U.S. housing’s sinking feeling

May 31, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Housing in the U.S. is in the midst of a double dip in prices, a threat to the economic health of banks, households and the country itself.

Will QE2 end in fire or ice?

May 26, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — With just a month to go until the Federal Reserve brings QE2 to a close, most analysts are focused on the risks to markets if interest rates shoot higher when the government is no longer buying its own debt.

Welcome to the global slowdown

May 24, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — With QE2 set to end in five weeks and with Greece rolling downhill towards default, the world is not best placed to withstand a weakening economy.

Good riddance to dollar hegemony

May 19, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — While the U.S. will fight it kicking and screaming, the dollar’s upcoming fall from its central global role will be a blessing all round.

China’s sugar rush may be ending

May 17, 2011

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

There are signs that China’s stupendous debt-fueled boom is cooling, posing new risks for global growth and markets.

The Raj insider dealing sideshow

May 12, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE — If you as an investor think that insider dealers like Raj Rajaratnam are a top concern then I have a bridge, or perhaps an intricate highly-structured investment vehicle, to sellĀ  you.

Europe needs a debt jubilee

May 10, 2011

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

Greece cannot be saved without debt relief, and debt relief for Greece may mean what amounts to a mass Jubilee with debt write-offs and recapitalizations needed for weak banks and nations across the euro zone.

Whittle down great pension expectations

May 5, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE — What happens when you combine a recession, an unwillingness to pay your way, and unrealistic expectations of how much you can make in the stock market?

Fighting the depression, losing the war

May 3, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — If bank failures and deflation frighten you, we are managing the economy in the right way, but if you worry about drops in output and investment, we’ve not made much progress.