April 2, 2013
April 2 (Bloomberg) — Boston University’s Mark Williams discusses Federal Reserve monetary policy with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line.” (Source: Bloomberg)
Watch the full interview at Bloomberg.com.
Public event on April 9th
9:30AM – 11:00AM
The Trustee’s Ballroom
1 Silber Way
March 26th, 2013
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Kenmore Classroom Building
565 Commonwealth Avenue
With Videographer Scott Wholley
February 21, 2013
(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) – Making official what had been widely known for months, The New York Times Co. late Wednesday put The Boston Globe and the rest of its New England Media Group up for sale, driving renewed speculation about a tough to answer question: Just what is New England’s biggest newspaper, and its associated websites, worth in 2013?
“For a prospective buyer, there’s a lot to like about the Globe as a business, and definitely as a news organization,” says Lou Ureneck, a Boston University journalism professor and director of its business and economic journalism program. “The Globe is a going concern, it’s a profitable business, it has a distinguished brand…”
Watch the video at NECN.com.
A Panel Discussion with João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the US, and Michael Collins, Irish Ambassador to the US
March 5th, 2013
1:00PM – 2:30PM (tea and sandwiches will be served at 12:30)
Boston University Castle
225 Bay State Road
From NECN Business
By Mike Nikitas
January 14, 2013
(NECN) – The president on Monday repeated a threat he first made in the summer of 2011: He said that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks and veterans won’t get timely benefits if Republicans in Congress don’t agree to increase the government’s borrowing authority — the debt limit.
How likely is it that these checks will be delayed? And why can’t Congress and the president figure out how to solve this problem?
Joining Monday’s edition of “NECN Business” was Cornelius “Con” Hurley, director of the Center of Finance Law and Policy at Boston University.
Is this an idle political threat the president is making?
The president is absolutely right – we are not a deadbeat nation,” Hurley said. “Eighty-three times in modern history, we’ve extended the debt ceiling without controversy … and it’s just not becoming of a first-rate nation. If we keep playing our cards like this, we won’t be a first-rate nation anymore.”
See the interview at NECN.com.
The Role of the International Criminal Court in Ending Impunity and Fostering Greater Well-Being
3PM-5PM, April 13th, 2012
The Esplanade Room, Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02213
Featuring Johnny Moloto, Deputy Chief of Mission from South Africa
March 29th, 2012
The Commonwealth Room, Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
From the Wall Street Journal
By Zvi Bodie and Rachelle Taqqu
Video from WSJ.com
March 12, 2012
A growing sense of urgency is driving many investors to take reckless risks with their money.
Even though they experienced the hazards of stock ownership firsthand in 2008, investors are venturing back into equities again. They’ve been advised that there’s no other way to make up the losses they suffered—or meet their looming retirement requirements—and, not to worry, the risk of stocks diminishes the longer you hold them. The Federal Reserve, meanwhile, has announced that it intends to keep interest rates low through 2014—providing a powerful inducement to stay in stocks since bonds will probably generate unusually low returns.
From Al Jazeera English
By Kevin P. Gallagher
Video from YouTube
March 12, 2012
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) started operations 65 years ago this month. The global financial crisis has triggered some constructive new thinking and policy at the IMF – though the institution has continued some of its more concerning policies as well.
The IMF is definitely changing, but the question is whether or not it can truly become the “New Deal in international economics” that US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau and the institution’s founders envisioned. It is easy to forget that the institution was created as a global “new deal” institution, because it abandoned those roots after a few decades. We need to remind ourselves that the IMF was created by John Maynard Keynes himself and Harry Dexter White, a Keynesian economist working in Morgenthau’s US Treasury during the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt. Political economist Eric Helleiner writes:
Both Keynes and his American counterpart, Harry Dexter White, saw the goal of bringing international finance under greater public control as a central objective of their blueprints. As Morgenthau put it rather dramatically at the Bretton Woods conference, the goal was to ‘drive the usurious money lenders from the temple of international finance’.
In this spirit, the IMF’s articles of agreement charged the institution with acting like a credit union to help nations solve their balance-of-payments problems and to provide “surveillance” to monitor the financial health of the global economy. The IMF articles also officially sanctioned capital controls – counter-cyclical regulations on speculative capital inflows and outflows to prevent and mitigate financial crises. For more than 30 years, the IMF presided over the “golden age of capitalism” – during which Western nations saw unprecedented economic stability, expansion, employment growth and rising standards of living.
Read the full article here.