Enron Revisited: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Even though Enron as a company no longer exists, there are certain lessons and anecdotes in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room that everyone should see. The epitome of greed, the courage to stand against it, and the cheesy-yet-true revelation that you can never judge a book, or a major corporation, by its cover.

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Investing in France not a propos ahead of elections

Thinking of investing your dollars in the land of wine, cheese and haut couture? Now may not be the best time. France’s presidential elections could usher in a socialist leader whose views threaten to shake up the delicate balance in the eurozone among leaders trying to solve the region’s sovereign debt crisis.

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To be or not to be… confident? Consumers don’t know what to think

While President Obama’s economic approval rating has gone up in the past week, American consumers seemed to be somewhat less optimistic about the economy itself—well, some American consumers, anyway.

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Book Review: “Animal Spirits” explains effect of emotions on economy

Economic theories can’t explain economic events in history, say George Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller in their 2009 book, because they don’t take into account that humans are involved. Or, more specifically, humans and their “animal spirits.”

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Joseph Stiglitz’s “Freefall” offers interpretation of recession

As the economy begins to slowly piece itself back together after the Great Recession, many are still wondering how it all happened. What went wrong? How could this have been prevented? Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz tackles those questions and more in his analytic book “Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy.”

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