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Public Finances Are on the Mend, but No Clean Bill of Health

Martine Guerguil | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Martine Guerguil

We've had a spate of good news on the economic front recently. Does this mean that we are finally out of the fiscal woods? According to our most recen...

The New Nihilism in the Debate Over the Debt Ceiling

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

Nevertheless, by vowing to block any increase in the debt limit until the administration accedes to their budget demands, congressional conservatives have embraced this new nihilism

'We're No Longer Seen As Second-Class Citizens'

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2012 | Business

* Italian, Spanish bond yields are the new "fear index" * Politicians and public learn the bond market vocabulary ...

Government Interest in LIBOR Scandal?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

As a citizen, I have a political question that I hope some independent financial expert can answer. In the LIBOR scandal we have heard about an intere...

Global Financial Stability: What's Still to Be Done?

José Viñals | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
José Viñals

The quest for lasting financial stability is still fraught with risks. The latest Global Financial Stability Report has two key messages: policy actions have brought gains to global financial stability since our September report; but current policy efforts are not enough to achieve lasting stability.

U.S. Stocks Slide After Big European Announcement

AP | MATT CRAFT | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Financial markets slumped Thursday after the head of Europe's central bank dashed hopes that the bank was preparing to help extinguis...

Vice President Joe Biden To Greece: U.S. 'Standing With You In Solidarity'

AP | By DEREK GATOPOULOS | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

ATHENS, Greece -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Greek political leaders Monday his government is "standing with you in solidarity," at the start ...

ECB Make Surprise Decision On Debt Crisis Fears

Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank cut its main interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 percent on Thursday as the euro zone's worsening debt ...

Sleepless From the Stock Market

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Security and comfort are difficult to find these days, and the stock market often moves "contrary to fact."

Global Stocks Down Due To Recession Fears

AP | GABRIELE STEINHAUSER | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

BRUSSELS — Stocks rebounded Friday as investors breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the U.S. added more jobs than expected during July, p...

Government Bonds: No Longer a World Without Risk

José Viñals | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
José Viñals

The risk free nature of government bonds, one of the cornerstones of the global financial system, has come into question as the global crisis unfolds.

WATCH: Don't Read Into PIMCO's Debt Dump

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

News of the world's biggest bond fund dumping U.S. government debt sparked fears on Wednesday that investors may have little faith in the recovery. ...

William Alden

When Cities Struggle, Workers Punished -- But Bondholders Spared

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As cities across the nation struggle to balance their budgets, a chorus of experts has told investors to take cover. Economists, analys...

Martin Wolf: How To Fight The Currency Wars With China

ft.com | Martin Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Has the time for a currency war with China arrived? The answer looks increasingly to be yes. The politics and economics of an assault on Chinese excha...

George Soros: America Needs Stimulus Not Virtue

ft.com | George Soros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration's insistence on fiscal rectitude is dictated not by financial necessity but by political considerations. The US is not in the...

Krugman: Deficit Hysteria Resembles Iraq War Scare Tactics

New York Times | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

These days it's hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a news program without encountering stern warnings about the federal budget deficit. The defici...

On the Sovereign Debt Crisis

Edward Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward Harrison

In a sovereign debt crisis, the central government's debt become so high that everyone knows they cannot possibly tax the population enough to cover their expenses and service it.

Government Bonds: Banks Are Bulking Up On Sovereign Debt, But It Could Be Risky

Gillian Tett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

These days, there is a near-unanimous belief among western regulators that one way to prevent a repeat of the 2007-08 crisis is to stop banks taking c...

A Proposal on How to Clean Up the Banks

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

The taxpayers should take over the bad assets in return for bank equity, but with a twist: the amount of equity transferred to the taxpayers would not be determined immediately.

Wall Street Crisis Sends Investors Looking For Safe Options

NYT, CNBC, Forbes | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Three straight days packed with financial news and worry -- including the repercussions of meltdowns at major financial institutions -- have panicked ...