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7% and Counting: How to Still Get Italian Bonds

Italian government bond yields crossed into what many analysts say is unsustainable territory today, with the country’s 10-year bond paying out 7.4%. Other countries, including Greece, have needed bailouts after their bond yields have risen above 7%. There’s speculation that investors have already essentially lost interest in holding this debt, and that yields would be higher (and prices lower) if the European Central Bank weren’t buying up bonds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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For brave investors willing to take the risk, it is possible to buy these high-yielding bonds. As with any domestic bond, there are typically two ways to buy bonds issued by foreign governments: One at a time, or as part of a bond fund. For investors looking to buy individual bonds issued by the Italian government, advisers say they should start by calling their brokerage firm, many of which sell international bonds. (There is no equivalent of Treasurydirect.gov, where U.S. investors can purchase Treasurys via an auction.) Because bonds are sold over the counter rather than traded on an exchange like stocks, the brokerage firm’s foreign trading desk will ask around to find out what firms have Italian bonds and at what price they’re willing to sell, says Ethan Anderson, a senior portfolio manager with Rehmann Financial. Investors typically need to invest at least $10,000, he says; the bigger the purchase, the better the prices. “It’s like when you go to Costco: If you buy in bulk, you get a better deal,” he says.

For those investors who aren’t picky about the particular bond issue, and that just want to bet on Italy getting its debt house in order, advisers say they can purchase the PowerShares DB Italian Treasury Bond ETN (ITLY). For the truly brave, there’s the PowerShares DB 3X Italian Treasury Bond ETN (ITLT), a triple-leveraged version which would capture three times any gains in the index, but also three times the losses. Advisers point out, however, that these are investments in futures, not directly in the bonds themselves, and so will likely be even more volatile.

Indeed, advisers caution that bets on Italian bonds are extremely risky. The yields on these bonds are rising now because their prices are falling, because few investors want to buy them (bond yields rise when prices fall, and vice versa). Part of the Greek bailout package included a 50% cut in the value of Greek bonds, and anyone holding Italian bonds now should worry a similar move could potentially impact their holdings, Anderson says.

Considering the potential returns, it may not be worth it, says Anderson. In the best case scenario, he explains, if there’s no “haircut,” investors holding the 10-year bonds to maturity will get the face value of the bond plus 6% and change in interest.  Most investors taking such a big risk would want to see the potential for a lot more than 6% returns, says Mike McGervey, a certified financial planner and wealth adviser based in North Canton, Ohio.

Indeed, advisers say there are still less dangerous ways to snag decent yields. Bob Phillips, the managing partner of Spectrum Management Group, points out that U.S. junk bonds are currently yielding 8 or 9%, and default rates for these bonds remain low. On top of that, individual investors can easily buy corporate debt through diversified mutual funds or exchange-traded funds, he says.

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      String file,
      String ref)
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      String host,
      int port,
      String authority,
      String userInfo,
      String path,
      String query,
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      Sets an application’s URLStreamHandlerFactory.
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      Constructs a string representation of this URL.
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      URL
      public URL(String protocol,
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      Creates a URL object from the specified
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      host can be expressed as a host name or a literal
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      enclosed in square brackets (‘[' and ']‘), as
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      is called with the protocol string as an argument to create the
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      If no URLStreamHandlerFactory has yet been set up,
      or if the factory’s createURLStreamHandler method
      returns null, then the constructor finds the
      value of the system property:
      java.protocol.handler.pkgs
      If the value of that system property is not null,
      it is interpreted as a list of packages separated by a vertical
      slash character ‘|’. The constructor tries to load
      the class named:
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      and <protocol> is replaced by the name of the protocol.
      If this class does not exist, or if the class exists but it is not
      a subclass of URLStreamHandler, then the next package
      in the list is tried.
      If the previous step fails to find a protocol handler, then the
      constructor tries to load from a system default package.
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      If this class does not exist, or if the class exists but it is not a
      subclass of URLStreamHandler, then a
      MalformedURLException is thrown.
      No validation of the inputs is performed by this constructor.
