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Creating an Economy That’s ‘Built to Last’

Geschrieben von hkarner - 27. Januar 2012

Date: 27-01-2012
Source: BUSINESSWEEK By James Dyson

Obama wants America to get back to the business of making things. That means developing skilled workers at home while taking a global view

President Obama is right: America’s long-term success hinges on its ability to invent technology the world wants. It seems simple, but getting America back in the business of making things isn’t. It’s a global process. An idea born in Silicon Valley could be engineered in Switzerland, tested in China, and assembled in Taiwan. A stimulus to boost manufacturing may help the U.S. economy in the short term, but reinvigorating postwar-style production or space-race ingenuity is impossible without an increasingly capable workforce. Business demands it. And without it, long-term success will remain elusive.

These days manufacturing extends far beyond the assembly line. It’s about inventing and solving problems: researching, testing, and experimenting with ideas and technology. The development of new products more and more defies borders. It’s impossible to make electronic goods exclusively on U.S. or U.K. soil—the supplier base, infrastructure, and often the expertise needed to produce everything from electric cars to solar panels is dispersed.
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Cameron really knows how to annoy Germany

Geschrieben von hkarner - 27. Januar 2012

Date: 27-01-2012
Source: The Financial Times
Subject: Cameron rebukes euro leaders over crisis

David Cameron has delivered a firm rebuke to Germany at the World Economic Forum, calling on Berlin to contribute significantly more resources and guarantees to help solve the eurozone crisis.

The British prime minister stressed on Thursday that although progress had been made, particularly with the European Central Bank’s funding of the European banking system, policymakers were still far from finding a solution to the underlying problems of the crisis. He criticised eurozone leaders for being distracted by other issues, such as the introduction of a financial transaction tax – an initiative he described as “quite simply madness”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Banks Face Bind Over Cash Pile

Geschrieben von hkarner - 27. Januar 2012

Date: 27-01-2012
Source: The Wall Street Journal

DAVOS, Switzerland—After receiving nearly half a trillion euros in cheap loans from the European Central Bank last month, the Continent’s banks face a dilemma: to invest the money in lucrative but potentially risky government bonds or hoard the cash at a loss.

The choice reflects the uncertainty surrounding Europe’s financial system at a time when dark clouds continue to hover over the euro-zone economy and its common currency. Regardless of whether banks use the money to buy bonds or simply stash it at the central bank for safekeeping, consumers and businesses are unlikely to see much of the funds pumped back into the economy in the form of loans.

The ECB in December extended about €489 billion ($640.88 billion) in three-year loans to hundreds of banks that operate in the euro zone. The loan program was primarily designed to fend off a potential cash crunch. European banks face hundreds of billions of euros of debt coming due this year and, with funding markets shut to all but the strongest institutions, some banks faced the prospect of serious liquidity problems.

Bankers and government officials gathered in Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum are virtually unanimous that the ECB’s loans have eliminated such fears, at least for now. And the ECB is poised at the end of February to offer banks another chance to take out the loans. Bankers and analysts expect them to borrow hundreds of billions more. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Shining Star of Europe?

Geschrieben von hkarner - 27. Januar 2012

Author: David Beckworth · January 25th, 2012 ·RGE EconoMonitor

Fareed Zakaria points us to what may be the shinning star of Europe:

[P]erhaps the biggest reason for poverty-stricken nations like Egypt to pay close attention to Poland is that it is a very rare breed in today’s world, especially in Europe. Poland has a strong economy – the sixth biggest in the European Union now and the only European Union country to avoid a recession altogether. None of its banks needed to be rescued. Its economy grew 4% last year, and is on track to grow 3% in 2012. Why, you’ll ask. How did it survive the turmoil in the Euro Zone? One answer is that it has strong domestic demand and has been pouring money into infrastructure projects. But the real – and fortuitous – reason is that Poland has yet to be allowed in to the Euro Zone – it continues to use zlotys instead of the euro. So unlike Greece or Italy, it was able to devalue its currency to stay competitive.

I know that last part will leave some of my hard money readers in angst, so think of it this way. Poland has been able to stabilize domestic demand by adjusting its monetary policy accordingly. The Eurozone periphery has not been able to do this and paid dearly as seen below: Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Financial Crises 1810-2010

Geschrieben von hkarner - 27. Januar 2012

A new graphic from HistoryShots, based on Reinhart & Rogoff’s well researched book: This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. The top half of the chart maps financial crises in terms of GDP affected, while the bottom indicates number of sovereign defaults.

http://www.historyshots.com/viewzoom.cfm?loc=FinancialCrisis

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Economic Indicators Dashboard: What’s the state of the US economy?

Geschrieben von hkarner - 27. Januar 2012

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