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Eurozone Crisis – Greece Relieved with a 5 Billion Loan

Good news hit the markets as fast as bad news and this is what happened with the recent announcement that Greece managed to secure another EUR 5 billion loan these days via a public auction. Not great, but critical news were these. Without the new bonds issue, Greece would have defaulted the next week’s repayments.
Unfortunately, the story is far from over. The Eurozone decision makers have failed to reach an agreement on how to tackle Greece’s huge debt. Some minister’s proposal to cap the public debt at 120% of the country’s GDP was strongly opposed by other countries (mostly the Nordics), especially because this would mean a haircut on the loans. Borrowers never want to lose money. Read More »Eurozone Crisis – Greece Relieved with a 5 Billion Loan

Adventures of a Trader in the Forex Land (8) – Where Is the Dollar Going?

doitinvestcom-forex-trading-blog-where-is-the-usd-going-eur-usd-chart-showing-the-euro-growth-over-the-beginning-of-2011 I am sure this is a question that haunts most of the today’s traders. And of course if you would know the answer, we would not know on which island you would live :).
A simple graph (at the beginning of this blog) is showing that the EUR/USD pair has ramped up from 1.3552 to 1.4825 (as of today May 4). This is a historically large level, as the EUR/USD has rarely jumped above 1.5 (and this only in the great crisis). So why is the dollar so weak nowadays versus the Euro?
There are several reasons for that I guess:

1. Large USD deficit
I was recently reading an article in The Economist showing that by the same method of calculation, the US budget deficit is larger (as a % of GDP and at 11% or so) tha the one of Portugal. A large deficit also means problems for the dollar, since the US government has to finance this somehow and devalue the currency. Thus the consequence.Read More »Adventures of a Trader in the Forex Land (8) – Where Is the Dollar Going?

Book review on “Human Resource Management”, 2nd Edition by Greg L. Stewart (University of Iowa), Kenneth G. Brown (University of Iowa)



There are rare cases where you see a study text on HR management linking so well the strategic theory with the day to day practice – and the accent here falls on strategic. Furthermore, the human resources management seems to be relatively neglected in the companies, although many experts argue that now, when the end of crisis is approaching, it should be more important. Not only should HR managers increase their focus on how to motivate better the battered employees, but also they should face the challenge of retaining the so much needed valuable assets – the ones who walk out of the door every day.
One more trigger for my reading “Human Resource Management” is my own experience (as I mentioned several times on the investing blog). Book reviews should bring in something tangible for the reader – and for me it provided a link with my experience. Specifically, at certain moments of time all of us find themselves managing other people – be it our subordinates or bosses from the same company, our employees in our entrepreneurial endeavors, or other stakeholders. At the end of the day, what counts is how successful we manage all those people, so that:
– they feel motivated, satisfied and rewarded by the working relationship with us;
– we achieve our own objectives and get a feeling of achievement.
There are two ways you can do this:
– you read lots of psychology and management books, then try to round up all the theories and distill what you found out or
– you spend your money and time on a well-written book and get the most of other people’s experiences.
Well, you can guess I chose the second path. And this is what happened with my reading of the “Human Resource Management” study text.
There are countless points where this book proved valuable for my experiences. What I used several times and enjoyed the specific chapter called “Developing Employees and Their Careers”. The question of the egg or the hen is apparent here all the times – should we motivate people to get results or should we make them get results to be motivated? As you would expect, there are no definitive answers to this, but at least I could get a feeling of completeness when I started to apply various theories in various situations, with good to excellent results.
Another feature of the book that I liked was “Research made easy”: Throughout “Human Resource Management” the authors highlight in the How Do We Know section recently published research from scholarly journal in non-technical language. Each of the sections concludes with a “Bottom Line” summary that shows how the findings of the study contribute to our understanding of effective human resource management. This also allows you to pursue your own further research.
All in all, a nice study book on the neglected field of the HR management. Read More »Book review on “Human Resource Management”, 2nd Edition by Greg L. Stewart (University of Iowa), Kenneth G. Brown (University of Iowa)