Andrew West

Andrew West is a Contributing Economics Editor for Capitalism Magazine. In 1997 he received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Association for Investment Management and Research.

A New Yorker Remembers the World Trade Center

As I quickly walked away, I did not want to look back at its towers, battered and bearing the scars of its evil attackers. I do not want to remember the WTC burning or falling, for that was not its essence.

13 Reasons for the NASDAQ Crash

After the NASDAQ Composite Index slid 33% from March 27th to its dramatic one-day decline on April 14th, most people weren't sure what had happened - or why it happened. The financial press was in an uproar trying to make sense of everything, and even now, dozens of...

How “Business” Works in China By

Despite claims that economics and politics are separate and distinct in Hong Kong and China, the PetroChina IPO certainly would suggest otherwise. In the first week of April, PetroChina finally completed its beleaguered IPO, issuing 10 percent of its share capital....

Breaking the Tokyo Banks?

Back in 1998, the big question in Japan was which, if any, of Tokyo's big banks could escape collapse. Burdened by massive, non-performing loans, and holding assets (like Tokyo real estate) that had plunged in value, Japan's big banks were in a serious crisis. Though...

How “Business” Works in China

Despite claims that economics and politics are separate and distinct in Hong Kong and China, the PetroChina IPO certainly would suggest otherwise. In the first week of April, PetroChina finally completed its beleaguered IPO, issuing 10 percent of its share capital....

“Look at ’em quit!”

At the end of the classic Western, "Rio Bravo," when the bad guys came running out of a blown-up house holding up their hands in surrender, John Wayne's sidekick couldn't help but exclaim "Look at 'em quit!". These days, I'm reminded of that scene whenever a company...

The Philippines Market: Flying off the Radar Screen

Have you ever noticed how little you hear about the Philippines market in these days? When was the last time you heard about a hot stock tip from that country? The Philippines contains a lot of people, about 72 million in fact, and it also has reasonably good...

Breaking the Tokyo Banks?

Back in 1998, the big question in Japan was which, if any, of Tokyo's big banks could escape collapse. Burdened by massive, non-performing loans, and holding assets (like Tokyo real estate) that had plunged in value, Japan's big banks were in a serious crisis. Though...

An Insolvency that is Good for Thailand

Last Wednesday, 15 March 2000), a Thai bankruptcy court declared that Thai Petrochemical Industry Plc., (TPI) was insolvent. Thai investors, while hardly jubilant, were likely to be relieved about one thing: a Thai company can no longer refuse to pay back creditors...

Beware of a Stock Market that Trades Above Average

Covering International equities over the last decade has been an interesting experience. Emerging markets in Asia and Latin America have gone through a couple of rounds of boom and bust, compressing into a few short years as much euphoria and desperation as most...

Putting Your Investment Eggs in One Basket

Stock market indexes and market leadership has been growing increasingly concentrated in a small number of stocks and sectors. Professional portfolio managers often react to this market concentration by allocating more money to fewer stocks, reducing their...

Taiwan: Stumbling in the Dark

Political news shook Taiwan's economy last week. The tumultuous chain of events began with a cancelled power project, led to a cabinet shakeup, a warning to investors, and then a run on the stock market. Afterwards, Taiwan 's recently elected President Chen Shui-bian...

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