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The Guardian view on tidal energy: cost is not the whole story | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Yet the government is planning more nuclear power stations, including one in Wales. Different rules seem to apply for different technologies. It looks like a Tory government in Westminster snubbed Welsh Labour’s pet project.
UK  Tories  renewable  energy  policy  Nuclear  infrastructure  investment  Conservative  Party  underinvestment 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
(112) Renegade Inc. & What to expect in 2018 - YouTube
UK BOE QE trap - the road to normalisation - without counter engagement (productive investment), and further Austerity, tax evasion, inequality, income gap, secular stagnarion, less money to spend for the average joe === very bumpy uncertain ride. ... and add Brexit even more uncertainty. OUCH. real growth for real people not gonna happen. // see also RAWerden Richard Andreas Werner for bank reform (local non-profit et al) // also consumers will hold back. especially w trickle down of bad news. job losses here and there retail inflation wage growth etc. creating a impression of a malaise especially for the 50% who voted remain. and 30% who didnt go vote. // see also news 8or7 out of 10 workers broke/permanently skinned - and consumer debt at 2008 high //
BOE  QE  trap  Richard  Koo  UK  Austerity  productive  investment  underinvestment  productivity  Brexit  Steve  Keen  book  RAWerner  debt  bubble  asset  alternative  WallStreet  GDP  output  gap  uncertainty  2018  business  consumer  confidence  fiscal  policy  NHS  monetary  Carillion  PFI  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  credit  malaise  secular  stagnation  stagflation 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
UK pay squeeze breaks all sorts of records for all the wrong reasons | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian
As John Philpott, who runs the Jobs Economist consultancy, noted: “What’s remarkable is that pay growth, however measured, is so weak at a time when employment is at joint record rate of 74.8% and unemployment at a 42-year low of 4.6%, driven almost entirely in the latest quarter by relatively strong growth in full-time jobs for employees on permanent contracts. Hard times and near full employment make strange bedfellows, highlighting the extent to which a deregulated labour market with an abundance of workers available to fill low wage vacancies has altered the UK jobs landscape.”
UK  Brexit  GE2017  Austerity  wage  income  growth  inflation  living  standard  disposable  discretionary  spending  creditcard  credit  card  household  debt  personal  loan  secular  stagnation  GFC  recovery  bank  bailout  inequality  poverty  trap  tax  evasion  avoidance  taxation  capital  investment  economic  history 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Yes this really is the end of Tory austerity – because it was never about economics in the first place | The Independent
[private sector will pick up the tap - the households did, but not corporations! bc long-term ROI growth in not attractive in the west w secular stagnation! see Richard Koo ] But it was a very long time coming. It became clear within a year of George Osborne’s 2010 “emergency budget”, which forced through huge cuts in capital budgets and an intense squeeze on Whitehall departments and welfare spending, that the austerity medicine was hurting, not helping.

The economy was flatlining, teetering on the verge of recession. Whether this was primarily due to the crisis in the neighbouring eurozone and a spike in global oil prices or because the negative knock-on impact of the government’s domestic spending cuts was bigger than initially thought is still debated by economists.
Austerity  Brexit  GE2017  Confidence  Fairy  GFC  bank  bailout  welfare  state  living  standard  deficit  debt  government  household  personal  loan  credit  card  creditcard  underinvestment  inequality  economic  history  social  mobility  income  growth  wage  disposable  discretionary  spending  gini  coefficient  tax  evasion  avoidance  taxation  corporate  taxcut  capital  labour  Productivity  output  gap  recovery  secular  stagnation  infrastructure  investment  Privatisation  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Ideology  neoliberal  neoliberalism  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  bond  bubble  asset  reflation  housing  distortion  malinvestment  stimulus  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  RichardKoo  Koo  Richard 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain’s economy is broken. We desperately need new ideas | Tom Kibasi | Opinion | The Guardian
If the country was economically bankrupt in 2010, it is intellectually bankrupt in 2017. On the eve of the general election, politicians of all parties have rarely been so devoid of progressive ideas [...] Yet in substance, May’s approach remains mere tinkering at the edges of economic policy. The Conservatives remain stubbornly allergic to – or ignorant of – Keynesian macroeconomics. [...] [and housing and real estate lending distorting the lending picture. houses are not productive! R&D, and firms are. and creating long-term jobs w real incomes to spend (not remortgaging your home bc of housing bubble]
Brexit  GE2017  London  Housing  Bubble  piggybank  Forex  British  Pound  recovery  GFC  Manufacturing  Services  Consumerism  Zombie  Austerity  underinvestment  confidence  fairy  Productivity  output  gap  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  banking  investment  distortion  lending  property  UK  Living  Standard  wage  income  growth  inflation  £ 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(453) James O'Brien (and Incorrigible) solve the housing crisis - YouTube
thatcher banned councils from borrowing money to build council houses/flats. ie w 50, 100 year loans. Councils would be making profit in the end by owning capital. Thatcher didnt like it, banned it. market and private capital knows best how to make profit. governments not allowed to make profits ROI on investment. Now +1bn housing benefit goes to private landlord. and 1/3 of ex council social housing is rented out by private landlords.
