from Anatole Kaletsky:

Why political gridlock works for the U.S. economy, but not for Japan or EU

By Anatole Kaletsky
November 7, 2014

U.S. President Obama hosts a luncheon for bi-partisan Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House in Washington

Is gridlocked government a betrayal of democracy? Or does it allow citizens to get on with their lives and businesses, unencumbered by meddlesome politicians?

from Breakingviews:

Review: The secret cause of economic crises

By Guest Contributor
November 7, 2014

By Edward Chancellor

The author is a guest columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

What is the glue which holds an economy together? Disciples of Adam Smith would argue that self-interest serves as the organising principle. The problem with this way of thinking is that it overlooks the fact that man is not an island unto himself. He is a social animal, who must have constant dealings with other people. Besides, according to John Maynard Keynes, it is impossible to pursue our self-interest rationally, because we don’t have enough information to make probabilistic judgments about the future. Instead, we must rely on irrational animal spirits as a spur to action.

from Breakingviews:

Japan’s banks may swap old nemesis for new foe

November 7, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Bank of Japan bond vault may resemble a black hole

November 5, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Draghi can only dream of moving like BOJ’s Kuroda

October 31, 2014

By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

Abenomics hits a speed bump, not a road block

October 20, 2014

By Peter Thal Larsen

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Japan’s low unemployment masks overtime slump

October 14, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

China has two bad role models on dealing with debt

October 6, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

SoftBank and Shrek may lack on-screen chemistry

September 29, 2014

By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Compass:

To build a coalition against Islamic State, U.S. should try a little humility

By Nader Mousavizadeh
September 25, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama chairs the U.N. Security Council summit in New York

When President Barack Obama assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council Wednesday, he summoned the full weight of U.S. power to a cause with seeming universal appeal: defeating the barbarism of Islamic State -- or, as Obama calls the militant group, Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL).