By Rana Foroohar – Now everyone is fretting about how the Fed, the European Central Bank (until recently), the Bank of Japan and even Chinese authorities have distorted the prices of assets from stocks to bonds to real estate, quite possibly laying the foundation for a market crash or, in the longer term, hyperinflation.
“Central bankers can buy time, but they can’t fix the world’s underlying economic problems,” said UBS chairman and former Bundesbank head Axel Weber, who worries that easy money and low interest rates are covering up the fact that most rich countries still need to pay down debt and create a lot more jobs. “We’re buying short-term fixes at the expense of future generations.” more> http://tinyurl.com/caknfwr
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Tagged Axel Weber, Bank of Japan, Business, Central bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, European Central Bank, Federal Reserve System, Monetary policy, UBS, World Economic Forum
By Steve Denning – Let’s suppose that in response to the growing public concern about the practice of gambling in cockpits, the head of the most active gambling airline went to Davos and announced that it was none of anyone’s business how much gambling in cockpits was going on.
The obvious reaction would be: why are the airlines gambling in the first place? Why don’t they get back to flying airplanes?
Similarly the reaction to Jamie Dimon when he makes similarly preposterous claims for the big banks in Davos should be: “Why don’t you stop gambling with other people’s money in zero-sum games that benefit no-one but yourself, and get back to focusing on financing the world’s real economy?” more> http://tinyurl.com/al33tds
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Tagged Business, Davos, Gambling, Industrial economy, Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase, Leadership, United States, World Economic Forum
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By Derek Thompson – Here is what this chart shows. Compared across more than 100 factors measured by the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, from corruption to deficits, JP Morgan analyst Michael Cembalest calculates that the major countries on the euro are more different from each other than basically every random grab bag of nations there is, including: the make-believe reconstituted Ottoman Empire; all the English speaking Eastern and Southern African countries; and all countries on Earth at the 5th parallel north.
Germany doesn’t want to establish any sort of “Peripheraid” — a permanent transfer program from the core to the periphery. more> http://tinyurl.com/bwvf86v