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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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No safe haven for artful tax dodgers

By Alexander Smith
March 18, 2009

Alex Smith-GreatDebate-- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Big countries have got the world's tax havens running scared. They must now press home their advantage to stop such countries providing oases for tax dodgers and money launderers.

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Wen’s U.S. posturing doesn’t matter – yet

March 18, 2009

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

What is more remarkable, that the premier of America's largest creditor publicly raised concerns about U.S. creditworthiness or that the market took the news so easily in its stride?

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“Truman doctrine” could boost IMF firepower

By Paul Taylor
March 17, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The day before he returned to the U.S. Treasury for six weeks to help the understaffed Obama administration, Edwin Truman published a proposal to give the International Monetary Fund more firepower to fight the financial crisis.

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Divorce marked to market

March 16, 2009

MARKETS-GLOBAL /-- Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

The Myerson divorce case in Britain makes compelling reading, as all rich bust-ups do. Regardless of whether the judges make Ingrid Myerson hand back 3.2 million pounds of her 11.1 million pound payout to compensate for the decline in her ex-husband's shares, she is a lucky woman.

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Too failed to live not too big to fail

March 16, 2009

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

The U.S. policy of keeping zombie financial institutions alive is so clearly failing that it is now attracting attack from inside policymakers' circle of covered wagons.

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An equal opportunity recession?

March 16, 2009

Jim CarrJames H. Carr is chief operating officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a Washington-based association that promote access to basic banking services for America’s working families. He is a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s “Experts of Color Clearinghouse”. The views expressed are his own.

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Hitting the reset button: the silver lining

March 12, 2009

Jeffrey Bussgan– Jeff Bussgang is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm in Boston. This post originally appeared in the Vox Populi section of www.peHUB.com. The views expressed are his own. –

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The Dow at 36,000 and the end of history

By Bernd Debusmann
March 12, 2009

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Bernd Debusmann - Great Debate -- Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

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Economic stimulus Beijing-style: I treat, you pay

By Wei Gu
March 12, 2009

wei_gu_debate-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. --

Beijing may criticize American consumers for spending money they do not have, but the truth is Chinese leaders do the same, they just make sure it doesn't end up on their account.