Category Archives: Eurozone

Investing in a Dangerous World

Introduction The Federal Reserve’s low-interest rate policy has eliminated the retirement income of many. What to do? I don’t believe in picking stocks. I take to heart the hypothesis of Paul Samuelson that new information on companies is almost instantly … Continue reading

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Greece and the Eurozone: An Update

Introduction From reading the media, one gets the impression that bailing out its banks is the most serious economic problem the Eurozone faces. This problem could easily be avoided. As I have explained elsewhere, not allowing banks to sell off … Continue reading

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Greece Is Not The Only Country Facing Severe Economic Challenges…

Introduction The media is doing a more than adequate job of covering the futile dance between the Eurozone “leaders” and Greece. But Greece is not the only country facing fundamental economic challenges. This article identifies other countries in the most … Continue reading

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Things Are Looking Up for the Eurozone? Looking at Aggregates Is a Mistake

Introduction We often talk of the Eurozone as a single entity: “the Eurozone grew by…; the unemployment rate fell by….” The Eurozone should not be viewed as a single economic entity. It is a group of quite disparate economies tied … Continue reading

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The Three Most Dangerous Regions in the World

Introduction Investors should always be looking ahead and asking how foreseeable events will affect their holdings. In this article, I identify three regions where serious trouble affecting the world is most likely to occur: the Middle East; India/Pakistan, and the … Continue reading

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Austerity and Growth Perspectives: Europe, the IMF, China, and the US Part 2

          [Author’s Note – A version of this article was originally published in DW] Part 2 – China and the US Introduction Part 1 of this report highlighted the positions of the IMF and Europe on … Continue reading

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Austerity and Growth Perspectives: Europe, the IMF, China, and the US

Part 1 – Europe and the IMF  Introduction Over the last two decades, the trade-offs between more rapid economic growth and the need for governments to keep their financial houses in order has been a topic of worldwide debate. Controversy … Continue reading

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The Euro Mess Gets Messier

Introduction I have not written about problems in the Eurozone and surrounding areas since last October since nothing had changed. The Eurozone is in the process of falling apart because what I called the “weak sisters” will never be able … Continue reading

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Euro Crisis – Will German/IMF Austerity Pressures Cause an Explosion?

Introduction In earlier articles, I have talked of the “weak sisters” (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) together, arguing they will never be able to compete with Germany and other more “efficient” Eurozone countries. Of course, each weak sister is different. … Continue reading

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