The Great Debate

The equity illusion

March 12, 2009

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

Even after its recent decline, the U.S. equity market does not look especially “cheap” or “undervalued” when viewed over time; the bear market has simply brought valuations back into line with long-term trends.

A middle ground in the banking crisis

March 11, 2009

pauldanos– Paul Danos is the dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. The views expressed are his own. –

Here comes another set of dodgy U.S. loans

By J Saft
March 11, 2009

jimsaftcolumn1– James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Banks in the U.S. face a new source of write-downs and failures in the coming year as loans made to developers to finance residential and commercial property development rapidly go bad.

Buck-passing augurs ill for G20 summit

By Paul Taylor
March 10, 2009

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

The foreplay to next month’s G20 summit is degenerating into a buck-passing exercise rather than crafting a Grand Bargain to save the world economy and regulate capitalism.

Buffett’s big bet

March 10, 2009

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– Jonathan Ford is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –

The credit crunch has exposed many one-time financial heroes as having feet of clay. Even the great Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett has fallen from grace.

Should there be limits on commodity investment?

March 9, 2009

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

The commodity boom and bust in the last 5 years suggests there is a natural limit on how much investment money these markets can absorb before price-setting mechanisms become distorted and prices unmoored from supply and demand fundamentals.

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International Women’s Day and the global financial crisis

March 7, 2009

sam_cook- Sam Cook is the director of the PeaceWomen Project – a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – the world’s oldest women’s peace organization founded in 1915 in the Hague. WILPF is an international non-governmental organization with national sections in 35 countries, covering all continents. Its international secretariat is based in Geneva with a New York United Nations office. The opinions expressed are her own. -

Climate change and the WSJ

By Reuters Staff
March 6, 2009

wsjIn “The Wall Street Journal of Atmospheric Sciences“, Stuart Gaffin, a climate researcher at Columbia University, takes on the newspaper’s presentation of global warming.

The CEO is the latest endangered species

March 6, 2009

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

The revolving doors are spinning ever faster in the executive suites of corporations.

Let sleeping shadow banking systems lie

By J Saft
March 6, 2009

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

Rather than vainly trying to refloat the shadow banking system, the U.S. would be better off grappling with the inevitable ultimate solution — debt destruction and inflation.