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Beggar Thy Neighbor

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 5th, 2010 12:17 PM |

So much has happened along our economic landscape over the last two to three years that it is hard to weigh the magnitude and depth of many of the developments. That said, the simple fact is the tectonic plates underlying our global economy have shifted massively as a result of the enormous financial earthquake of 2008. While global governments and central banks have performed varying degrees of  triage to save states, nations, and regions, the movements of the plates are continuing along under the surface. To that end, what is the economic reality now bubbling above the surface given the shift in our tectonic plates below? Let’s navigate and review the reality known as Beggar Thy Neighbor, defined by our friendly Investing primer as, 

An international trading policy that utilizes currency devaluations and protective barriers to alleviate a nation’s economic difficulties at the expense of other countries. While the policy may help repair an economic hardship in the nation, it will harm the country’s trading partners, worsening its economic status.  (more…)

Goldman Sachs: ‘The Great Enabler’

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 17th, 2010 2:28 PM |

As more details are released about Goldman Sachs’ derivative transactions that allowed Greece to disguise its overall financial health, the question begs as to the integrity of this very storied Wall Street franchise. In short, I would define Goldman Sachs as ‘The Great Enabler.”

How did ‘The Great Enabler’ operate? Recall that Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein indicated a few months back that Goldman Sachs was doing “God’s work.” He failed to mention that the deity to which Goldman prayed bleeds green. Additionally, the prayer which Goldman offered was nothing more than ‘maximize revenues now, worry about problems later, and keep your mouth shut.’

For a peek inside Goldman’s prayer book, let’s review a recently released report from Bloomberg,  Goldman Sachs, Greece Didn’t Disclose Swap Contract:>>>> (more…)






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