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First Ever Global Public Debt Clock Launched by the Economist

September 16th, 2009


The Economist has launched the Global Public Debt Clock, an interactive tool that allows people to track and forecast public debt in countries around the world. In the spirit of The Economist’s famous Big Mac Index, the Global Public Debt Clock is not perfectly accurate, but rather is intended to provide a graphic perspective on an important economic issue.

Judge rejects Bank of America settlement again, to applause…

September 15th, 2009  |  Source: FierceFinance

Judge Jed Rakoff has again rejected the SEC’s $33 million settlement with Bank of America as wholly inadequate–to the applause of some. He has set a Feb.1 trial, directing both sides to begin preparing. What an odd trial it would be.   

SEC faces reform ultimatum

September 11th, 2009  |  Source: Financial Times

A humbled US Securities and Exchange Commission was warned on Thursday that it must “reform itself from within” or Congress will do it for the agency which bungled several opportunities to stop Bernard Madoff’s ”Ponzi” scheme.

Richard Shelby, the Alabama senator, questioned the agency’s contention that it will need more resources to patch the flaws that allowed Mr Madoff’s to go on for 16 years despite numerous tips and investigations.

Empty docks: Wheels of justice are grinding awfully slow

September 4th, 2009  |  Source: Financial Times

How many financiers do you think ended up in jail after America’s Savings and Loans scandals? The answer can be found in a fascinating, old report from the US Department of Justice.

According to some of its records, between 1990 and 1995 no less than 1,852 S&L officials were prosecuted, and 1,072 placed behind bars. Another 2,558 bankers were also jailed, often for offenses, which were S&L-linked too.


Niall Ferguson explores why most quantitative economic models failed to anticipate the magnitude of the current global economic crisis.

September 3rd, 2009

In a new executive education program, leading historian and HBS Professor Niall Ferguson explores why most quantitative economic models failed to anticipate the magnitude of the current global economic crisis, and illuminates future scenarios for the world economy.


H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Partners with World Food Program to Fight Malnutrition in Bangladesh

September 2nd, 2009

$350,000 grant to produce comprehensive strategy for reducing hunger and malnutrition

PITTSBURGH – The H. J. Heinz Company Foundation announced today that it will sponsor a nutrition-mapping project conducted by the World Food Program (WFP) in Bangladesh, which will result in a comprehensive strategy for addressing that country’s nutritional deficiencies in an efficient and sustainable manner.

The H. J. Heinz Company Foundation is supporting the project in the first year with a grant of $350,000, as well as in-kind technical assistance. interviews Chris Brown, the Chief Investment Officer for Pax World

August 25th, 2009

Many SRI Funds Are Outperforming Benchmarks in 2009
The Appleseed Fund continues its strong performance among domestic equity funds, while Pax World posts highest return on investment among fixed-income products.


GIIRS Will Make More Money Flow to Good by Kevin Jones

August 21st, 2009  |  Source: Huffington Post

A bridge is about to open up that will make things easier but safer for people who want make their investments consistent with their values. Just like a bridge makes traveling between two islands easier, the new rating system to be unveiled at Socap09 will be like taking a train instead of having to paddle through choppy waters.


The Promise of Private-label Media

August 11th, 2009  |  Source:

The growing popularity of private-label media is one of the more provocative developments in today’s marketing and media ecosystem. Every marketer, advertising agency, and media company needs to know its benefits, and, just as important, its implications for the industry.


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