Anand Swaminathan American college students are in crisis — or so the story goes. With 40 million Americans holding a total of $1.2 trillion in student loans, several experts have proclaimed a growing crisis in student debt. They cite other alarming statistics: that 70% of graduates with bachelor’s degrees hold debt, that students graduated inContinue Reading Taking Account: Reevaluating the Student Debt Crisis
Christopher Chen Despite its subtlety, the gradual shift from active to passive investing has far-reaching implications. For investors, there is a unique allure to index funds—investments which are low maintenance, low cost, and often result in more profit than riskier, active investing through certain hedge funds and mutual funds. Asset manager’s like BlackRock Inc. recentlyContinue Reading The Future of Energy Trading
Kaitlin Gately On the night of Friday, April 22, over 100 students occupied the plaza outside Columbia University’s library for “Sleep Out 4 Divest”. They laid down mattresses and sleeping bags and set up tents in order to express their support for six members of Columbia Divest for Climate Justice who had occupied Low LibraryContinue Reading The Divestment Movement: Environmentally Friendly and Risk Avoidance
Kaitlin Gately After years of swings between diplomacy and animosity, Iran signed the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015. In return for barring all pathways to a nuclear weapon, Iran received economic relief from all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on it by the international community. In the wake of these sanctionsContinue Reading The Iranian Economy: On the Upswing?
Many of us take for granted financial services such as savings accounts and available credit, but approximately 50% of the world’s adults—over 2.5 billion—don’t even have a bank account. A World Bank report found that the most cited reason for not having a bank account was that low incomes make paying annual and transaction feesContinue Reading Financial Inclusion and Mobile Banking
Critics of modern multinational capitalism often question whether the business decisions of large corporations are dictated by the pursuit of profit to the exclusion of the public interest. According to Antony Bugg-Levine, the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, many people see a “bifurcated world”: a vision of developed society that is characterized by a starkContinue Reading Founder of DBL Investors, Nancy Pfund: Pioneering the Double-Bottom Line