UK  Margaret  Thatcher  Privatisation  Social  Housing  affordable  Council  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  crisis  profit  maximisation  capitalism  Government  Capital  Kapital  ROI  rent  seeking  rentier  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  GFC  recovery  immigration  demographic  bubble  England  economic  history  Tony  Blair  Labour  GE2017  Thomas  Piketty  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Brexit 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Councils 'face funding gap' to fix roads - BBC News
One in six roads across England and Wales are in such a bad state they must be repaired within the next five years, according to local authorities. Only London comes close to this, with the capital's roads repaired every 23 years on average. The frequency of road surfacing in England is 55 years, while in Wales it is 63 years.
Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the AIA, said the message from the survey was that "highway teams simply do not have enough money to arrest the terminal decline in the condition of our local roads and the network is not resilient enough to meet the challenges ahead".
UK  Austerity  Council  London  infrastructure  investment  underinvestment 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years – study | Environment | The Guardian
“This cliff edge needs to be avoided if the UK is to meet its world leading carbon budgets and Paris agreement pledge,” Green Alliance said in its analysis.
UK  Austerity  renewable  energy  green  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  SmartGrid 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Scottish ministers reviewing investment strategy after PFI blow | Politics | The Guardian
PFI is like a rent-to-own scheme for government. paying double or more in the end just to have not debt frontloaded on public balance sheet. 'public debt explosion.'
PFI  infrastructure  Investment  Austerity  confidence-fairy  confidence  fairy  NHS 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more | Money | The Guardian
[ fetish of GDP ] Economic growth since the 1960s has been real, but the link between growth and personal prosperity has broken down, probably since the 1990s. We can carry on pushing for increases in GDP, but it’s meaningless unless it translates into a recovery in living standards. If any government really wants to help the left-behinds, then cutting house prices and rents must be their first priority.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Shift to automation may prevent Trump from delivering on his jobs promise - Chicago Tribune
Can Republicans "create jobs" decrease inequality, increase wages for the 80%. Ian Bremmer Agrees - https://www.facebook.com/ianbremmer/videos/588726201300428/ - ie defence budget is going up? // Saudi Arabia not happy .. // voter turnout anemic! apathetic! // whites less educated saw their livelihoods going away. especially rural area. not the big cities! // dems clintons not going to fix whats wrong. trump choice worse than clinton would have been. // &! econ challenges structural and more coming! http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-economic-challenges-facing-the-next-president/
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
James O'Brien vs HS2 - YouTube
econ of agglommeration - will draw more to london than london to north
HS2  infrastructure  investment  underinvestment  UK  competitiveness  competitive  London  Productivity 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Energy subsidies should focus on storage and cutting demand, MPs say - BBC News
The committee said the government should redesign the capacity market to encourage energy storage, which ranges from lithium batteries to pumping water uphill and releasing it through turbines when power is needed.
This technology could save billions of pounds for consumers, it said.
Ministers should also consider a subsidy system to speed up the deployment of storage, given its importance for storing and using power from renewable energy to make the most of the clean technology.
energy  policy  UK  Smart  Grid  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  carbon  pollution  Hinkley  Point  C  greenhouse  gases  renewable  storage  system 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Sterling: A political animal | FT Markets - YouTube
fx vigilante. bond figilante. collective market doesnt like brexit. thus sells off. NO BUYING INTEREST! now £ is a political currency!!! // fall of £ is a painful solution to possible adjustment towards healthier economy. // E/£ parity by end of next year as we get concrete about exit with negotiations. this is uk prob not eu prob, brexit.
