The Great Debate

Buttress bank tangible common equity

April 30, 2009

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

Whatever the results of the stress test are, increasing levels of tangible common equity (TCE) should be at the heart of the response. That implies painful and dilutive capital raisings to come, and not just for the banks being tested.

President Obama’s first hundred days

April 29, 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. —

First 100 days: Grading Obama’s foreign policy

April 29, 2009

Michael O'Hanlon– Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The views expressed are his own. –

Specter shift will not change reform prospects

April 29, 2009

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

Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to cross the aisle and join the Democratic Party hastens the extinction of moderate Republicans in the north-east and symbolizes their deep problems.

A vaccine needed for bad statistics

April 28, 2009

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

If you look no further than the latest headlines, you might think a worldwide flu pandemic was already underway with a very real threat to millions of lives.

Not what the economy’s doctor ordered

April 28, 2009

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

Besides being a human tragedy, a deadly pandemic is, quite literally, the last thing a global economy suffering a huge drop off in trade and activity needs.

Active funds, more high-paid value destroyers

By J Saft
April 24, 2009

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

While they have avoided the opprobrium heaped on bankers during the bear market, traditional active fund managers have quietly been proving that they too are often highly paid destroyers of value.

Fiat’s over-ambitious expansion strategy

By Paul Taylor
April 24, 2009

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– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Could Italy’s cash-strapped Fiat, Europe’s sixth auto maker, build a workable alliance with Chrysler and Opel to become be a profitable global player? Or would it be a marriage of losers, doomed to fail?

Failure is the only success in stress test

April 24, 2009

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

The stress test of banks now underway in the U.S. is one exam in which failure will be the only true measure of success, at least in terms of speeding a recovery.

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Sri Lanka’s death zone

April 23, 2009

Donald Steinberg is Deputy President of the International Crisis Group, www.crisisgroup.org-- Donald Steinberg is Deputy President of the International Crisis Group, www.crisisgroup.org. The views expressed are his own. --