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Economy

Bungled Bank Bailout Leaves Behind Righteous Anger

In the year since I stepped down as the special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the sadly predictable consequences of the government’s disparate treatment of Wall Street and Main Street have only become worse. As the banks amass size and power, Main Street continues to get pummeled.


What's Driving Americans to Retire Abroad?

July 18th, 2012  |  Source: K@W

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Do Business Schools Incubate Criminals?

July 17th, 2012  |  Source: Bloomberg

The recent scandals at Barclays Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other banks might give the impression that the financial sector has some serious morality problems. Unfortunately, it’s worse than that: We are dealing with a drop in ethical standards throughout the business world, and our graduate schools are partly to blame.


Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant

July 8th, 2012  |  Source: Vanity Fair

Analyzing one of American corporate history’s greatest mysteries—the lost decade of Microsoft—two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.’s newest contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the “astonishingly foolish management decisions” at the company that “could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success.”


Not for sale: What Money Can’t Buy

July 4th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

Our romance with capitalism is a Faustian bargain, but two critiq:ues warn that giving free rein to markets comes at the cost of giving up a part of our soul

Martin Sandbu reviews:

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, by Michael Sandel, Allen Lane /Farrar, Straus and Giroux

How Much is Enough? The Love of Money, and the Case for the Good Life, by Robert and Edward Skidelsky, Allen Lane

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Berlin is ignoring the lessons of the 1930s

June 8th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com OPINION

 

Is it one minute to midnight in Europe?

We fear that the German government’s policy of doing “too little too late” risks a repeat of precisely the crisis of the mid-20th century that European integration was designed to avoid.

 

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Too Much Faith in Markets Denies Us the Good Life

June 7th, 2012  |  Source: Bloomberg Opinion

John Maynard Keynes’s generation of economists assumed that as people became more efficient at satisfying their wants, they would, and should as rational agents, work less and enjoy life more. Yet power relationships and the insatiability of human wants are such that we have maintained an ethic of acquisitiveness.


Soros: 3 Months to Euro Collapse

June 4th, 2012  |  Source: NASDAQ Community

On Saturday, famed hedge fund billionaire and economic theorist George Soros gave a speech in Trento, Italy before the Festival of Economics about the European financial crisis. It's quite long, but still well worth reading because his understanding of Europe's problems is clear and deep. You can find it on his site GeorgeSoros.com.

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Nike Is About To Release The Most Anticipated Sneaker Ever

June 2nd, 2012  |  Source: Businessinsider.com

Nike's uber-hyped Air Yeezy II is finally coming out next week (June 9th, to be exact).

The Kanye West-designed sneaker is the most anticipated shoe ever.

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