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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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HP has to look beyond cost cuts soon

August 20, 2009

EricAuchard.jpg-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The stock price seems to be the only thing growing at Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest computer company. HP shares have risen 75 percent this year, despite few signs of a revival in technology spending.

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Human bargaining chips in deals with Iran

By Bernd Debusmann
August 20, 2009

Bernd Debusmann (Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

Seven summers ago, in a crowded conference room of a Washington hotel, an Iranian exile leader gave the first detailed public account of Iran's until-then secret nuclear projects at the cities of Natanz and Arak. It greatly turned up the volume of a seemingly endless international controversy over Iran's nuclear intentions.

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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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China’s banks, running hard to stand still

August 14, 2009

wei-gu.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

Chinese banks are like enthusiastic runners on an accelerating treadmill. The weakening economy means poor lending decisions are threatening to catch up with them, but the banks are sprinting ahead by expanding their loan books ever faster. They cannot keep this up for ever.

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Are women paid less than men?

August 14, 2009

Diana-FurchtgottRoth.jpg -- Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The views expressed are her own. –-

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China and the world economy

July 24, 2009

gerard-lyons Dr. Gerard Lyons is chief economist and group head of global research, Standard Chartered Bank. The views expressed are his own.

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Driven to drink by marijuana laws?

By Bernd Debusmann
July 23, 2009

(Bernd DebusmannBernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

Tough marijuana laws are driving millions of Americans to a more dangerous mood-altering substance, alcohol. The unintended consequence: violence and thousands of unnecessary deaths. It's time, therefore, for a serious public debate of the case for marijuana versus alcohol.

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The Ugly American and other stereotypes

By Bernd Debusmann
July 16, 2009

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

What happened to the Ugly American, the one with the loud shirt and the loud voice, expecting the natives to speak English? Has he been shouldered aside by the Arrogant French?