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Cellphones in India - A Pocket-Size Leveler in an Outsize Land
almost a parody... there's a template of stories written about the adoption of mobile phones in the developing world and it seems that we are treated to one every few months since circa 2005. Another one for the collection I suppose
mobile  technology  adoption  cell  telecom  communication  communities  economics  India  adaptation  social  internet  networks  systems  sms  leverage  conversation 
may 2009 by amaah
Panic in the credit markets
I have done this for nearly 30 years. I have never witnessed this before... The breakeven spread on 10 year TIPS is about zero. The market is predicting no inflation for 10 years.
bubble  panic  credit  bond  markets  economics  inflation  deflation  finance  business  leverage  observation  debt 
november 2008 by amaah
The 2007 Meltdown in Structured Securitization: Searching for Lessons, Not Scapegoats (pdf)
The World Bank view: Incentive conflicts explain how securitization went wrong, why credit ratings proved so inaccurate, and why it is superficial to blame the crisis on mark-to-market accounting, an unexpected loss of liquidity, or trends in globalization. The paper argues that the principal source of financial instability lies in contradictory political and bureaucratic incentives that undermine the effectiveness of financial regulation and supervision in every country in the world.
economics  bubble  analysis  regulation  leverage  transparency  risk  management  finance  modeling  engineering  policy  politics  greed  incentives  USA  mortgage  credit  crisis  debt  banking  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2008 by amaah
Cool under fire: Iceland takes the fight back to finance
speculators spreading rumours about Iceland in order to cause a default or worse in Iceland's economy. the dark side of Bear Stearns, investment banking and hedge funds. Modern finance based on leverage, greed and worse. Marx observed as much
fraud  greed  finance  gambling  leverage  economics  incentives  credit  speculation  Iceland  hedge  parasites  gremlins 
april 2008 by amaah
For Banks, a $300 Billion Hangover
Over the past three or four months, bankers have committed to lending LBO targets about $300 billion to fund buyouts. Their plan was to sell the loans to institutional investors. But demand for leveraged debt has evaporated in the recent market turmoil, e
economics  finance  banking  business  strategy  bubble  panic  mortgage  leverage  ShellGame  USA 
august 2007 by amaah
Where’s Waldo?
The past few weeks have exposed a giant crack in modern financial architecture, created by youthful wizards and endorsed as a diversifying positive by central bankers present and past. While the newborn derivatives may hedge individual institutional and s
economics  housing  finance  bubble  mortgage  ShellGame  risk  business  credit  policy  politics  strategy  leverage 
august 2007 by amaah
Reaping What You Sow: Hedge Fund and Housing Bubble Edition
The Housing Bubble and the highly leveraged hedge funds were both created by deliberate government policy. They were specifically created by deliberate actions by Treasury, the Fed, and Bush’s tax cuts. The rich had to be rescued from their losses when
economics  bubble  analysis  politics  rogues  USA  buyer'sremorse  mortgage  finance  leverage 
august 2007 by amaah
Subprimal Urges
There's nothing more delightful than lending borrowed money, especially if you imagine that faster-moving financial markets reduce risk. Borrow a billion here and lend a billion there, package and sell the loans, pay off the billion borrowed, get out scot
panic  debt  bubble  subprime  mortgage  housing  finance  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  banking  USA  europe  economics  business  GreatGame  realestate  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
It's The End Of The World As We Know It BNP Paribas Suspends Redemptions And Sets Off Panic
"Remember those pictures from the Great Depression? The ones where the banks had to lock their doors because depositors were rioting to withdraw their savings. That's what we've got right now," Another described this morning as a "Rumsfeld moment." Panic!
panic  debt  bubble  subprime  mortgage  housing  finance  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  banking  USA  europe  economics  business  language  zingers  sarkozy  GreatGame  realestate  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
BNP Paribas Investment Partners temporaly suspends the calculation of the net asset value of 3 funds
The complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the US securitisation market has made it impossible to value certain assets fairly regardless of their quality or credit rating. The situation is such that it is no longer possible to val
banking  language  sarkozy  GreatGame  economics  panic  mortgage  subprime  bubble  realestate  finance  debt  credit  housing  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  USA  europe  business  zingers 
august 2007 by amaah
BNP Paribas freezes security funds
Panic! Earlier than Dubya would like. A major French bank, BNP Paribas, announced that it was suspending three of its asset-backed securities funds, saying it could no longer value them accurately because of problems in the U.S. subprime mortgage market.
