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Dr. MLK Jr. On Economic Justice & US Foreign Policy

Dr. MLK Jr. On Economic Justice & US Foreign Policy

Dr. Martin Luther King’s views on economic justice at home, and questions about U.S. relations abroad, raised important democratic and constitutional questions about whether or not U.S. foreign policy decisions that exclude the values, traditions and perspective of a large, important and influential segment of its society can truly ever reflect “American” national interests..?? In the context of an Obama presidency, and what it means for the future of our nation, this question is one that must be addressed.

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World Economic Outlook – 2010

World Economic Outlook – 2010

Although most projections show a continuation of positive growth in 2010, questions about the strength and sustainability of the recovery remain. To provide an economic outlook for the new year, the Carnegie Endowment on 5 Jan, hosted a distinguished panel of the heads of the economic forecasting unit at their respective organizations.

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Economic Advisory: Don’t Bet Against China

Economic Advisory: Don’t Bet Against China

While it appears that China’s success and emergence is unsettling to many and is becoming the source of American angst toward China, rather than resent the shift of economic power from West to East, we may have something to learn from their ancient civilization.

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ABA CEO: Populist Outrage 'Is Perplexing to Us'

ABA CEO: Populist Outrage 'Is Perplexing to Us'

Following the lead of Europe’s approach to their financial industry reforms, the Obama Administration in coming weeks is poised to take a more aggressive stance with the financial industry. In response to the proposed measures, Edward Yingling, President & CEO of the American Bankers Association (ABA), the banking sectors powerful industry lobby, said “It is perplexing to us,” why taxpayers are outraged about the bailouts and other financial indsutry behaviors.

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CQ: Obama Legislative Success Impressive

CQ: Obama Legislative Success Impressive

According to an interesting empirical study commissioned by Capitol Hill’s weekly newspaper and the leading publisher of the nation’s legislative record, Congressional Quarterly, President Obama has accummulated an impressive string of legislative accomplishments unrivaled by any previous POTUS.

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Foreign Investments Drive Palestinian Economy

Based on the most recently available information on foreign direct investment (FDI), by nation, the Palestinian state has experienced an unexpected surge in its economic growth in 2009, and a burdgeoning effort to attract foreign investors and entrepreneurs.

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Chinese Auto Market Overtakes US Market

Chinese Auto Market Overtakes US Market

China sold more than 13.5 million vehicles in 2009, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday, overtaking the United States to become the world’s largest auto market as China’s government stimulus policy initiatives spurred demand.

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Geithner Pushed AIG to Hide $13Bn CDS Deal

Geithner Pushed AIG to Hide $13Bn CDS Deal

An arm of the Federal Reserve, then led by now-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, told bailed-out insurance giant AIG to withhold key details from the public about overpayments that put billions of extra tax dollars in the coffers of major Wall Street firms, most notably Goldman Sachs. The sordid tale unfolds in a series of e-mails between the company and the New York Fed while Geithner was its president.

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Wall Street's Outsized Hubris Parties On

Wall Street's Outsized Hubris Parties On

On Wall Street the past year was filled with one opportunity after another to fix the myriad fundamental structural deficiencies — revealed all too painfully by the financial crisis — that continue to plague the nation’s economic outlook. But as we enter 2010, not a single one of the “systemic failures” in the financial system has been adequately addressed, let alone resolved. This ongoing failure to act in the face of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is especially disappointing since President Barack Obama was elected, in part, on a promise to bring constructive and lasting change to the canyons of Wall Street.

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Reading List: 'When China Rules the World'

Reading List: 'When China Rules the World'

  WHEN CHINA RULES THE WORLD: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order By Martin Jacques, Penguin Press (2010). Historians may someday debate whether the financial crisis that began a year ago is most notable for how much damage it did to the United States, or how little […]

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NYT: Divergent Views of US Economy in 2010

NYT: Divergent Views of US Economy in 2010

Leading economist who study the U.S. economy for signs of life sometimes have wildly different views of economic metrics, what they mean and are often sharply divideded along partisan economic perspectives. Nevertheless, there are real signs of growth going into the new year.

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Global Markets PSA: Move Your Money

Exercise your Rights, move your money before it’s too late. Don’t let Potter win. JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS this year, a few friends were having dinner wondering what personal actions they could take to help limit the power of the big banks and create a more sane, stable financial system. How, they wondered, could they help end […]

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'Big Government' vs. 'Big Business'

'Big Government' vs. 'Big Business'

A brief examination of commonly held beliefs about “Big Government” vs. the evils and perils of the real culprits, “Big Business” and how they act against the public good. It is time we hold ‘Big Business’ accountable to be be good corporate citizens and to uphold their social responsibility to uphold the public good above greed and profits.

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Public Pension Sues Banks & Rating Agency Over Failed Derivatives

Public Pension Sues Banks & Rating Agency Over Failed Derivatives

Yet another fund client sues investment firm Morgan Stanley over $1.2 billion losses due to high-risk CDO derivative products.

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Global Markets: 2009 Year In Review

Global Markets: 2009 Year In Review

A Year-end Round-up of major events and happenings in the Global Markets, Global Economy & International Trade arena, naming the Global Markets & Foreign Policy blog’s Person-of-the-Year, and our outlook for 2010.

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About the Author

Elison Elliott
Elison Elliott

Elison Elliott , a native of Belize, is a professional investment advisor for the Global Wealth and Invesment Management division of a major worldwide financial services firm. His experience in the global financial markets span over 18 years in both the public and private sectors. Elison is a graduate, cum laude, of the City College of New York (CUNY), and completed his Masters-level course requirements in the International Finance & Banking (IFB) program at Columbia University (SIPA). Elison lives in the northern suburbs of New York City. He is an avid student of sovereign risk, global economics and market trends, and enjoys writing, aviation, outdoor adventure, International travel, cultural exploration and world affairs.

Areas of Focus:
Market Trends; International Finance; Global Trade; Economics

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