The Evolution of Banking and Financial Intermediation
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Last quarter, upon the release of the Q4 2011 Z.1 (Flow of Funds) report, we penned " The US Deleveraging Is Now Over ", because, well, it was: all the categories tracked by the Fed's Credit Market Debt Outstanding series posted a sequential increase over Q3. Most importantly, there was an increase in the net debt held by the US Household Sector: this was only the first time after 14 quarters of declines, that US consumers had levered up. Sure enough, many took this as an indication that the economy was now fixed, and that with everyone levering up, inflation was sure to follow, and the virtuous cycle was back (also leading to the scare when the yield on the 10 year spiked, however briefly, to the mid 2% range). The US Deleveraging Has Resumed
Forecasting. Doesnt. Work.
By Peter I just got back from Chicago, where, along with attending the American Historical Association, I participated in a series of protests held by Occupy Chicago, along with CACHE (Coalition Against Corporatization of Higher Education) that targeted the American Economics Association (AEA). Its not everyday that the worlds of street protests and academic conferences blend so well. But then again, part of the point was to “puncture the bubble,” that academic economists live in. Occupy Economics?: A Report Back from the Nerdiest Protest I’ve ever been to. « Ph.D. Octopus
MF’s Missing Money Makes You Wonder About Goldman: Jonathan Weil Six months ago the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said MF Global Holdings Ltd. and its units “maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2011.” A lot of people who relied on that opinion lost a ton of money. MF Global filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 31.
Do Investors Stifle Innovation? (Part II) : Planet Money Istvan Bara / Getty Images Note: This is the second of two related posts.
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The Destruction of Economic Facts During the second half of the 19th century, the world's biggest economies endured a series of brutal recessions.
Rational Irrationality: Inside George Soros’s “Monstrous Monkey House” Snow-capped peaks; nightcaps with Larry Summers; discussions of complexity theory over breakfast; Tennyson quotations from Gordon Brown at lunch.
Amar Bhidé: In Defense of Human Judgment In a recent highly publicized game of Jeopardy, two of the game’s greatest past champions were beat by Watson, an IBM computer whose intelligence was based on algorithms. It was hailed as the latest example of how software could outperform human beings. In the latest INET interview, Amar Bhidé, the author of the new book A Call for Judgment , counters that argument with a strong defense of the primacy of human judgment – at least when it comes to overseeing the economy and navigating the world of finance.
by Umair Haque | 2:36 PM July 28, 2011 The monsters, they say, come out at night. How Our Economy Was Overrun by Monsters and What to Do About It - Umair Haque
cgasmediatvdrama.blogspot.com This is a lengthy, highly provovative article illustrating in explicit detail my thoughts on how America's inferior education system made the Great Recession not only a foregone conclusion of indoctrinated GroupThink, but prevents a true recovery from recovery due to the abject fear of price clearing. How Inferior American Education Caused The Credit/Real Estate/Sovereign Debt Bubbles and Why It's Preventing True Recovery