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Category Archives: austerity

Saudi Arabia Launches Misguided $19 Billion Stimulus In Desperate Bid To Kickstart 2018 Growth

If you haven’t been living under a rock in recent months, it’s been impossible to miss the turmoil in Saudi Arabia and its relations with the outside world. A few weeks ago we published a piece by Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com “If The Saudi Arabia Situation Doesn't Worry You, You're Not Paying Attention”. Martenson argued. […]

JPMorgan’s Outlook For 2018: “Eat, Drink And Be Merry, For In 2019…”

While the prevailing outlook by the big banks for 2018 and onward has been predominantly optimsitic and in a few euphoric cases, “rationally exuberant“, with most banks forecasting year-end S&P price targets around 2800 or higher, and a P/E of roughly 20x as follows… Bank of Montreal, Brian Belski, 2,950, EPS $145.00, P/E 20.3x UBS, […]

Italy’s Parallel Fiscal Currency: All You Need To Know

Authored by Marco Cattaneo, from Basta con l’Eurocrisi, via GEFIRA, There is an increased talk in Italy about fiscal money as an instrument to resolve the economic crisis, which is not over yet. Despite the optimism shown by the Italian government and the EU, the Eurozone economy is far from being in an acceptable condition, and […]

Austerity Isn’t Dead, It Will Come Back With A Vengeance

Authored by Jonathan Rochford via NarrowRoadCapital.com, There’s been a steady stream of recent articles claiming that austerity is dead. The “magic” of false measurements, animal spirits and money printing are used to convince the gullible that there is an easy way out. This one from James McCormack at Fitch argues that populist politicians are responsible for […]

We Need A Public Inquiry Into The Economics Profession

Authored by Ann Pettifor via RenegadeInc.com, Britain is preparing to leave the European Union with no real plan and a government in disarray, writes economist, Ann Pettifor. How can we trust economists at the Treasury not to impose more disastrous policies? If the British economy crashes as a result of Brexit, it will not vindicate […]

“How Does This Ever End?” An Interview With Lacy Hunt

The US economy is struggling with too much debt at every level. A debt jubilee isn’t going to solve it; and shifting demographics will likely make it worse. So, is America headed for two decades of lost growth like Japan? Dr. Lacy Hunt, who was interviewed by Erik Townsend on the latter's MacroVoices podcast, considers […]

Greece Is Chasing An Illusion Of Financial Independence

A Greek drama rarely ends after just one act or scene and although the recent new bailout talks haven’t really been extensively covered by the media, the Greek population will once again have to make sacrifices to make sure the country gets more bailout money. Since the country’s finances collapsed in 2010, it has received […]

“There Was White Smoke”: Greece Reaches Deal With Lenders, Promising Even More Austerity

Greek government bond yields fell after Greece and its lenders said they reached a long-awaited deal on reforms required to release further bailout funds. With a promise to further cut pensions and give taxpayers fewer breaks, Greece paved the way for the disbursement of further rescue funds from international lenders and possibly opened the door […]

Do Wars Help or HURT the Economy?

Does Defense Spending Stimulate the Economy and Create Jobs … Or Is It BAD for the Economy? Preface: Trump wants to drastically increase military spending.  At the same time, France, China, Japan and other countries are ramping up their military spending. An understanding of the effect on the economy is therefore timely. A number of […]

Trump’s EU Ambassador Says Greece Likely To “Sever Ties With Germany & Exit The Euro”

Amid a more prolonged economic doldrums than The Great Depression, Greece is heading towards its 4th bailout/deal with creditors. Adding to Grexit fears (voiced by many in and out of Greece), Ted Malloch, President Trump's proposed US ambassador to the EU, casts doubt on survival of eurozone and says Athens should return to drachma. As […]