The Great Debate

An abnormal recovery

July 30, 2009

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

Things in the U.S. economy are moving in the right direction, but the pace will be slow, frustrating and very likely to disappoint investors betting on a rip roaring old-fashioned recovery.

An emerging opportunity in U.S. housing

April 22, 2009

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

Deep breath. Ok, here goes: For the first time in a very long time U.S. housing might actually be a reasonable buy on a five-year view.

First 100 days: A fix for the housing crisis

February 26, 2009

Elena Panaritis — Elena Panaritis is an institutional economist. She spearheaded property rights reform while working at the World Bank, and lectures at Insead, The Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. A social entrepreneur, she now heads the investment advisory firm Panel Group. Her recent book is “Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust”. The views expressed are her own. —

Let housing find its clearing price

By J Saft
February 20, 2009

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

The U.S. government should just get out of the way and allow the crash in U.S. housing; the market is too big, has too far to fall and Americans’ finances are too strained.

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And the band played on: covering the economic crisis

December 11, 2008

dean-150I recently visited one of the most frightening sites on the Web—the place where I look at my shrinking retirement account.

Even UK guarantee can’t stop housing crash

By J Saft
November 28, 2008

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

Britain needs to reflate its mortgage markets to save its economy and its banks. Problem is, few want to borrow and there is precious little money to lend.