The Great Debate

from James Saft:

Waiting for Europe’s QE to sail

By J Saft
December 2, 2010

The good news is that the European Central Bank will probably start a massive additional round of quantitative easing to fight the break-up of the euro zone.

Beware China gunning for speculators

By J Saft
November 23, 2010

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

There is a pretty good rule of thumb in global financial markets: if you want to know where problems are beyond the reach of policy, look for places where the authorities are blaming “speculators”.

QE2 to speed triumph of emerging markets

By J Saft
October 12, 2010

While “decoupled” is not the same as “immune”, look for growth and investment performance in emerging markets to be better than in the sclerotic developed world.

Fed is banking on phony wealth effect

By J Saft
October 7, 2010

The Federal Reserve is committed to enticing Americans into doing once again what worked out so badly in the last decade: spending the phony paper gains engineered by overly loose monetary policy.

China runs circles round adversaries

By J Saft
October 5, 2010

If the global currency war was a baseball game, they would have to invoke the “slaughter rule” and send China home the winner.

Speculators and China win big on yen move

By J Saft
September 15, 2010

What does $4 trillion a day in business, never sleeps and sees Japan’s Ministry of Finance as just one more patsy?

Irish plight about more than austerity

By J Saft
September 10, 2010

Ireland and its economic unraveling is not simply a test case of the stimulus versus austerity dispute, it is an illustration of the limits and pitfalls of the very popular strategy of keeping the banks ticking over, hiding under a desk and hoping for a strong recovery.

Housing double-dip threatens banks

By J Saft
September 2, 2010

Another dip in U.S. housing looks likely, bringing with it difficulties for banks and for their government guarantors.

The Knightian dog ate my recovery

By J Saft
August 31, 2010

Remember when business and economic leaders droned on about “100-year storms,” 2008′s get-out-of-jail free card for people who missed the housing bubble?

UK houses, Occam’s razor and fraud

By J Saft
July 15, 2010

We may just possibly have an explanation for how British property prices have held up so well though the crisis: fraud.