      Parameters:protocol – the name of the protocol to use.host – the name of the host.port – the port number on the host.file – the file on the host
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      setURLStreamHandlerFactory(
      java.net.URLStreamHandlerFactory),
      URLStreamHandler,
      URLStreamHandlerFactory.createURLStreamHandler(
      java.lang.String)
      URL
      public URL(String protocol,
      String host,
      String file)
      throws MalformedURLException
      Creates a URL from the specified protocol
      name, host name, and file name. The
      default port for the specified protocol is used.
      This method is equivalent to calling the four-argument
      constructor with the arguments being protocol,
      host, -1, and file.
      No validation of the inputs is performed by this constructor.
      Parameters:protocol – the name of the protocol to use.host – the name of the host.file – the file on the host.
      Throws:
      MalformedURLException – if an unknown protocol is specified.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String,
      int, java.lang.String)
      URL
      public URL(String protocol,
      String host,
      int port,
      String file,
      URLStreamHandler handler)
      throws MalformedURLException
      Creates a URL object from the specified
      protocol, host, port
      number, file, and handler. Specifying
      a port number of -1 indicates that
      the URL should use the default port for the protocol. Specifying
      a handler of null indicates that the URL
      should use a default stream handler for the protocol, as outlined
      for:
      java.net.URL#URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String, int,
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      If the handler is not null and there is a security manager,
      the security manager’s checkPermission
      method is called with a
      NetPermission(“specifyStreamHandler”) permission.
      This may result in a SecurityException.
      No validation of the inputs is performed by this constructor.
      Parameters:protocol – the name of the protocol to use.host – the name of the host.port – the port number on the host.file – the file on the hosthandler – the stream handler for the URL.
      Throws:
      MalformedURLException – if an unknown protocol is specified.
      SecurityException – if a security manager exists and its
      checkPermission method doesn’t allow
      specifying a stream handler explicitly.See Also:System.getProperty(java.lang.String),
      setURLStreamHandlerFactory(
      java.net.URLStreamHandlerFactory),
      URLStreamHandler,
      URLStreamHandlerFactory.createURLStreamHandler(
      java.lang.String),
      SecurityManager.checkPermission(java.security.Permission),
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      URL
      public URL(String spec)
      throws MalformedURLException
      Creates a URL object from the String
      representation.
      This constructor is equivalent to a call to the two-argument
      constructor with a null first argument.
      Parameters:spec – the String to parse as a URL.
      Throws:
      MalformedURLException – If the string specifies an
      unknown protocol.See Also:URL(java.net.URL, java.lang.String)
      URL
      public URL(URL context,
      String spec)
      throws MalformedURLException
      Creates a URL by parsing the given spec within a specified context.
      The new URL is created from the given context URL and the spec
      argument as described in
      RFC2396 "Uniform Resource Identifiers : Generic * Syntax" :
      <scheme>://<authority><path>?<query>#<fragment>
      The reference is parsed into the scheme, authority, path, query and
      fragment parts. If the path component is empty and the scheme,
      authority, and query components are undefined, then the new URL is a
      reference to the current document. Otherwise, the fragment and query
      parts present in the spec are used in the new URL.
      If the scheme component is defined in the given spec and does not match
      the scheme of the context, then the new URL is created as an absolute
      URL based on the spec alone. Otherwise the scheme component is inherited
      from the context URL.
      If the authority component is present in the spec then the spec is
      treated as absolute and the spec authority and path will replace the
      context authority and path. If the authority component is absent in the
      spec then the authority of the new URL will be inherited from the
      context.
      If the spec’s path component begins with a slash character
      "/" then the
      path is treated as absolute and the spec path replaces the context path.
      Otherwise, the path is treated as a relative path and is appended to the
      context path, as described in RFC2396. Also, in this case,
      the path is canonicalized through the removal of directory
      changes made by occurences of ".." and ".".
      For a more detailed description of URL parsing, refer to RFC2396.
      Parameters:context – the context in which to parse the specification.spec – the String to parse as a URL.
      Throws:
      MalformedURLException – if no protocol is specified, or an
      unknown protocol is found.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String,
      int, java.lang.String),
      URLStreamHandler,
      URLStreamHandler.parseURL(java.net.URL,
      java.lang.String, int, int)
      URL
      public URL(URL context,
      String spec,
      URLStreamHandler handler)
      throws MalformedURLException
      Creates a URL by parsing the given spec with the specified handler
      within a specified context. If the handler is null, the parsing
      occurs as with the two argument constructor.
