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  1. Business - Companies - COMMENT

    IBM hollowed out by ‘financial engineering’

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 09:53am by Reuters

    ... has been deprived of investment, combined with higher debt loads. From 2000 to 2013, IBM pursued an epic campaign of buying back shares, flattering earnings but perhaps at the expense ... on dividends. That compares to just US$59 billion on capital expenditure. Indeed, in the last six years, the firm's debt load has about tripled but sales are essentially flat. In July, hedge fund ...

  2. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    China praise won't avert debt crisis day of reckoning

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 01:26am by BLOOM

    ... William Pesek Suggestions that Washington could learn from Beijing on economic rescue efforts are fanciful China praise won't avert debt crisis day of reckoning If only America's ... for implementing policies "no other nations dared to adopt" is that Asia's biggest economy is merely delaying a debt crisis that will be much bigger and more spectacular than it had to be. ...

  3. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    US household debts grow amid investment drought

    Posted Nov 22nd 2013, 03:02am by Reuters

    ... James Saft Conflicting spending patterns are blamed for soaring asset prices in a bleak job market US household debts grow amid investment drought Households in the United States are borrowing like it's 2008 but businesses simply won't play along. That gap, between households which once again are taking on debt and businesses which can find nothing better to do ...

  4. Business - China Business - COMMENT

    Chinese government defers another default but only for the time being

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:39am by BLOOM

    ... William Pesek Developer dodges failure to repay its debt this time, but Beijing cannot beat the odds forever Huatong default deferred but wider problem remains Odd as it may sound, ... the effects of bad business decisions. For all the talk of epochal reform on the mainland, there's still no price to pay for questionable borrowing and lending. Two, local government debt ...

  5. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    US playing with fire as spectre of debt default looms

    Posted Oct 05th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... William Pesek US plays with fire as spectre of debt default looms The US doesn't deserve Asia's money, not with half of its government in financial jihad mode, damn the global ... much of it currently in US dollars. Asians aren't panicking just yet. Many think US lawmakers aren't crazy enough to default on their nation's debt, no matter how much ...

  6. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Europe’s rapidly unravelling economic reform agenda

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:26am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... unsustainably high level of public expenditure (the second-highest in the euro zone after Finland as a share of GDP) and helping lower its government debt burden, which is veering towards 100 per cent of GDP. Italy, which accounts for 17 per cent of euro-zone output and has the second-largest public debt-GDP ratio in the bloc after Greece, is in an even worse predicament. While France’s economy ...

  7. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    China credit risks grow as debt produces less GDP, loans rolled over

    Posted Jun 04th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... James Saft Increase in borrowings and low level of bad loans are signals that debt is not being repaid Mainland debt risk rises as credit produces less growth The mainland is requiring more and more debt to produce less and less growth. This raises the issue not just of where exactly all the money is going, but what happens once we all find out. It is also causing concern ...

  8. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Letting the air out of the bubbles

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 11:28am by JOE ZHANG

    ... on to their holdings of housing units if the prices should weaken, provided that they have the holding power. China's households are very under-geared. Credit card debt is a tiny fraction of banking ...

  9. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Simplistic arguments add nothing to policy debates

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 11:10am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe Sociologist should show basic grasp of global economy in calling for France to default on debt Simplistic arguments add nothing to policy debates When I was 10 years old, ... "The French are right: tear up public debt- most of it is illegitimate anyway". The author, French sociologist Razmig Keucheyan, lent his voice to a manifesto circulating in populist ...

  10. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    China builds rebalancing on weakness in real estate

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 04:43am by James Saft

    ... James Saft Government needs to absorb investment-driven bad debts to avoid a crash in property sector China builds rebalancing on weakness in real estate China's economy ... a chain reaction of real estate losses, debt defaults and a sudden slowdown in growth. The costs for the rest of the world could be high, particularly in places like Brazil and Australia that have ...




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