Capital Controls Against FDI in Aviation: An Example of Bad Governance in India

May 4th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Ajay Shah, Anirudh Burman and Arjun Rajagopal, Ajay Shah's Blog

FDI in aviation was liberalised by the Reserve Bank of India on September 21, 2012 through a change in the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 (link). Following that change, private players began putting together a number of complex transactions between Indian and foreign companies such as Jet-Etihad, AirAsia-Tata, and Tata-Singapore Airlines.

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Widen THE GAP? See How Australia Plans To Do It

May 4th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Rodger Malcolm Mitchell, www.nofica.com

THE GAP actually is a series of income/wealth gaps between the very rich, the rich, the not-so-rich and down the line to the very poor.

Every income/wealth group wants the gaps below them to widen and the gaps above them to narrow. For the very rich, all gaps are below them, so general gap widening is the goal.

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U.S. Economy to Enter Recession in Next 12 Months or Less

May 3rd, 2014
in Op Ed

by Michael Lombardi, Profit Confidential

An economy is said to be technically in a recession when it experiences two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

The biggest portion of the U.S. GDP calculation is consumer spending; then comes investments, government spending, and, finally, net of exports. By far, consumer spending is the biggest factor in calculating GDP. All you need is a slight decline in consumer spending for GDP to fall.

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Mosler Comments on Wolf

May 3rd, 2014
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

There is a nice comment by Warren Mosler on an FT article by Martin Wolf. You can see very clearly the differences in thinking. I side with Warren Mosler, who is correct to point out mainly that deficit spending by the public sector is an available way out for those countries that have a sovereign currency (not the euro zone).

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Want to Fix Income/Wealth Inequality? Here's How

May 2nd, 2014
in Op Ed

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

There is nothing fancy about these three solutions.

I have covered rising income/wealth inequality for many years in dozens of entries. Since Thomas Piketty's new book has catapulted the topic into the media spotlight, it's a good time to list solutions that go deeper than Piketty's proposed global wealth tax - a proposal he characterizes as utopian.

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