The Great Debate

Taxing spoils of the financial sector

April 22, 2010

If you want less of something, tax it.

That truism is often used as an argument against a tax on profits, or health benefits, or employment, but in the case of the rents extracted from the economy by the financial services industry here’s hoping it proves more of a promise than a threat.

A rally that is both rational and crazy

November 10, 2009

(Jjamessaft1ames Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

Stocks and other risky assets are rallying around the world this week because the Group of 20 nations said on the weekend they would keep the economic stimulus flowing, a state of events which illustrates where we are and what a very strange place it is.

Fortress balance sheets at financial institutions

September 25, 2009

bob-bench– Robert Bench, a former Deputy Comptroller of the Currency in the Reagan administration, is a senior fellow at the Boston University School of Law Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law. The views expressed are his own. –

Pittsburgh: A city transformed by R&D

September 25, 2009

Phil_Bond_headshot.jpg– Phil Bond is President of TechAmerica, which represents 1,500 companies across the technology industry. The views expressed are his own. —

Worry about bank capital, not bonuses

By J Saft
September 8, 2009

jamessaft1–James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Africa and the global economic crisis

April 1, 2009

- Jorge Maia is head of Research and Information for Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development. The opinions expressed are his own –

World Bank’s Zoellick responds to bloggers

By Reuters Staff
April 1, 2009

Robert Zoellick

World Bank President Robert Zoellick spoke at a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker on March 31st  in front of an invited audience and announced a $50 billion programme to counter a decline in global trade.

How G20 can unfreeze credit and cut bailout costs

April 1, 2009

Lena Komileva– Lena Komileva is Head of G7 Market Economics, Tullett Prebon –

One of the big historical lessons of this crisis for economic policy is that bringing down the risk-free cost of money – central bank rates or government bond yields – and injecting liquidity into the banking system cannot on their own fix broken credit markets.

What Asia needs from the G20 meeting

March 31, 2009

stanchartJaspal Bindra is Chief Executive, Asia, for Standard Chartered Bank. The views expressed are his own.

Obama honeymoon ends in Europe

March 31, 2009

Robin Shepherd

– Robin Shepherd is Director, International Affairs at the Henry Jackson Society. His areas of expertise are transatlantic relations, American foreign policy, Middle Eastern relations with the West, Russia, eastern Europe, NATO and the European Union. The views expressed are his own. –