The Great Debate

Pensions and the coming savings boom

By J Saft
August 6, 2009

jamessaft1James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own

The explosion in company pension fund shortfalls in Britain nicely illustrates issues which will dominate economics and investment in coming years: the re-pricing of risk, a disillusionment with equity markets, and the boom in savings these shortfalls will help to drive.

BoE extends QE, fears 1930s re-run

August 6, 2009

John Kemp

— John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own —

The Bank of England’s decision to continue with its asset purchase programme, or quantitative easing (QE), at the rate of 50 billion pounds per quarter in Oct-Dec, unchanged from Jul-Sep, shows bank officials are more worried about ending support for the recovery too soon than about risking inflation by leaving it too late.

Obama, Elvis and America’s birthers

By Bernd Debusmann
August 6, 2009

Bernd Debusmann— Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. —
Nobody ever landed on the moon, the televised images are a hoax. John F. Kennedy was murdered in a complex plot involving the Mafia and the CIA. Elvis Presley lives. Barack Obama was born outside the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president.

Reduce the high cost of medical malpractice

August 6, 2009

diana-furchtgottroth–- 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. –-