Firing up Brazil’s economy

February 13, 2014

A hot, dry spell in southeastern Brazil has pushed up energy prices, stretched government finances and raised the threat of water rationing in its largest city, Sao Paulo, just months before it hosts one of the world’s largest sport events, the soccer World Cup.

Four yardsticks for sovereign wealth funds

September 1, 2010

Sovereign wealth funds, a $3 trillion industry managing windfall revenues for future generations, arguably need a set of benchmarks different from those used by other private investors as they are state-owned. Andrew Ang, an associate at U.S. National Bureau of Economics and a professor at Columbia Business School, proposes the following four benchmarks in a recent paper distributed to SWFs.

from Davos Notebook:

Davos Man turns 40

January 21, 2010

Davos Man2 Many happy returns or midlife crisis?

The annual talkfest in the Alps records its 40th birthday this year but the rich and powerful will hardly be in celebratory mood as problems pile up in the post-crisis world.

G20 live blog from Pittsburgh

September 24, 2009

Reuters will be live-blogging the G20 summit in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday. Our army of correspondents, equipped with Twitterberries and Flip cams, will be bringing you the latest on the economy, climate change and bank regulation.

from Global Investing:

Deflation to jump the shark?

March 6, 2009

The recent spate of shark attacks on Australian beaches could mark a turning point in global deflation and signal a change in fortunes for some beleaguered emerging economies, if Nomura strategist Sean Darby is to be believed.