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Floyd Norris Columns

October 18, 2013 Misleading Numbers on 401(k)’s

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Are you upset about what happened to your 401(k) account during and after the financial crisis? Perhaps you shouldn’t be, says a trade group for the companies that manage those accounts.

October 11, 2013 Are Disasters Lurking in European Banks? Who Knows?

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, gave a generally upbeat speech on Thursday. “We have seen much progress in the banking sector of the euro area,” he told the Economics Club of New York.

September 23, 2013 Population Growth Forecast From the U.N. May Be Too High

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

The United Nations population division said this summer that fertility rates in many developing countries had not slowed as the U.N. had expected. As a result, it revised its forecast of the world population in 2100 upward by 700...

September 20, 2013 Money Funds Are Circling the Wagons on Rules

Source: 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 16, 2013 Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me

Source: 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 3, 2013 Five Years After Chaos, Shares of Many Big Banks Are Still Struggling

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Financial markets were nervous five years ago, as September 2008 began, but hopeful that the world would stabilize. Two weeks later, Lehman Brothers failed and a panic began. The crisis demonstrated how interconnected the world...

August 25, 2013 A Surprising Reversal for Emerging Stock Markets

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

There have been sharp falls this month in several markets, from India to Turkey, reflecting concerns about weakening currencies. But even before those declines, emerging markets were underperforming relative to developed markets...

August 23, 2013 How BlackBerry Handled Past Wealth

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

It started in an unlikely place, far from the headquarters of more established technology companies, and grew to become a dominant player. Along the way, investors piled in, undeterred by the company’s policy of never paying a...

August 20, 2013 Oversight Board Faults Broker-Dealer Audits

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Auditors performed complete and correct audits of at least three brokerage firms last year, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board said Monday. That amounted to only 5 percent of the 60 audits reviewed by the board, but it...

August 12, 2013 U.S. Companies Thrive as Workers Fall Behind

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

AMERICAN companies are more profitable than ever — and more profitable than we thought they were before the government revised the national income accounts last week. Wage earners are making less than we thought, in part because...

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