The Great Debate

Thousands lose jobs due to higher federal minimum wage

May 14, 2009

 Diana Furchtgott-Roth– Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The views expressed are her own. —

Renewables roll-out needs price guarantees

May 13, 2009

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

Power generation from renewable sources such as wind turbines, solar cells and biomass plays a small but important part in satisfying total electricity demand around the world, and is growing at an exponential rate thanks to generous public subsidies and government support.

Pension funds should ditch alpha and cut fees

May 13, 2009

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

If anyone has reason to pray that the current equity rally holds, it is the world’s active fund managers who need investors to return to the folly of betting on outperforming the markets rather than the uninspiring but reliable business of cutting costs.

Pay a small toll to read this news story

By Eric Auchard
May 12, 2009

ericauchard1– Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

There is nothing like the threat of a hanging to concentrate the mind.

The newspaper industry is in a collective panic over its future. The debate centers on the thorny issue of how publishers might find some way, any way, to make online readers to pay for what they read.

Slicing and dicing to gain support for cap-and-trade

May 12, 2009

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

House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman will this week publish a full text of proposed climate change legislation, including details of a cap-and-trade scheme for regulating and pricing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Time for China’s banks to think local

May 11, 2009

wei_gu_debate– Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

When foreign strategic investors were invited to take stakes in Chinese banks, the word “strategic” had a clear meaning for their hosts.

After Sun, expect new Oracle hardware deals

By Eric Auchard
May 11, 2009

ericauchard1– Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp’s chief executive, is famous for making outrageous predictions about the future of the computer industry and being mocked by rivals and pundits.

Stress tests: The results are in, now what?

By Mark Williams
May 8, 2009

Mark_Williams_Debate– Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance at Boston University‚Äôs School of Management, is a former Federal Reserve bank examiner. The views expressed are his own. –

Bond markets give stress test thumbs down

May 8, 2009

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

The most revealing verdict on the results of the U.S. banking stress test was delivered not by shareholders but by the vigilantes of the bond market, who shunned an auction of 30-year government debt.

3i in distress, please give generously

May 8, 2009

REUTERS– Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –

Were 3i a normal investment company, its directors would be laughed off the board if they proposed raising new equity at a whacking great discount to net asset value.