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John Browne, a financial analyst and former member of the British Parliament, is a financial columnist for the Tribune-Review. John Browne can be reached via e-mail

Fed may be biased on inflation

By John Browne
The Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rates will depend on policymakers’ views on progress toward their dual mandate of maximum employment and keeping inflation in check. The Fed’s comfort level for inflation is 2 percent. But inflation has been ...

SEC uses its claws

By John Browne
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rules extending incentive-pay clawbacks and disclosures to a wider group of corporate executives. The 3-2 vote on July 1 represents the SEC’s most recent attempt to curb excessive compensation and discourage risk-taking that ...

Greek ‘no’ vote has potential to set example for other countries

By John Browne
The European Union is scheduled to meet Sunday on Greece’s referendum vote rejecting its bailout offer. American investors are watching, waiting and wagering on the potential impact of the Greek crisis on the economy, investments and currency. Admitted to the EU ...

Risk flags emerging markets

By John Browne
A 47 percent decline in shares of Hanergy Thin Film Group caused the Hong Kong Bourse to suspend trading in the stock June 20. A leading Chinese clean energy company, Hanergy is one of the largest in the emerging markets. Earlier, ...

Fed says slow and low for interest hike

By John Browne
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen recently announced that the Fed’s low interest rate policy would continue for the time being. Emphasizing that Fed policy would remain “data dependent,” Yellen did not discount a possible rate hike this year. But she ...

Ponzi as popular as ever

By John Browne
Ponzi schemes abound in America, despite publicity given to prosecutions following Bernie Madoff’s conviction and 150-year sentence. A Pittsburgh woman, Patricia Miller, was sentenced in March by a federal judge in Boston to six years in prison and additional penalties ...

Hopes up for inside traders

By John Browne
Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund, is seeking to reduce his 11-year prison sentence for insider trading that prosecutors say earned him $60 million in illicit profits. Rajaratnam, who was convicted in 2011 of securities ...

Big banks outed on the spot

By John Browne
Five of the world’s leading banks have pled guilty to felony conspiracy charges for manipulating the spot foreign exchange market for the euro-U.S. dollar. At an FBI and Department of Justice news conference last month, it was announced that Citicorp, ...

China debt reform good for investors

By John Browne 9:00 p.m.
China’s implicit bailouts of failing companies have halted. When state-owned Baoding Tianwei Group could not make an interest payment in April, China allowed the firm to fall into default. Like the United States, China apparently can no longer afford to ...

Big bank rules crush little banks

By John Browne
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing on “Regulatory Relief for Community Banks and Credit Unions” in February. Coincidentally, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government that month published a working paper, “The State and Fate of ...

John Browne: Factory orders heat up but receive cool reception from investors

By John Browne
Factory orders, an indicator of economic performance, increased significantly in March over the previous month. In fact, the Department of Commerce report May 4 noted it was the highest gain in the past eight months. Despite hopes for escalating manufacturing ...

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