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How long can banks keeps ignoring home equity loans?

October 29, 2010

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By Matthew Goldstein

The $425 billion in home equity loans and other second mortgages sitting on the balance sheet of the  four biggest U.S. commercial banks is the big gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about. (See our latest special report here.)

Sleepy in Seattle — the future of Microsoft

October 27, 2010

MICROSOFT/SPECIAL-REPORTThe world’s biggest software maker once inspired fear in tech land. Today it’s mostly yawns. Is Microsoft no longer a growth company? Should Google be nervous, too? And are Steve Ballmer’s days at the helm numbered?

Spoiling the party

October 27, 2010

Last month The New York Times had a story about Arizona Republicans putting up homeless people as candidates for the Green Party in elections there. Now Murray Waas, our Barlett & Steele award winner, has a special report about Democratic Party shenanigans. 

Poor Haiti, again

October 26, 2010

By Pascal Fletcher

HAITI/ SPECIAL REPORTIf any country deserves the description “blighted”, or a “blot on the conscience of the world”, it is surely Haiti, that pocket of poverty lying in the blue Caribbean just two hours flying time from the richest country on the planet.

Inside the Pirates’ Web

October 26, 2010

CHINA-PIRACY/Reuters trade correspondent in Washington Doug Palmer had an unusual assignment: buy a fake Louis Vuitton handbag on the Internet, and take it to a LVMH store for a comparison test, before handing it over to U.S. authorities.

America’s “Dreamless Dead”

October 22, 2010

Washington economics correspondent Emily Kaiser delves into plutonomies and what pollster John Zogby calls the “Dreamless Dead” for her special report on income inequality in the United States.

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Dallas Fed president takes dig at consultants

October 19, 2010

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The president of the Dallas Fed took a dig at consultants at a speech to business economists in New York on Tuesday.

Mongolia’s El Dorado stirs shareholder battle

October 18, 2010

friedlandIn Mongolia’s South Gobi desert lies Oyu Tolgoi, touted as having the world’s largest untapped copper and gold deposits. Little wonder then that this “El Dorado” has become a boardroom battleground between the relatively unknown Ivanhoe Mines and its biggest shareholder, the giant Australian mining company, Rio Tinto.