finance

California: A Case Study of the Interaction between Social Policy & the American Dream?

California: A Case Study of the Interaction between Social Policy & the American Dream?

A recent Orange County Register column reviews the changes in California’s economy over the last 40 years: Forty years ago, California was the role model for education, particularly with its network of community colleges, state universities and, at the apex, the University of California system. Today, that reputation is unraveling. For one thing, we are […]

Read More →

Read More →

Chinese Bubble in the Offing?

Chinese Bubble in the Offing?

That’s the speculation in a recent posting by Bob Davis of the Wall Street Journal: One of the most striking facts unearthed by the International Monetary Fund in its recent review of China’s economy was how much of a risk Beijing was taking by not aggressively deflating its credit bubble. IMF economists looked at 43 […]

Read More →

Read More →

Is the NY/MidAtlantic Region a New Mecca for Angels?

Is the NY/MidAtlantic Region a New Mecca for Angels?

The State Science and Technology Institute reports that the New York and Mid-Atlantic regions are emerging as a major focus for angel financing: Together, New York and the Mid-Atlantic region were home to as much angel investment activity as California, according to the 2013 Year in Review edition of the HALO Report, published by Silicon […]

Read More →

Read More →

Is this the Year Crowdfunding Comes of Age?

Is this the Year Crowdfunding Comes of Age?

That’s the question recently  raised by the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI): With the rapid growth of the donation- and perk-based crowdfunding markets, growing support from the members of the angel capital community and the anticipated release of the final SEC rules on the sale of crowdfunding securities to non-accredited investors, the crowdfunding experts […]

Read More →

Read More →

Is the Global Economy a Champagne Economy?

Is the Global Economy a Champagne Economy?

That is, is it full of bubbles?  According to a recent Washington Post article, Nouriel Roubini , the famous Dr. Doom, thinks so: . . . . Roubini’s argument boils down to this: The major economies have been growing only slowly. Yet with low interest rates and aggressive central bank action across the globe, there […]

Read More →

Read More →

Social Impact Bonds:  Public-Sector Venture Capital?

Social Impact Bonds: Public-Sector Venture Capital?

The Washington Post recently reported on new interest in “Social Impact Bonds,” through which private investors can finance innovative social programs: Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Colorado won a competition initiated by Harvard University and the Rockefeller Foundation, which will provide them technical assistance with developing bond programs. In the coming months, […]

Read More →

Read More →

Top