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Fekter Snubs Italy

Fekter Snubs Italy

Italy might need financial support from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) due to high interest rates, Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter speculated in an interview on ORF television on 11 June. The news spread quickly all over Europe, once Reuters had disseminated the details, sparking a political row with Austria’s southern neighbour. A day […]

United States of Europe: The Next Step

The tension of the interregnum is almost unbearable. A United States of Europe is slowly evolving, like a new planet condensing from the clouds and dust of the cosmos. Yet its final form will take years to consolidate. Once a critical number of member states have ratified stricter fiscal and budget rules — becoming more […]

Crisis vs. Crisis

Crisis vs. Crisis

American policy makers have often criticised European leaders for being slow to react to the debt crisis. But on 21 March, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake saw a shift, telling the House of Representatives that “financial stresses in Europe have lessened, which has contributed to an improved tone of financial markets around the world, including […]

Gambling With (Our Only) Planet

The consequences of the Japanese earthquake – especially the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant – resonate grimly for observers of the American financial crash that precipitated the Great Recession. Both events provide stark lessons about risks, and about how badly markets and societies can manage them. Of course, in one sense, there […]

The Madoff-Medici Mess

When Irving H. Picard, trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s gigantic Ponzi scheme filed a $19.6 billion complaint in the Southern District Court of New York Dec. 10, Austrian banker Sonja Kohn was catapulted into the limelight of the investigations. Referring to Kohn as “Madoff’s criminal soulmate,” Picard alleges in the brief that […]

Re-Regulation and Democracy

It has taken almost two years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and more than three years since the beginning of the global recession brought on by the financial sector’s misdeeds for the United States and Europe finally to reform financial regulation. Perhaps we should celebrate the regulatory victories in both Europe and the United […]

New Year’s Valuations: Or, How to choose your basic stocks for 2010

In the previous episodes we have highlighted the aspects of portfolio diversification, long term investments, short term trading and sector analysis. This is Richie Rich with this Weeks focus on basic stock evaluation. Although sentiment is slightly more positively tuned than six months back, Financial Markets for 2010 are expected to continue their volatility as […]

Investment vehicles: long-term vs. fast returns

André Kostolany one of the most famous Stock Experts of the 20th Century once said, “Buy the stocks you like and go to sleep for 10 years, when you wake up, you will be rich”. This certainly was the right investment style in the 20th Century and beginning of the 21st Century, however is this […]

The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm

From 2004 to 2007, the world economy experienced an unusually long and strong boom, with growth rates of nearly 5% and with many countries participating. The European Union (EU15) recorded 2.4% growth on average during these years. In Germany, where growth averaged 1.8% during this period, some journalists proclaimed a new economic miracle. Now, however, […]

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