If the Fed cuts rates, and goes negative, it will have a direct impact on top consumer banks' balance sheets.» Read More
Should you borrow against your house to buy stocks? (Felix Salmon) Only if you want to lose both.
The Closing of the Keynesian mind. "Some have asked if there aren’t conservative sites I read regularly. Well, no," Paul Krugman writes. (NYT)
Why Opposing Financial "Reform" is Pro-Consumer, Yet Again. \(Coordination Problem\). Thanks Elizabeth Warren! You killed interchange fees.
Reports of police firing on protestors in the Saudi Arabian city of Qatif evoke a possible nightmare scenario for the disruption of oil from a country that sits atop the world's largest proven oil reserves.
While Saudi Arabia is not the largest oil exporter to the United States, oil is still a fungible commodity – and any supply disruption on such a massive scale would certainly send US energy costs soaring. \(The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits on a staggering quarter trillion barrels of oil proven in the ground.\)
The revelation that there may have been a “third man” at McKinsey with connections to the alleged insider trading schemes of Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam casts a shadow across the reputation of the famous consulting firm. How deep does the corruption run?
The fabric of our lives may start to feel like burlap.
Your favorite brands and styles could start feeling…. irregular.
A few readers have asked why a business web site should run a daily feature on the potential for war with Libya.
The answer is simple: war dominates markets. It affects almost every public company, every investment portfolio, and every decision to go long, short, or sit on the sidelines.
In short, we can't ignore the economic and financial effects of a potential war because they won’t ignore us.
The unrest in the Middle East is coming in waves. The tidal wave it has created at the pump is taking a big bite out of consumers wallets. We hear about our nation's untapped oil reserves but with the "no new wells" policy there is no hope it can be explored.
In Alaska, the Governor, Sean Parnell is in his own battle with the legislature. But not for budget cuts. He's proposing tax incentives for oil companies to entice them to hang a shingle up in his state.
Credit Suisse recently issued $2 billion in 'cocos'—which is a trendy sounding abbreviation for Contingent Convertible Bonds—a new hybrid security, created to correct the deficiencies of a previous generation of new hybrid securities.
I must confess: Cocos sound like a brilliant idea, on paper at least.
The "doom loop" is shaking up stock markets as worries of negative interest rates in the US may come.
The rivalry between Bill Gross and his former company Pimco looks set to hinge on the U.S. economy this year. FT reports.
Tender issued for euro-denominated unsecured bonds worth 3 billion euros and dollar-denominated bonds worth $2 billion.