Brexit  foreign  exchange  FX  British  Pound  Sterling  FDI  direct  investment  current  account  deficit  currency  war  devaluation  budget  BOE  Mark  Carney  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  inflation  RPI  CPI  property  bubble  fiscal  monetary  policy  austerity  GDP 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit fallout: top brands pulled from Tescos as food prices set to rise by 5 percent - YouTube
Unilever is anglo-dutch and reports in euros thus fall in £ against euro is a profit/margin squeeze bc internally at unilever they did not protect themselves in FX market w options against eventual Brexit fallout! unilevers internal analysis was apparently for no vote. // & that manufacturing and exports flourish. you have to invest in industry. industry of the future 10 years down the road. which means FDI, internal business investment (rising business confidence uk wide and world wide for international uk businesses), and gov investment w long term plan 10-20 years. for the next gen. explicitly for the next gen. quasi for the 0-40 year olds.
FDI  foreign  direct  investment  British  Pound  £  Sterling  exchange  rate  Brexit  trustagent  business  confidence  consumer  inflation  RPI  CPI 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
The Deutsche Bank crisis could take Angela Merkel down – and the Euro
Over the weekend, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel waded into the mess, briefing that there could be no government bail-out of the bank. [...] If it was in trouble, it was on its own. [... would be another example of socialism for the rich, and the poor must suffer waht they must - varoufakis ]

But hold on. Surely that is an extra-ordinary decision? If the German government does not stand behind the bank, then inevitably all its counter-parties – the other banks and institutions it deals with – are going to start feeling very nervous about trading with it.
Angela  Merkel  bailout  Deutsche  Bank  Italy  contagion  TBTF  systemic  risk  investment  banking  Germany  Bundesbank  ECB  AfD  CDU  CSU  SPD  far-right  right-wing  austerity  Commerzbank  bail-in  bailin 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
PFI schools built in Scotland 'owned by offshore firms' - BBC News
[...] [ PFI seems like a payday loan over 10-20 years, just for governments ] [public buildings as investment scheme] Stakes in PFI building projects can be sold. They can then be traded on the secondary market to become parts of larger investment funds and pensions, as the monthly fees paid by councils provide a steady income.
PFI  NHS  Education  Policy  Privatisation  Austerity  neoliberal  neoliberalism  UK  George  Osborne  Centrist  Tony  Blair  Gordon  Brown  David  Cameron  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  tax  avoidance  evasion 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
China warns of 'crucial juncture' over Hinkley delay - BBC News
Writing in the Financial Times, Liu Xiaoming said the delay to approving the plant had brought the two countries to a "crucial historical juncture".
He hinted that "mutual trust" could be in jeopardy if the UK Government decided not to approve the deal.
FDI  foreign  direct  investment  Hinkley  Point  C  UK  China  Russia  Huawei  Theresa  May  national  security  USA  Cisco  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  cyber  war 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
'Urgent action' needed on Scottish roads - BBC News
Audit Scotland said more than a third of council-maintained roads were in need of repairs.
And it said there had been a deterioration in the overall condition of motorways and other trunk roads since 2011.
Councils' spending on road maintenance fell by 14% over the same period.
Audit Scotland said 57% of road users reported that the condition of the carriageways was a major concern.
Austerity  Scotland  UK  England  underinvestment  infrastructure  Investment 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point: Theresa May's China calculus - BBC News
The UK already has a Chinese company, Huawei, running key parts of its telecommunications network.Arguably nuclear energy is likewise a business relationship subject to similar national security safeguards. But led by the United States, several other western countries have barred Huawei's involvement in key telecommunications networks on national security grounds. And no other major developed economy has invited Chinese involvement in a key nuclear energy project. //&! http://bbc.in/2anNbdh
Hinkley  Point  C  China  Brexit  National  Security  FDI  Foreign  Direct  Investment  EDF  France  UK  Relations 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
ARM chip designer to be bought by Japan's Softbank
ARM-Who? bbc.in/29OUgUM //&! 43% premium // on.recode.net/29On8LK - One key question is whether other firms will let SoftBank purchase ARM or if there will be a bidding war. Apple, arguably ARM’s most important client, and Intel, which lost the mobile chip war to ARM, are both potential buyers. The offer is already a generous multiple. As the FT notes, it’s some 70 times ARM’s net income last year. That’s around the same price-to-earnings ratio as Facebook stock. //&! politicians grasping for a positive headline - bit.ly/29OyjUD - bit.ly/2an8nk6 &! bit.ly/29PpN7N &! bit.ly/29ODbdM << calling a takeover/M&A an investment is criminal. Softbank will extract value out of it for its shareholders. What else?! &! Labeling Softbank as a japanese company; bbc.in/29OhqdK &! Vince Cable worried - bbc.in/2a3c95T &! youtu.be/T4IZdNW-e5U :: M&A is not investment, stupid! misleading people.
