December 2012

In Brazil’s Favelas, a Middle Class Arises

By David Biller and Katerina Peteroff,  Businessweek The night before appliance retailer Casas Bahia opened in Rio de Janeiro’s largest […]

Emerging markets wealth propping up London?

(By Emerging Markets) One of the factors behind London’s “good recession” is the sharp increase in wealth in emerging markets, […]

An Easy Way to Pay for an Asian Adventure

An Easy Way to Pay for an Asian Adventure By Jerri Moss Nine years ago I threw in the towel […]

Brazil REITs’ Record Returns Lure Yield-Hungry: Mortgages

By Cristiane Lucchesi, Bloomberg, Sales of Brazilian funds that invest in real estate and mortgage securities doubled this year to […]

Derivatives: The Unregulated Global Casino for Banks

SHORT STORY: Pick something of value, make bets on the future value of “something”, add contract & you have a […]

Vanguard sets record with customer inflows of $130 billion

By Aaron Pressman (Reuters) – Vanguard Group said customers had invested $130.4 billion in its mutual and exchange-traded funds during […]

Economic Growth–Great for Everyone but Investors?

By Alex Bryan | Morningstar By 2050 the world’s population is projected to reach 9 billion, up from 7 billion today. Nearly all […]

Mark Zandi’s 2013 Outlook: Strong Housing, Modest Growth, Average Job Creation

By Morgan Korn, Daily Ticker- The U.S. economy grew at a 3.1% annual rate in the third-quarter, more than previous […]

Cocoa to Rice Woos Kuwait to Asia’s $2 Trillion: Islamic Finance

By Dahlia Kholaif, Bloomberg, Kuwait China Investment Co. (KCIC), part owned by the Persian Gulf nation’s sovereign-wealth fund, wants to […]

Housing Next Year: Prices Will Rise

By: Diana Olick   Home prices will continue to rise, anywhere from 5 to 7 percent in 2013 from 2012. […]