Category OPINION

The rise of BlackRock

The rise of BlackRock In 25 years, BlackRock has become the world’s biggest investor. Is its dominance a problem? Dec 7th 2013 | From the print edition ASK conspiracy theorists who they think really runs the world, and they will probably point to global banks, such as Citigroup, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Oil […]

Predictive Analytics Drives Profitability, Growth – by

Predictive analytics can be an ally to CFOs who are looking for a viable tool to drive growth and manage enterprise profitability. There are several ways in which a CFO can leverage predictive-analytics solutions to manage profitability and enable corporate functions to adopt its principles. CFOs can successfully lead that charge if they know that: […]

Barron’s : How to Play Stocks and Bonds as Rates Rise

Cutwater Asset’s Cliff Corso expects another good year for equities. Why he likes fixed-income plays in munis and some high-yield bonds. Investors have been worrying about interest rates, which have been their good friend in recent years. But rates are poised to move higher; it’s just a question of when. And that raises tough questions, […]

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”- Warren Buffett

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”– Warren Buffett


We believe the best way to manage money is to separate investment alpha (value-added return from active management) from beta (return from passively holding a portfolio) and then create optimal portfolios of each. At Bridgewater, we manage money for clients across most major asset classes by replicating a client benchmark and overlying the benchmark with […]

The Fed’s Surprise and Yellen’s Challenge

  Mohamed A. El-Erian Mohamed A. El-Erian is CEO and co-Chief Investment Officer of the global investment company PIMCO, with approximately $2 trillion in assets under management. He previously worked at the Internation… The Fed’s Surprise and Yellen’s Challenge NEWPORT BEACH – The US Federal Reserve sparked a global – and now month-long – guessing […]

World Economic Outlook (WEO)

Hopes, Realities, and Risks Global economic prospects have improved again, but the bumpy recovery and skewed macroeconomic policy mix in advanced economies are complicating policymaking in emerging market economies. Chapter 3 examines the prospects for inflation, particularly because inflation was remarkably stable in the wake of the Great Recession and, in fact, has become less […]

The real difference between Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Family Office. Who should I target as a source of capital for my renewables project/company?

The real difference between Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Family Office. Who should I target as a source of capital for my renewables project/company? The real difference between these different capital sources is not much. Historically one could generalize that hedge funds are traders, while private equity funds are more likely to be long term […]

David Cameron in conversation with Nassim Taleb

David Cameron in conversation with Nassim Taleb


PRIVATE EQUITY VS. HEDGE FUNDS While there are no strict definitions of a private equity firm and a hedge fund, some distinct similarities and differences separate the two types of firms. Private equity firms and hedge funds are similar in that both invest from a leveraged pool of capital normally contributed by limited partners; both compensate the management […]

Revive Lincoln’s Monetary Policy: an Open Letter to President Obama

Revive Lincoln’s Monetary Policy: an Open Letter to President Obama by Ellen Brown posted Apr 07, 2009 President Obama at the We Are One Inaugural Celebration at Lincoln Memorial Dear President Obama: The world was transfixed on that remarkable day in January when, to poetry, song, and dance, you gazed upon Abraham Lincoln’s likeness at the […]

Money from Nothing: How Private Banks Create Money and Ideas for Reform of the Monetary System by James Robertson — YES! Magazine

Money from Nothing Supplying money should be a public service, not a cash cow for banks. by James Robertson posted Jul 07, 2009 The way money is created and issued, who creates it and in what form—as debt or debt-free, in one currency or another—largely determines whether a financial system works fairly and efficiently or […]

Money creation out of dept: Fractional Reserve Banking


Money Creation

Understanding how money is created provides a foundation for appreciating the implications of our massive levels of debt, because it tells us how that debt came into being. As John Kenneth Galbraith once said, “The process by which money is created is so simple, the mind is repelled.” Dr. Martenson walks us through this simple […]

How money is created today: The rules of the economy by

    1. MORE MONEY in the economy –>> MORE DEPT Problem is : But a damaged banking system means that today banks aren’t creating enough money. W have to do it for them Sir Mervy King, GOvernor of the Bank of Enland.   2. LESS DEPT –>> LESS MONEY n the economy When people […]

The financial crisis of 2007/08 occurred because…..

The financial crisis of 2007/08 occurred because we failed to constrain the private financial system’s creation of private credit  and money. Lord Adait Turner, Chairman of the Financial Sevices Auhority

Bank of England

By far the largest role in creating broad money is played by the banking sector…..Whan banks make loans they created additional deposits for those that borroxed the money. Bank of England

Money creation: 97% by private banks, 3% by central bank

The essence of the monetary system is the creation of monye, out of nothing, by private bank’s often foolish lending. Mertin Wolf, Financial Times, 9th Nov 2012

Fund Management: Pension pots, portfolios and the art of long-term investment

As a fund manager, you manage a portfolio as an investor.We don’t have to persuade people to do things; we do things ourselves. We are investors rather than advisors. Mark Burgess, Chief investment officer THREADNEEDLE

Mergers & Acquisitions

It’s somewhat of an art to reach an agreement on price and terms. The ability to understand very quickly the motivations of the different stakeholders and the softer issues involved in transactions is a critical skill. Keith Magnus, Chairman and Head of investment banking, Singapore & Malaysia UBS.

European Sovereign Debt Crisis Explained

WHAT is the European sovereign dept crisis ? European Sovereign Debt Crisis is an unstable situation in which the 17-nation euro zone will not be able to pay the entire debt obligation. It began in Greece in 2009, and has spread to Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain, threatening to push Europe into recession. WHY did the […]


Analysts must have an internal drive to always be asking “Why ?” and “Is that the complete picture ? ” – “Is there another approach to be considered ?” ROB ROUSE DEPUTY HEAD OF US EQUITY RESEARCH BARCLAYS

Comparaison des ETF par rapport à leurs modes de réplication est-il juste ?

Comparaison  des ETF par rapport à leurs modes de réplication est-il juste ? Dans les années 2007-2008, suite à la crise du crédit les investisseurs se méfient de plus en plus des produits utilisant des dérivés. Les ETF synthétiques utilisant des swaps sont considérés comme les investissements risqués. Les ETF synthétique qui ont reconnu un succès […]

Emanuel Derman : Financial engineering as a career ?

Financial engineering as a career: Part 1 by Emanuel Derman Part 1 Background Several years ago, my son, who did a PhD thesis on the reception history of Max Weber, the founding father of sociology, introduced me to two influential essays by Weber, entitled respectively Science as a Vocation and Politics as a Vocation. In them Weber discusses what problems you […]