The Fed and the pain of unwinding: James Saft

February 20, 2013

Feb 20 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve minutes show real
concern and debate over how big its balance sheet can grow and
for how long it can stay that way.

G20 waves rally on, yen down: James Saft

February 19, 2013

By James Saft

(Reuters) – The Group of 20 major economies chose to whistle and look the other way, effectively encouraging further yen falls and the inevitable currency skirmishes that implies.

Hedge funds peddle pricey risk

February 14, 2013

By James Saft

(Reuters) – Here’s a choice: take the typical hedge fund return and pay 2 percent annually and 20 percent of the spoils or use a derivative strategy so simple it doesn’t even need an elevator pitch.

The Fed discovers chicanery: James Saft

February 13, 2013

By James Saft

(Reuters) – Acknowledging that sometimes banks chisel clients and bank employees chisel banks may sound obvious to you, but for the Federal Reserve this is a pretty big step forward.

Japan confuses appearance and reality: James Saft

February 12, 2013

Feb 12 (Reuters) – A government which sees its role as
driving stock market rallies is one suffering sad confusion
about the difference between appearance and reality.

Rethinking the 4 percent rule

February 7, 2013

By James Saft

(Reuters) – In a world of low structural investment returns retirees need to reconsider the assumption that they can draw down 4 percent a year of their savings.

SAFT ON WEALTH: Rethinking the 4 percent rule

February 7, 2013

Feb 7 (Reuters) – In a world of low structural investment
returns retirees need to reconsider the assumption that they can
draw down 4 percent a year of their savings.

They are playing the Chuck Prince Waltz: James Saft

February 6, 2013

Feb 6 (Reuters) – The music is playing again and the
pressure for investors to get out on the dance floor is, like in
2007, intense.

A costly but worthy Dutch treat: James Saft

February 5, 2013

Feb 5 (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ nationalization of bank
SNS Reaal underlines the euro zone’s weak spots while
illustrating the dangers of its plans to address them.

SAFT ON WEALTH: About that cash flowing into equities

January 31, 2013

Jan 31 (Reuters) – It looks like the central bankers are
winning: cash is being put back to work.