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February 5, 2013 Where The Economy (And Market) Is Heading Now
Seeking Alpha - Last week, investors digested a slew of mixed economic data, including a disappointing headline U.S. fourth-quarter gross domestic product number and an upbeat manufacturing report. It's no wonder, then, that many...
February 1, 2013 Polls vs. MarketsSource: NY Times
The Conference Board reported Tuesday that the preliminary January figure for consumer confidence in the United States had plunged to its lowest level in more than a year, with a decline in expectations leading the way.
January 30, 2013 What was missing from the sustainability conversation at DavosSource: GreenBiz.com
While sustainability has become a top priority for many leading global businesses, adoption remains slow and patchy. That’s reflected by the fact that, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, sustainability has continued to be...
January 28, 2013 Where Banking Crisis Raged, Trust Is Slow to ReturnSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
For banks around the world, the answer to that question seems to be the determining factor in whether banks are largely trusted. In countries whose financial systems did not blow up during the worldwide recession, trust has...
January 24, 2013 Reality or FantasySource: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC
Speaking of rule-filings, here’s an example. Last week ahead of an SEC review deadline, NYSE Arca, an automated facility focused on ETFs and global derivatives-trading, withdrew a proposal permitting ETF sponsors to pay...
January 24, 2013 Davos's Dubious Strategic PartnersSource: Bloomberg
The aspirational hypocrisy of the World Economic Forum is enshrined in its motto: "Committed to Improving the State of the World." Unlike other storied global conspiracies -- the Trilateral Commission, for example, or the...
January 22, 2013 The Foreclosure FiascoSource: Joe Nocera, NY Times
It’s been five days since Jessica Silver-Greenberg’s article on the latest bank settlement was posted on The New York Times’s Web site. I’m still shaking my head. Her “story behind the story” of the $8.5 billion settlement...
January 18, 2013 Dell’s Ups and Downs With OptionsSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
It was an amazing American success story, in which a college student in his dorm room created what became one of the largest computer companies in the world. In the 1990s, its share price tripled in each of three consecutive...
January 11, 2013 The Inconvenient Truth About Jack LewSource: Huff Post
I suppose that he can't be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary. Both championed the financial deregulation craze...
January 10, 2013 Op Ed - Let’s stop investing our retirement funds in lethal weaponsSource: Adam Kanzer, Reuters
Mutual funds, according to a recent Vanguard statement, are not “optimal agents to address social change .” I agree. But while a mutual fund may not be the best way to promote sound social policy, when trillions of dollars in...
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