Russia tensions may help cut knot on euro zone policy: James Saft

August 28, 2014

Aug 28 (Reuters) – New tensions in Ukraine, which has
accused Russia of further incursions, may serve to light a fire
under efforts to bring looser monetary and fiscal policies to
the euro zone.

Serving clients, not beating markets

August 27, 2014

Aug 27 (Reuters) – It may be that the future of wealth
management lies not in beating the market but in helping the
client beat her true opponent: herself.

Draghi calls for fiscal help, hears busy signal: James Saft

August 26, 2014

Aug 26 (Reuters) – It may well be a big deal that Mario
Draghi is now talking fiscal stimulus, but the unlikeliness of
this happening only underscores that he’ll be forced to do more
with monetary policy.

Yellen as many-handed policy goddess: James Saft

August 22, 2014

Aug 22 (Reuters) – Harry Truman once made a plea for a
one-armed economist, being sick and tired of his advisors always
saying “on the one hand this, but on the other hand something
else”.

Buffett hoards cash, individuals’ holdings hit 14-year low

August 20, 2014

Aug 20 (Reuters) – Individual investors have been cutting
back on cash in portfolios, the exact reverse of what Warren
Buffett has been doing at Berkshire Hathaway.

The problem with Jackson Hole: James Saft

August 19, 2014

Aug 19 (Reuters) – There was a time, and I admit I miss it,
when the August Jackson Hole conference of central bankers got
about as much mainstream attention as a particularly
well-attended chess match.

Equities face hurdles after buyback boom fizzles: James Saft

August 14, 2014

By James Saft

(Reuters) – Share buybacks by U.S. corporations, a key source of support for equity prices in recent years, are slowing, raising questions over why and what it will mean.

The better investors get, the less it avails them

August 13, 2014

Aug 13 (Reuters) – The good news is that active investment
managers are almost certainly better than ever.

ECB has an Italy problem, and vice versa: James Saft

August 12, 2014

By James Saft

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

ECB calls in the consultants. Hurrah?: James Saft

August 7, 2014

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Relax, people, the ECB is going to hire a
consultant.

You might think that the threat of deflation, a recession in
Italy and some alarming signs of slowing growth in key member
states like Germany would call for action from the euro zone
central bank.