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Ashoka Mody: “Global Economy’s Groundhog Day”

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 8th, 2014 6:24 AM |

While all too many market prognosticators, political pundits, central bankers, and Wall Street economists work overtime at creating and promoting a narrative to fit an improving global growth story, I have not seen the underlying fundamentals here at home or abroad to support that case.

So while I will quickly peruse the views and opinions of the aforementioned lackeys spinning their yarns, I prefer to look elsewhere to find those pursuing the truth.

This morning, I welcome reading the global perspective provided by Ashoka Mody, “visiting Professor of International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a visiting fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think tank. He is a former mission chief for Germany and Ireland at the International Monetary Fund.”

Mody pens a fabulous commentary at Project Syndicate as to what I believe is really transpiring  along our global economic landscape. Let’s navigate. 
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Rogoff: America’s Endless Budget Battle

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 1st, 2013 8:59 AM |

With the shutdown of our government overnight, the proverbial lights in Washington have significantly dimmed and the finger pointing begins in a fashion that seems all too similar to a junior high school lunchroom.

Yet while Uncle Sam is not open for business today, our nation faces another enormous issue right around the corner as well, that is, the debt ceiling.

Some may think the costs of shutting down our government and playing chicken with the debt ceiling are not significant given that our overall level of interest rates remain low. But why is that? Because the Fed is purchasing upwards of 90% of net new debt issuance(more…)

Global Financial System: Dangerous and Dysfunctional

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 20th, 2013 8:55 AM |

I truly appreciate reading the work and gaining the wisdom of those with informed insights and opinions.

Where do I always find people of this ilk? At one of my favorite stops while navigating the economic landscape:  Project Syndicate.

While various and sundry lapdogs from both sides of the political aisle and others well-schooled in the inner workings of the Wall Street-Washington incestuous thoroughfare are touting how our financial system has been reformed, let’s go down a less traveled path and see what a noted observer has to say on this topic.  (more…)

Simon Johnson: Financial Power Corrupts System

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 23rd, 2013 9:05 AM |

Incestuous activity in every fashion is a destructive and corruptible force. Would anybody hoping to be regarded as a serious, credible individual dare say, “Hey, I think incestuous activity is actually pretty good.”

Certainly not, although those engaged in the behaviors may appreciate the benefits that accrue to them without wanting them brought to light.

On that  note, the incestuous dynamic that defines the Wall Street-Washington-Regulatory menage-a-trois continues to thrive. You don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s listen to what Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF, professor at MIT Sloan, and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics has to say on this topic.  (more…)

“Beware of Pied Pipers Touting Quick Fixes”

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 21st, 2010 5:51 AM |

Although our elected officials in Washington and around our country typically have foresight that lasts no longer than 24 months (every other November that is), the simple fact is our economy runs in much longer cycles and has a much deeper foundation than that.

To that end, how does America reconcile an economy which is fundamentally broken while simultaneously electing officials who will not make promises that can’t be kept but promise sacrifices which must be borne? If these officials can get elected at all (a big “IF,” mind you!!), perhaps they can get America to read and appreciate the sharp mind of an economist such as the Sense on Cents All Star Kenneth Rogoff. (more…)

Roubini on Greed and Amorality

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 26th, 2010 5:38 AM |

Nouriel Roubini is both revered and derided. While he gains huge credit for having forecasted our economic meltdown, he is equally maligned for having missed the 2009 rally in the markets. I am less concerned with Roubini’s market calls, but I am very interested in his views on the inner workings of our economy and market structures. To this end I was thrilled to review Roubini’s recent Project Syndicate commentary, Gordon Gekko Reborn.

As you read Roubini’s commentary, I encourage you to think whether the recently enacted Financial Regulatory Reform package will fully address and implement the changes Roubini deems necessary. I will add my take as we navigate. On that note, Roubini writes: (more…)

Kenneth Rogoff: “A Lot of Insolvent European Banks”

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 7th, 2010 5:30 AM |

Kenneth Rogoff

Should the European Union run bank stress tests or not? While that question has been hotly debated over the last few months, we received an answer today from one of the most highly respected economists in the world. Who might that be? Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff, a Thought Leader and Sense on Cents Economic All-Star.

I have often referenced Rogoff’s work over the last eighteen months (go here) and hold him in the highest possible regard. So, about those European banks and the hotly debated stress tests? What does Rogoff think? Are you sitting down?

In a Bloomberg commentary, European Banks’ Hidden Losses Threaten EU Stress Test, we learn: (more…)

Roubini: “How to Avoid Double Dip Global Recession”

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 15th, 2010 5:05 PM |

I need to make a point, on a more regular basis, of visiting my Sense on Cents link to Project Syndicate. This site provides a virtual treasure trove of fabulous writers and insightful global perspectives. For example, widely read and renowned economist Nouriel Roubini offers what policymakers should do in writing, How to Avoid a Double-Dip Recession:

First, in countries where early fiscal austerity is necessary to prevent a fiscal crisis, monetary policy should be much easier – via lower policy rates and more quantitative easing – to compensate for the recessionary and deflationary effects of fiscal tightening. In general, near-zero policy rates should be maintained in most advanced economies to support the economic recovery. (more…)

Capitalism’s New Clothes

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 24th, 2009 8:47 PM |

In the midst of this economic turmoil, I have heard many people question whether Americans will truly change their profligate ways. Will our belt tightening occur in the proper fashion? Will we instill disciplines in the most impactful and effective areas of our lives? Or is belt tightening for others?

Peter Singer, a Thought Leader, and another of our Economic All-Stars (see left sidebar), opines on these topics in Capitalism’s New Clothes. I appreciated his piercing review of whether we will truly display the character and integrity to bring about the changes that our society so badly needs. 

I hope you enjoy this piece by Singer as well as the wealth of fine writing from around the globe and collectively delivered at Project Syndicate. Hopefully these great minds help you navigate your own economic landscape!

LD






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