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The Rating Agencies Feel Heat – It’s About Time

August 1st, 2014
in Op Ed

Special Report from Money Morning

by Shah Gilani, Money Morning

Sometimes it’s all about time. Things take time. Time catches up to things.

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Subprime Auto Loans: The Next Financial Crisis?

August 1st, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by , GEI Associate

An investigation by The New York Times has revealed that millions of Americans with shoddy credit are being handed auto loans from used-car dealers, who are ignoring or even fabricating their financial information including income and the ability to repay the loan. These subprime loans, whose borrowers have credit scores at or below 640, have very high risks of default and pose serious financial threats to the borrowers and the investors who are buying these loans as bundles. This is reminiscent of the doomed subprime mortgage loans that led to the financial crisis in 2008, although auto loans make up a smaller scale.

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The ECB on Money

July 30th, 2014
in Op Ed

Enhancing Monetary Analysis

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

The ECB discusses money in its paper "Enhancing monetary analysis". Chapter 1 is titled "The role of money in the economy and central bank policy". It was prepared by Giacomo Carboni, Boris Hofmann and Fabrizio Zampolli. The ECB distinguishes inside and outside money.

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At the Ripe Age of 55!

July 30th, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

Fifty-five years ago today (July 30, 1959), I was born in Hangzhou, China.

Today, I am a happy man, largely because My American Dream Has Come True! For example, my two sons are doing well on their own (Parenting in America: Twenty-Five Years Back and Twenty-Five Years Ahead); my business is also doing well; and I am, hopefully, becoming a better writer week by week.

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Copying the Myth of Competitive Excellence in US Higher Education

July 29th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Steven C. Ward, The Conversation

US universities consistently top the Times Higher Education and Shanghai Rankings of the world’s universities. In the 2013-2014 Times Rankings, seven of the top ten and 21 of the top 30 global universities were located in the US.

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