day in Washington, several federal agencies packed some mean regulatory snowballs that will most likely overshoot their supposed destination of Wall Street and land with a thud on the bu

Twitter, the JOBS Act, and Return to IPO Normalcy

The headline read that the company's initial public offering price is "high," and "so is its valuation." The accompanying story explained that the latest tech sensation had yet to show a profit, an

Twitter, Investors Gain from JOBS Act Regulatory Relief

Almost two years ago, I wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Making It Leg

Online 'Marketplace Fairness Act' Could Tax Your 401(k)

The U.S. Senate recently passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would force online retailers to collect sales taxes for states in which purchasers reside.

Facebook Rips Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank in IPO Filing

In his letter to prospective shareholders in the middle of the 201-page “Form S-1” Facebook filed Feb.

Blame Illinois Senator for Higher Bank Fees, Fewer Free Services

Thanks to Dodd-Frank’s Durbin Amendment, price controls on interchange fees — the so-called “swipe fees” that retailers pay to bank and credit unions to process debit card transactions -- that went

Fed Cuts Fees for Fat-Cat Merchants

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank has decided once again to hand gifts to a select group of businesses that includes the world’s wealthiest corporations.