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“The Monetary Theory of the Great Depression is incorrect, however. Consequently, the Fed’s Quantitative Easing policy is more likely to exacerbate than resolve the global crisis,” Duncan argued in an article. “The Great Depression was caused by the inability of the private sector to repay the debt it incurred during the Roaring Twenties, just as [...]
“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 — BBC News Bolivian President Evo Morales has rescinded a decree which raised fuel prices by more than 70% and sparked civil unrest.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 [...]
“To me, there looks like some sort of tacit global agreement for nations outside of the euro zone to assist in the refunding of nations within the euro zone,” said Andrew Busch, global currency and public policy strategist with Bank of Montreal’s investment arm in Chicago. “Without question. there’s a lot of discussion about this.” [...]
“What they were doing was peddling these mortgages and leaving the paperwork behind,” said Michael Pill, a real estate partner at Green, Miles, Lipton & Fitz-Gibbon LLP in Northampton, Massachusetts who is not involved in the case.The Massachusetts court rejected a request by the banks to apply the decision only in future cases, leaving homeowners [...]
“Home values have fallen 26 percent since their peak in June 2006, worse than the 25.9-percent decline seen during the Depression years between 1928 and 1933, Zillow reported.” The whole economy is in a depression, if you take out the unemployment benefits and the student loan program. Realize the first depression didn’t have 5 trillion [...]
“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 [...]
“Greece cannot take it any more. These are tough times for us. Our economy is in recession. We have unemployment and serious problems. Greece cannot become the promised land for those who want to leave their countries and come to Europe.” Greek Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis told lawmakers in Athens on Friday. The U.N. [...]
“Never in our history has Congress failed to increase the debt limit when necessary. Failure to raise the limit would precipitate a default by the United States. Default would effectively impose a significant and long-lasting tax on all Americans and all American businesses and could lead to the loss of millions of American jobs. Even [...]
“Quantitative easing is designed to bail out the federal debt, but it may presage Weimar.Dr. Hulsmann discusses the evils of central banking and fractional reserves, the blessings of deflation, and how Austrian economists are making vast progress.” Lew Rockwell interviews Jorg Guido Hülsmann. Jörg Guido Hülsmann (born May 18, 1966) is a German economist and [...]
“Oil is one of the most important inputs to the economy. If the oil prices go up much higher than what we have been seeing in the markets, this would mean that the budget of the households in terms of more expenditure for traveling or for other energy purposes, this would mean that their income [...]
“Hungary, Poland, and three other nations take over citizens’ pension money to make up government budget shortfalls. The article goes on to detail other pension grabs in Bulgaria, Poland, France and Ireland. Obviously, this is a cautionary tale for America. If fiscal austerity becomes a real issue in the U.S. the way that it’s been [...]
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