Category Archives: Recession

UK: Driving down a blind ally

The UK Budget is seriously missing the point. It will not create any growth and the already bleak forecasts will have to be downgraded again. Here’s why. The financial industry was one of the main drivers of the economy before the … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Austerity

Martin Wolf of the Finanical Times, spoke on BBC’s Newsnight last night of the UK’s Paradox of Thrift. This was first phrased by Keynes and it basically means that when consumers decide to save money in  a recession and deleverage, … Continue reading

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Euro Zone Needs Credible Bank Run Insurance

The financial markets are in crisis mode once again. The flight-to-quality is in full effect with safe haven assets in high demand; gold is breaking new highs every day while US and UK government bonds are falling to record lows. … Continue reading

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Low UST Yields Are Path To Fiscal Expansion

Think about this. Look at where 10-year US Treasury yields are, look at 10-year UK gilt yields for that matter. The world is crying out for AAA assets. The world’s investors want somewhere safe for their cash; European pension funds, … Continue reading

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In The Know

August 18 2011 WSJ – Fed Eyes European Banks : Regulators Scrutinize Ability of Institutions’ U.S. Units to Fund Themselves Federal and state regulators, signaling their growing worry that Europe’s debt crisis could spill into the U.S. banking system, are intensifying their … Continue reading

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