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Leadership Lesson for the Eurozone: The Rule of Small Groups

Physical limitations in humans seem to limit our ability to make effective group decisions when the number of the group exceeds seven members. This has important implications for boards of directors, investment committees, and transnational economic organizations, such as the eurozone.

Take 15: Global Investing in the New World Order

With much of the developed world in a sovereign debt crisis, what implications will this have on your portfolio risk profile, benchmark, and asset allocation? Having spent his entire career in emerging market and non-U.S. investments, Jeffrey P. Davis, CFA, describes what he believes is a fundamental shift in the global market portfolio.

Take 15: How to Make Banks Safer

Simon Johnson, Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, shares his views on how to manage systemic risk in banking.

The Potential European Debt Crisis You Are Not Hearing About

The European sovereign debt crisis has been occupying a disproportionate amount of investor mindshare over these past many months. Yet there is another potential debt crisis in Europe that is receiving… READ MORE ›

Competitive Currency Devaluation: The Feeding Frenzy

That the world is grossly overindebted is perhaps an obvious point. But by how much — and why — are less clear. Today total global debt stands at approximately $150 trillion, or 194% of global gross domestic product. And… READ MORE ›

Take 15: Sovereign Credit Risk and Market Turmoil: Challenges for China’s Economic Policies

Jing Ulrich discusses the economic situation in China, the challenges for policymakers, the development of China’s capital markets, and the management of trillions of dollars of foreign exchange reserve assets in the context of heightened sovereign credit risk and… READ MORE ›

Jim O’Neill on China vs. Greece and the New “Growth 8”

Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and former chief economist of the investment bank, was this year’s keynote speaker at the UC RUSAL President’s Forum at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. He… READ MORE ›

What Explains China’s Economic Growth, And Is It Sustainable?

Why has China’s economy grown at such a fast rate during the last 30 years, and is this growth rate sustainable? These were the two key questions addressed by Zhiwu Chen at a continuing education event for investment… READ MORE ›

Key Players In the European Sovereign Debt Crisis

Complicating matters in resolving the European sovereign debt crisis have been the large number of players each of whom has a stake in the outcome of the crisis.

Book Review: Wealth Building Strategies in Energy Metals and Other Markets

Although not a pioneering work, Wealth Building Strategies in Energy, Metals, and Other Markets details easily accessible and timely methods for navigating upcoming investment markets that are sure to be stormy. Author Chris Waltzek, host of a weekly broadcast on GoldSeek.com, focuses on a few economically sensitive sectors — namely, energy, metals, and real estate. The book consists of three sections: “Successful Investing,” “The Housing Bubble,” and “Banking—Super Profits.”



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