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An Inquiry into Why America Spends While the World Saves

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Americas, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Sheldon Garon Recently the issue of saving has become maybe too exciting. Despite a booming economy, household saving rates sank to near-zero levels by 2005. Three years later, the U.S. economy experienced a housing and financial meltdown from which we have yet to recover. Americans now contend with massive credit card debt, declining home …

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A Comment on “The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform”

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Global Capital Markets, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Marvin M. Smith, Anthony Orlando, and Susan Wachter “If price discovery continues to be unattainable in both the subprime, structured CDO and lower quality markets, and if bridges become non-liquefiable, then what we have is a ‘financing’ dilemma.

Emerging Markets are Re-Shaping the Global Economy, But Also Shaking It

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Frontier Markets, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Europe, Global Capital Markets, India, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By George Magnus From global tourism to manufactured products, and from industrial processes to modern technologies order, the re-convergence of emerging markets and their economic dynamism are re-shaping the world, and they are simultaneously shaking it. You

The Causes of the Banking Crises of the 1920’s

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Americas, Europe, Global Capital Markets, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By Simon D. Norton The credit crunch of 2007-2008 shares many similarities in terms of causes with the Depression Era and wave of bank failures which took place in the United States in the 1920’s. It would appear that legislative responses made by the

The United States of America or the Soviet Socialist States of America?

December 28, 2010 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, AmericasComments (0)

By Richard Morrish “Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to the

Too systemic to fail: Consequences, causes, and potential remedies

December 28, 2010 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Americas, Banking Innovation, Europe, Global Capital MarketsComments (0)

By Raghuram Rajan Perhaps the single biggest distortion to the free enterprise system is when a number of private institutions are deemed by political and regulatory authorities as too systemic to fail. Resources are trapped in corporate structures that have