Europe up a creek with no central bank

October 7, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Europe is demonstrating that a sovereign nation without a true central bank is just an uninsured bank, liable to be tipped over by the markets.

One-note Geithner’s leverage song

September 21, 2011

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

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Tim Geithner went a very long way on Friday to accomplish very little, flying to Poland to pitch to the assembled euro zone finance ministers the same tactics that have worked so poorly in the U.S.

Banks 1, nation states nil

April 12, 2011

The battle between the banks and nation states is shaping up as something that lies between a phony war and a rout.

Good-bye credit crunch, Hello slog

January 25, 2011

If you have forgotten the credit crunch it appears you have company: U.S. banks are lending again.

from The Great Debate:

Geithner’s hair of the dog plan for banks

By J Saft
February 18, 2009

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

U.S. plans for a public-private fund to buy up toxic assets are likely to amount to a fig leaf with which to hide subsidies to failing banks.

from Davos Notebook:

Overheard in Davos

January 30, 2009

One of the best things about Davos is the conversations you overhear. It's like no place else.