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Weekend Reads: Social Entrepreneurs, Bond Investing, and Human Nature

In my previous life, as a reporter for the Financial Times, I did a stint covering philanthropy. I heard a lot about social entrepreneurship, philanthrocapitalism, and the ways that some philanthropists and nonprofit organizations were tackling some of the world's toughest, seemingly intractable, social ills.

How Will the Next Decade Change Markets?

As the saying goes, it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. But it’s manifestly worth the effort because catching big trends is how fortunes are made and catastrophic losses are avoided.

Has Global Debt Become Unsustainable?

During the global financial crisis, excessive debt was the principal disease. It also turned out to be the principal cure. Whether it was called quantitative easing (QE) or something else, it all meant the same thing: increased debt — both in absolute terms and relative to GDP.

Exit of Argentina’s President Offers Value Opportunity

It is difficult to imagine that Argentina will not prove an attractive investment after a change in government.

Debt: What’s Wrong With It? (Video)

Economist Paul Mills questions the conventional wisdom on debt while discussing rising debt levels and if the levels are sustainable.

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.



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