Saturday, July 4, 2015

Michael Klare: Russia v. China – Washington Debates Who Should Be Public Enemy Number One

Yves here. It’s mind-boggling to think that the US is confronting China as a hostile power. We are deeply integrated with them economically, so it’s hard to see how this makes any sense. And it reveals classic American short-sightedness, since by letting them become our preferred vendor (as in exporting US jobs to them), we […]

Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket

An update on where and how tenants are being squeezed by rising rents versus stagnant to low wage growth.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/30/15

Water Cooler: All Grexit, all the time! Sanders video, Clinton’s Pinterest page, Conflicting stats, F-35 “dead meat,” Apple and the web

Greece Asks for Last Minute Deal Before Bailout Expires

So much for that referendum! Just kidding!

Will the US Keep Winning Indefinitely? With ISDS Trade Panels, That Is

The threat to regulation, democracy, and the rule of law posed by investor-state dispute settlement is very real.

Links 6/30/15

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SEC Hits Private Equity Kingpin KKR for $29 Million, Including $10 Million in Fines

The SEC has (finally) taken action against a major private equity firm, KKR, slapping it with close to $30 million in charges.

Ed Harrison: Some Thoughts on the Coming Defaults of Greece

Lambert here: This post is a 30,000-foot view of the unfolding Greek crisis, written after the Eurozone finance minister’s meeting at Riga in April, but still good, and republished, today. tl;dr: The opera ain’t over ’til the ECB sings. Ruthlessly oversimplifying one aspect of Harrison’s post, Grexit is “arduous,” because the EU is a Rube […]

Wolf Richter: Panicked Hedge Funds Now Praying for a Miracle in Greece

Hedge funds, the ultimate “smart money”, are twisting in the wind.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/29/15

Today’s Water Cooler: TPP globally, Grexit?!?!?, water, IMF paper and the Fed, tomorrow’s “leap second,” early modern print, protest

My Big Fat Greek Bank Black Hole: No Deposit Insurance

It’s hard to find an official who is comporting himself very well in the wake of the Tsipras surprise announcement of a referendum on July 5 for a then-defunct bailout offer.

Links 6/29/15

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The Standard Definition of Money is in Error

Yves here. This post is elegant in the way it challenges the standard (sloppy) definitions of money. Even if you don’t agree, it will force you to think and articulate why you don’t agree (hopefully in a rigorous manner).

Top Private Equity Reporter: CalPERS is Either Lying or Has “a Massive Breakdown in Financial Controls”

CalPERS is suffering a richly deserved hit to its reputation by virtue being too chummy with private equity general partners and thus neglecting its duties as a fiduciary.

Groundhog Day for NZ FSPs: Bryan Cook of Asia Finance Corporation is a Crook, but Does NZ’s FMA Care?

Why is it Groundhog Day? Back in 2011, I wrote a seriously messy blog post about dodgy New Zealand FSPs (Financial Services Providers), their dodgy web sites and people and addresses, and the evidently nonexistent oversight of all of this by the NZ Ministry of Economic Development and the NZ Companies Office. To my surprise, […]