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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Maybe There Is No College Loan Debt Bubble

Maybe There Is No College Loan Debt Bubble

We’ve previously noted that some suspect student loans will be the next financial bubble to pop.  Not so says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org in a recent issue of the Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education: For there to be a bubble, you have to have a disconnect between the price and value […]

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Evidence Suggests Austerity is Bunk

Evidence Suggests Austerity is Bunk

Quartz recently ran a piece from University Michigan economics prof Miles Kimball and research assistant Yichuan Wang that re-analyzed the data in the original research by Reinhart and Rogoff that was used to justify the so-called austerity policies put in place in most of the developed economies over the last decade.   What did they do […]

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