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September 20, 2013 Money Funds Are Circling the Wagons on RulesSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
Bank regulators around the world are forcing banks to hold more capital than they did before the financial crisis revealed just how inadequate their capital truly was. But one set of American banks appears to be on the verge of...
September 17, 2013 5 years after the crisis: Blame Washington or Wall Street'
MSN Money - The financial institutions were playing a giant and -- while it lasted -- very lucrative game of hot potato, all of them willing to bet that when the music (and the dancing) stopped, they wouldn't be the one stuck...
September 16, 2013 Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices SpikeSource: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
It was supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street.
September 16, 2013 Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to MeSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
“Employment down by 0.1% in euro area” That was the headline of a news release on Friday from Eurostat, the European Statistical Agency. The figures were for the second quarter, compared to the first. (Speed of release is not a...
September 16, 2013 Recollections of 30 years of EIRISSource: EIRIS Blog
Imagine the ethical investment scene in the early eighties. Some investors were waking up to their responsibilities as part-owners of companies that had a significant impact on society and the world. Yet there were no channels...
September 12, 2013 Alpha BetSource: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC
We smell autumn on the wind in Denver.Soon the backbone of the continent will transform from verdant to orange and yellow and caramel as the aspens salute departing summer. It’s a process spanning weeks, an epoch compared to...
September 9, 2013 Pensions Are Still Making Ludicrous Assumptions About Future ReturnsSource: Business Insider
Two well-respected analysts of pension funds have produced reports this summer suggesting that pensions are now underfunded by more than $4 trillion and possibly more than $5 trillion. I would like to tell you that the...
September 9, 2013 The Old Are Working, but Not the YoungSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
During the summer months this year, an average of 35.9 percent of men ages 65 to 69 had jobs. Similarly, 25.6 percent of women in the same age group were working. Both figures were records for any summer since such numbers became...
September 9, 2013 Find the Loan Behind the LoansSource: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
Online lenders who charge borrowers stratospheric interest rates are coming under pressure from state regulators — and it’s about time. But to get at the root of the problem, the regulators may need to dig much deeper.
September 6, 2013 The Perils When Megabanks Lose FocusSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
Five years ago, as Lehman Brothers teetered, there was remarkably little concern about what would happen if it failed and virtually none about what would happen to the rest of Wall Street if it did.
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