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Hungary’s Economic Correction Still Fails to Convince

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

Edward Hugh

Dec 29, 2009 1:22PM

“Hungary’s potential economic growth should be 2 percentage points over the corresponding EU figure in order to ensure convergence”. Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, speaking in London in October

Two contrasting pieces of news about Hungary’s economic plight have caught my eye over the last week. In the first place, and in an evident sign of the times, retail sales reportedly fell at their fastest annual rate in over ten years in October, whilst secondly, and more surprisingly, I learnt that Hungary’s economic-sentiment index rose to its highest level since October last year, when the gale force wind sent by the fall of Lehman Brothers engulfed the country. How can this be, I thought? These two pieces of information would, at least on the surface, seem to be pretty contractictory, with the former suggesting the deepest recession in living memory is getting even worse, while the latter seems to add backing to government claims that the worst is now behind them.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Quantifying Eurozone Imbalances and the Internal Devaluation of Greece and Spain

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

Dec 28, 2009 6:00PM

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Churchill 1942 

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The Fairness of Financial Rescue

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

Mark Thoma

Dec 29, 2009 5:45PM
Brad DeLong says the undesirable act of bailing out those who helped to cause the financial crisis is justified by the greater good that came from this policy, but the public does not see it that way: 

The Fairness of Financial Rescue, by J. Bradford DeLong, Commentary, Project Syndicate: Perhaps the best way to view a financial crisis is to look at it as a collapse in the risk tolerance of investors in private financial markets. … [W]hen the risk tolerance of the market crashes, so do prices of risky financial assets. … This crash in prices of risky financial assets would not overly concern the rest of us were it not for the havoc that it has wrought on the price system… The price system is saying: shut down risky production activities and don’t undertake any new activities that might be risky.

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Lost Decade for Stocks

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

Dec 28, 2009 6:59PM

Why were the aughts so nasty for stocks?

The U.S. ended the decade more or less where it began in terms of total employment.  
 
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Source: FRED.

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The Dollar Bubble – Preparing Americans for Hyperinflation

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

Outstanding Video from Lebed.biz.

Most Americans have been brainwashed into believing the financial collapse of October 2008 through March 2009 was a once in a lifetime panic and now the worst is behind us and our economy is getting back to “normal”. 

Unfortunately, they don’t know what normal is… because they have been living inside of a bubble, The Dollar Bubble, which is getting ready to burst and when it does, the whole economic system will collapse and come to an end.

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Poland’s Economy Stands Out from Regional Peers: Explaining the Outperformance

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

  • Poland stands out as the only EU economy to avert recession in 2009. The economy’s resilience in the face of the global crisis is attributed to a number of factors, ranging from a flexible exchange rate to smaller pre-crisis external imbalances, as well as a lower export-to-GDP ratio than most CEE peers.

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Eastern Europe: How High Could NPLs Rise?

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

Analysis of financial health indicators shows that Eastern European banks are generally well-capitalized. In recent years, the share of non-performing loans (NPLs) in total loans ranged between 2% and 4% in most new member states. Nevertheless, NPLs are now spiking in most CEE countries, amid economic downturns and falling property prices. Most analysts do not expect NPLs to peak until mid-2010 at the earliest.

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PMI Shows Continued Expansion of Chinese Manufacturing

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2010

  • Data collected by the Chinese Federation of Labor (CFL) showed the PMI strengthened to 56.6 in December from 55.2 in October and November 2009. This marks the tenth month above the 50 threshold that indicates expansion, following a bottoming out of the index at a level of 38.8 in November 2008. All but two of the 11 subindices showed improvement, with output and new orders above 61%. This follows a plateau in the previous month when some sub-indices showed declines. CFL data are thought to do a particularly good job capturing trends among state-owned companies. (Li & Fung, 01/01/10)

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