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September 02, 2016

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The Real Source of Wealth A decade ago, the World Bank published a study exploring the wealth of the world’s nations — specifically, trying to tally that wealth and identify where it resides.  (Interested readers can find it here.)  In...
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May 26, 2016

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Executive Summary 1.  Ordinary people aren’t very ordinary.  Professor Deirdre McCloskey’s recent piece in The Wall Street Journal got us thinking about the roots of western prosperity — and suggested that current nervousness about populist movements around the globe may...
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February 26, 2016

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Retirement: An Economic Disaster and a Health Catastrophe?   A letter to Financial Times columnist Michael Skapinker last week brought our attention to a personality we hadn’t heard of, but who is well-known in Europe.  Dr. Charles Eugster is a 96-year-old...
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February 11, 2016

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Europe’s Banks Are Showing Cracks  We’ve been expressing our worry about the health of the European banking system for years.  Starting in 2012, many European banks relied on “CoCos” — contingent convertible bonds — in an attempt to shore up...
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