Gold prices fell to a 2-week low of $1,711 per ounce Tuesday lunchtime in London, with stocks, industrial commodities and the Euro also trading lower amid uncertainty over whether Greece is headed for default.
The real point of modernizing railways, and the major reason for China's global push for High Speed Rail, is the increased movement of cargo - a shift in passenger traffic to the new high speed routes frees up space on older, now congested legacy lines.
Subprime mortgages account for less than 1% of the world's debt stock. How could they cause the greatest financial crisis in modern times? "Risk sensitivity" is this column's answer. Regulators gave bankers incentives to combine bad loans with good ones and securitise the package in complex structures. The inseparability of the suspect parts meant problems with one package questioned the value of all packages. The least liquid banks failed, triggering a vicious cycle of fear and failure.