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Latvia: Apocalypse (not quite) now . . .

June 21, 2009

Morten Hansen

-Morten Hansen is head of the economics department at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. The opinions expressed are his own.-

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Get ready for the “Great Immoderation”

By J Saft
May 8, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The recession will soon be dead, laid to rest alongside the idea of the "Great Moderation", a set of hopeful assumptions that underpins expectations about economic growth and asset valuations.

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Uncertain Fed support sinks bonds

April 30, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

The bond market's adverse reaction after the Fed announced no new asset purchase facilities or bond buyback programs highlights the fundamental difference between interest rates and quantitative easing (QE).

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World stuck with the dollar, more’s the pity

By J Saft
March 27, 2009

jimsaftcolumn5-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The dollar is, and will remain, the U.S.'s currency and its own and everyone else's problem.

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Time to rethink inflation targeting

March 19, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

It is time to add another victim to the ever-growing list of institutions (Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers) and theories (value at risk, fair value accounting and originate to distribute) which have been tested by the financial crisis and found wanting. The central bank practice of inflation targeting -- the jewel in the crown of modern monetary economics -- has palpably failed.

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Too many hopes pinned on EU bank

By Paul Taylor
February 24, 2009

paul-taylor-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

It works more like a sprinkler than a power hose, but the European Investment Bank has a role to play in preventing a financial inferno from sweeping across central and eastern Europe.

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Fighting deflation globally ain’t easy

By J Saft
November 21, 2008

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

With the U.S., Japan and Britain -- nearly 40 percent of the global economy -- facing the threat of deflation, it's going to be just too easy for one, two or all three of them to get the policy response horribly wrong.