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The Greeks Giving Economists Nightmares

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The Greeks Giving Economists Nightmares

Posted on 05 November 2012 by Bill Bonner

We’ve been meaning to tell you why economists and policy makers were jackasses. We can’t remember what we intended, but this blank is easy to fill in.

Let’s begin by looking at an economic disaster area: Greece. It has a per-capita GDP of about $29,000 compared to nearly twice as much for the US. One out of four Greeks is unemployed. Half of young people are jobless. And the country is broke. Only the kindness of strangers in France and Germany keeps the lights on.

An economist would use a technical term to describe it – “basket case”.

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A Spanish Bail Out is Coming

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A Spanish Bail Out is Coming

Posted on 24 September 2012 by MoneyMorning

Markets are getting edgy again.

The initial burst of euphoria over the latest bout of quantitative easing is starting to wear off. And investors are starting to get jittery about Europe again.

Why? Hasn’t Mario Draghi saved the eurozone?

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Buy After the Bubble Bursts

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Buy After the Bubble Bursts

Posted on 17 September 2012 by MoneyMorning

Most economists will tell you that markets are always ‘efficient’. This means that current prices perfectly reflect all the information out there. It also means that unless you have some special knowledge that no one else is party to, you can’t beat them.

However, in the real world, that’s not how things work. While markets generally work well – or at least, better than any other system for allocating resources – they are sometimes prone to the same flaws and foibles as the humans who run them.

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What Does the Future Hold for the Greek Economy? …Ask the Argentinians

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What Does the Future Hold for the Greek Economy? …Ask the Argentinians

Posted on 23 February 2012 by MoneyMorning

The Greek debt crisis is on every front page. Behind many of the headlines is an assumption that a Greek default and exit from the euro would be an unprecedented, unthinkable disaster.

However, Athens’ problems are hardly unique. Little more than a decade ago, Argentina’s economy went through a similar process.

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Why the Australian Economy is Much Weaker than the RBA Thinks

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Why the Australian Economy is Much Weaker than the RBA Thinks

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Greg Canavan

Greece continues to dominate the news. Stock markets around the world are either up or down based on news flow out of the troubled country.

It’s now beyond absurdity. Officials continue to apply a band-aid to a gaping flesh wound expecting the flow of blood to stop. It won’t. Greece is bleeding heavily. The ‘troika’s’ austerity measures are not working. Recent data revealed that in the final quarter of 2011 the Greek economy contracted at 7 per cent annual rate. That makes the debt situation much worse.

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Aussie Implications From a Greek Default

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Aussie Implications From a Greek Default

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Dan Denning

It took awhile, but are the wheels finally coming off in Europe? Last year, I figured either a Greek default or an Italian default on government debt was a certainty. It didn’t happen. But it may happen this year. And it may happen soon. What should you do before it does?

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Why Australia Should Take Note of Greece

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Why Australia Should Take Note of Greece

Posted on 15 February 2010 by Kris Sayce

We noticed with amusement Emperor Ken Henry’s statement that: “What people have called the global financial crisis, that has passed, I think it’s safe to say.”

It’s pretty easy to say that when you’re a career leach. Sorry, we mean public servant… No, actually, we do mean ‘leach’ after all.

On reading those words from Emperor Henry, it rather reminded us of this moment back in 2003:

“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed… [Applause, whooping and hollering] And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.”

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