M&A  SoftBank  Capital  shareholder  value  shareholder  capitalism  dividends  smart  phone  IoT  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  equity  bubble  distortion  hunt  for  yield  ARM  Venture  Capital  ROI  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  technological  unemployment  research  R&D  productive  investment  Intel  Apple 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Gold & World’s Debt Problems (Summer Solutions series E940) - YouTube
deflationary trap/liquidity trap - orthodox monetary policy w austerity = stagnation. & west is exporting deflation. // if it is good for consumers ... break up banks. // hedging is BS ... you double the system you double the risk. [...] banks are now bigger! ... ban most derivatives, and reintroduce glass stegall // Black-Schoeles - there is no such think as risk free rate and no such thing as the past reflect the future. risk is not equally distributed. [...] VAR is flawed. //
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
A hard truth for Leave voters: Brexit means big government
Britain has seen a renaissance in jobs since 2013, of that there is no doubt. But most of those extra jobs were among the self-employed or fell into categories that can only be described as insecure and low-paid. When companies finally took the plunge and advertised full-time jobs from 2014 onwards, around a third went to migrants. [...] It is this mostly older group of workers across the developed world, worried about their pay, pensions and conditions of employment, that want to slam the brakes on globalisation and reject the remedy proposed by big business: greater labour-market flexibility and only limited job protections. [ Globalisation as a great rebalancing of the world economy between the west and the rest (BRIC and co) ] [...] Only government can provide the cure, with a commitment to invest where the private sector cannot or will not go.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
"Deutsche Bank Poses The Greatest Risk To The Global Financial System": IMF
via Keister Report - https://youtu.be/fbh3rndGDN8 // a Italian banking crisis could topple them. that is why they (their economist) called for a EU bank bailout (shore up). //&! IMF Warns Of "Global Contagion" From Italy's Bank Crisis; Forecasts Two-Decade Long Recession - http://bit.ly/29sFINn - [...] "Unless asset quality and profitability problems are addressed in a timely manner, lingering problems of weaker banks can eventually weigh on the rest of the system," //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-09/charting-epic-collapse-worlds-most-systemically-dangerous-bank //&! Analyst Warns Deutsche Bank's Problems May Now Be "Insurmountable" - http://bit.ly/29LwUjv - [...] we believe DBK is still over 40x levered. [...] Seeking outside capital is also likely to be difficult as management would likely find it hard to offer any type of return on new capital invested. //&! its known balance sheet - http://bit.ly/29usGKG - 1.74 trillion balance sheet!
Italy  Germany  derivatives  Deutsche  Bank  BuBa  BaFin  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Angela  Merkel  investment  banking  systemic  risk  systemicrisk  systemrelevant  systemrelevanz  European  Bank  Supervision  stresstest  contagion  repo  trust  sovereign  debt  crisis  PIGS  Greece  Brexit  non-performing  loan  zombie  banks  zombie  austerity  secular  stagnation  recession  ECB  MarioDraghi  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  hunt  for  yield  asset  allocation  distortion  OMT  LTRO  Basel  III  Basel3  leverage  banking  union  Bank  Oversight  banking  crisis  banking  system  interbank  lending  overnight  deposit  facility 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Andrew Mazzone Interviews James K. Galbraith
banks like property! more likely to lend to finance property than SME/SMB investment. because that investment is not propped up by the government. [...] min 6 subprime & credit bubble since 80's << behaviour of lenders [...] sensible people were given fraudulent debt instruments (no self-regulation, and regulators failed). [...] no prosecution because people who should have prosecuted those, didn't want to ruin their private future career. [...] min 15 - inequality and unemployment driven by inequality. [...] austerity is name of the game by the "establishment" - 20% of society that benefited from the bank bailout and reflation policy by central banks - [...] 19:15 - who do banks want to borrow in this environment?! austerity, aggregate demand shortfall, lack of confidence, volatility, uncertainty, credit bubble pain (liquidity trap) etc. [...] Solution ("an alternative way to the status quo, who made this mess): Fix Income Distribution thus Purchasing Power (aggregate demand, ie minimum wage), and restructure finance away from investment banking and speculation and derivatives towards real economy (ie tax heavily what is not real economy business) //&! James K. Galbraith on "Inequality and Instability: What's Ahead for the World Economy" - youtu.be/Mw4Bd9ols-E //&! James K. Galbraith - "The End of Normal" - youtu.be/PGFcB65l8Io
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Geographies of Austerity: Mark Blyth
