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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.
September 6, 2013 From Externality to Reality – ’30 years of making the business case for environmental issuesSource: Eiris Blog
It is commonly accepted that the modern environmental movement was founded in the 1960’s, catalysed by the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Despite this, when EIRIS was established in 1983, most in the business and...
September 5, 2013 Market Structure Map - Street LevelSource: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC
“My CEO doesn’t get market structure.” I’ve heard that more than a time or two! IROs wanting executives to grasp market complexity in order to see share-behavior in an accurate and contemporary fashion run into the buzz saw of...
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