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What We Read Today 11 June 2015

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Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world






  • This chart should terrify Russia's neighbors (Vox)  Why should Russian neighbors who belong to NATO be worried?  After all NATO is much bigger and more powerful than Russia.  But maybe not willing - see graph below.  Also, the roots of the Ukrainian crisis go far beyoind the question of Russian interference, as shown in the video below.  Econintersect:  Are we headed for a separation into Ukraine and East Ukraine?



Three charts that show Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out (The Independent)  This year Iceland will become the first European country to exceed its pre-crisis peak of economic output.  Iceland imprisoned their bank executives for market manipulation and let the banks themselves go bankrupt.




Other Economics and Business Items of Note and Miscellanea

  • Calling the Turns: Why Market Timing Is So Hard (Research Affiliates)  Investment managers’ underperformance relative to their benchmark generally results from unfortunate decisions in one or more of three areas: market timing, sector weighting or factor exposures, and stock selection.  All three are seldom right at the same time.
  • Euler’s Theorem Denialism (Paul Romer)  This is difficult to read if your are not deep into the weeds of the discussion.  But the essential point that Romer makes in the various works that he criticizes is they are equivalent to using perpetual motion machines.  In at least one case Romer discusses the authors actually state they assume a perpetual motion machine.  How can one assume the impossible and then logically move to discuss the real world?  Only in economic modeling, it seems.

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