The Great Debate

China’s coming magnificent bubble

September 17, 2009

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Sit back and enjoy the Kabuki trade show

By J Saft
September 15, 2009

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Here lies the Great American Consumer

By J Saft
September 10, 2009

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Worry about bank capital, not bonuses

By J Saft
September 8, 2009

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Fishy bailout profits and ephemeral gains

By J Saft
September 1, 2009

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There is a long list of outfits which have done well out of the banking bailout, but the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve are not among them.

A brief, but welcome recovery in housing

By J Saft
August 27, 2009

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Activity in the U.S. housing market has bottomed – a huge plus for the economy – but a recovery in prices will not be sustained and the threat from real estate to bank capital remains acute.

How not to avoid the next panic

By J Saft
August 25, 2009

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A proposal to give banks, hedge funds and private equity firms “affordable” credit default swap-based insurance against market panics will be very effective: it will effectively encourage even more risk taking and turn the next crisis into one about government credit.

Japan: The mother of all miserable recoveries

August 18, 2009

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Investors met the news that Japan’s economy has emerged from a bone-breaking recession calmly and rationally: they sold shares quickly and in large amounts and made bets that consumer prices are going to be falling for years to come.

How the bailout feeds bloated banker pay

August 13, 2009

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An abnormal recovery

July 30, 2009

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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.