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Slow Down, Big Money

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 04.20.2016 | Home
G. Benjamin Bingham

Recently, in Shakespeare's As You Like It , the language seemed to accelerate to shrill inhuman interchanges accompanied with much brilliant physical...

Economists Deny What's Driving the Inequality Trainwreck

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.29.2017 | Home
Lynn Parramore

What's really causing the growing gap between haves and have-nots? Is it mechanical market forces? Outsourcing? Real estate?

Private Equity Is Going Retail

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home
Eileen Appelbaum

The reasons for private equity's newfound interest in marketing to retail investors are not hard to find. Public sector workers and their pension funds are under attack and unlikely to be an expanding source of capital for the private equity industry going forward.

Israeli Venture Capitalists Finance Arab Startups

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.17.2015 | Home
Efraim Chalamish

While the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is frozen and many countries in the region are facing civil wars and political violence, several Israeli investors are busy investing in Arab or Israeli-Arab startups and incubators.

'We Are All Millionaires Now': Norway's Astounding Fiscal Reserve

Charles Heck | Posted 05.06.2014 | Home
Charles Heck

The oil and gas reserves under the Norwegian continental shelf are being transformed into financial reserves for future generations. No other government in Europe or North America is saving its petroleum wealth for future generations to nearly the same extent.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Coming Home

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.17.2014 | Home
Otaviano Canuto

Followers of this blog have read several recent pieces on the changing landscape of investment finance in developing countries, particularly in natura...

Resource-Backed Investment Finance in Least Developed Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.23.2013 | Home
Otaviano Canuto

What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.

Viking Virtues = Viking Capital

Darryl Woodard | Posted 08.22.2013 | Home
Darryl Woodard

In 2008, as the United States suffered the worst recession since the Great Depression, the effects of the economic downturn were felt worldwide. There...

Egypt's Economic Future and and the Need for Outward Strategy

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 10.13.2013 | Home
Efraim Chalamish

While in the long term, future governments can adopt and implement policies to improve Egypt's economy, the short term impact of the recent political revolution exacerbates the current conditions.

Mozambique Will Be Rich! Or Will It?

Bettina Strickler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Home
Bettina Strickler

Once natural resources are found, the road to prosperity is technically a straight on, if it wasn't for the large potholes on the way that have the power to capsize the whole nation.

How to Tell When Your Country Is Managing Its Riches Well

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.10.2013 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your country is blessed with natural resources. Oil, gas, minerals -- it has it all. New technologies are leading to even more discoveries. The future looks good. But deep down you worry that the bonanza could turn into a bust -- how do you know that's not going to happen?

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Home
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

Qatar: Investing Throughout the World With Oil/Gas Wealth and Vision

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.27.2012 | Home
Raymond J. Learsy

Here is a nation whose infrastructure was focused on pearl "hunting" and fishing, whose economy was virtually destroyed by the introduction of Japanese cultured pearls in the 1920's and 1930's. Then in the 1940's came the discovery of oil.

Blessed by Nature, Cursed by Politics

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

The evidence is as strong as it is puzzling: countries that have a lot of natural resources -- things like oil, gas and minerals -- tend to be poorer than those that don't.

Today's Bounty, Tomorrow's Promise: Better Policies to Manage Natural Resources

Leslie Lipschitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Lipschitz

It's one of the perennial questions in economic policy-making: How do we best manage the economic and social challenges that stem from resource wealth?

Eat or Be Eaten. Gov 2.0's Social Darwinism

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alan W. Silberberg

Get your armor on, and keep it on. Otherwise, you will be stripped bare.

An Infrastructure Bank: Reinvesting in America

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Likosky

On Labor Day, President Obama announced a National Infrastructure Bank to direct our reinvestment in American infrastructure. In doing so, he returned...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Beijing's Balm for the T-Note Market

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

China is simply looking to assuage the T-note market long enough to get a large chunk of Beijing's foreign exchange reserves out of Washington's hands.

Rethinking Beijing's Financial Options

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

If the economists are correct, China owns about 9% of our total national debt. Contrary to popular opinion, Beijing could sell that debt with few long-term consequences for China's economy.

U.S. Housing Market: Fed Counting On Foreign Governments To Fund The Housing Market | Howard Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Senior officials in the Obama administration and at the Fed say they are counting in part on foreigners to keep the housing market funded....

Rape of the American Taxpayer

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

I used to have a bumper sticker on my truck that read, "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention." This sentiment was specifically aimed...

Beijing Quietly Signaling Intent To Flee U.S. Debt

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

Guess what, the Chinese are now ready to apparently anything but more U.S. Treasury notes. A great deal of evidence suggests they are seeking to diversify.

Dennis Gartman, the Dean Of Commodity Traders Doesn't Understand the Recent Move in Oil Prices -- Let Me Try to Explain

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Raymond J. Learsy

To paraphrase Mr. Gartman, "when I don't understand what is happening, I get out the market."

Fiscal Lessons from Moscow?

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

You know we have a problem when Moscow begins searching for an alternative to investing in U.S. Treasury notes.