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Time for a shareholder revolt

By J Saft
October 27, 2009

jamessaft1(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

There are encouraging signs that shareholders are becoming more assertive in defending their interests.

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An unhealthy privilege

By J Saft
September 29, 2009

jamessaft1--James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.--

When the U.S. dollar ultimately loses its status as the world's premier reserve currency it will be painful for all involved, almost certainly disorganized, and very possibly a very good thing.

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Global imbalances: out with a bang?

September 22, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

The simplest way to end the imbalances in the world's economy is also sadly perhaps the most likely: for the Chinese to stop buying U.S. debt.

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China’s coming magnificent bubble

September 17, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg--James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own--

If and when China makes its currency convertible and opens its financial system the stage will be set for a bubble that should make the dotcom and housing booms look tame.

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Here lies the Great American Consumer

By J Saft
September 10, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg--James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own--

Rest in peace, Great American Consumer. We will not see your like again.

"Cash-for-clunkers" aside, consumers seem bent on actually paying back debt rather than racking it up, a change that if sustained, as it is likely to be, will dampen economic growth not for months but for years, and not just in the U.S.

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Worry about bank capital, not bonuses

By J Saft
September 8, 2009

jamessaft1--James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.--

The effort to rein in banking bonuses, outrageous as they may be, is akin to banning glue sniffing because you are worried about the effects of intoxication.

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A brief, but welcome recovery in housing

By J Saft
August 27, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

Activity in the U.S. housing market has bottomed - a huge plus for the economy - but a recovery in prices will not be sustained and the threat from real estate to bank capital remains acute.

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How not to avoid the next panic

By J Saft
August 25, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

A proposal to give banks, hedge funds and private equity firms "affordable" credit default swap-based insurance against market panics will be very effective: it will effectively encourage even more risk taking and turn the next crisis into one about government credit.

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Japan: The mother of all miserable recoveries

August 18, 2009

jamessaft1(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

Investors met the news that Japan's economy has emerged from a bone-breaking recession calmly and rationally: they sold shares quickly and in large amounts and made bets that consumer prices are going to be falling for years to come.

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How the bailout feeds bloated banker pay

August 13, 2009

jamessaft1-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Rising pay in the finance sector in the wake of the global financial crisis is no surprise and is driven partly by the government's bailout itself and the underwriting of banks that are too big to fail.