Russian Revamp of Legal System May Free 100K Entrepreneurs

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Description: Russian lawmakers say they plan to overhaul the law on economic crimes, resulting in the early release of as many as 100,000 imprisoned executives and entrepreneurs as the government seeks to attract investors. Source: Bloomberg.com   Date: 07/02/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/russian-revamp-of-predatory-legal-system-may-free-100-000-entrepreneurs.html Questions for discussion: What do you think of the Russian approach to “investment management”?… Read more »

A Market Forecast That Says ‘Take Cover’

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Description: WITH the stock market lurching again, plenty of investors are nervous, and some are downright bearish. Then there’s Robert Prechter, the market forecaster and social theorist, who is in another league entirely. Source: NYTimes.com   Date: 07/02/2010 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/your-money/04stra.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: What do think of Elliott Wave Theory as a predictive tool? Summarize… Read more »

The Big Interview: Sheila Bair

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Description:  FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair talks to WSJ economics editor David Wessel about the financial-regulatory legislation pending in Congress, the current health of the banking business and what it’s like to be the sole woman among a band of powerful men. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 06/25/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/the-big-interview-sheila-bair/3505E1E8-BE42-4D21-8896-429459517801 Questions for discussion:  Summarize… Read more »

Markets Hub: How Low Can Yields Fall?

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Description:  In the wake of the Federal Reserve offering a subdued assessment of the economy and signaling it’s set to keep interest rates low, Treasury yields are testing record levels. The downturn in yields is happening even in the absence of the kind of panic that’s pushed yields to historic lows in the past. The… Read more »

Hit to BP’s market cap gushes past $100 billion

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Description: BP shares dropped as much as 9% in London on Friday, putting the drop the oil major’s market capitalization at more than $100 billion since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began, as an analyst suggested the company needs to sell stock to assure counterparties of its financial health. Source:  Marketwatch.com Date: 06/25/2010 Link:… Read more »

Reliance Communications Said to Cut $3 Billion Debt Selling Towers to GTL

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Description: Billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Ltd. will cut its debt by at least $3 billion by selling its mobile-phone transmission towers, people familiar with the deal said. Source: Bloomberg.com   Date: 06/27/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-27/gtl-to-buy-reliance-communications-towers-to-expand-mobile-phone-network.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the transaction described in the report? What were the benefits derived for each side? How will… Read more »

Dividends Are Rising. Will Stocks Follow?

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Description: THE headlines about stock dividends have been remarkably bleak. Source: NYTimes.com   Date: 06/25/2010 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/business/27fund.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made in this article. What do you think will happen to stock prices over the next 12 months? How do dividend payouts influence investor thinking?

BP Halts Dividend, Earmarks $20 Billion

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Description:  BP said it was suspending dividend payments for much of this year and created a $20 billion fund to pay injured parties. Alan Murray and Joe White discuss. Also, Steven Gillon, a presidential historian discusses Barack Obama’s leadership style in the context of other presidents who have faced serious crises. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video… Read more »

News Hub: Do Index Funds Help Diversify?

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Description:  Although diversification remains a sound idea, market cap-based indexes have the perverse effect of diminishing diversification. Michael Casey explains what you can do. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 06/16/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub-do-index-funds-help-diversify/EA723B82-4976-41B5-9578-22F0ADAF8E49 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues related to index investing.  Do you agree with the analysis presented by the commentators? What… Read more »

RIM may be feeling the heat from Android, iPhone

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Description: Though analysts still expected Research In Motion Ltd. to post strong double-digit gains in both sales and earnings for its recently-ended first fiscal quarter, there is a growing sense that the company is facing more pressure from the fast-growing lineup of new smart phones on the market. Source:  Marketwatch.com Date: 06/18/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/research-in-motion-may-see-effects-of-competition-2010-06-18  … Read more »