The financial system is awash with money, which is why interest rates have been so low for so long.
It's been 10 years since the U.S. signed into law a scheme to print money, essentially, and save the financial sector amid the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. Did it work? And who's truly benefitted?
Man the lifeboats!
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The new coalition's spending plans will ramp up Italy's annual budget by over €100 billion a year.
City trees don’t just look after themselves.
Tree bonds are set to be introduced by a Melbourne city council to protect city trees. But how do they work and why are they needed?
Without improved state government policies to alleviate stressed industries and communities, Queenslanders’ income and wealth will suffer.
The Queensland government pays a higher interest rate than Queensland mortgage holders. Plans for both urban and rural rejuvenation need to start with fixing government finances.
Compressed glassy carbon could be used to make better bulletproof vests or new types of electronics.
Traders react with dismay after stocks plunged in September 2008 following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Instead, we need to burn the entire system of financial regulation to the ground and replace it with something that supports investing the way it's done today.
Mario Draghi, ECB president.
Quantitative easing cannot single-handedly save Europe.
Athens can celebrate two consecutive quarters of growth. Berlin must stomach some weakness. Everyone should remember cheap money isn't free money.
A trader in shock?
Research suggests their initial reaction may portend how they will perform in the coming months and even years.
Pension funds could be a powerful source of higher education financing.
Pension fund managers must consider environmental, social and governance issues when making investment decisions. The student funding crisis is a perfect example of a social issue.
Projects to adapt to climate change have come a long way since the 1960s when piles of cars were used to fight beach erosion.
To pay for the increasing costs of climate change Australia should have green bonds that finance projects that help us adapt. However research shows there are barriers to financing these bonds.
You’re not the only one in the dark.
Just like apes, humans fear the unknown, and that's why there's so much uncertainty this week as markets brace for an interest-rate decision by the Federal Reserve.
Money is cheap right now, so where are the returns?
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Australia needs to change its national accounting system to be more like the private sector.
The South African rand is the 18th most traded currency in the world.
How is it possible that an African country whose currency is one of the top 20 most traded in the world only has the 33rd biggest economy?
The University of Leeds has issued a £250m public bond.
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Public bonds with historically low interest rates are proving a tempting choice to universities in need of cash.
A South African university student references the Oscar Pistorius trial during a fee protest.
It shouldn't be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can't afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.
We never learn.
Investors are encouraged to make bad financial decisions from the way that saving products are marketed. New research shows that fixing this is a can of ugly worms.
Lloyds Bank has cancelled a high paying bond to the detriment of many of its savers.
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If you need a reminder of how complex investing in the stock market can be, look no further than the row currently raging between Lloyds Bank and up to 100,000 investors who helped to bail it out in 2009…
Caesars Entertainment argues the credit default swap market is giving at least one holder of its debt a perverse incentive to seek its default.
In 2009, US trucking company YRC Worldwide faced ruin as it struggled to restructure its debt. With tens of thousands of jobs at stake, the Teamsters union, led by James Hoffa, accused some YRC bondholders…
Jostling for top spot.
Islamic finance is going global. South Africa has joined the UK and Hong Kong to become the third non-Muslim country to issue an Islamic bond or sukuk. And this follows American investment bank Goldman…