      Parameters:context – the context in which to parse the specification.spec – the String to parse as a URL.handler – the stream handler for the URL.
      Throws:
      MalformedURLException – if no protocol is specified, or an
      unknown protocol is found.
      SecurityException – if a security manager exists and its
      checkPermission method doesn’t allow
      specifying a stream handler.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String,
      int, java.lang.String),
      URLStreamHandler,
      URLStreamHandler.parseURL(java.net.URL,
      java.lang.String, int, int)
      Method Detail
      set
      protected void set(String protocol,
      String host,
      int port,
      String file,
      String ref)
      Sets the fields of the URL. This is not a public method so that
      only URLStreamHandlers can modify URL fields. URLs are
      otherwise constant.
      Parameters:protocol – the name of the protocol to usehost – the name of the hostport – the port number on the hostfile – the file on the hostref – the internal reference in the URL
      set
      protected void set(String protocol,
      String host,
      int port,
      String authority,
      String userInfo,
      String path,
      String query,
      String ref)
      Sets the specified 8 fields of the URL. This is not a public method so
      that only URLStreamHandlers can modify URL fields. URLs are otherwise
      constant.
      Parameters:protocol – the name of the protocol to usehost – the name of the hostport – the port number on the hostauthority – the authority part for the urluserInfo – the username and passwordpath – the file on the hostref – the internal reference in the URLquery – the query part of this URLSince:
      1.3
      getQuery
      public String getQuery()
      Gets the query part of this URL.
      Returns:the query part of this URL,
      or null if one does not existSince:
      1.3
      getPath
      public String getPath()
      Gets the path part of this URL.
      Returns:the path part of this URL, or an
      empty string if one does not existSince:
      1.3
      getUserInfo
      public String getUserInfo()
      Gets the userInfo part of this URL.
      Returns:the userInfo part of this URL, or
      null if one does not exist
      getAuthority
      public String getAuthority()
      Gets the authority part of this URL.
      Returns:the authority part of this URLSince:
      1.3
      getPort
      public int getPort()
      Gets the port number of this URL.
      Returns:the port number, or -1 if the port is not set
      getDefaultPort
      public int getDefaultPort()
      Gets the default port number of the protocol associated
      with this URL. If the URL scheme or the URLStreamHandler
      for the URL do not define a default port number,
      then -1 is returned.
      Returns:the port number
      getProtocol
      public String getProtocol()
      Gets the protocol name of this URL.
      Returns:the protocol of this URL.
      getHost
      public String getHost()
      Gets the host name of this URL, if applicable.
      The format of the host conforms to RFC 2732, i.e. for a
      literal IPv6 address, this method will return the IPv6 address
      enclosed in square brackets (‘[' and ']‘).
      Returns:the host name of this URL.
      getFile
      public String getFile()
      Gets the file name of this URL.
      The returned file portion will be
      the same as getPath(), plus the concatenation of
      the value of getQuery(), if any. If there is
      no query portion, this method and getPath() will
      return identical results.
      Returns:the file name of this URL,
      or an empty string if one does not exist
      getRef
      public String getRef()
      Gets the anchor (also known as the “reference”) of this
      URL.
      Returns:the anchor (also known as the “reference”) of this
      URL, or null if one does not exist
      equals
      public boolean equals(Object obj)
      Compares this URL for equality with another object.
      If the given object is not a URL then this method immediately returns
      false.
      Two URL objects are equal if they have the same protocol, reference
      equivalent hosts, have the same port number on the host, and the same
      file and fragment of the file.
      Two hosts are considered equivalent if both host names can be resolved
      into the same IP addresses; else if either host name can’t be
      resolved, the host names must be equal without regard to case; or both
      host names equal to null.
      Since hosts comparison requires name resolution, this operation is a
      blocking operation.
      Note: The defined behavior for equals is known to
      be inconsistent with virtual hosting in HTTP.
      Overrides:equals in class Object
      Parameters:obj – the URL to compare against.
      Returns:true if the objects are the same;
      false otherwise.See Also:Object.hashCode(),
      Hashtable
      hashCode
      public int hashCode()
      Creates an integer suitable for hash table indexing.
      The hash code is based upon all the URL components relevant for URL
      comparison. As such, this operation is a blocking operation.
