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Why Panic-Prone Emerging Markets Are Breaking Down In 2014

<i>This is a guest post by Wolfgang Koester, chief executive and co-founder FiREapps, a provider of currency exposure management tools.</i><p>It wasn’t too long ago that emerging markets were seen as the saviors of the global economy. In 2009, when advanced economies’ gross domestic product (GDP) fell 3.43 …

January Crunch Aside, These Managers Are Bullish On 2014

What December giveth, January taketh away. But there are still plenty of reasons to be positive about investment opportunities this year, from stocks that will capitalize on a growing U.S. economy to municipal bonds, which may be in short supply as insurance companies and other long-term investors …

Emerging Markets: Boom, Bust, Repeat, Yawn

Emerging market stocks had a difficult year in 2013. They’re having a rougher year in 2014. The usual suspects are being blamed: rising interest rates, fears of a global economic slowdown, bubbling real estate prices in parts of the world coupled with a looming bank crisis, political turmoil in …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

NOMURA: It's The End Of The End Of The World

Japanese investment bank Nomura is out with a big global economic outlook for 2014. The title is "The End Of The End Of The World." The theme is that as 2013 comes to a close, the age of crisis is well and truly over. There are still lingering issues of course, but the really huge themes that have …

Basel III

<b>Basel III</b> (or the <b>Third Basel Accord</b> or <b>Basel Standards</b>) is a global, voluntary regulatory framework on bank capital adequacy, stress testing, and …

Insights & Ideas | Charles Schwab

At Charles Schwab, we encourage everyone to take ownership of their financial life by asking questions and demanding transparency.<p>Our <b>Insights & Ideas</b> bring you information that fosters that ownership, because we believe that the best outcomes in life come from being fully engaged.

Here's why Wall Street has a hard time being ethical

My first year on Wall Street, 1993, I was paid 14 times more than I earned the prior year and three times more than my father’s best year. For that money, I helped my company create financial products that were disguised to look simple, but which required complex math to properly understand. That …

Market Insights

3 Great Stocks Selling For Far Less Than What They Are Worth

<b>Dave Perkins, Co-Portfolio Manager, Weitz Value Fund</b><p><b>Dave Perkins:</b> We take a long-term value-oriented approach to investing and it is important to define what both of those terms mean.<p>Our minimum investment horizon is typically three to five years. That timeframe differs pretty significantly from …

The government-dominated bond market

QE is likely going to be around for a while, just as a matter of mathematical necessity. The world's national deficits can’t get funded any other way.

Apple’s iPhone Supply Chain, Visualized: The Truth About Where iPhones Really Come From (Infographic)

- Aug 14, 2013<p>Ever wonder where iPhones come from? Not in the “duh, they come from the Apple Store, you idiot!” sense – but the underlying truth …

What is Shadow Banking?

<i>By Stijn Claessens, Assistant Director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, Professor of International Finance Policy at</i> …

GOLDMAN: Actually, Small Business Is NOT The Engine Of US Job Creation

But in a new 10-page research note on the impact of small business on jobs, Goldman Sachs' economist Kris Dawsey argues that's not accurate.<p>In one paragraph, he explains why size doesn't matter. Rather, age does.<p>...recent research indicates the conventional wisdom that small businesses are …

This 1994 Study Showed Raising The Minimum Wage Did NOT Raise Unemployment

Opponents of doing so argue that it would by definition increase unemployment.<p>But Berkeley's David Card and Princeton's Alan Krueger, who also recently stepped down as chair of the White House Council on Economic Advisers, have twice shown that that is not necessarily the case.<p>In their 1994 study …

Here's The Key Thing You Should Know About Ronald Coase, The Great Economist Who Died Yesterday At 102

Coase's most famous contribution is the Coase Theorem, which holds that the problem of externalities—that is, me taking an action that imposes a cost on you—can be fixed without government action so long as property rights are clearly defined and transaction costs are low.<p>My favorite example of the …

Don’t cry for “the little guy on Wall Street”

This happens every time something goes wrong on the stock market -- every time there's a flash crash, or a high-frequency trading firm blows up, or the Nasdaq is forced to go dark for three hours.

Yanis Varoufakis: Was Chancellor Merkel right (about Greece)?

<i>By Yanis Varoufakis, a professor of economics at the University of Athens. Cross posted from his blog.</i><p><b>Is Chancellor Merkel right when she recently</b> …

Scott E.D. Skyrm » New Repo Regulation And What It Means For The Future

The Repo market is being bombarded from all different regulatory angles these days. Most banks have Repo businesses across many geographies, so it …

The Federal Reserve Has A Demographics Problem — An Aging Society Is Making Monetary Policy Less Effective

Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates pinned at zero, maxing out its main policy tool for stimulating the American economy following the worst recession in 80 years.<p>Given the disappointing nature of the recovery since then, the central bank has added unconventional monetary policy …

The Lehman Anniversary: Five Years In Charts

American and European banks used to dominate the list of the world's biggest banks (see chart 1); the Chinese have since scaled the charts.<p>The balance-sheets of Europe's behemoths have got quite a bit smaller (chart 2); consolidation has made America's giants bigger than ever.<p>Western banks are …

The biggest bond deal ever from Verizon might mark the end of the easy money era

It’s a good week on Wall Street.<p>Investment banks stand to earn at least $500 million in fees on Verizon’s titanic $49 billion bond deal, which launched Wednesday to strong demand. Verizon is borrowing the money to help come up with $130 billion it needs to fork over to Vodafone to convince its …

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