Are today's volatile global markets more dependent on trust than ever before?
yesteryear's town stock markets did not require tough scrutiny from independent regulatory bodies. Company directors acted knowing that their investors lived close by and could easily hold them to account for any wrong-doing.
Today's global stock markets rely on high-levels of regulation dealing with how companies operate and report their results. There is still trust, but trust more in a sometimes unfathomable system of checks and balances rather than in company directors and observable track record.
Increasing market volatility should cause us to step back and consider whether we value companies in a meaningful way.
Are we right to allow our analysts to give undue weight to exploiting market trends? Can investors better use publicly available knowledge about firms?
In the coming year 2008 we may see adjustments made in how we value potential deals and whether trust in people can be made any more explicit to enhance investment decisions and account for stock trends.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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