The Great Debate UK

Britain faces recession without housing ATM

By J Saft
December 17, 2008

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

james-saft1Even in the good times, many British consumers were borrowing against their houses just to fund routine consumption, indicating a big hit to come for retail sales and for the banks who hold the loans.

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Money, money everywhere …except in your pocket?

December 16, 2008

There's lots of money sloshing around the financial system these days. The Federal Reserve has established a target range of 0-0.25 percent for its key rate, bringing it closer to unconventional action to lift the economy out of a year-long recession.

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Obama spurs EU on climate, economy

By Paul Taylor
December 16, 2008

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

He wasn't present and he isn't even in office yet, but Barack Obama was the elephant in the room at last week's European Union summit on economic recovery and climate change.

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Minimizing exposure to investment management fraud

By Mark Williams
December 16, 2008

williams_mark-- Mark T. Williams, a finance professor at the Boston University School of Management, is a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.  The opinions expressed are his own. --

Put your questions to David Cameron

December 14, 2008

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Conservative Party leader David Cameron will be speaking on the economy and the credit crunch at Thomson Reuters’ Canary Wharf office on Monday, followed by a question and answer session.

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Green business and the conscience premium

December 12, 2008

bryan-welch-ogden-publicationsWelch is the publisher and editorial director of Ogden Publications, home to Mother Earth News and Utne Reader. Any opinions expressed are his own.

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Great U.S debt engine slips into reverse

December 12, 2008

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

After six decades of uninterrupted credit creation and an unprecedented era of consumption and prosperity, the credit process has come to an abrupt halt. If credit has been the locomotive of the modern economy, the third quarter of 2008 marked the point when the engine stalled and the economy began to roll back down the hill.

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Finance throws sand in wheels of trade

By J Saft
December 12, 2008

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

Trade finance, a basic lubricant for the global economy, is becoming much more expensive and tougher to get, accelerating an already harrowing downturn.

Nine meals from anarchy

December 11, 2008

Andrew Simms is policy director and head of the climate change programme at the London-based New Economics Foundation. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Will EU live up to its green ambition?

By Paul Taylor
December 10, 2008

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

European Union leaders this week face a crucial credibility test of their ambition to lead the world in fighting climate change, just as President-elect Barack Obama is making it a top priority for the United States.