The Great Debate

America just declared the recovery over so you’d better get ready for the double dip

By John Carney
February 23, 2010

This article originally appeared in the Business Insider.

By John Carney

Today’s bleak consumer confidence number is undoubtedly bad news for the economy. The bigger than expected drop suggests that consumers have lost confidence in the recovery, which will drive down home prices and consumer spending.

Who wins in U.S. vs Europe contest?

By Bernd Debusmann
February 12, 2010

In these days of renewed gloom about the future of Europe, a quick test is in order. Who has the world’s biggest economy? A) The United States B) China/Asia C) Europe? Who has the most Fortune 500 companies? A) The United States B) China C) Europe. Who attracts most U.S. investment? A) Europe B) China C) Asia.

from The Great Debate UK:

Signs are positive for markets and economy

February 12, 2010

SCHWAB.IMG_4329-Kully Samra is UK Branch Director at Charles Schwab. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Sluggish investment will hamper recovery

February 2, 2010

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

Fed redux: Making policy behind the curve

January 29, 2010

– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

There’s no way to hedge politics

January 26, 2010

Ben Bernanke in peril and the Volcker crackdown on proprietary trading by banks show two truths of the current dispensation: there is no effective hedge against politics and the reflation trade rests on fragile foundations.

Fed stuck doing the heavy lifting

January 12, 2010

-James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-
With employment weak and consumer credit weaker, look for extended official measures to support the U.S. economy.

Icelandic, Greek sagas show sovereign risks

January 7, 2010

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

Bernanke’s fearful asymmetry

January 5, 2010

saft2.jpg – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

Welcome to the Teenies, sorry about those returns

December 29, 2009

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

As we say goodbye to a decade so abysmal it never even earned a nickname, it is time to take bets on how the coming 10 years will shape up in economics and financial markets.