Econ 101: March 8, 2013

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  • The largest U.S. companies increased their offshore cash holdings by $183 billion last year. [Bloomberg]
  • The Federal Reserve yesterday said that most major U.S. banks — with the exception of Ally Financial — have enough capital to survive an economic downturn. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Furloughs due to the so-called “sequester” will vary widely by government agency. [Associated Press]
  • Senate Democrats are putting together a government funding measure that would allow the Obama administration some flexibility to implement sequester cuts. [Reuters]
  • Consumer borrowing is at an all-time high. [The Hill]
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission is planning to write new rules governing high-frequency trading. [The Hill]
  • Several states are investigating whether major banks helped debt collectors pursue faulty claims. [Reuters]