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Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Mr. Ortel has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer nonpartisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Mr. Ortel graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School. 

Articles by Charles Ortel

Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, May 23, 2014. Stocks inched higher early Friday in quiet trading ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ORTEL: A wobbly U.S. economy may be heading for a fall

The adults among us remember the joys we had as children spinning tops — watching an ungainly gadget on a tiny point whir upright against the odds, seemingly rigid, stable and secure. Published June 1, 2014

A reveler holds an Irish flag while attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday, March 17, 2009  in New York. St. Patrick's Day revelers took a break from worries about the global economy to enjoy a day of shamrock-themed frivolity, dyeing city fountains green, taking icy ocean plunges and crowding sidewalks along parade routes to see and be seen.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

ORTEL: Who else sees trouble starting over Ireland?

Watching guns fire in Ukraine, sabres rattle in the South China Sea, and the volatile Middle East, investors in jittery, high-priced equity markets worldwide hardly need another worry. But nevertheless, add tensions involving Ireland to the list. Published May 18, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a meeting of Russia's People's Front in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

ORTEL: Putin schools Obama in economic standoff

Woodenly bowing to a robot last week in Japan and far away from home, President Obama seems set to plunge America and allies over the abyss, in a battle with a rising Russia he is plainly not competent to lead, let alone win. Published April 27, 2014

ORTEL: Putin sees opportunities as Obama turns away

We learn this Easter Sunday from The New York Times that President Obama now embraces his inner ostrich — Russian President Vladimir Putin is but a pesky irritant, causing problems in just one region of a world that America still rightly leads. Published April 20, 2014

**FILE** Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric, takes questions during a news conference in New York on March 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

Immelt team faces questions over GE’s future

If investors cannot realistically hope for more inspired and effective leadership anytime soon, why should they continue to hold onto GE common shares? Published April 13, 2014

India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi waves at his supporters at an election rally in Vaishali, outskirts of New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 3, 2014. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

ORTEL: India’s election could cost U.S. in another crucial market

Like Michaela and Tareq Salahi, the party crashers who sneaked into President Obama's first state dinner in November 2009, the Indian general election that begins April 7 and runs through May 12 threatens the Obama administration with a relentless string of unwelcome comparisons. Published April 6, 2014


ORTEL: Public deserves to know true costs of failed GM bailout

When Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors, testifies before a House committee on Tuesday and a Senate panel Wednesday, the American public should hear the whole story about the purported "rescue" of her storied enterprise, not simply details concerning the growing raft of recalls and product liability claims. Published March 30, 2014

William Dudley, president of  the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and vice-chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Thursday, May 24, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

ORTEL: As inflation returns, who bails out the Federal Reserve?

The most important president in America may not be Barack Obama, who chases golfing dreams in drought-stricken California while we pause this holiday to honor giants like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan. Published February 16, 2014