from Mark Jones:

Germany just dodges recession http://t.co/ZijaYOYLj0

November 14, 2014

Germany just dodges recession http://t.co/ZijaYOYLj0

from The Great Debate:

Time for a ‘melt-up’: The coming global boom

By Anatole Kaletsky
November 14, 2014

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European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi speaks at a news conference during the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington

Get ready for a “melt-up.”

Back in mid-October, as stock markets around the world plunged faster than at any time since 2011, many investors and economists feared a meltdown. But with the U.S. economy steadily expanding, monetary and fiscal policies becoming more stimulative in other parts of the world and the autumn season for financial crises now over, a melt-up seems far more likely.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Time for a ‘melt-up’: the coming global boom

By Anatole Kaletsky
November 14, 2014

European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi speaks at a news conference during the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington

Get ready for a “melt-up.”

Back in mid-October, as stock markets around the world plunged faster than at any time since 2011, many investors and economists feared a meltdown. But with the U.S. economy steadily expanding, monetary and fiscal policies becoming more stimulative in other parts of the world and the autumn season for financial crises now over, a melt-up seems far more likely.

from Mark Jones:

Is the U.S. really against torture? It can be hard to tell http://t.co/fcC3L8KHj4

November 14, 2014

Is the U.S. really against torture? It can be hard to tell http://t.co/fcC3L8KHj4

from The Great Debate:

Is the U.S. really against torture? It can be hard to tell

By Elisa Massimino
November 14, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Organizing for Action's "National Organizing Summit" in Washington

President Barack Obama brought the U.S. commitment against torture into sharper focus on Wednesday. For a president who prohibited torture as one of his first official acts, this shouldn’t be news. But it is.

from Mark Jones:

Documents raise fresh questions about thalidomide criminal trial http://t.co/jV6TB3xOr4

November 13, 2014

Documents raise fresh questions about thalidomide criminal trial http://t.co/jV6TB3xOr4

from James Saft:

Rising dollar America’s currency, everybody’s problem: James Saft

November 13, 2014

Nov 13 (Reuters) - This time round the rising dollar may be
America's currency and everybody's problem.

from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Marginal oil producers, gold investors heed caution ahead of OPEC meeting

November 13, 2014

Oil markets made history this week as Brent crude prices dipped below $78 to a four-year low. This comes ahead of a meeting by members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on Nov. 27th.  Up for debate is whether or not Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, will decide to cut production.

from Breakingviews:

Buffett’s $4.7 bln Duracell deal a double positive

November 13, 2014

By Robert Cyran and Kevin Allison

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Alison Frankel:

The latest in restrictive corporate bylaws: Small shareholders can’t sue

By Alison Frankel
November 13, 2014

One of the biggest reasons for the seismic shift in shareholder litigation over the past decade from securities fraud class actions to M&A challenges is that it's easier for plaintiffs' firms to bring M&A cases and derivative suits. After Congress amended securities laws in 1995 to rein in shareholder suits, federal-court fraud class actions became the near-exclusive province of institutional investors, not individual shareholders with small holdings. But those small-timers could still bring derivative suits and shareholder class actions challenging M&A deals. So a lot of shareholder firms without ties to big pension funds stopped bringing fraud cases and started filing these instead.