Do we need the IMF?

“We were all Keynesians now,” said Richard Nixon, back in 1969. If it was true then, it didn’t stay true for long. The rise of monetarism and neo-liberalism in the 1970s sidelined the once-dominant theories of British economist John Maynard Keynes Nowhere was the decline of Keynes’ ideas, and their replacement with the ideology of…

Crunch costs

After the crisis, comes the litigation – and the regulation. The financial turmoil of 2008 will lead to tougher regulatory action, and a wave of law suits, this year, as governments and market authorities try to plug the gaps exposed by the market meltdown, and investors try to get at least some of their money…

Charting a new map

Managers say the focus this year will be on restructuring and shopping for value assets. As heads of investment banking survey a new year, some of the most crucial documents in their possession are the detailed lists kept by their subordinates of the expected dealflow. These extensive lists, referred to as the pipeline, are kept…

Fixing the bankıng system

What element of the crisis has most surprised you?The scale of leverage and underpriced risk on banks’ balance sheets. I was more conscious of household and government debt in thinking about possible problems, and not aware how vulnerable the banks were. Simply put, the world got lazy about balance sheets and more attention was being…

More failure for the Securities and Exchange Commission

When America’s biggest banks began to collapse during the presidential election campaign, the SEC became the butt of criticism from both candidates. Then when giant insurer AIG had to be rescued, the candidates agreed on one thing: SEC Chairman Christopher Cox had to go. But the revelation that Madoff affair triggered a demand for an…

Public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships is the institutional and practical expression of the central idea: the involvement of the private sector in the provision of infrastructure and services which were previously the exclusive domain of public authorities, such as health, education, penal and other social services, and so on. PPPs are not a form of privatisation. The state…

Balancing risk and credit in Spain

Mr Longarte, what does it mean for your firm to 
have been selected as the best and most innovative transfer pricing team in Spain?It means everything, considering that the prize is granted by analysing the feedback of the clients and also that the selection panel is composed of people with high technical knowledge and wide…

On your marks… get set… go

In the past five years, and including 2008, the Ministry of Finance in Finland has launched many packs of patchwork on tax laws and the systemic tax reform has been much awaited. Now the Ministry has appointed a new working group to consider the Finnish tax regime as a whole. Not a task to be…

Leading family firms

In order to extend their legacy of success to future generations, leaders must devise a strategic plan, not only for driving business growth, but also for effectively managing the intricate and constantly-evolving personal relationships that define buy levitra online their company, and indeed their lives. The Stanford Graduate School of Business Office of Executive Education…

On the boards

This is, by general consensus, about the worst time to be a broker since 1929 – and possibly since 1914 and the start of the First World War. Both retail brokerage and prime brokerage firms have been kicked around by the crisis of the past few months, and both will emerge changed, even ignoring the…