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Three Unlearned Lessons of the Financial Crisis of 2008

There are many lessons to be gleaned from the financial crisis of 2008, to be sure. I recently came across Bethany McLean's article "The Top Five Unlearned Lessons of the Financial Crisis," and while McLean highlights serious problems, it seems to me that her list doesn't go far enough.

Specific Risk-Taking Means Doing Your Specific Homework

According to Dan Fuss, CFA, there are always opportunities for those who do their analytical homework. At the CFA Institute Fixed-Income Management conference, he examined some of those opportunities in more detail.

Things Aren’t All Bad: Four Reasons To Be Optimistic About the Economy

While the stock market continues to hit new highs, many would still agree that this recovery isn’t being felt by everyone. However, here are four reasons to be more positive.

James Grant: “Bull Cases Are Always Hypothetical. Bear Cases, Self-Evident.” (Video)

In this video, Jim Grant of "Grant's Interest Rate Observer" offers an economic history of the world, discusses the odds of a new financial crisis, and evaluates Puerto Rico as an investment opportunity.

Take 15: Anthony Neoh on Fast-Tracking China’s Financial Reforms (Video)

Anthony Neoh, SC, former chief advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission and ex-chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, discusses the progress and prospects of financial sector reforms and capital market liberalizations in China.

Government Debt vs. Tough Love

What would the world look like under tough love? Governments would rely on their taxing authority to meet much more limited needs, and some of present expenditures would be taken over by the private sector.

BOJ Asset Purchases: Is Japan Sowing Seeds of Next Asset Bubble?

The quantitative easing recently announced by the Bank of Japan may benefit investors who hold Japanese equities, but Ron Rimkus, CFA, sees the classic makings of one big investment bubble.

J.P. Morgan Strategist David Kelly Not a Big Fan of Fed Policy

David Kelly, CFA, chief global strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds, outlines three problems with the current Federal Reserve policy of zero interest rates and quantitative easing.

Arnab Das: We Are Caught in a Trap of Excessive Debt

Arnab Das, managing director of research and investment strategy at Roubini Global Economics, argues the most important parallel issues are the distribution between creditors and debtors and the balance between future and present economic activity.

Is Japan the Canary in the Keynesian Coal Mine?

The policies that Japan has utilized for so long are now being emulated by many countries around the world. Japanese policy is the avant-garde of economics — or, perhaps, the canary in the coal mine.



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