Making Sen$e Feb 01

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Can finance cure cancer?

How do you drive investors to spend money on cutting-edge cancer treatments? One idea, according to economist Andrew Lo, is to sell securities in a megafund of research projects. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how financial engineering could be the…

Nation Feb 27

Can financial engineering save cancer research?

Cancer is the leading cause of death for individuals under 85, and government funding for basic research is in dangerous decline. But the same financing model that's blamed for the housing collapse could change the way we tackle this killer.

Forgive me for not answering a question today, but posting a note about the Fed. Its decision last week: to purchase a further $600 billion of longer-term Treasury securities by the end of the second quarter of 2011, a…

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