After go-go decade, farmland faces threats

December 26, 2013

Dec 26 (Reuters) – The rise and rise of farmland values
faces two tough challenges: falling crop prices and rising
interest rates.

The trouble with forward guidance: James Saft

December 24, 2013

By James and Saft

(Reuters) – Keeping your word is hard, and people simply hate it when you don’t, something that central bankers enamored of the vogue for “forward guidance” may soon learn.

The “smart beta” oxymoron

December 19, 2013

Dec 19 (Reuters) – As is so often true in investments, in
the case of “smart beta” it turns out that if it sounds like an
oxymoron, it probably is.

A taper is whatever the market says it is: James Saft

December 18, 2013

By James Saft

(Reuters) – Coming months will answer decisively a question the Federal Reserve insists is already settled: is a tapering a tightening?

Fed may wait, you shouldn’t

December 17, 2013

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

By James Saft

(Reuters) – The Federal Reserve probably won’t taper when it meets this week, though maybe it should.

Fed may wait, you shouldn’t: James Saft

December 17, 2013

Dec 17 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve probably won’t taper
when it meets this week, though maybe it should.

Hot U.S. housing markets turning cold -James Saft

December 12, 2013

Dec 12 (Reuters) – After rapid gains, some of the hottest
housing markets in the United States look like they are starting
to roll over.

A taper won’t come cheaply

December 11, 2013

Dec 11 (Reuters) – Better economic data has pushed a
tapering of bond buying by the Federal Reserve higher up the
agenda – even as early as next week. A taper may come, but it
won’t come cheaply.

Un-funny jokes about credit

December 10, 2013

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

By James Saft

(Reuters) – What happens when credit conditions are far too loose, the banking system is fragile and interest rates start to rise?

Un-funny jokes about credit: James Saft

December 10, 2013

Dec 10 (Reuters) – What happens when credit conditions are
far too loose, the banking system is fragile and interest rates
start to rise?