No ‘Green Shoots’ Of Recovery In A Desert

Posted by admin on Nov 30, 2021 in borrowing, credit crunch, depression, recession
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It seems that the ‘Green shoots’ of a financial recovery that the world has been prepared for by multiple hundreds of desparate politicians and economists has been dealt a severe blow.
Why?
Dubai.
All this time, we have been witnessing the economic miracle that is / was Dubai in awe and respect. But hey, it seems that they [...]

Just How Dangerous Is High-Frequency Trading?

Posted by admin on Nov 3, 2021 in credit crunch, stock market, stock market crash
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In a story on the BBC today, Lord Myners, Minister in the Treasury (UK), warns that HFT (otherwise known as high-frequency trading) could put large corporations at the mercy of automated speculators.
He is probably right.
Much of the blame for the stock market drop in 1987 lies at the door of automated trading programs. At the [...]

The Real Cost Of The Bailout?

Posted by admin on Sep 11, 2021 in credit crunch, recession, uk economy
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The BBC website has a 7 slide show relating to the costs of the bailout worldwide. If you are either:
a) interested in finance
b) wondering what the real cost of the bailouts are
or,
c) from the UK
be sure to spend 30 seconds of your day taking a look. See the slides here.
For months, the British public [...]

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Lithuania Slumps

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This blog recently highlighted the trouble being faced by Latvia in this economic crisis. We all knew that Latvia was not the only country suffering and not the only Baltic country suffering. But todays news suggests that Lithuania is in even deeper trouble.
Poor Lithuania…
This story explains that the Lithuanian economy has falled by a thumping [...]

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Notes From Felipe Gonzalez’s Lecture In Brussels

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One of the problems with blogging is the speed at which communications can now be transmitted. I know that this is meant to be the major strength of blogging - but if you happen to busy, it simply makes you look slow!
This time last week I was fortunate enough to attend a one hour lecture [...]

Why Did Lloyds TSB Buy HBOS?

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The rather unusual news from the UK is that the British government has grabbed control of Lloyds TSB PLC as a part of guaranteeing loans worth £260 billion.
According to a statement from Lloyds TSB, “About 83% of the insured assets were acquired when the bank bought HBOS.” The details, as reported by Bloomberg, can be [...]

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Too Much Borrowed Money - Puerto Rico Is ‘Bust’

Posted by admin on Mar 4, 2022 in borrowing, credit crunch, depression, economy, recession
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It had to happen. Iceland couldn’t be the only government to ‘go under’ during this financial crisis.
This is one of the problems with a global recession, it is very hard to guess what is actually at risk. It could be everything, or it could be nothing.
Either way, the impact of too much borrowed money is [...]

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The American Banking Sector Is On Life Support

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The CNN story here
shows just what a mess the banking sector is in. The sad thing is that the list of 250 banks ‘in trouble’ is only in the USA. When I clicked on the link, I was rather hoping that it was a global list. Perhaps it was less hope and more blind optimism. [...]

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A Bad Day For UK Shareholders

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Today was a fairly bad day to be a shareholder in the United Kingdom. The idea of property rights - something that is vital in a modern democracy - seems to have been damaged somewhat.
Property rights are a central tenet of a modern economy. Without legal rights of ownership with a solid enforcement system, the [...]

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Europe Really Is In Recession

Posted by admin on Feb 13, 2022 in credit crunch, depression, eurostat, eurozone, finances, recession
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Despite the credit crunch or crisis - depending upon your lexicon - politicians around the world have been clinging to anything positive and trying to avoid the word “recession” in any form.
Those brave souls that do use the word recession are playing it down in the hope that it will only last a few weeks. [...]

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