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Thumbs Down to Facebook’s Cryptocurrency

Posted by hkarner - 3. Juli 2019

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is University Professor at Columbia University and Chief Economist at the Roosevelt Institute. He is the author, most recently, of People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent (W.W. Norton and Allen Lane).

Only a fool would trust Facebook with his or her financial wellbeing. But maybe that’s the point: with so much personal data on some 2.4 billion monthly active users, who knows better than Facebook just how many suckers are born every minute?

NEW YORK – Facebook and some of its corporate allies have decided that what the world really needs is another cryptocurrency, and that launching one is the best way to use the vast talents at their disposal. The fact that Facebook thinks so reveals much about what is wrong with twenty-first-century American capitalism.

In some ways, it’s a curious time to be launching an alternative currency. In the past, the main complaint about traditional currencies was their instability, with rapid and uncertain inflation making them a poor store of value. But the dollar, the euro, the yen, and the renminbi have all been remarkably stable. If anything, the worry today is about deflation, not inflation.The world has also made progress on financial transparency, making it more difficult for the banking system to be used to launder money and for other nefarious activities. And technology has enabled us to complete transactions efficiently, moving money from customers’ accounts into those of retailers in nanoseconds, with remarkably good fraud protection. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The ECB Needs New Inflation Rules

Posted by hkarner - 3. Juli 2019

Michael Heise

Michael Heise is Chief Economist of Allianz SE and the author of Emerging From the Euro Debt Crisis: Making the Single Currency Work.

The European Central Bank has consistently undershot its inflation objective of “close to, but below 2%” for over a decade, potentially threatening its credibility. To maintain credibility, the ECB should adopt a two-pronged strategy focusing on a medium-term inflation target and systematically smoothing financial cycles.

MUNICH – The upcoming change of leadership at the European Central Bank represents an opportunity – if not an obligation – to review the Bank’s policy framework. The ECB can take credit for major achievements during Mario Draghi’s presidency – most importantly, stabilizing the eurozone during the 2007-08 global financial crisis and ending speculation about the possible breakup of the single currency during the sovereign-debt crisis in 2012. But the ECB’s strategy of steering consumer-price inflation has been much less successful.

The ECB’s policies regarding inflation have had some powerful side effects – including increased risk-taking, skewed capital allocation, rising inequality, and growing pension gaps. Yet annual inflation has undershot the bank’s objective of “close to, but below 2%” for over a decade, and has averaged only 1.2% since the financial crisis. To bolster its credibility on inflation in today’s uncertain policymaking environment, the ECB should adjust its rules and adopt a more flexible approach.The impact of monetary policy on economic activity and inflation has been hotly debated ever since John Maynard Keynes published The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money in 1936. Although there have always been cracks in the transmission of such policies to the real economy and prices, the financial crisis and its aftermath exposed major ruptures. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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In Praise of Demographic Decline

Posted by hkarner - 3. Juli 2019

Adair Turner, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and former Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority, is Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission. His latest book is Between Debt and the Devil.

Our expanding ability to automate human work across all sectors – agriculture, industry, and services – makes an ever-growing workforce increasingly irrelevant to improvements in human welfare. That’s good news for most of the world, but not for Africa.

LONDON – Every two years, the United Nations issues its latest estimate of future population trends. Its 2019 projection reveals a stark divide. Across all of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, population stability has already been achieved or soon will be, with the median projection suggesting an increase from 6.4 billion today to 6.5 billion in 2100, a rise of just 2%. By contrast, the UN projects that Africa’s population will soar from 1.34 billion to 4.28 billion.

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AI Powers ‘Self-Healing’ Technology

Posted by hkarner - 3. Juli 2019

Date: 02-07-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Organizations use artificial intelligence to automate operations as IT grows more complex

‘We wanted to look at issues that we could automate and get the human element out,’ said Adobe Chief Information Officer Cynthia Stoddard.

Companies are tapping artificial intelligence to automate the care of their operations and information-technology infrastructure, finding that AI can identify and fix problems more quickly than humans.

Called “self-healing” or “self-driving” IT, the innovation has been made possible by advanced algorithms, more data about networks and IT infrastructure, and increased computing power. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EU-Banken fehlen 135 Milliarden Euro für neue Kapitalregeln

Posted by hkarner - 3. Juli 2019

Gelder fehlen fast nur Großbanken

Die EBA spricht von einer Kapitallücke.

Frankfurt – Banken in der EU brauchen nach einer Studie der EU-Bankenbehörde EBA 135 Mrd. Euro, um die künftigen Kapitalvorschriften zu erfüllen. Die vollständige Umsetzung der sogenannten Basel-III-Regeln würde die Mindestkapital-Anforderungen um 24,4 Prozent erhöhen, erklärte die EBA am Dienstag.

Die Kapitallücke trifft fast nur Großbanken, die weltweit aktiv sind. Von den 135 Milliarden Euro entfielen nur 0,9 Milliarden auf mittelgroße Geldhäuser und 0,1 Milliarden auf kleinere Institute.

Neue Kapitalvorschriften

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