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  • naked capitalism

    Links 4/18/14

    Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning explorer of myth and reality, dies at 87 Washington Post What Gabriel García Márquez Means to His Fellow Colombians Slate Jesus died to give us two bank holidays Daily Mash Crows Like My Pal George Aren’t Just Smart, They’re Also Jokers Scientific American What It’s Like to Spend 20 Years Listening to Psychopaths for Science Wired (fu...more

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    More From Ex-SEC Lawyer James Kidney on the Agency’s Failing

    Susan Beck at American Lawyer got a trove of documents as a result of a FOIA on an SEC inspector general report on whether the agency’s suit against Goldman over an Abacus CDO was politically motivated. Beck identified one attorney who was critical of how timid the investigation was, by virtue of failing to pursue more senior executives, as James Kidney, and examined how Kidney was...more

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    Did Derivatives Worsen the Eurozone Sovereign Debt Crisis?

    Yves here. This post summarizes a paper that argues that derivatives, specifically credit default swaps, exacerbated the severity of the European sovereign debt tsuris. This sort of analysis deserves a wider audience, precisely because the prejudice of both neoclassical and neoliberal economists is that markets are ever and always virtuous, and that prices are never wrong unless someone ...more

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  • alifarabia

    Africa infrastructure investments hinge on reforms

    TweetAfrica’s massive infrastructure needs present a huge opportunity for the private sector, but governments will need to improve the regulatory environment and strengthen regional markets to lure companies. CONTINUE READING ...more

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    GCC budget breakeven oil price creeps up

    TweetBudget breakeven oil prices in most Gulf Arab producers are creeping upwards, as governments continue to push through investment stimulus programs despite flatter production. CONTINUE READING ...more

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    Sharp downturn eclipses Ghana’s prospects

    TweetGhana’s minister for finance and economic planning Seth Terkper issued a clear warning earlier this month that the Ghanaian economy is suffering and may need help from the International Monetary Fund, underlining the scale of the country’s economic problems. CONTINUE READING Felix Krohn / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-...more

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