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Commentary & Opinion
July 2, 2015 Is Tsipras a genius?Source: Politico
“Who’s going to pull the snake out of the hole?” It’s a common Greek expression that means: “Which fool can I get to stick his hand into the unknown? Who can I get to take a risk on my behalf?”
Source: The Guardian
It seems bizarre when Europe’s leaders have finally started to acknowledge that the EU faces its greatest existential crisis since its foundation in 1957. But, at this fateful moment, those who supported British membership of the...
The fall of oil and gas prices has taken a toll on energy stocks, but top hedge fund billionaires don’t seem to be worried. As crude oil prices dropped 11.7% in 2015, energy stocks have become less expensive along the way. The...
Source: Wall Street Journal
When it comes to socially responsible investing (SRI), investing in or divesting certain stocks is a good way for clients to express their values. But proxy voting and advocacy are far more impactful in their ability to effect...
Bloomberg - Since 1950, the U.S. has experienced a recession at the start of every decade except the current one, noted Mark Zandi, chief economist at îMoodyâsî Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania....
June 29, 2015 The euro is an experiment in making a currency without a government. That’s why it’s in trouble.Source: Washington Post
The European Union appears to be on the brink of an unprecedented rupture. After months of meetings between the 19 E.U. states that use the euro, Greece broke off talks ahead of a June 30 deadline for continued financing of their...
June 26, 2015 The Increasing Power of Institutional InvestorsSource: Wall Street Journal
The global capital markets have become enormous–over $350 trillion. The world’s 50 largest asset managers have more than $40 trillion under management. The 10 largest private-equity firms raised almost $200 billion of new equity...
June 22, 2015 Five horsemen of the euro’s futureSource: Politico
A so-called “five presidents’ report” obtained by POLITICO includes calls for a eurozone finance minister and stricter controls over the budgets of the 19 countries, including Greece, that use the single currency.
Source: Seattle Times
Most commentary about exorbitant executive compensation tends to fit accepted niches. Three overarching factors caused the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of 20-to-1 in 1965 and 30-to-1 in 1978 to skyrocket to 296-to-1 in 2013.
June 19, 2015 Demote Hamilton on the $10 Bill? Not So Fast, TreasurySource: NY Times
The Treasury Department has announced that it intends to redesign the $10 bill and substitute a portrait of a famous American woman for Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers. Many people think it’s about time a woman...
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