      Overrides:hashCode in class Object
      Returns:a hash code for this URL.See Also:Object.equals(java.lang.Object),
      Hashtable
      sameFile
      public boolean sameFile(URL other)
      Compares two URLs, excluding the fragment component.
      Returns true if this URL and the
      other argument are equal without taking the
      fragment component into consideration.
      Parameters:other – the URL to compare against.
      Returns:true if they reference the same remote object;
      false otherwise.
      toString
      public String toString()
      Constructs a string representation of this URL. The
      string is created by calling the toExternalForm
      method of the stream protocol handler for this object.
      Overrides:toString in class Object
      Returns:a string representation of this object.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String, int,
      java.lang.String),
      URLStreamHandler.toExternalForm(java.net.URL)
      toExternalForm
      public String toExternalForm()
      Constructs a string representation of this URL. The
      string is created by calling the toExternalForm
      method of the stream protocol handler for this object.
      Returns:a string representation of this object.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String,
      int, java.lang.String),
      URLStreamHandler.toExternalForm(java.net.URL)
      openConnection
      public URLConnection openConnection()
      throws IOException
      Returns a URLConnection object that represents a
      connection to the remote object referred to by the URL.
      A new connection is opened every time by calling the
      openConnection method of the protocol handler for
      this URL.
      If for the URL’s protocol (such as HTTP or JAR), there
      exists a public, specialized URLConnection subclass belonging
      to one of the following packages or one of their subpackages:
      java.lang, java.io, java.util, java.net, the connection
      returned will be of that subclass. For example, for HTTP an
      HttpURLConnection will be returned, and for JAR a
      JarURLConnection will be returned.
      Returns:a URLConnection to the URL.
      Throws:
      IOException – if an I/O exception occurs.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String,
      int, java.lang.String),
      URLConnection,
      URLStreamHandler.openConnection(java.net.URL)
      openStream
      public final InputStream openStream()
      throws IOException
      Opens a connection to this URL and returns an
      InputStream for reading from that connection. This
      method is a shorthand for:
      openConnection().getInputStream()
      Returns:an input stream for reading from the URL connection.
      Throws:
      IOException – if an I/O exception occurs.See Also:openConnection(),
      URLConnection.getInputStream()
      getContent
      public final Object getContent()
      throws IOException
      Gets the contents of this URL. This method is a shorthand for:
      openConnection().getContent()
      Returns:the contents of this URL.
      Throws:
      IOException – if an I/O exception occurs.See Also:URLConnection.getContent()
      getContent
      public final Object getContent(Class[] classes)
      throws IOException
      Gets the contents of this URL. This method is a shorthand for:
      openConnection().getContent(Class[])
      Parameters:classes – an array of Java types
      Returns:the content object of this URL that is the first match of
      the types specified in the classes array.
      null if none of the requested types are supported.
      Throws:
      IOException – if an I/O exception occurs.Since:
      1.3
      See Also:URLConnection.getContent(Class[])
      setURLStreamHandlerFactory
      public static void setURLStreamHandlerFactory(URLStreamHandlerFactory fac)
      Sets an application’s URLStreamHandlerFactory.
      This method can be called at most once in a given Java Virtual
      Machine.
      The URLStreamHandlerFactory instance is used to
      construct a stream protocol handler from a protocol name.
      If there is a security manager, this method first calls
      the security manager’s checkSetFactory method
      to ensure the operation is allowed.
      This could result in a SecurityException.
      Parameters:fac – the desired factory.
      Throws:
      Error – if the application has already set a factory.
      SecurityException – if a security manager exists and its
      checkSetFactory method doesn’t allow
      the operation.See Also:URL(java.lang.String, java.lang.String,
      int, java.lang.String),
      URLStreamHandlerFactory,
      SecurityManager.checkSetFactory()
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      Academy for the Study of the Environment and Social Well-being, (India)
      Autonomous University of Barcelona (UoBar), Faculty of Sciences, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, (Spain)
      Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM), College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mexico
      Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), School of Engineering, (Brazil)
      Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University, (US)
      Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), (Mexico)
      Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), (Germany)
      National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Institute of Engineering, (Mexico)
      National University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Faculty of Social Sciences, Research Institute Gino Germani (FCS-IIGG), (Argentina)
      National University of General Sarmiento (UNGS), Institute of the Conurbated Metropolitan Area (ICO), (Argentina)
      Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water $ Environmental Resources Development (PHG), (Palestine)
      Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Division of Urban and Regional Studies, Department of Urban Planning and Environment, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, (Sweden)
      University of Cantabria (UoC), Department of Economics, (Spain)
      University of Greenwich (UoGre), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), (United Kningdom)
      University of Uyo (Uyo), Dept of Geography $ Regional Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, (Nigeria)
      School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (GPS), Newcastle University, United Kingdom
      The University of Newcastle is an international centre of excellence in water research. The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (GPS) is the focus for applied social sciences in the water field. Researchers of GPS work on urban infrastructure in developing countries, gender and indigenous studies, privatization of the water industry and sustainable livelihoods.
