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February 15, 2015, 03:32:19 PMThe German Engine: Angela Merkel’s Busy WeekBY Jim Casella

Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. This past week may have been one of her busiest in the past 10 years. Merkel came to Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama on Monday. She had a clear position that arming the Ukrainian government was not going to bring about a cease-fir ... more

January 19, 2015, 01:42:18 PMExecuting Your AssignmentBY Jim Casella

I spent most of last week in Europe evaluating several interesting opportunities for expanding the Asset International franchise. I am confident that we will have several announcements to make over the next several months that will benefit our clients. ... more

January 03, 2015, 11:26:15 AMLooking Ahead to 2015BY Jim Casella

Before looking forward, I spent some time over the weekend looking back at some earlier January columns and my forecasts. The one that I ended up focusing on was “Retirement & Energy Independence: Two Issues to Be Addressed,” from January 2012. I opened with a discussion of NFL wild card weekend and ... more

July 12, 2014, 07:22:22 PMAsset International's Next ChapterBY Jim Casella

Seven and a half years ago, I left Reed Elsevier with a vision of building a dynamic, global business information platform. I knew from the start that the world was changing, but in January of 2007 we had not foreseen the start of the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. I had decid ... more

April 14, 2014, 09:34:04 AMTraditions & TransitionsBY Jim Casella

I have been very busy during the first quarter of this year expanding our global footprint and extending our data offerings with Simfund Global Pro.  I made a very quick trip to London last Sunday to present at an SIIA industry event that focused on innovation. I spotlighted our London team’s develo ... more

November 14, 2013, 04:13:51 PMNovember in the Wine CountryBY Jim Casella

The harvest and crush have come to an end in both Sonoma and Napa counties. Mary Claire and I returned home in late October after six weeks in New York and London. We made a slight detour on the way and had a wonderful day in Toronto with Ann and Earl Bederman, the founder of Investor Economic ... more

October 23, 2013, 12:25:05 PMJPMorgan Chase & FairnessBY Jim Casella

It has been a difficult year for Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. On top of the loss of over $6 billion generated by the "London Whale," Dimon and the bank appear to have become the favorite target of regulators. ... more

September 05, 2013, 03:33:45 PMFall 2013: Baseball, Football and a Sneak Peek at Simfund Global ProBY Jim Casella

As it always does, summer disappeared into our rearview mirror all too soon. Fall, though, brings the final month of pennant races for Major League Baseball and the start of the National Football League season. This year it also brings a major announcement for Asset International’s Strategic Insight ... more

July 20, 2013, 09:29:13 PMToo Big to Fail & the Resurgence of British SportsmenBY Jim Casella

This is proving to be an exciting summer in many regards, in the midst of new heat records in the Northeast. We are back in New York and have suffered along with the rest of New York City through an oppressive week of heat and humidity. In spite of the heat and the building excitement for the ne ... more

June 20, 2013, 01:56:40 PMLast Week's G8 Meeting in Northern IrelandBY Jim Casella

Before the G8 attendees focused on finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict and doing it in a way that did not isolate Vladimir Putin, who continues to support Bashar al-Assad, there was an initial focus on the global economy. ... more