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Poland’s Immoral Refugee Policy

Posted by hkarner - 27. Juni 2017

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When Everything Is Expensive, Not Investing Is a Great Option

Posted by hkarner - 27. Juni 2017

Date: 26-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Stocks are at record highs and bond yields exceedingly low. It is time to hoard cash for the next buying opportunity.

In a world where many markets look expensive, putting cash to work is hard. Simply hanging on to more of it might be a good idea.

That is particularly the case after the first half of 2017 has delivered good results across the board. Most strikingly, both bonds and stocks are up. The MSCI World index of developed-market stocks is up 9.7% so far this year, while long-dated bonds are also partying, with the 30-year Treasury yield falling around 0.25 percentage point to just 2.73%, boosting prices. Corporate-bond yield spreads are back to their tightest levels since the global financial crisis. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore

Posted by hkarner - 27. Juni 2017

Date: 26-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Siri will be the conductor of a suite of devices, all tracking your interactions and anticipating your next moves

It’s 2027, and you’re walking down the street, confident you’ll arrive at your destination even though you don’t know where it is. You may not even remember why your device is telling you to go there.

There’s a voice in your ear giving you turn-by-turn directions and, in between, prepping you for this meeting. Oh, right, you’re supposed to be interviewing a dog whisperer for your pet-psychiatry business. You arrive at the coffee shop, look around quizzically, and a woman you don’t recognize approaches. A display only you can see highlights her face and prints her name next to it in crisp block lettering, Terminator-style. Afterward, you’ll get an automatically generated transcript of everything the two of you said. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Pure Class Warfare, With Extra Contempt

Posted by hkarner - 26. Juni 2017

In this sense – and in only this sense – what we’re seeing now is a departure from previous Republican practice.

In the past, laws that would take from the poor and working class while giving to the rich came with excuses. Tax cuts, their sponsors declared, would unleash market dynamism and make everyone more prosperous. Deregulation would increase efficiency and lower prices. It was all voodoo; the promises never came true. But at least there was some pretense of working for the common good.

Now we have none of this. This bill does nothing to reduce health care costs. It does nothing to improve the functioning of health insurance markets – in fact, it will send them into death spirals by reducing subsidies and eliminating the individual mandate. There is nothing at all in the bill that will make health care more affordable for those currently having trouble paying for it. And it will gradually squeeze Medicaid, eventually destroying any possibility of insurance for millions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Die eigentumslose Gesellschaft – von Marx zum neoliberalen Regime

Posted by hkarner - 26. Juni 2017

Gero Jenner, 25/6

Marx hat sie gewollt – der Neoliberalismus hat sie verwirklicht: die eigentumslose Gesellschaft. Allerdings ist der Begriff in sich widersprüchlich. Irgendjemand besitzt immer die Verfügungsgewalt über die physische Umwelt, d.h. den Boden, die Häuser, die Büros, Werkstätten, Fabriken, ja selbst über Flüsse, Seen und jeden einzeln Quadratmeter Wald. Mit anderen Worten: Irgendjemand ist immer Eigentümer. In diesem Sinne gibt es keine eigentumslose Gesellschaft. Der Begriff beruht auf Täuschung.

Im real existierenden Sozialismus

lag das Eigentum und damit die Verfügungsgewalt in der Hand des Kollektivs – so jedenfalls bestimmte es die Theorie. In der Praxis lag beides in den Händen einer Nomenklatura, die an die Theorie von Marx, Engels, Lenin oder Mao glaubte. Da Verfügungsgewalt und Eigentum den eigentlichen Quell aller Macht darstellen, lag die Macht also keineswegs bei der eigentumslosen Mehrheit – die bekam die Fünfjahrespläne von oben diktiert -; sie lag de facto bei einer verschwindenden Minderheit, die über das Eigentum konkret verfügte und sich, ganz wie in den früheren Feudalsystemen, das Recht anmaßte, anstelle der Mehrheit und über deren Los zu entscheiden. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Aufsichtsjobs: Finanzminister schreibt FMA-Vorstand aus

Posted by hkarner - 25. Juni 2017

Renate Graber, 24. Juni 2017, 15:27 derstandard.at

Die Verträge der amtierenden Chefs Ettl und Kumpfmüller laufen im nächsten Jahr aus – dem Vernehmen nach wollen sie sich erneut bewerben

Wien – Nächstes Jahr laufen die Verträge der beiden Chefs der Finanzmarktaufsichtsbehörde FMA, Helmut Ettl und Klaus Kumpfmüller, aus. Die Nachbesetzung der Posten könnte sich theoretisch noch in der derzeitigen Regierungskonstellation ausgehen, denn: Am Samstag wurden die Posten vom Finanzministerium im Amtsblatt der Wiener Zeitung ausgeschrieben, die Bewerbungsfrist läuft bis 24. Juli. Wie zu hören ist, wollen sich der 51-jährige Exnotenbanker Ettl (er ist der SPÖ zuzurechnen) und der der ÖVP zuzurechnende 47-jährige Exbanker Kumpfmüller (Raiffeisenlandesbank und Hypo OÖ, später Bundesfinanzierungsagentur sowie einst im Kabinett der damaligen Wirtschaftsstaatssekretärin Maria Fekter) bewerben und ihre Verträge verlängern. Die Funktionsperiode beträgt fünf Jahre.

