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Weekend Reads for Global Investors: What’s Next for Greece?

By the time you read this, we should know if the European finance ministers reached a deal Thursday to address the Greece situation. Either way, most believe that the "Greek tragedy" is unlikely to have a happy ending. And this situation bears watching because the end game will have significant implications for Greece, Europe, and the rest of the world.

Film Review: Money for Nothing

The documentary film Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a critical evaluation of the policies pursued by the US Federal Reserve over the years. Released in the United States in 2013 and set amid the context of the global financial crisis, it explores what has become a rather familiar paradox: more debt is both the problem and the solution in pursuing economic growth.

The Swiss Franc: Markets 1, Central Banks 0

This week, when the Swiss National Bank broke the Swiss franc's cap to the euro, it demonstrated that the SNB had conceded central bank power to market power.

Weekend Reads for Global Investors: To QE, or Not to QE?

In another perfectly normal week, the Fed decided to end its QE program and BOJ to expand their version of QE. Who is right and who is wrong? And why? We combed through the web to find some answers for you.

Complexity: The Hidden Cost of Central Bank Actions

Central banks are printing rules almost as fast as they're printing money. The consequences of that could be large, as could the consequences of printing money.

Poll: Will Central Banks Reduce Their Involvement and Let Economies Operate on Their Own?

We asked CFA Institute NewsBrief readers to comment on whether they believe central banks will be able to reduce their involvement in markets and let economies operate on their own.

Poll: How Has Abenomics Performed Thus Far?

We asked NewsBrief readers to share their views on the performance of Abenomics thus far. According to 613 respondents, 59% believe it's too early to judge its performance, whereas a quarter of respondents believe it's a failure.

President Nixon: The Man Who Sold the World Fiat Money

President Richard Nixon's decision to untether the US dollar from gold has left a harsh and lasting legacy for economies all around the globe.

The Trillion Dollar Coin — Risky Business

Unless you've been hiding under a rock lately, it's been hard to avoid the hullabaloo over the trillion dollar platinum coin idea. These articles should provide you with an overview of the the issue.

Poll: Will Masaaki Shirakawa Succeed in Overcoming Persistent Deflation by Engineering Mild Inflation?

In a poll conducted earlier this week in the CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief, we asked professional investors whether the Bank of Japan can overcome persistent deflation by engineering mild inflation.



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