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A chink of light for the euro zone

May 1, 2009

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

Even without a huge fiscal boost or a hell-for-leather central bank, Europe could have a recovery, albeit a tepid one, on the cards by the end of the year.

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Drugs, elephants and American prisons

By Bernd Debusmann
April 30, 2009

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

Are the 305 million people living in the United States the most evil in the world? Is this the reason why the U.S., with 5 percent of the world's population, has 25 percent of the world's prisoners and an incarceration rate five times as high as the rest of the world?

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Uncertain Fed support sinks bonds

April 30, 2009

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

The bond market's adverse reaction after the Fed announced no new asset purchase facilities or bond buyback programs highlights the fundamental difference between interest rates and quantitative easing (QE).

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Buttress bank tangible common equity

April 30, 2009

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

Whatever the results of the stress test are, increasing levels of tangible common equity (TCE) should be at the heart of the response. That implies painful and dilutive capital raisings to come, and not just for the banks being tested.

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Specter shift will not change reform prospects

April 29, 2009

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

Senator Arlen Specter's decision to cross the aisle and join the Democratic Party hastens the extinction of moderate Republicans in the north-east and symbolizes their deep problems.

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A vaccine needed for bad statistics

April 28, 2009

ericauchard1- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

If you look no further than the latest headlines, you might think a worldwide flu pandemic was already underway with a very real threat to millions of lives.

Not what the economy’s doctor ordered

April 28, 2009

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Active funds, more high-paid value destroyers

By J Saft
April 24, 2009

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

While they have avoided the opprobrium heaped on bankers during the bear market, traditional active fund managers have quietly been proving that they too are often highly paid destroyers of value.

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Fiat’s over-ambitious expansion strategy

By Paul Taylor
April 24, 2009

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Could Italy's cash-strapped Fiat, Europe's sixth auto maker, build a workable alliance with Chrysler and Opel to become be a profitable global player? Or would it be a marriage of losers, doomed to fail?

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Failure is the only success in stress test

April 24, 2009

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

The stress test of banks now underway in the U.S. is one exam in which failure will be the only true measure of success, at least in terms of speeding a recovery.