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Globalism's Broken Promises: How the Financialization of the Economy Went Astray

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Financial elites and their economic defenders continue to advocate for globalism, central bank sponsored inflation, and the financialization of the wo...

Global Growth: Democratic Capitalism's Coming Waterloo

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Eras in which population growth furthered the public good are behind us.

The Markets Say Farewell To An Eventful 2016

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 01.04.2017 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

The S&P 500 traded 10.5% lower during the first 28 days of 2016, the worst-ever start to a year. However, after turning on a dime in February U.S. stocks never looked back, with the S&P posting a nearly 10% annual gain.

Markets Shrug Off Failed Referendum But Italian Banks Face Uncertain Future

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 12.29.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

Italy's referendum on constitutional reforms failed by a wide margin last Sunday, triggering the resignation of cherubic Prime Minister Matteo Renzi a...

Hawkish Fed Dot Plot Adds Fuel To Recent Market Trends

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

The Federal Reserve followed script this week by raising interest rates, but added fuel to recent bond weakness and dollar strength with a more-hawkis...

Opec Makes Elusive Deal To Curb Production

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 12.05.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

Against all odds, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Wednesday finally sealed its first deal in eight years to cut oil pr...

Record Highs For All Four U.S. Equity Indexes

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 11.28.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

There were no Thanksgiving surprises from markets this year as stocks made new all-time highs and bonds continued their recent slide. All four ma...

Market Perceives December Rate Hike As A Done Deal

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 11.21.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

Implied odds of a December rate hike briefly dipped below 50% on election night before recovering back above 80% days later. Now, the move has become ...

Why Donald Trump's Surprise Victory Crashed The U.S. Treasury Market

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 11.16.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

They said he couldn't win. They said if he did, the stock market would crash. Well, he did and it didn't. But long bonds did.

November 8: Stepping Into Your Shoes

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 11.09.2016 | Green
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I. Rimanoczy The night of November 8 was an interesting surprise, not just for us in the USA, but for people around the world. Analysts, neigh...

Court Throws Brexit Curveball

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 11.08.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

The British pound rose sharply Thursday after England's High Court ruled the U.K. government must hold a parliamentary vote before triggering an exit ...

Silicon Valley Frets About Potential Bubble

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

Just because the tech bubble didn't burst this year doesn't mean there isn't one. During the dawn of the smartphone era, startups could raise money ...

Deutsche Bank Restores Confidence

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 10.14.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

Global bankers learned at least one an important lesson from 2008 - when confidence starts to erode, survival depends on your ability to swiftly restore it.

Fed Ups Ante in Bid to Make Banks Too Dull to Fail

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

As part of their ongoing effort to make big banks too dull to fail, the Federal Reserve wants to take the Volcker Rule a step further by putting an end to merchant banking (the practice whereby banks purchase stakes in companies rather than lending them money).

Eerily Calm Market Sparks Fears of Brewing Tempest

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 09.01.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

Financial markets are typically quiet in August. But not this quiet. The past 30 days have been the least volatile in more than 20 years, with only five days during that stretch seeing the S&P 500 move more than 0.5%.

The Federal Reserve Is in a Bind

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

The U.S. economy can't seem to settle on a narrative. Early in the year data suggested growth was accelerating, but a dismal May jobs report, combined with Brexit, brought fleeting expectations of a summer Fed hike to a screeching halt.

CEO Talk: Karel Janecek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Lan Anh Vu

Karel Janecek is the founder, majority shareholder, and former chairman of the board of RSJ, one of the most successful and largest algorithmic tradin...

Could Corporate Sustainability Result in a Big Short on Humanity?

Mark Coleman | Posted 05.10.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

A tremendous amount of progress has been made, particularly with regard to the increased awareness of climate change, water scarcity, human rights, an...

Derivatives: Good for Risk Mitigation and Growth

Ross DeVol | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Ross DeVol

As volatility in equity markets this year demonstrate, the world continues to be a risky place.

It's Not Your Grandma's Data

Irene Aldridge | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Once upon a time, or, more precisely, just some 20 years ago, "data" was a term reserved for magnetic tapes and numerous governance committees, engage...

Why We Could See an Oil Price Shock in 2016

James Stafford | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
James Stafford

The depletion of old oil wells is expected to surpass new sources of supply in 2016, as the ongoing oil price slump puts a long list of oil projects o...

Despite His Towering Penis, Donald Trump Is Inconsequential

Peter Schwartz | Posted 03.12.2017 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

But once we settle on this axiom -- no god-powers to Donald Trump, ever -- the fact remains that even if he were to become president the world will remain much larger and more inscrutable than someone like Donald Trump (whose truly unhandsome reflection consumes his entire universe) can even fractionally comprehend.

Active investing versus passive: What if everyone indexed, except Warren Buffett?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 03.11.2017 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

Warren Buffett sometimes says things that seem . . . contradictory.

There Are Always Opportunities in the Market

Paul Scolardi | Posted 02.09.2017 | Business
Paul Scolardi

One of the most important qualities that any successful trader should have is a true sense of optimism. When it comes to finding success in today's ma...

Do Financial Markets Matter for the Real Economy?

Alex Edmans | Posted 01.17.2017 | Business
Alex Edmans

The benefits of an efficient financial sector for the real economy are clear. The challenge for policymakers is to harness the financial sector's vast resources to increase the informativeness of market prices.