The Great Debate

from Entrepreneurial:

Why America’s small businesses are becoming like banks

By Terra Terwilliger
November 15, 2010

By Terra Terwilliger
The opinions expressed are the author's own.

Over two years after the start of the Great Credit Crisis, banks are still not lending money. But big businesses know exactly where to go for a quick, interest-free loan … the little guy. Even as corporate profits recover, big companies continue to squeeze their small vendors, stretching out payment terms and writing late checks. Unfortunately, this blatant exploitation is damaging the small business economic engine that drives half of US GDP.

Can recovery and credit crunch coexist?

By J Saft
November 12, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

New studies from the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank show that, whatever else, a recovery in the economy is not being supported by a resumption in bank lending, raising concerns about how exactly growth will become self-sustaining when official stimulus ebbs.

from From Reuters.com:

How has the credit crisis affected you?

By Reuters Staff
August 18, 2009

The demise of Lehman Brothers a year ago sparked a collapse in financial market confidence and set of a series of reactions that have spread hardship into the four corners of the globe.

U.S. should batten down the TARP

By J Saft
May 15, 2009

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

Time for China’s banks to think local

May 11, 2009

wei_gu_debate– Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

Barclays monoline insurance ploy pays off

May 7, 2009

Margaret Doyle– Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

Turning the tables: Can you help Davos leaders?

By Reuters Staff
January 27, 2009

Klaus SchwabDavos is a well-rehearsed event and everyone knows the part they should play. Business and political leaders gather each year to tackle the major challenges of a global economy while the rest of the world, or those of its citizens who are interested, look on from afar. But this year, for obvious reasons, things are different. The notion of leadership has been coupled in the public mind with that of responsibility. The tone here is a little more humble and the attitude more open-minded. There’s a recognition that new thinking is required.  A suitable time, perhaps, to turn the tables on convention and have Davos delegates ask the questions they can’t answer and for global citizens to offer solutions.

Credit control will be much more intrusive in future

January 26, 2009

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

A new direction in global financial regulation

January 26, 2009

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

from 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.