Practical analysis for investment professionals


Libor Scandal Poll: What Did the BoE Know and When Did It Know It?

In a recent poll, 92% of the professional investors surveyed saw the Bank of England as complicit in the Libor scandal.

The Economics of Obamacare (Part 1): The Implications for Health Care Investing

The architects of PPACA emphasize three main goals: to provide access to health care to all; to improve the quality of care; and to find ways to slow or reduce the cost of care. Can the law meet these lofty goals? And what are the implications for investors in hospital and insurance stocks?

The Economics of Obamacare (Part 2): Analyzing the U.S. Health Insurance System

A full understanding the implications of the Affordable Care Act requires a deep dive into the data and an examination of the history of the U.S. health insurance market.

The Economics of Obamacare (Part 3): Understanding the Lessons of Medicare

The central lessons of Medicare provide insight into the sea changes we can expect from the Affordable Care Act.

Take 15: Fatal Conceit: What the Fed Imagines It Can Design (Video)

Gary P. Brinson, CFA, discusses the impact that the Federal Reserve’s prolonged low-rate environment is having on plan sponsors. He argues that we are observing Hayek's fatal conceit where a handful of people in the government imagine they can redesign markets and do better than markets themselves can.

Negative Real Interest Rates: The Conundrum for Investment and Spending Policies

Can anyone reasonably expect to earn a 5% real return with acceptable risk in today’s economic environment?

Take 15: Risks and Opportunities in the MENA Economies (Video)

George Abed, senior counsellor and director for Africa and Middle East at the Institute of International Finance, discusses the economic and political transition taking place among the Arab countries around the Mediterranean and implications for the wider region.

Book Review: The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond

The author summarizes past research on the BRICs and other emerging markets and predicts that by 2050, the world’s largest economies will not be the G–7 nations but will instead include several countries currently considered emerging markets.

Take 15 Series: Driving Forces in Currency Markets and the Renminbi

Professor Avinash D. Persaud followed and traded the currency markets for many years at UBS, J.P. Morgan, and other institutions. He shares the insight he accumulated and discusses the real driving forces in currency markets over periods that matter to investors and corporations. The situation of the Renminbi in the context of his framework is also discussed.

Could Relocalization of Output Threaten China’s Role as Factory to the World?

Over the past two decades there has been a persistent and substantial widening of the aggregate current account balance surpluses and deficits of the G20 countries, most notably China and the United States. Credit Suisse's Daniel Kurz, CFA, explains why an impending economic rebalancing could usher in a trend toward selective relocalization of output by net debtor nations.

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