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Fight or flight? Bankers likely to opt for the second. Fight or flight? Bankers likely to opt for the second. BK and EP

Fear of risk linked to high stress hormone in bankers

In times of financial uncertainty and crisis, high stress reactions lead to traders becoming more risk averse, which drives pessimism and further falls in finance, according to a new study. This is because…
Not at the races. Not at the races. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

France’s economic sickness might defy a cure

The news from France has not been good over the last few years. Poor economic growth, stubbornly high unemployment, plant closures on the rise, strikes (not new, really), voter disenfranchisement and the…
Are high-frequency traders friends or foes of the financial market? Are high-frequency traders friends or foes of the financial market? AAP

Too fast, too furious? Making sense of high-frequency trading

As the sixth iteration of The Fast and the Furious franchise rolls out in cinemas, a greater speed demon lurks in our financial markets: high-frequency traders (HFTs). While the good guys in Fast 6 are…
Will ‘History of Financial Crises’ education really do anything to curb risk taking behaviour? Will ‘History of Financial Crises’ education really do anything to curb risk taking behaviour? shutterstock

Financial crises 101 could provide lessons for all

The chairman of the Australian government’s Financial Sector Advisory Council, Paul Binsted, believes that bankers who have experienced financial crises are more cautious about taking risks. However, short…
Are short sellers heroes or villains of financial markets? Are short sellers heroes or villains of financial markets? Image from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is short selling?

Short sellers are often portrayed by the media to be the villains of the financial markets. They are usually presented as evil traders that drive down the prices of good companies. However, the academic…
Irrational decision-making can have significant consequences for financial markets. Irrational decision-making can have significant consequences for financial markets. AAP

Mood swings and the market: how to understand irrational investor behaviour

Fred Tomczyk, a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, has his finger on the pulse of investor sentiment: “ … the preference for cash that we’re seeing among new investors suggests a stronger…
Activists protest against Glencore by placing bottles of polluted water at its Swiss offices. Activists protest against Glencore by placing bottles of polluted water at its Swiss offices. AAP

The most powerful companies you’ve never heard of: Glencore

Welcome to “The most powerful companies you’ve never heard of” – an ongoing series from The Conversation that sheds light on big companies with low profiles. Today, The University of Western Australia’s…
World Bank chief Robert Zoellick and IMF head Christine Lagarde have doubts about global growth. World Bank chief Robert Zoellick and IMF head Christine Lagarde have doubts about global growth. AAP

Spooking the markets: should financial leaders keep quiet during crises?

Global markets have tumbled again this week, following the downgrading of Italy’s debt rating and a series of negative comments from leaders of the world’s financial institutions. International Monetary…
Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel believe an FTT can help solve Europe’s debt woes. Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel believe an FTT can help solve Europe’s debt woes. AAP

Let’s all dance to Europe’s tune and impose a financial transactions tax

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have announced a plan to impose a financial transactions tax (FTT) for the Eurozone, as part of an effort stem the bloc’s worsening…
Uncertainty about the US economy is driving investors back to the safe-haven metal. Uncertainty about the US economy is driving investors back to the safe-haven metal. AAP

Explainer: Why gold is still precious for investors

The price of gold reached a record high of $US1607.01 an ounce on Tuesday as investors turn to the precious metal amid uncertain global economic conditions. University of Western Australian Professor of…
Despite attempts at regulatory reform, ratings agencies still act with little threat of litigation. Despite attempts at regulatory reform, ratings agencies still act with little threat of litigation. AAP

Should investors sue ratings agencies? It’s a matter of opinion

Standard & Poor’s downgraded Greece’s sovereign debt rating by three notches on Monday, reflecting its view that it would be next to impossible to imagine a scenario where the country could restructure…

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