Monday, March 30, 2015
  1. What’s an Industry?

    Lucy P. Marcus

    What’s an Industry?


     warns traditional companies that they are more vulnerable to sectoral upheaval than they believe.

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    Once upon a time, analysts could easily categorize companies and tell the markets what they were worth, boards could oversee firms with a view to shareholders’ happiness, and all was right in the world. But that world is disappearing before our eyes. READ MORE

  2. Are Equities Overvalued?

    Michael Spence

    Are Equities Overvalued?


     asks why, in an environment of slow economic growth, stock prices are so high.

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    Since the global economic crisis, sharp divergences in economic performance have contributed to significant stock-market volatility. Now, stocks are reaching relatively high levels by conventional measures – and it is difficult to discern precisely why. READ MORE

  3. How to Fight Currency Manipulation

    Simon Johnson

    How to Fight Currency Manipulation


     calls for provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to prevent intentional undervaluation.

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    Currency manipulation is a real problem that causes significant damage. The Trans-Pacific Partnership – the mega-regional free-trade agreement involving the US, Japan, and ten other countries in Latin America and Asia – may offer the best chance to fix it. READ MORE

  4. Slow Growth for US Interest Rates

    Alexander Friedman

    Slow Growth for US Interest Rates


     gives three reasons why investors should not anticipate a major hike by the Federal Reserve.

    Interest rates finance

    The US Federal Reserve’s new policy statement will be widely discussed, as investors seek guidance on when and how quickly interest rates will be raised. Notably, the word “patient” does not appear; but the particular wording is far less telling than the context in which the statement is being released. READ MORE

  5. Africa’s Eurobond Bonanza

    Koffi Alle

    Africa’s Eurobond Bonanza


     warns African governments that foreign borrowing must be carefully managed.

    African women fishing Niger River Julien Harneis/Flickr

    The issuance of Eurobonds has soared in the wake of the global financial crisis, as many Sub-Saharan countries tapped the international bond market for the first time. The opportunity that Eurobonds imply for funding development efforts in Africa is immense, but their use must be carefully managed. READ MORE

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