- U.S. Fed Officials Suggests Early End to QE2
U.S. Fed officials are calling for a review of the current stimulus effort, the second round of so-called quantitative easing (QE2), suggesting earlier withdrawal from the bond-buying, which is slated to end in June.
- Europe and the Arab Spring
Europe’s choice now is clear: mobilize to help its neighbors open up their economies and societies, or start beefing up its coastguards and ordering patrol boats.
- China Likely to Hike Bank Reserves to up to 23Pct
An increase in the banks’ deposit reserve requirement will have greater effect than other tools on the regulation of monetary supply, while the best level for the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) should be targeted at around 23 percent.
- Imperialism Reclaimed
Some syntheses and accommodations between the West and the rest will inevitably accompany the shift in power and wealth from the former to the latter. The only question is whether the process will be peaceful.
- Understanding Japan's Disasters
Japan's disasters will add to the global economy’s headwinds – be they the impact of the initial fall in consumption in the world’s third-largest economy, or disruptions to global supply chains (particularly in technology and autos).
- The Road to Fiscal Crisis
The financial sector in the US and globally has become much more unstable in recent decades, and there is nothing in any of the reform efforts undertaken since the near-meltdown in 2008 that will make it safer.
- The False Panacea of Labor-Market Flexibility
A certain amount of labor-market rigidity may make economic sense for jobs that require firm-specific skills and training, alongside greater flexibility for jobs that require fewer skills.
- Thailand in Yellow and Red
Unless good-faith efforts at compromise are shown by all sides, Thailand will not retake its rightful place among the world’s up-and-coming democracies.
- Qihoo to Issue 12.1Mln ADSs in IPO
Qihoo 360 plans to issue 12.1 million American Depositary shares (ADS), after the security software maker’s initial public offering of up to 151 million U.S. dollars is three times oversubscribed.