The Great Debate UK

from Reuters Investigates:

Escape from Wall Street

Leah Schnurr and Edward Krudy report today on retail investors fleeing the stock market. Will the Lost Decade create a Lost Generation of investors who avoid the market in a way not seen since the Great Depression?

Here's what one of the authors had to say about the story:

By Edward Krudy

The perception that the stock market is a place where the average person can share in the wealth of the nation has been a cornerstone of American society throughout the twentieth century. That's why we felt it was a big deal when small investors started to abandon the market.

After two big declines in stocks prices - one during the dot-com bubble at the turn of the millennium and another barely a decade later - we felt we needed to ask if this time it was more than just the post-crash doldrums keeping investors away. This time, would they be coming back?

The report touched on the lives of individual investors around the country. It took us to Princeton's leafy campus, into conversations with scores of analysts, professional investors, and brokerages, and even into the archives of the Museum of American Finance beneath the floors of Wall Street's banks.

from Reuters Investigates:

How to make friends and influence people

White House correspondent Caren Bohan's special report out today examines President Barack Obama's testy relationship with the business community.

OBAMA/After Tuesday's election, Obama was faced with the prospect of legislative gridlock. Republicans pushed Democrats decisively from power in the House of Representatives and strengthened their ranks in the Senate as voters vented frustration over the economy.

from Reuters Investigates:

For hedge fund titans, the long and the short of it

Our latest special report profiles one of the more colorful figures in the hedge fund world -- William Ackman. Wall Street Investigations editor Matthew Goldstein teamed up with funds correspondent Svea Herbst-Bayliss, who was in New York this week for the Value Investing Conference.

Here's what Matt has to say about Ackman and one of his rivals.

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"Hedge fund managers William Ackman (left) and David Einhorn (right) are fairly good friends and sometimes they find themselves on the same side of a debate over a stock.

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