EU bank bailout (incl Britain) = 40% of EU GDP (incl Britain) = 5 trillion Euros. AUSTERITY FOR WHOM?! // secular stagnation - ZIRP, NIRP, QE, austerity, liquidity trap, aggregate demand short-fall = creditors paradise. their debt will not be inflated away. deflation - deflationary environment. for the next 2-3 decades. = NO DRIVE TO INVEST IN PRODUCTIVE ASSETS! = productivity gap. [...] rentier paradise. [...] = interest formation (those who have, call the shots, status quo). [...] deflationary spiral (PIGS & Germany) exporting deflation ... getting more competitive [EU has 2015 a current account surplus, bought my USA] = Dr Wolfgang Schaeuble. [...] Fall of Centrists, rise of the SNP & UKIP (reactionary) ... Trump. [...] as investment rate (ie SME/SMB lending) stays same, does not grow = DEAD. Eurobonds/Investment Fund(UK, 5bn 5 years). [...] min 55 - deflationary politics (policy for 1-10-20% of society) is one way train. DEATH. especially w austerity and low wages/secular stagnation.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
'Northern powerhouse' depends on productivity not rail links: thinktank | Business | The Guardian
In this post-referendum vacuum, Carney alone can't save the UK economy - Getting productivity going again will require more investment in innovation and our universities. It means more help for businesses that want to update their production lines, overhaul their IT systems or retrain their staff. Productivity will only improve if the UK addresses its skills shortages with sensible immigration policies and with better training. In an age of economic insecurity, training is key if the march of the robots is not to further exacerbate inequality. Similarly, the UK must get serious about moving to an apprenticeship system that has parity of esteem. - http://bit.ly/29cCmtq
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
UK current account deficit deepens Brexit fears | Business | The Guardian
ONS data reveal trading position with rest of world is worse than thought and confirm that economy slowed in the first quarter.
Brexit  UK  economy  global  economy  recovery  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  consumer  spending  consumer  confidence  business  confidence  uncertainty 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Firms plan to quit UK as City braces for more post-Brexit losses | Business | The Guardian
The IoD said a quarter of the members polled in a survey were putting hiring plans on hold, while 5% said they were set to make workers redundant. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said the outcome of the referendum was negative for their business. One in five respondents, out of a poll of more than 1,000 business leaders, were considering moving some of their operations outside of the UK. //&! The chief executive of Deutsche Bank – which employs 11,000 in the City – has played down the long-term impact. John Cryan, who is British, told Handelsblatt: “The financial centre won’t die but it will get weaker.” - bit.ly/28WkoMZ
Brexit  recession  City  of  London  European  Union  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  GBP  current  account  deficit  budget  deficit  fiscal  deficit  austerity  monetary  policy  fiscal  policy  BOE  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  inflation  targeting  inflation  expectation  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  British  Pound  uncertainty 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
‘The City’, by Tony Norfield - Banking as seen from the belly of the beast
[ current account deficit only affordable (thus also living standards) bc of City of London ] This is a man who writes without irony about “financial parasitism”. In The City: London and the Global Power of Finance, he seeks to document just how the UK and the US extract their pound of flesh from the rest of the world by dominating the financial flows that make international trade possible.

He argues that London’s leading role in foreign exchange trading, derivatives and overseas lending is an extension of its imperialist past. Creating complex financial products and charging for them has enabled the sector to requisition for the UK and London — and, of course, bankers themselves — a disproportionate share of the benefits of global trade. [...] [ extracting value from around the world channelling it back ] &! Novara Media interview - bit.ly/297c6D3
Brexit  City  of  London  banking  business  investment  banking  current  account  deficit  GBP  derivatives  financial  product  financial  services  Global  Finance  British  Empire  Imperialism 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Pound falls further in Asian trading on Monday
Traders will be watching the UK's financial position closely over the coming months. "The funding position of the UK, with its twin current account and fiscal deficits, are the next pressures to weigh," Mr Cook said. The UK's current account deficit measures the balance of trade, investment income and money transfers. That deficit means that the UK must borrow to pay its way in the world. The fiscal deficit refers to the gap between government expenditure and income that has to be financed by borrowing.
