“Brazil certainly has a lot of potential, and has started to capitalize on it. We believe they’re in a great position to become a solid performer: fantastic natural resources, very advanced technologically, lots of know-how in the industry and a great pool of human resources (scientists and engineers in particular).” Indeed, Brazil’s GDP has already [...]
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“The worst stimulus the government provided has not even hit the balance sheet. It was CMHC providing access to cheap credit for previously unqualified borrowers.” In 2009, CMHC’s guarantee business broke even at best. CMHC made money, but only because they could borrow at government rates and used the money to buy mortgages at higher [...]
“This is what an economically illiterate society gets you. Everyone knows that these debts can never and will never be paid back. They will either be defaulted on or inflated away with more paper money magic to enrich the banksters and impoverish everyone else. Our entire system is based on stealing from our grandchildren and [...]
“Many fear any major overhaul of U.S. housing finance will slam a still tottering housing market. If America scraps its current system tomorrow, that’s what will happen. At a minimum, removing the government subsidy should nudge mortgage interest rates higher, potentially knocking home prices down further.” — Adriana Barnes (1) The treasury department released a [...]
Little Press: Andrew Mitchell, an analyst with Charles Stanley Securities, predicted the deals signalled a new wave of consolidation in the sector. He described the Deutsche/NYSE tie-up as “a much more substantial beast,” and added: “The consensus is that we will end up with a handful of global exchanges.” Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, the [...]
“AUSTRALIA will face ”significantly” bleaker economic prospects when the resources boom ends unless it reverses a damaging slump in productivity, a new report has found.” To avoid this fate, the report from the Grattan Institute calls on the government to revive the economic reform agenda, with a focus on better training and promoting innovation. If [...]
“Not only did their stimulus fail to create the jobs of tomorrow, it also failed to protect the jobs of today,” Scott Brison, the opposition Liberal Party’s spokesman for finance issues, said by telephone. “Most of us were shaking our heads in disbelief early last year with the size of the employment growth,” said Douglas [...]
“Inflation has exhausted people. Prices of food, fuel, electricity, sugar are rising. The rich get richer and the poor poorer,” said a Cairo taxi-driver, declining to be named. “God knows what will happen today. After Tunisia anything is possible.” The Egyptian capital Cairo was the scene of violent chaos Friday, when tens of thousands of [...]
““We want regulation of primary commodity financial markets,” Sarkozy said in a speech in Paris overnight. “How can you explain that we regulate money markets and not commodities?” Without action, he warned “we run the risk of food riots in the poorest countries and a very unfavourable effect on global economic growth” — Sarkozy French [...]
“This is obviously very worrying, just at a time before the VAT increase hits so this looks awfully like the UK is headed back to double-dip,” Blanchflower told CNBC. “I think people have underestimated the sheer size of this shock,” he said. Britain’s “awful” gross domestic product figure for the fourth quarter is pushing the [...]
“at 6.72 percent the cost of borrowing remains high, and with bonds being traded at nearly 7 percent in the secondary market there is little sign investors are convinced Portugal can avoid following Greece and Ireland and asking for a bailout.” — Nia Williams and William James, Reuters (1) Portugal faces a struggle to persuade [...]
“China, in bailing out Europe, is asking for its goods to be allowed in without barriers .. We hope that the EU will relax restrictions on high-tech exports to China … and develop trade relations that are balanced and sustainable,” Mr. Li wrote in an op-ed titled, “China will be more open to the world” [...]
“The fuel price hike – which protesters were calling the “gasolinazo” – caused the cost of transport to soar, and pushed all food prices up.” — BBC News Bolivian President Evo Morales has rescinded a decree which raised fuel prices by more than 70% and sparked civil unrest. Mr Morales reversed the price rises introduced [...]
“Canadians are reflecting, rightly, that the job market isn’t as good as it was when times were good and they say ‘we’re in recession’ because of that, where economists say ‘we’re in recovery’ because we’re not as bad as we were during the recession.” — Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC How is the recession [...]
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