      The participating research team at Newcastle is a member of the Water Research Group in the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS).
      Dr José Esteban Castro, Professor of Sociology (GOBACIT Co-ordinator)
      Academy for the Study of the Environment and Social Well-being, India
      The Academy is located in the city of Aligarh, about 140 kms. to the east of New Delhi. It aims to provide a forum where researchers, teachers, and doctors from universities, colleges, and research centres can interact and participate in research debates. It holds periodic meetings, and encourages publication of books and journals, research reports, newsletters, etc. It has an interdisciplinary approach and its members’expertise range from geography, environment, sociology, economics, education, medicine, anthropology,gender and women’s studies and related disciplines. In addition to academic activities, the institution also assists in organizing awareness camps for the improvement of environment and quality of life in the region.
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Dr Rais Akhtar, President
      Dr.(Mrs) Nilofar Izhar, Secretary, and Editor of the Journal of Region, Health and Health Care.
      Autonomous University of Barcelona (UoBar), Faculty of Sciences, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Spain
      The researchers participatin in GOBACIT are members of the Ecological Economics Group. This group started its activities in the early 1990s. In 1987, Martinez-Alier published his book Ecological Economics: Energy, Environment and Society (Blackwell, Oxford). In 1994, Giuseppe Munda (with a doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam on environmental applications of multicriteria evaluation) joined the UAB. Since 1997, the group’s activities were extended to postgraduate teaching through a Programme in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management in the framework of the Doctorate in Environmental Sciences at UAB. Members of the group publish their work in journals such as Ecological Economics, Environmental Values, Energy Policy, Environment and Planning, European Journal of Operational Research.
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Prof. David Saurí Pujol
      Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM), College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mexico
      Principal researcher involved in this network:
      Dr Karina Beatriz Kloster
      Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), School of Engineering, Brazil
      The School develops teaching and research activities in the fields of sanitary and environmental engineering. It offers undergraduate courses and supports a Post graduate Program in Sanitation, Environment, and Water Resources, comprising master and doctoral degrees. This graduate program is offered jointly with the Department of Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering (EHR). The Master course in Sanitary Engineering was first created in 1972, and its name was changed in 1992 to Environment and Sanitation, reflecting the expanding interest of the School in environmental issues beyond the more restricted field of engineering. In 1996, the course was again renamed as Sanitation, Environment and Water Resources to incorporate the fields of hydraulics and Water Resources. The doctoral degree was strated in 2000.
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Co-ordinator: Prof. Léo Heller, School of Engineering
      Prof. Nilo de Oliveira Nascimento, Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources
      Dr Sonaly Rezende, School of Engineering
      Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University – US
      Principal researcher involved in this network:
      Prof. Enrique Cifuentes
      Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) – Mexico
      The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) is an international institution created with the mandate to promote teaching and research in the social sciences focusing on the development, integration and specific problems affecting Latin American countries. FLACSO was created in 1957 during the Latin American Conference on Social Sciences held in Rio de Janeiro with the support of UNESCO and the participation of the Member States. The original office was created in Santiago de Chile, but the 1973 military cup interrupted the activities, especially the postgraduate courses in Sociology and Political Science attended by students and professors from all over Latin America. This situation prompted the decentralisation of the institution in 1974 with the purpose of ensuring its permanence as an international body, which resulted in the creation of several academic units in different countries of the region. Today, FLACSO has units in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic and Surinam. The General Secretary is located in San Jose de Costa Rica.
