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About as invincible as Spain’s Grande y Felicísima Armada

March 16th, 2012 Ian Fraser’s introduction: This blog was written by Golem XIV, a pseudonym for filmmaker and author David Malone.   Imagine if you were in a plane and you looked down and spread out beneath you, majestic in the ocean, was an entire mighty battle fleet. And then it sank; not just one, but every […]

March 16th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Thousands launch £3 billion legal action against Fred Goodwin

By Ian Fraser Published: The Herald Date: March 12th, 2012 Unedited version of article published earlier today in The Herald WARNINGS of legal action will be delivered today to former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin and his ex-boardroom colleagues over allegations that they misled shareholders into investing £12 billion in the bank shortly before […]

March 12th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

How Wall Street used complexity to deceive sophisticated investors

December 17th, 2011 By Brett Sherman Is it reasonable to believe that Wall Street used complexity as a tool to dupe even sophisticated investors as to the quality of bonds backed by non-conforming mortgages during the United States housing bubble? In a word – ABSOLUTELY. Indeed, there was so much complexity in the various methods […]

December 17th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

James K Galbraith: Wall Street so riddled with fraud, it’s beyond repair

October 3rd, 2011 So it was endemic fraud and the collapse of the rule of law—not global imbalances or government and regulatory failure—that destroyed the financial system. In a keynote speech given at the Post Keynes conference in Denmark earlier this year, the Keynesian economist James K. Galbraith of the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at […]

October 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Rogers: Greece is bust and the sooner we accept it the better

June 17th, 2011 Jim Rogers, the plain-speaking, Singapore-based investor, always talks sense about the debt blindness that continues to afflict the West. In this interview on CNN Money, Rogers tells Poppy Harlow: “Greece is bankrupt and the sooner we recognise that and do something about it the better … Eventually we’re going to have to bite […]

June 17th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Quantitative easing is not only failing, it’s also sparking global unrest

March 10th, 2011 Andy Xie, a board director at Rosetta Stone Advisors, is a man worth listening to. The 49-year-old former Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific chief economist published an article — “Apocalypse Soon” — on his blog in August 2008, that foresaw what was about to happen. The article detailed how the entire western financial system […]

March 10th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Jasmine Revolution first of many as inflationary pressures mount

February 6th, 2011 “I see more inflation and more currency turmoil as we go forward. There are huge debt imbalances in the world. The US is the largest debtor nation in the world and all the assets are in Asia. The largest creditors in the world are China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore – […]

February 6th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Chinese ratings agency says QE2 is “like drinking poison”

November 10th, 2010 The mood ahead of the G20 summit in Korea is turning ugly. America’s actions – especially its policy of deliberate dollar devaluation through quantitative easing – are looking increasingly irresponsible and even reckless to its creditors, some of whom are starting to snap. The Federal Reserve’s policy of buying $75bn of Treasury […]

November 10th, 2010 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

US rescue plan: Stiglitz vs Gold

March 26th, 2010 Three years after the crisis began is as good a time as any to take stock of the US policy response to the fallout from the subprime catastrophe—and assess the response’s effectiveness in nursing the world’s largest economy back to health. One of the fiercest critics of recent US economic policy is […]

March 26th, 2010 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The end of laissez-faire

By: Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: January 4th, 2009 REGULATION: The cataclysmic events in the financial world have turned the tide against faith in the self-correcting power of the markets. A special report by Ian Fraser. ROLLING BACK the frontiers of state through privatisation and deregulation, a process kicked off by the governments of […]

January 4th, 2009 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »