The Great Debate

States act on tax reform

By Grover G. Norquist and Mark Green
April 1, 2014

The United States needs tax reform — and soon. Our corporate tax rate is 35 percent, while the European average is 25 percent. We are not competitive. Our individual tax code has rates too high and too many politically driven tax credits and deductions. All true. But it’s also likely that no real tax reform will move in Washington for the next three years.

Obama must surprise in State of the Union

By Michael Waldman
February 11, 2013

President Barack Obama stirred with an unexpectedly powerful inaugural address – a second effort that far surpassed his first. He summoned great themes of American history to argue cogently for his second-term agenda. Now he has a chance to deliver a State of the Union address that improves on those of his first term, too.

from Global Investing:

Solar activities and market cycles

November 29, 2010

Can nature's cycles enrich our finance and market theories?

Market predictions based on the alignment of the sun, moon and the earth and other cycles could help investors stay disciplined and profit in economic storms, says Daniel Shaffer, CEO of Shaffer Asset Management.

Betting on tail risk seriously endangers your wealth

August 23, 2010

Investment strategies designed to benefit from tail risks are fast becoming the next bubble. Investors are paying over the odds to reap benefits from remote catastrophic risks and are ignoring more moderate but much more likely outcomes that will cost them a great deal in the interim.

from The Great Debate (Commentary):

Commodities should be short-term investments

July 28, 2010

Commodity indices and exchange-traded products (ETPs) should be regarded as short- to medium-term investments rather than long-term strategies, as a quick glance at performance over the last 10 years shows.

Bill Gates is optimistic about the future

By Reuters Staff
July 9, 2010

USA/The following is a post by Stephen Adler, editorial director of Thomson Reuters professional, that was taken from one of his blog posts at aif.thomsonreuters.com. Adler is a moderator at some of the panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Thomson Reuters is one of the underwriters of the event. The opinions expressed are Adler’s own.

from The Great Debate UK:

Punishing investment bankers: the nanny-state goes global

April 19, 2010

Laurence_Copeland- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

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.-

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.

from Global Investing:

What’s on your reading list?

December 17, 2009

If anyone needed a reminder that Christmas and NewYear holidays are almost here, Societe Generale has provided it. Analyst Dylan Grice has picked up the mantle of the departed James Montier to offer a seasonal reading list for those with a fixation about investment and economics.