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Out With the Old in the With the New Debt

November 27th, 2013
in Op Ed

by The Mogambo Guru,  dailyreckoning.com

Gearing up for Thanksgiving dinner, I am not going to be caught interpersonally unprepared this year, and am compiling some handy notes that I can use in the inevitable awkward family conversations, such as somebody remarking, "Boy! There are some good smells coming out of the kitchen!"

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America: Be Thankful to Our Founding Fathers

November 27th, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

Tomorrow (November 28, 2013) is "Thanksgiving" in the U.S. Aside from having a family get-together, turkey, and watching football, what do you do? Thinking about and thanking anybody and everybody in your mind, right?

I'd like to thank our founding fathers, with a remainder that all Americans should be thankful to them, as we owe them everything ...

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Fairy Tale Time: Fiscal Crises and the Role of Monetary Policy

November 26th, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

Here is the first half of the abstract of a new NBER paper (downloadable here) by David Greenlaw, James D. Hamilton, Peter Hooper, Frederic S. Mishkin:

Countries with high debt loads are vulnerable to an adverse feedback loop in which doubts by lenders lead to higher sovereign interest rates which in turn make the debt problems more severe. We analyze the recent experience of advanced economies using both econometric methods and case studies and conclude that countries with debt above 80% of GDP and persistent current-account deficits are vulnerable to a rapid fiscal deterioration as a result of these tipping-point dynamics.

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Why Doesn’t the Government Use Its Mass Surveillance to Bust the Big Criminals … the Banksters?

November 26th, 2013
in Op Ed

by Washington's Blog, Washington's Blog

If the Government Is Going to Spy ... Why Doesn't It Do Something Useful?

The big banks have committed massive crimes and manipulated virtually every market.

The failure to prosecute fraud is preventing a sustainable economic recovery.

As such, prosecuting Wall Street fraud is arguably an issue of national security.

The government is collecting everything ... and spying on just about everything we do.

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Asmussen still optimistic about euro zone inflation

November 25th, 2013
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

As Reuters reports, European Central Bank Executive Board member Jörg Asmussen is still optimistic that the ECB can cause inflation to rise:

"If the situation in inflation requires it, we can act again and one of the possible measures would be to (introduce a) ... negative deposit rate," Asmussen told Austrian broadcaster ORF. He would be "very, very careful" in deploying this tool but did not want to rule it out completely.

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