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Let housing find its clearing price

By J Saft
February 20, 2009

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

The U.S. government should just get out of the way and allow the crash in U.S. housing; the market is too big, has too far to fall and Americans' finances are too strained.

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Say it with philanthropy

February 19, 2009

combojulie- Matthew Bishop and Michael Green are the authors of "Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World." They blog regularly at Philanthrocapitalism. Their views are their own. -

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Goodbye to rugged American individualism?

By Bernd Debusmann
February 18, 2009

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Shock!! Horror!! The United States is becoming more like Europe! The rugged individualism that makes up part of the country's self-image may be doomed. Paternalism threatens to throttle enterprise and initiative.

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Geithner’s hair of the dog plan for banks

By J Saft
February 18, 2009

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

U.S. plans for a public-private fund to buy up toxic assets are likely to amount to a fig leaf with which to hide subsidies to failing banks.

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First 100 Days: Obama’s foreign policy challenges

February 17, 2009

Willis Sparks-- Willis Sparks is a Global Macro analyst at the political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group. The views expressed are his own. --

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Financial strains show first sign of easing

February 17, 2009

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

The volume of excess reserves commercial banks are holding with the Federal Reserve System has declined by $275 billion (31 percent) over the last five weeks, in what could be the first sign of stabilization within the core of the banking system (https://customers.reuters.com/d/graphics/RESBAL.pdf).

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First 100 Days: The next steps in the Middle East

By Reuters Staff
February 13, 2009

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell in the Oval Office of the White House.

President Barack Obama inherits a distinctly gloomy outlook for progress in settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Is change really possible?

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Clean up Washington: mission impossible?

By Bernd Debusmann
February 11, 2009

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Bankers can’t kick the sporting habit

By Alexander Smith
February 11, 2009

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

People are up in arms about bankers receiving bonuses when the banks they worked for have gone down the pan. But isn't it just as shocking that so many state-backed financial firms still subsidize the eye-popping wages of sporting superstars through rich sponsorship deals?

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Goodbye bonuses, hello hedge funds

By J Saft
February 11, 2009

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

The argument about bank bonus payments is as sterile as it is backward looking; compensation at government insured institutions is going nowhere but down.