Felix Salmon

Counterparties: Struggling with Enormous Conflicts

February 11, 2013

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When the finance minister targets stock prices

February 11, 2013

Japan’s economy has been far too stagnant for far too long: everybody can agree on that. The aging population, now used to deflation, prefers saving to spending — an entirely reasonable stance if prices will be lower tomorrow than they are today. So the government has long been facing a very tough task: to change the psychology of a nation, basically. You can’t do that — as Japan learned the hard way — with old-fashioned public-works spending. Instead, you have to target expectations.

Why the quants won’t take over Hollywood

February 9, 2013

Andrew Leonard has a very odd column about Netflix and House of Cards, under the headline “How Netflix is turning viewers into puppets”. Netflix, you see, has lots of data, and it used that data in the commissioning process for the series:

Counterparties: When two mandates aren’t enough

February 8, 2013

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Counterparties: How do you value $137 billion?

February 7, 2013

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How does Tim Geithner change his mind?

February 7, 2013

For me, the most interesting part of Liaquat Ahamed’s Tim Geithner exit interview is this bit:

Counterparties: The devil’s in the emails

February 6, 2013

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The Post Office gets tough with Congress

February 6, 2013

The fight between the Post Office and Congress is a very peculiar one. Normally, when the government owns some incredibly profligate business, it’s Congress which tries to impose efficiency gains and fiscal discipline, while the business insists that all of its spending is absolutely necessary and that it has already cut to the bone. In this case, however, the roles are reversed: the Post Office wants to change, and it’s Congress which is stopping it from doing so.

Counterparties: Not all that bursts is a bubble

February 5, 2013

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