James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
China may be about to teach the world another lesson about what happens when speculative money learns that its favored markets aren’t panning out.
In investing, extreme behavior is becoming more mainstream every day.
How else can we interpret the extraordinary moves by the University of Texas’ endowment fund to not only buy nearly $1 billion of gold, equal to about 5 percent of its assets, but to insist on taking physical delivery of the precious metal.
While Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner prepares for a “financial deepening” he hopes will be a boon to U.S. banks, we may be steering instead for broader, shallower waters which will drive down margins in financial services and favor simplicity.