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Easing your path to lending. Thomas Hawk

How to bump up your credit score

One day, your Facebook posts and Tweets might convince lenders to drop you some cash. Until then, here are five simple ways to help open up the bank vaults.
In bank stress tests, what’s worse: runs or lemons (the other kind)? Lemons via www.shutterstock.com

Runs versus lemons: why US bank stress tests succeeded while Europe’s failed

US regulators chose to reveal detailed information to the public about the state of the banks. They were able to be so transparent, without triggering a run, because of a strong fiscal backstop.
We need entrepreneurs with vision beyond the current reporting period. www.shutterstock.com

Long-term growth is the victim of short-term buyback schemes

When Lord John Maynard Keynes wrote “In the long run we are all dead”, he was not just expressing his frustration at mainstream economists who blindly believed in self-adjusting markets. I am convinced…
He’s having a laugh: Jack Ma with the NYSE traders. Justin Lane/EPA

Alibaba feeding frenzy shows how little we have learnt

Greed is still good. Wall Street has just witnessed its largest ever stock market launch as Chinese internet giant Alibaba raised some $25 billion and watched its share price rise by 35% on its first day’s…

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