Description: More than a few experts are convinced that massive U.S. government spending will ultimately wreak havoc with the bond market, as both the country and companies are forced to pay higher borrowing costs to satisfy creditors. Money & Investing editor Jonathan Burton reports.
Description: BP is considering reducing its dividends to help quell political uproar against the company. Meanwhile, the U.S. raised estimates of the oil gushing from the crippled Gulf of Mexico well. Monica Langley, Dennis Berman, Evan Newmark and Bruce Orwall discuss. Also, a discussion of Saturday’s World Cup soccer match between England and the U.S.
Description: Economists, as you have likely heard, are enjoying a bit of a renaissance these days. With a startling new piece of economic news emerging on a near daily basis — Greece is going under! No, it’s Spain! China is in the midst of a housing bubble! China is our savior! — there’s been a surge in demand for those who would purport to tell us what it all means.
Description: Factories kept churning out more goods last month, while prices and home construction fell, pointing to a manufacturing-led U.S. recovery that is not generating inflation, economists said before reports this week.
Description: With gold having run up to record prices of late, some have wondered whether the yellow metal is likely to be the next bubble? Brett Arends discusses. And Peter Lattman profiles C. Dean Metropoulos, an low-profile investor with a knack for rebuilding old brands like Chef Boyardee, Bumble Bee and Schlitz. His most recent purchase: Pabst Blue Ribbon
Description: Alyssa Moeder, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, talks to Barron’s Associate Editor Matt Barthel about how investor attitudes today have changed and how she addresses their needs and concerns.
Description: To help readers navigate the legal landscape surrounding BP’s mammoth oil spill (or “oil spew,” as some argue it should more properly be called) in the Gulf Coast, I have looked into some of the law-related questions and statements that keep surfacing as the press and bloggers keep up with the crisis. I rely mainly here on an interview with Christopher B. Kende, an international insurance law specialist at the firm of Cozen O’Connor. Kende also teaches attorneys about the legal issues stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a lecturer for HB Litigation Conferences.
Description: Wedding bells fill the Northern Hemisphere air for this season’s happy couples. Among the newlyweds armed with pre-nuptial agreements are numerous companies starting strategic alliances, joint ventures, and focused collaboratives.