Government Incentives: Boom or Bust?

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The Oregon state legislature recently held a special session to discuss methods to appease Nike Inc., a powerful corporate citizen that is expanding its operations in the U.S. but has threatened to move out of Oregon. Nike would like to Continue reading…

Regulating: A Losing Game

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Out of the frying pan and into the fire.  Last month Russell Wasendorf, Sr. attempted to commit suicide via asphyxiation by using a hose to funnel the exhaust from his Chevy into the car. A Good Samaritan thwarted his attempt Continue reading…

Redefining Emerging Markets

Redefining Emerging Markets

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Almost a decade after crafting the famous term BRIC—standing for Brazil, Russia, India, and China—to signify the four emerging markets that had the potential to change the economic makeup of the world, economist Jim O’Neill became the Chairman of Goldman

BATS Crash: Problems with High-Frequency Trading?

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On March 23, the Better Alternative Trading System (BATS) exchange saw a crash due to technical issues on the same day its own company made its initial public offering. The crash precipitated inquiries into high-frequency trading and the automation of

Future Chinese Involvement in World Finance

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With the world’s second largest economy after the United States, China has definite potential to exert strong influence on the global economy. However, largely due to the government’s reluctance to laissez faire, it hasn’t yet fully capitalized on its clout,

Occupy Dartmouth

Occupy Dartmouth

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From the beginning of the school year in Hanover, they’ve made themselves known. Occupy Dartmouth, standing in solidarity with the great and now international Occupy movement, cemented their mark on campus at their ‘base camp’ outside the Collis Center, organizing

Time to Short Bonds…in Israel?

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Unstable doesn’t begin to describe it. Markets across the world, ranging from the New York Stock Exchange to the Nikkei Average have seen unprecedented volatility over the last few months. Corporations across the world have cut spending, and investors are

The Move Towards E-commerce

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Since the dawn of the internet, transactions between buyers and sellers have moved from the physical to the electronic realm. While cash and check transactions still rule for smaller purchases, very rarely do consumers still insist on using a physical

Thinking Outside Stocks

Where to Invest?

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In asset management, the first lesson is staying diversified. For the average household investors, the public markets are the place to put their money to work. Equity, bonds, commodities, and, for the more adventurous, derivatives are what one finds in

Markets Driven by Fear

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By definition, fear and  greed mark periods of irrationality. These evil twins of speculation signal a move away from investment and into a world in which rumors, gossip, and irrational behavior rule the landscape. In the current market, a whisper