Future of the Euro

The Euro crisis continues to stumble along.

Lots of options to resolve the current difficulties. Most of them problematic in different ways.

What does the future hold for the Euro?  (more…)

Europe in Crisis

Europe is undergoing a financial crisis.

For companies, individuals, and investors, this is a huge issue.

How will it play out? Who will suffer? Any resolution scenario will not be pain free.  (more…)

A November 2011 survey of financial professionals predicts a somber outlook for 2012.

Each year, a worldwide sample of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFAs) are invited to participate in a Global Market Sentiment Survey. As the title suggests, the survey looks at “market sentiment, performance, and market integrity issues in 2012.”

The survey also provides predictions on growth in the global finance profession.

The report makes for interesting reading.

Although I did not participate in this years survey, I share many of the findings.  (more…)

(Un) Democracy in Europe

Another huge problem facing Europeans (what, they don’t have enough going for them with the Euro, fiscal crisis, high unemployment, etc.?) is the loss of democracy taking place.

I think in the long run that the loss of democracy may have the greatest impact on individuals. And will become a highly contentious issue.

Consider what happened in Greece(more…)

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Priorities of Government Bureaucrats

If a private business was managed like most countries, it would quickly go bankrupt.

The bureaucrats running government would soon destroy most companies. Their actions always seem to make government less effective and less efficient.

In business, the focus for well run companies is on the key issues.  (more…)

Fiscal Lessons From Europe’s Crisis

A lot may be learned by studying the current fiscal crisis in Europe.

What policies caused today’s fiscal and economic situation in Europe?

What behaviour exacerbated the problem?

What can others learn so as to avoid getting into the same difficulties?  (more…)

Europe and the Euro Crisis

Europe continues to go through its latest financial crisis.

What has gone on and what will happen in the future?

Well, if we knew for certainty what the outcome will be, we would all be billionaires. Or, at the least, we might be running MF Global instead of Jon Corzine and they would not be in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings today.

But we can go through a summary of what went on and where we are at today in Europe.  (more…)

Why the Current Market Volatility?

I am constantly asked why global equity markets are experiencing so much volatility right now.

I think there are a variety of significant factors working together to create uncertainty in the markets. Each on their own impacts market volatility (or risk), together they are a nightmare for investors.

Today a quick summary of the major variables affecting global markets.  (more…)

The Coming Bear Market?

Mr. Doom and Gloom, Marc Faber, is predicting that the next major bear market is beginning.

Now Marc Faber is a contrarian investor and often quite pessimistic, so this is not a great surprise. But he is a smart man and I too am deeply concerned with the global markets.

In an interview with CNBC, Mr. Faber discussed a few interesting points.  (more…)

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Breaking Up the Euro?

I am not always a fan of The Economist.

But they recently published an interesting article on Breaking Up the Euro Area.

It is well worth the read. (more…)

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