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Financial Misconceptions

I'm in a crabby mood. Why not spread the joy around? Welcome to today's deliberately inflammatory column. Here are 13 of my firmly held...

S&P Downgrades Brazil: Not Junk, Not Great

DILMA ROUSSEFF may say she is committed to monetary and fiscal orthodoxy but few are convinced. Standard & Poor’s (S&P), for one, isn’t buying the Brazilian president’s attempts to shake off her anti-market vibe. On March 24th the agency cut Brazil…

How Much Did The Shutdown Cost The Economy?

Shutdowns aren’t cheap. This year’s closure, which ended Thursday, has likely cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and...

Mortgage Bonds Reviving Pre-Crisis Structures, Moody’s Says

Issuers in the reviving market for U.S. mortgage securities are creating debt with features not seen since before the financial crisis that can increase...

The Economist: Global Housing Update

THE house-price boom that preceded the financial crisis was remarkable for its scope and scale. With few exceptions, there seemed only one way for...

Insights: The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis

It's long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents shows...

Best-Paid Women in S&P 500 Settle for Less With 18% Gender...

Even the few women who’ve managed to advance to the C-suite don’t get equal pay. Last year, of the five best-paid executives at each of...

The Wall Street Ratings Game Returns

The Wall Street ratings game is back. Five years after inflated credit ratings helped touch off the financial crisis, the nation's largest ratings agency,...