Posted tagged ‘economy’

Blooming recoveries

July 8, 2010

This isn’t your father’s stimulus.


The U.S. Will Default in the Foreseeable Future

July 6, 2010

So says Niall Ferguson.  It is like the speeding train analogy.  The question is not if but when.  The US may be the last domino to fall, but the Keynesian program offers many configurations along the way but only one destination.

The New Depression? Depressing stagnation at best

July 5, 2010

The Brits think so, calling 2010 a lot like 1932.  Voices of reason generally are calling for austerity measures to avoid a Greek debt spiral, while others (not counting the crackpot Krugman) insist that any belt-tightening must be accompanied by “ultra-loose” monetary policy.  I am not an economist.  And to point out now that monetary policy has been too loose for years (it has been) is not constructive.  We’re in the mess now.  We’ve had 70 some odd years to analyze, dissect and learn from the Depression–and no one has a clue.  I’m hearing from some quarters that we are at a stand or fall watershed moment in America, where failure means civil war.  Elsewhere we read of the end of the road for our financial system, spelling the end of our country as we know it.  But there are Pollyannas still out there.

I don’t have the answer.  But I do have a prediction:  our economy and markets are set for long term stagnation if our government continues on its current decision making course.  Things simply will not recover as we, especially those of us who entered the job market in the 1990s, think of recovery.  There are too many weights pinning us down, and there are more governmental tent pegs headed our way.  And this is best case.  Add in an exogenous event, most likely a bad one (e.g., terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Middle East conflagration, nuclear attack, etc.), and worst case scenario could be really really bad.

God knows we need strong wise leaders to rise up.  These are troubled times indeed.

Beware the Death Cross–

July 2, 2010

The Golden Cross and the Death Cross have been hot topics this week.  Here’s some hype from CNBC on the matter.

Obama: We’re headed in the right direction?

July 2, 2010

Como?  Which jobs report did they give him?

Goldman Saith: Jobs Market Worse Than Headlines Suggest…

July 2, 2010

The jobs market is bad and getting worse.  But that doesn’t stop Washington from spinning