      FLACSO maintains an intensive collaborative activity with national, regional and international institutions through its teaching, research, consultancy and advisory activities. Among other institutions relevant for this project, FLACSO collaborates very closely with: Interamerican Development Bank (IDB); World Bank; UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Deustches Jugendinstitut (DJI); Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); Joint Research Centre, Comission of the European Communities; OREALC/UNESCO; UNICEF; Organization of American States (OAS); Organization of Iberoamerican States (OEI); UN Development Programme (UNDP); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Economic System of Latin America (SELA). FLACSO Mexico.
      In the context of increasing globalisation, FLACSO Mexico promotes interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences based on the creation of international research networks and thematic research areas. There is an ongoing feedback between research and teaching activities at FLACSO, which offer different courses: MA in Population Studies, MA in Social Sciences, MA in Government, MA and PhD in Social Sciences, PhD in Social Science jointly with Georgetown University. Among the main thematic areas currently covered by research projects are: Population and Demography; Society, Culture and Innovation; Public Policy and Government.
      Dr María Luisa Torregrossa Armentia has headed the research programme on ‘Water and society’ since 1988. The activities of the programme have included the training of students, collaborative interdisciplinary research, and consultancy work for the Mexican Water authorities (National Water Commission [CNA], Mexican Institute for Water Technology [IMTA]) and international organizations inclduing FAO – Mexico and the World Bank.
      Principal researchers involved in the network:
      Dr María Luisa Torregrosa Armentia
      Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) Erkner (near Berlin), Germany
      The Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) is a publicly funded research institute, belonging to the Leibniz Science Association, which specialises in urban and regional development. In interdisciplinary research teams the IRS analyses and assesses socio-economic, environmental and political developments and their management at a local, regional and international level. The IRS has a long-established track record of researching into, and advising stakeholders on, the governance of water resources and water infrastructure systems in cities and regions. Special fields of the IRS’ social science research on water are the spatial organisation of water resource management, relating to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, and institutional changes to systems of water supply and wastewater disposal. The IRS has considerable experience in disseminating its research results not only to the scientific community but also to decision-makers and other relevant actors at local and regional levels. The IRS has a staff of ca. 25 researchers and 30 non-research staff as well as considerable administrative and technical resources, including a specialist library, a high-performance DTP-system and a publicity unit. The IRS also houses a rich archive on urban design and planning in the GDR.
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Dr. Tim Moss
      Dr. Ross Beveridge
      Mr. Matthias Naumann
      Institute of Engineering (UNAM), National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
      The Institute of Engineering is one of the 22 Research Institutes of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Latin America’s largest university. More than 1000 researchers and students work at the Institute in different areas of engineering, including the area of Environmental Engineering that concentrates water research activities. The team directly involved in GOBACIT is the Water Treatment and Reuse Group (GTR), which has the objective of studying and developing solutions for: (a) the integrated management of water, (b) norms to control water pollution and quality, and (c) the treatment and reuse of water and biosolids. The GTR has been working for more than 12 years and during this time has produced several research papers, patents and technological projects. The GTR works for the government, private companies and research foundations and runs a Postgraduate Programme in Environmental Engineering that accepts students reading for Master and Doctoral degrees. All postgraduate students in our Postgraduate Programme are funded through scholarships or research grants. The Institute also welcomes applications for postdoctoral projects.
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Dr. Blanca Jiménez Cisneros
      Research Institute Gino Germani (IIGG), Faculty of Social Sciences, National University of Buenos Aires (UBA-FCS), Argentina
      The Research Institute Gino Germani (IIGG) at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FCS), University of Buenos Aires, is one of the largest social science research centres in the country. It was created on the basis of the well-established Institute of Sociology, originally launched in 1940, which became an international research centre thanks to the contribution of the Italian sociologist Gino Germani. Today, it houses academics from the five sub-faculties of the FCS, Sociology, Political Science, Communication, Labour Relations, and Social Work, and also a number of senior researchers from the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Work is organized in thematic areas and is carried out by interdisciplinary research teams with expertise in health, population, culture, politics, rural studies, urban studies, state reform, conflict and social change, labor and employment, gender issues, social stratification, public opinion, science and society, technological change, education, historical sociology, youth, epistemology and philosophy of social action. Among the Institute’s research teams with expertise relevant for this project is worth mentioning the following: Population, Health and Society, Conflict and Social Change, Urban Studies, Public Sector and State Reform, Science, Technology and Society.
