Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Another Nobel Economist Says We Have to Prosecute Fraud Or Else the Economy Won’t Recover

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

Washington’s Blog

As economists such as William Black and James Galbraith have repeatedly said, we cannot solve the economic crisis unless we throw the criminals who committed fraud in jail.

And Nobel prize winning economist George Akerlof has demonstrated that failure to punish white collar criminals – and instead bailing them out- creates incentives for more economic crimes and further destruction of the economy in the future. See this, this and this. (more…)

QE2 unveiled a/k/a Return of the Night of the Living Zombie Bankers

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

For immediate release

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September confirms that the pace of recovery in output and employment continues to be slow. Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight credit. Business spending on equipment and software is rising, though less rapidly than earlier in the year, while investment in nonresidential structures continues to be weak. Employers remain reluctant to add to payrolls. Housing starts continue to be depressed. Longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable, but measures of underlying inflation have trended lower in recent quarters. (more…)

Still stepping in the Bernanke

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Full story here from Mike Whitney via CounterPunch.

On Friday, The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that 3rd Quarter GDP rose by 2% meeting most analysts expectations. The real story, however, is hidden in the data. Inventories added 1.44 percentage points to the 3Q real GDP, which means that–absent the boost to existing stockpiles– GDP would be well-below 1%. If it wasn’t for Obama’s fiscal stimulus (ARRA), the economy would be sliding back into recession. (more…)

Most sobering lecture on our future

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Full story here.

Fed is trying to force surge in commodities

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

A Fed paper released in September, which we luckily missed as otherwise it would have led to the collective death through uncontrollable foaming in the mouth of the entire Zero Hedge staff, was “Oil Shocks and the Zero Bound on Nominal Interest Rates“, in which author Martin Bodenstein (an econ Ph.D.) argues that oil price shocks (i.e., surges in the price of oil such as the one we are about to experience courtesy of a fresh trillion in liquidity about to be unleashed by the Fed) are… wait for it… beneficial to GDP and stimulative to the interest-rate sensitive parts of the economy. To wit: “In fact, if the increase in oil prices is gradual, the persistent rise in inflation can cause a GDP expansion.“. Yes you read that right. (more…)

The tipping point has arrived

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Full story here from ZeroHedge.

The Tipping Point has Arrived

Our age is retrospective.  It builds the sepulchres of the fathers.  It writes biographies, histories, and criticism.  The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.  Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?  Why should not we have the a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?  Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us, by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe?  The sun shines today also.  There is more wool and flax in the fields.  There are new lands, new men, new thoughts.  Let us demand out own works and laws and worship.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (more…)

America’s job losses are permanent

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Full story here from Paul Craig Roberts via Counterpunch.

Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredited finding of several years ago that jobs offshoring by US corporations increases employment and wages in the US. (more…)

Gold and Silver Breakout and Consolidation, China’s Greek Dollar Swap Window to Dump Treasuries

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Full story here from Jim Willie. Sorry for the lack of posts. Your gentle blogger was laid up in hospital for a while (man, those nurses really know how to party tho). But now I’m back on my backside, ready to flame the evil and the idiotic.

The Chinese are clever people. Their leaders play a good game of chess in the global scramble for commodity supply and financial dominance. Their patient strategy has tied the arms & legs of the USGovt, using their own debt securities as the binding rope. The accumulate almost reached a staggering $1000 billion, the ugly fruit of the Low-Cost Solution to invest in China from a decade ago. (more…)

The US has launched a new financial world war

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Full story here from Michael Hudson via CounterPunch.

What is to stop U.S. banks and their customers from creating $1 trillion, $10 trillion or even $50 trillion on their computer keyboards to buy up all the bonds and stocks in the world, along with all the land and other assets for sale in the hope of making capital gains and pocketing the arbitrage spreads by debt leveraging at less than 1 per cent interest cost? This is the game that is being played today. (more…)

Marc Faber: hyperinflation – when, not if

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Full story here. My favorite Swiss bear. Random interlude here.

The Hera Research Newsletter (HRN) is delighted to present the following powerful interview with noted speaker and best selling author Dr. Marc Faber, whose newsletter, The Gloom Boom & Doom Report, highlights unusual investment opportunities. Dr. Faber is a popular speaker at investment seminars and conferences around the world and is best known for his contrarian investment approach. (more…)