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Moral hazard at the Export Import Bank: Private gain vs. social risk

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 — Neal Asbury writes in Money News that Congress’s reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a good move. His chief argument in favor of the Ex-Im Bank: This is needed because private American financial institutions will not collateralize foreign receivables or inventory. Without this, legions of small businesses and entrepreneurs that

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Moral hazard at the Export Import Bank: Private gain vs. social risk

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 — Neal Asbury writes in Money News that Congress’s reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a good move. His chief argument in favor of the Ex-Im Bank: This is needed because private American financial institutions will not collateralize foreign receivables or inventory. Without this, legions of small businesses and entrepreneurs that

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Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

CD Review: Tigran Mansurian, ‘Quasi Parlando’



CHICAGO, September 16, 2014 – In September and October, we will present a series of articles relating to recent releases and catalogue highlights from ECM Records of Germany. ECM’s “New” series, produced by the enigmatic Manfred Eicher, may well be the most exciting and accessible new music label in existence. It is certainly a wonderful

"Florencia in the Amazon."

WNO’s sensational “Florencia in the Amazon” at the KenCen

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 – “Sometimes a new opera is a trial. This one is not.” That’s an actual audience comment this reviewer overheard during the intermission of “Florencia in the Amazon” (“Florencia en el Amazonas”), the nearly-new work the Washington National Opera chose to open its 2014-2015 season at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House

"Florencia in the Amazon."

WNO’s sensational “Florencia in the Amazon” at the KenCen

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 – “Sometimes a new opera is a trial. This one is not.” That’s an actual audience comment this reviewer overheard during the intermission of “Florencia in the Amazon” (“Florencia en el Amazonas”), the nearly-new work the Washington National Opera chose to open its 2014-2015 season at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House

Pauline Malefane's Queen of the Night.

Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’: The South African version

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2014 – In the South African tribal tradition of the Tsanga culture, lightning and thunder is caused by birds. The only way to ward off the dark clouds and thunder is to climb, like a bird, to the highest place in the forest and calm those turbulent spirits with the soothing sounds

Business

PayPal's San José HQ.

eBay [EBAY] and PayPal to split. First casualty of Apple Pay?

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 – Lately it seems as if every trading day contains at least one major news item, sometimes shocking, sometimes astounding, occasionally expected. So it is with Tuesday’s market. The last day of September brings news that online retailer/auctioneer eBay (EBAY) intends to split the ubiquitous PayPal service off from the mothership,

Emirates Air

Moral hazard at the Export Import Bank: Private gain vs. social risk

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 — Neal Asbury writes in Money News that Congress’s reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a good move. His chief argument in favor of the Ex-Im Bank: This is needed because private American financial institutions will not collateralize foreign receivables or inventory. Without this, legions of small businesses and entrepreneurs that

This is how Wall Street is feeling on October 1. (Via Wikipedia)

Stocks take bad-news swan dive to greet October

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 – Short column today as we prepare to head off for a 3-day jaunt in the Virginia mountains. It looks like a good time for a break, too, since this market already seems either to be on break itself or already broken. With the illegal quarter-end window-dressing exercise now concluded, stocks

Sports

Hassan N'Dam's decision win earns him an IBF middleweight title opportunity.

Boxing results: N’Dam dominates in decision over Stevens on ESPN

SAN DIEGO, October 1, 2014 – Boxing skills and good ring generalship laid the foundation and a solid right hook sealed the deal for Hassan N’Dam of France via Cameroon in his IBF middleweight fight against Brooklyn native Curtis Stevens. With Sylvester and Frank Stallone, Dustin Hoffiman, and Cuba Gooding Jr. looking on at the

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