      A facet of the Institute’s activities which is highly relevant for this research project is that it has developed a co-operative working framework with a number of NGOs, government departments, municipalities, research centers, universities, and international organizations. In addition to this, the IIGG has already established research links with several user and community organizations which have been recently involved in mobilizations and negotiations around the provision of water and sanitation in Buenos Aires. This will favor the access to information, ensure the participation of stakeholders in the process, and provide an excellent vehicle for the dissemination of research results.
      Principal researcher involved in the network:
      Dr Emilio Crenzel
      National University of General Sarmiento (UNGS), Institute of the Conurbated Metropolitan Area Buenos Aires, Argentina
      The Institute of the Conurbated Metropolitan Area (ICO) is a leading centre dedicated to research, teaching and community service provision both at the national level and in Latin America. It makes a valuable contribution to the construction of a “public sphere” in the region by promoting meetings between intellectuals, politicians, technical personnel and social agents to discuss urban issues and sustainable development processes. The ICO’s research program focuses mainly on theoretical and socially relevant aspects of the “urban question”, and promotes a multidisciplinary approach to cover such issues as Social Policy, State, Government and Public Administration, Urban Economic Systems, Urban Ecology and Town Planning.
      Principal researchers involved in the network:
      Ms Andrea C. Catenazzi
      Mr. Gustavo Kohan
      Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water $ Environmental Resources Development (PHG) Jerusalem and Ramallah, Palestine
      The PHG is a Palestinian non government non profit organization striving to promote the role of women and civil society in managing local water and its related environmental resources to ensure transparency, good water governance and just and equal provision of water and sanitation services to the rural and marginal communities in the West Bank and Gaza. PHG is also striving to promote water research capacity and infrastructure in Palestine. PHG is seeking local and international networking and partnerships to participate actively in promoting the sustainability and just allocation of water resources at local, regional and global levels. The PHG has accomplished a number of research projects in the field of water resources and wastewater, particularly issues of quantity and quality. It has currently 2 laboratories for analysis in the cities of Hebron and Gaza. In addition, the PHG is currently involved in several regional research projects and/or co-ordination activities funded by European Commision under the INCO and MEDA programmes, focusing on issues of humidity passive harvest technologies, water saving in agriculture, desalination. integrated water resources management, and user participation.
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Mr Ayman Rabi, Executive Director
      University of Cantabria, Department of Economics Santander, Spain
      Principal researchers involved in this network:
      Dr. Daniel Díaz Fuentes
      Dr. Judith C. Clifton
      Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), University of Greenwich (UoGRE), United Kingdom
      PSIRU’s core work involves maintaining a database and website monitoring developments in privatisation worldwide in water, energy, waste management and healthcare. This empirical work forms the basis for further reports e.g. on water privatisation in different regions. PSIRU is also the lead coordinator of a major 3-year research project on decision-making on water in cities in Europe, Watertime (watertime.org). The project is funded by the European Commission funded under the 5th Framework Programme. PSIRU has just completed a 2-year international anti-corruption project for the international trade unions, funded by the Wallace Global Foundation. PSIRU’s reports and core database are funded by Public Services International (PSI), the global federation of trade unions representing workers in public services. PSIRU is recognised worldwide for its work on public services and privatisation, especially in the fields of water, energy, waste management and healthcare.
      Principal researchers involved in the network:
      Dr. David Hall
      Mr. Emanuele Lobina
      Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Division of Urban and Regional Studies, Department of Urban Planning and Environment, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Sweden.
      Principal researchers involved in the network:
      Dr Jan-Erik Gustafsson
      Dr Lina Suleiman
      Dept of Geography $ Regional Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
      Principal researchers involved in the network:
      Dr Emmanuel Akpabio

      GOBACIT is a self-funded network of researchers from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
      E-mail: gobacit@ncl.ac.uk

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/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44 -5 10.18%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,139 +7 0.60%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 368 -7 1.87%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,069 -439 2.66%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,913 -56 2.87%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 15 0 0.01%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 87.23 -2.20 -2.46%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 107.72 -5.04 -4.47%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 597.79 -20.46 -3.31%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.58 -0.76 -4.65%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 50.94 -2.54 -4.75%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.72 -0.15 -1.08%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 32.32 -0.88 -2.65%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 32.14 -1.40 -4.17%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 23.88 -0.94 -3.79%
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Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
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Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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