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  1. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    QFINANCE news round up

    Bringing to you the top finance and business news stories of the week. This week, oil prices rise sharply due to unrest in Libya, Barclays bonuses are frowned upon, and a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan rock the markets.

  2. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Commodity prices – just Murphy’s law at work?

    Murphy’s Law says that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. For the last year it seems that Murphy’s Law has been in full swing in the world’s commodities markets. From droughts to floods, the weather has, to say the least, not been kind to those who rely on the soil. In past decades this might not have mattered as intensely as it does today, but with developing economies demanding more rather than less by way of grains and meat, the pressure on soft commodities has been unrelenting and the least shortage quickly feeds through into price hikes.

  3. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Buffett slams Black-Scholes and 'flat earth' economists

    This is the second part of Ian Fraser's blog on Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders in insurance conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Here, Fraser examines the Omaha-based investor’s thoughts on derivatives pricing, his views on academic economists, leverage, and hedge funds.

  4. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Buffett on hiring, accounting, cash hoarding, and the avoidance of corporate excess

    This is the first part of Ian Fraser's blog on Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders in insurance conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Warren Buffet's annual letter to shareholders in his Berkshire Hathaway Inc insurance-based conglomerate is eagerly awaited - largely because it tends to contain some useful pearls of management thinking.

  5. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    In an electric world, batteries rule - a revolution to come

    With the threat of the growing build up of unsustainable concentrations of greenhouse gasses ever before them, the world’s governments in both developed and developing nations, are looking increasingly to the electrification of transport as a way of rolling back CO2 emissions. This is the official “Plan B” scheduled to replace our current “Plan A” (briefly defined as 'use fossil fuels until rising costs kill the idea').

  6. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    BoE governor Mervyn King and the case for reforming Britain's banks

    It’s virtually unheard for the governor of a central bank to launch an outspoken attack on the integrity and purpose of his country’s banking sector. But this is what the Bank of England governor Mervyn King did last weekend.

  7. Finance Blogger: All About Alpha

    Think you know all about infrastructure investments? Think again

    Infrastructure has long been one of the more esoteric “alternative” investments, broadly defined as a separate asset class yet loosely grouped with both other kinds of non-market-correlated investments and one another. Indeed, save for a few large and sophisticated pension plans, few have been able to differentiate among the numerous and varying kinds of infrastructure opportunities out there, instead lumping them all into one category (much in the same way many institutions lump hedge funds in “absolute returns”).

  8. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Quantitative easing is not only failing, it's also sparking global unrest

    Andy Xie, a board director at Rosetta Stone Advisors, is a man worth listening to. The 49-year-old former Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific chief economist published an article, Apocalypse Soon, on his blog in August 2008.

  9. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Bernanke’s analysis of capital flows – does anyone actually know how to invest?

    What happens when country A has a massive and growing current account surplus? The most natural thing to happen is that the people with responsibility for the surplus try to find reasonable rates of return for some of that surplus. If the surpluses are large, then, by definition, you have to find quite a deep, liquid pool of potential investment opportunities to bed that “hot money flow” down safely. The major industrialized countries, in particular the US, stand out as the obvious targets to explore.

  10. Finance Blogger: Leslie Kossoff

    Apple shareholders' succession demands – do they have a point?

    No matter whether you’re an executive or an entrepreneur, succession planning has to be on your To-Do list. After all, you might be hit by a bus. Or become a celebrity CEO and get sick… like Steve Jobs. Then you’re in real trouble.

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