Global Investing

from MacroScope:

Japanese lessons

April 2, 2009

Japan, slightly sidelined by the U.S.-UK "special" relationship and the Franco-German alliance at the G20 summit, is keen to stress the country can offer lessons to be learned from the country's banking crisis in the 1990s.

Zeitgeist check

February 27, 2009

Some more bits and bobs to capture the current mood among investors.

–  So far, 2009 is worse than 2008 for stock investors. MSCI‘s main world index is down around 17 percent in January and February.  A year ago, it had lost around 8 percent.

Bowling for Whistleblowers

February 17, 2009

Attention Wall Street whistleblowers: your banking job might be at risk, but here’s your shot at Hollywood stardom.

Careful what you say

January 27, 2009

Bank executives beware. Turn your microphones off during what are likely to be stormy shareholder meetings this year.

Moldova — ultimate crisis-proof country?

January 23, 2009

It’s the poorest country in Europe and its main export is alcohol but it can still beat the world’s largest economy when it comes to financial muscle. Yes you’ve guessed it, Moldova trumps the United States in the Banker magazine’s 2009 World Financial Health Index.

And the next Iceland is…

January 23, 2009

If there’s one thing you don’t want to be, it’s the next Iceland.

from Davos Notebook:

Bankers – Ever thought about working for Big Pharma?

December 8, 2008

    Are you an out-of-work banker looking for a new job with
some stability? Considered the drugs industry?

Bankers’ ball binned, a step towards appeasement?

November 20, 2008

The storm raging through financial markets has already cost bankers much of their business, bonuses and public esteem. But now they won’t even be able to drown their sorrows in their usual glass of bubbly at one of the most cherished events in Frankfurt’s social calendar.

It’s nickel and dime time for banks

October 13, 2008

Belt-tightening measuresIt’s nickel and dime time for banks as they come under pressure to cut costs in order to survive the worst financial crisis in 80 years.

Investing with Dante

October 10, 2008

You know things are bad on financial markets when an investment research note starts talking about Dante‘s visit to the nine circles of Hell with tormented lustful souls and gluttons living in filthy slush.