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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.

Turning Points: The Impending Taper, Japan’s Troubled Economy

Analysts continue trying to assess the dependence of markets on the Fed and to discern the direction of the economy.

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.

Turning Points: The Untaper and the Markets’ Reactions

There continue to be growing signs of a credit bubble manifesting around the globe. In the United States, it appears that credit quality is starting to slip as banks are becoming more friendly to lower credit borrows. In private equity, Blackstone sees an "epic" credit bubble. Real estate in China appears to be frothy. And, with the Federal Reserve presently unable to unwind easing, these bubbles could and should grow in magnitude materially.

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.



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