Archives for: Credit Bubble

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Wall Streets Latest Dirty Little Secret – The Fix Is In

by Mitch Feierstein about 6 months 2 weeks ago

At yet another select committee recently – they’ve been doing a good job – Vince Cable was grilled about the huge leap in the Royal Mail’s stock market value. As you’ll remember, the firm was floated at 330p a share and traded as high as 600p in November, a rise of 82% in a few [...]

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The dual mandate of the Federal Reserve is a good one. It is charged with ensuring stable prices and maximum employment. That’s a good basic recipe, one which served the country well. And notice what isn’t there. The Fed is not charged with distorting natural market pricing mechanisms to the point of perverting risk. It [...]

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Accountable: A letter in the Sunday Times called for Osborne to begin spending cuts a year earlier than planned In February 2010, twenty economists published a letter in the Sunday Times calling on George Osborne to begin spending cuts a year earlier than planned. The key sentence of that letter stated that, ‘In order to be credible, [...]

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Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, got snappish when asked about the Eurozone crisis by a Canadian journalist.  ‘Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy,’ he said. ‘This crisis was not originated in Europe; seeing as you mention [...]

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About four weeks ago, I wrote on my blog that Facebook was heading for a ridiculous valuation when it was launched on the stockmarket. That wasn’t because I think it’s a bad company – pretty clearly a company that makes a billion dollars in profits after only a few years of life is a remarkable [...]

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Farcebook: A Stratospheric Valuation

by Mitch Feierstein about 2 years 2 months ago

      Facebook is a phenomenal company. Mark Zuckerberg is a remarkable man and an astonishing entrepreneur. He’s created something sensational — something genuinely world-changing — and he’s young enough to be my son. But Facebook the company is one thing. The mooted valuation of Facebook is quite another. I admire the first, and [...]

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The Austerity Games

by Mitch Feierstein about 2 years 3 months ago

Teen hit The Hunger Games tells of a world where starving children in a post-apocalyptic world are forced to battle each other to the death, for the entertainment of a small coterie of the wealthy and powerful. The book is by Suzanne Collins, who published her novel one day before Lehman Brothers collapsed: the moment [...]

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Vampire Squids, Transparent Tanks

by Mitch Feierstein about 2 years 4 months ago

The financial turmoil of recent years has produced an outpouring of op-eds, news stories, books and essays seeking to document and analyze the unfolding disaster. Some of the material has been written by insiders, some by those from the outside. Some by experts, some by astonished laypeople. It’s a mass of material which can, remarkably, [...]

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