The Stingy News Weekly (08/30/2015)
"Still, such steps may do little more than keep zombie companies alive - to the detriment of the overall economy. By pumping up growth with fresh credit and stimulus, the government might temporarily revive some factories, but also exacerbate the economy's problems of excess capacity and high debt." [World]
"It is entirely plausible that the shaking of investor complacency in recent days will, despite intermittent rebounds, take the market down significantly and within a year or two restore CAPE ratios to historical averages." [Shiller]
Should the Fed tighten?
"If I were at the Fed, I would consider a 'dare' quarter point increase just to show the world that zero short rates are not considered necessary for prosperity and stability." [Economy]
Mom and Pop win one
"Here's a bit of role reversal for you: Mom and Pop were content to ride out the market's volatility this past month, more or less sitting tight. Meanwhile, the pros were driven to the point of near panic." [Markets]
High failure rates
"More than 270 researchers from around the world came together to replicate 100 recent findings from top psychology journals. By one measure, only 36 percent showed results that were consistent with the original findings. In other words, many more than half of the replications failed." [Academia]
We still have a buck in the till
"There will be failures among energy producers, and that could include nations. Failures with each will be temporary as debts get worked through/compromised and new management takes over, and high cost supply gets shut down. The question is: who will fail and who won't." [Debt]
Hyperinflation in Venezuela
"Venezuela is preparing to issue bank notes in higher denominations next year as rampant inflation reduces the value of a 100-bolivar bill to just 14 cents on the black market." [World]
How silver wrecked China
"In the Great Depression, China found itself vulnerable to the price of silver, thanks to the misguided moves of U.S. policy makers." [World]
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