Neue Rahmenbedingungen

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The Brexit Vote, One Year Later

Posted by hkarner - 25. Juni 2017

An excellent analysis! (hfk)

Date: 23-06-2017
Source: Foreign Affairs By Stephen G. Gross

The Historical Roots of the Decision to Leave the EU

On June 23, 2016, citizens in the United Kingdom voted 52 to 48 percent to leave
the European Union, sending shockwaves around the world and raising concerns about a new type of populism on both sides of the Atlantic. The common explanation of Brexit presents it as a revolt by the losers of globalization. As the international movement of goods, capital, ideas, and people has intensified, this argument runs, the latter shaped the referendum results most profoundly. The intra-European flow of migrants from east to west, combined with the potential for an influx of refugees in 2015, convinced many British citizens that they stood on the losing end of a globalized, borderless Europe.

Although this story captures important dynamics, it misses crucial historical developments that influenced British leaders’ decision to hold the referendum, as well as its outcome. Four trends converged to lead the United Kingdom to split with the EU: a divergence between the United Kingdom and the continent about the meaning of the European project and the nature of sovereignty; a gradual estrangement of British political parties from the public; the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis; and Brussels’ lackluster management of the EU’s problems. These developments help explain why the message of Leave resonated and that of Remain proved counterproductive. They reveal, moreover, just how fragile and elite-driven the European project remains. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 25. Juni 2017

Date: 24-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Macron’s EU Agenda Meets Stiff Resistance

Opposition to French president’s push to screen foreign investments highlights divisions, reform challenges

BRUSSELS—French President Emmanuel Macron’s bid to revitalize the European Union is bumping into longstanding divisions over trade, with countries that depend on Chinese cash resisting his push to scrutinize foreign investments.

Following Mr. Macron electoral victories on a pro-European platform, he received a warm welcome at his first EU summit in Brussels. His ambitious agenda, however, quickly got bogged down as some EU governments attacked Mr. Macron’s proposal to screen the flow of global capital into Europe.

“Poland will protest against protectionist measures,” Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said Friday, as the two-day gathering of EU leaders ended.

The French president also drew ire for implying Eastern European countries were treating the bloc like a “supermarket” by tapping its benefits without upholding its democratic values. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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U.K.’s Euro Clearing Business at Risk as ECB Requests More Powers

Posted by hkarner - 25. Juni 2017

With another stupid statement by Mr. Kern. Full Elder (= Vollholler) (hfk)

Date: 24-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Brexit raises questions about whether big U.K.-based clearing houses should move elsewhere within the EU

A view of the City of London financial district. London-based clearinghouses clear around 90% of the euro-denominated interest rate swaps of euro area banks, and 40% of their euro-denominated credit default swaps, according to ECB estimates.

FRANKFURT—The European Central Bank lodged a formal request for greater powers to supervise euro-denominated clearing, stepping up a tug of war between European Union authorities and Britain over the future of the lucrative business line after Brexit.

Britain’s departure from the EU has rekindled a debate about whether big U.K.-based clearing houses should decamp within the bloc, given the importance of their activities for the stability of eurozone financial markets.

The ECB said on Friday it had lodged a request with EU authorities for changes to its statute that would allow it to exercise “a clear legal competence in the area of central clearing.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EZB: Italienische Krisenbanken sollen abgewickelt werden

Posted by hkarner - 24. Juni 2017

23. Juni 2017, 22:57 derstandard.at

Bedingungen für eine Rettung seien nicht gegeben

Frankfurt/Rom – Die zwei kleineren italienischen Krisenbanken Banca Popolare di Vicenza und Veneto Banca sollen laut der Europäischen Zentralbank (EZB) nach italienischem Insolvenzrecht abgewickelt werden. Die Bedingungen für eine Rettung seien nicht gegeben, teilte die Zentralbank am Freitagabend mit. Grund sei mangelndes Kapital. Die europäische Bankenabwicklungsbehörde SRB (Single Resolution Board) habe entschieden, dass die Rettungsbedingungen nicht gegeben seien, hieß es weiter. Die italienische Regierung werde Maßnahmen unter anderem zum Schutz von Kontoinhabern ergreifen, teilte das italienische Finanzministerium mit. Auch die EU-Kommission erklärte am Abend, dass sie im Gespräch mit Italien über die Banken sei.

Sechs Milliarden Euro benötigt

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