panic  debt  bubble  subprime  mortgage  housing  finance  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  banking  USA  europe  economics  business  language  zingers  sarkozy  GreatGame  realestate  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
Covering New Communities
Low-skilled immigrants rarely have insurance, whether life, accident or unemployment, and pass donation buckets in emergencies. Once largely ignored by U.S. insurance companies now viewed as a red-hot growth market structuring low-cost insurance programs
insurance  economics  microfinance  longtail  LowEndTheory  adoption  strategy  risk  immigration  remittances  banking  leverage  aggregation  USA 
august 2007 by amaah
While You Were Out, the Post-it Went Home
Post-its were marketed as tools for capturing a thought or for marking a spot on a document even as they were steadily migrating into people’s homes (and garages), onto vertical surfaces like cabinets, refrigerators, dashboards, mirrors, walls, toilet s
glue  post-it  technology  adoption  invention  marketing  leverage  unintended  innovation  connectors  bridge  memory  history  culture  artefact  social  diffusion 
july 2007 by amaah
Making a Little Company Look Big
“Perception in the marketplace is a significant factor to success.” Companies can produce their own polished marketing materials, use far-flung virtual assistants to answer phone calls, design sleek Web sites and the like thanks to technological advan
marketing  technology  perception  disintermediation  outsourcing  adoption  internet  communication  innovation  business  economics  leverage  web 
july 2007 by amaah
China takes up civic work in Africa
words associated with the budding China-Africa relationship are "trade," "raw materials," and "cheap goods." "Weapons," sometimes pops up, "neocolonialism" has its takers, too. "Socially responsible," however, does not typically make the Top 10 list.
Business  Politics  Economics  Africa  leverage  China  investment  development  diplomacy  trade  globalization  policy  aid  GreatGame 
july 2007 by amaah
China 'ties' $5bn aid to Africa
No such thing as a free lunch. What? You thought it was about charity? Still money is fungible and there's a greater pool available.The much-trumpeted $5bn China-Africa Development Fund will be used to invest exclusively in Chinese enterprises and their p
Business  Politics  Economics  Africa  leverage  China  investment  strategy  GreatGame 
june 2007 by amaah
Review: Made to Break by Giles Slade
Dan Lockton reviews Giles Slade's book on planned obsolescence and the incentives that drive that... part of the 'architectures of control' idea.
technology  control  strategy  production  waste  economics  adoption  leverage  design 
october 2006 by amaah
The Value of a Network The μ Factor (pdf)
Some mathematics behind my postulates on coordination costs and human factors: mankind needs communications tools, in relation to human density, to support languages, the human
communication protocols. The denser men, the more their communications are co
design  architecture  technology  coordination  economics  humanfactors  adoption  comprehension  costs  theory  systems  software  leverage  analysis  networks  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2006 by amaah
On Coordination Costs and Human Factors
in which I present 3 postulates on coordination costs and the human factor as it relates to the adoption of technology and systems in distributed computing - There's also a nascent theology of REST, parables again
rest  design  architecture  technology  coordination  economics  web  humanfactors  adoption  comprehension  costs  theory  systems  software  leverage  language  data  jcr  jsr170  parable  analysis  networks  toli 
april 2006 by amaah
The REST Elevator Pitch
I consider HTTP a deliberately minimalist compromise, laissez-faire distributed computing if you will.
technology  rest  systems  software  design  architecture  advocacy  leverage  adoption  composition  tradeoffs  http  uri  xml  html  atom  web  toli  resource  modeling  resourcemodeling 
march 2006 by amaah
REST - The Web Style
Slides to a talk I gave on Friday to the Lotus Workplace Architecture Board about REST (Representational State Transfer) and the web. An argument about an outlook on technology, on complexity, layering and leverage.
technology  rest  web  design  architecture  software  lotus  ibm  glue  strategy  patterns  adoption  systems  leverage  layering  comprehension  abstractions  simplicity  complexity  humour  neologisms  buzzwords  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
REST - The Web Style
Slides to a talk I gave on Friday to the Lotus Workplace Architecture Board about REST (Representational State Transfer) and the web style. An argument about an outlook on technology, on complexity, layering and leverage.
technology  rest  web  design  architecture  software  lotus  ibm  glue  strategy  patterns  adoption  systems  leverage  layering  comprehension  abstractions  simplicity  complexity  humour  neologisms  buzzwords  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
Blogtrolling
Wow. Technorati, Del.icio.us, and Bloglines are making it fantastically easy to find more and more websites and especially Blogs that might interest one. Just look for who else has tagged a page you tagged, or just look at who has tagged under particular
web  blog  social-software  socialsoftware  discovery  communities  leverage  technology  conversation  software 
june 2005 by amaah
Google Accelerates Search
explaining the rational behind the accelerator... getting better ideas about how people actually use the web
technology  google  web  search  scaling  complexity  performance  design  architecture  software  strategy  leverage 
may 2005 by amaah

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