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31 January 2013

Clinton’s Exit Highlights Obama’s Weaknesses

With her old friend Senator John McCain attacking her and Senator Rand Paul asserting that she should have been fired, Hillary Clinton’s last appearances before Congress yesterday seemingly made for an ugly stage exit. More »

14 January 2013

Swiss Banks Show What’s Wrong With Global Capital Rules

Swiss banks UBS AG (UBSN) and Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) are among the safest in Europe, according to the measures regulators watch most closely. Therein lies a lesson in how easily we can be deluded into believing banks are secure. More »

20 December 2012

High-Frequency Trading Prospers at Expense of Everyone

Finally, a bit of evidence, rather than anecdote, about the costs of high-frequency trading. In a new study, Andrei Kirilenko, the chief economist at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, along with researchers at Princeton University and the University of Washington, examined high-frequency trading in a futures contract called the e-mini S&P 500, between August 2010 and August 2012. More »

7 November 2012

Greece Needs a Writedown, Not a Buyback

The prime minister of Greece took a large political risk Oct. 31 to keep Greece in the euro, just as other euro area leaders appear to be recognizing that the country needs more time and more relief from its debt obligations to survive. More »

15 October 2012

Facebook’s SEC Letters Can Only Help Investors Before IPO

Is there a good reason important information about newly public companies is disclosed only one month after the shares have been sold to investors? More »