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February 29, 2016 5 Myths About ESG Investing, Debunked

Source: 3BL Media

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) investing is frequently misunderstood and these misconceptions have been passed around the investing world like a game of telephone. For those who view ESG investing with skepticism,...

February 29, 2016 Warren Buffett says it's 'highly likely' climate change poses a major problem for the planet

Source: Techinsider

Buffett writes that he is not denying the science showing that climate change will likely be a problem. But he's just not 100% certain that it will be.

February 29, 2016 Why we should beware the dawn of cheap petrol

Source: The Guardian

It’s been many years since the motorist had such a warm feeling at the petrol pump. Whoever thought they would be able to fill the car at prices as low as 90p a litre? Take advantage; fill up that tank. But don’t delude yourself...

February 22, 2016 Who Bernie would take down along with Wall Street

Source: Daily News

The kids want to elect Bernie Sanders president partly because they want Wall Street to Feel the Bern. But his centerpiece idea to punish Big Finance — a tax on all Wall Street trades — would make us all pay more without fixing...

February 20, 2016 Market Structure Map - Bieber in a Bottle

Source: Tim Quast, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Volumes are big but trades are small as markets pitch and buck. On this restless sea, is there a message in a bottle?[more]

February 16, 2016 Putin's Reward for Doing a Deal With OPEC Overshadowed by Risks

Source: Bloomberg

Neither a recession nor a collapse in revenue has yet been enough to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin that it’s time to join with OPEC in cutting oil output to boost prices. His reasons may be pragmatic rather than...

February 16, 2016 Is the US Fed Running Out of Ammunition to Ward Off Recession?

Source: Forbes

Madam Secretary Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday lasted three whole hours, making it clear that the Federal Reserve’s actions are increasingly attracting political scrutiny. Indeed, Yellen’s role is more vital than...

February 12, 2016 Market Structure Map - Eroding Banks

Source: Tim Quast, president - ModernNetworks IR LLC

Large banks including Morgan Stanley, UBS, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Bank of America are down about 30% this year. A great deal has been made of reasons. Sovereign wealth funds, big holders in most, are...[more]

February 12, 2016 The Misguided ExxonMobil Climate Change Inquisition

Source: Forbes

Last year witnessed the astounding speed at which public and expert opinion now coalesce around policies that would have seemed unacceptable a few years earlier. From same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization, public opinion...

February 11, 2016 Dimon and Buffett: the odd couple of corporate governance

Source: Opinion - FT

It is one of the oldest battle lines in corporate governance: managerial autonomy versus shareholder rights. The battle is particularly acute in the US at present.

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