Those indicators of the UK's financial health will also affect how much the UK government has to pay to borrow. On Friday there was demand for UK government debt, which drove down the yield - an early indication that the UK should be able to continue to borrow cheaply. //&! George Osborne will issue a statement early on Monday morning in a bid to calm markets after the surprise Brexit vote triggered turmoil on Friday. - bbc.co.uk/news/business-36636762
Brexit  fiscal  deficit  fiscal  policy  current  account  deficit  foreign  direct  investment  FDI  austerity  George  Osborne  BOE  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  Mark  Carney  secular  stagnation  recession 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Moody's cut UK's credit outlook to 'negative'
EU head Jean-Claude Juncker said it was "not an amicable divorce", but it was "not a tight love affair anyway".
Moody's said the referendum result would have "negative implications for the country's medium-term growth outlook", and it lowered the UK's long term issuer and debt ratings to "negative" from "stable". [...] "In Moody's view, the negative effect from lower economic growth will outweigh the fiscal savings from the UK no longer having to contribute to the EU budget."
It also said the UK had one of the largest budget deficits among advanced economies.
Brexit  credit  ratings  creditrating  creditrisk  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  UK  austerity  budget  deficit 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know - BBC News
Brexit: What does it mean for expats, here and in the EU? - bbc.co.uk/news/business-36606847 //&! Brexit: Five key areas to watch on the economy - bbc.co.uk/news/business-36595638 - foreign direct investment, //&! Age Gap - bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36619342 //&! EU referendum: The result in maps and charts - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36616028 //&! The David Cameron story - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36540101 //&! Lord Peter Hennessy: 'This moment is comparable to the end of the British empire' - Brexit: 'An unprecedented geopolitical shift' - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36625209
Brexit  FDI  UK  foreign  direct  investment  David  Cameron  election  campaign  promises  Manifesto  general  2015 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
The economics of Brexit – Politics Weekly podcast
Leave Campaign, so far, has failed to assure voters that we get through the quiet possible tubulences and uncertainty unharmed severely after 1-2 years. [ economic forecasts/predictions are Wall Streets cottage industry ] Brexit for sure would throw Osbornes plan for a surplus in 2020. ... brexit is about less regulation free trade low tariffs, 'get off the back of our City [London bank regulation]' [low tax, higher pay] George Osborne ... // banks have not voiced their voice loudly because that would be seen by people who bailed them out to tune of doubling the deficit, and still own bank shares ie loyds. it could be seen disingenuous, outrageous, as we are still in doldrums, paying off their debt, and suffering through austerity where the most vulnerable are cut away from society.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revolutionary politics in the UK
// yanis is liberal marxist // &! Will John McDonnell's fiscal rules work for Labour? Paul Mason Vs John Rentoul - youtu.be/0EISho5eSUc - OBR econometrics dictated by Treasury, George Osborne w wonky multipliers that don't fit w IMF models. IMF calls for fiscal stimulus! since late 2015 because China's credit bubble popped and global economy started to head south.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Martin Wolf on Brexit fears | FT Comment
significant reduction in output, and unknowns and unknown unknowns time after vote, delayed investment into UK. Businesses like certainty! [...] We will be small off-shore island [...] UK relationship w USA was important to EU. [...] Weaker Europe, weaker UK. [...] //&! UK Treasury's analysis of Brexit - youtu.be/iT7Z4Kzb53I - Econ risk and immigration huge pillar of voting-decision especially for swing voters. [...] £4300 over next 14 years, the assumption/basis of this is lower economic growth (6%) ... attack is that this is not a fact. [...] Leave campaign argues the world will queue up to do quickly trade deals with you, which is not fact. [...] Stay campaign says this is not the case, and USA has hinted at that that you can't fall back on us to arrage quick trade deal negotiations with other countries, just because of our past relations.
Brexit  underinvestment  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  uncertainty  output  gap  productivity  productivity  gap  TTIP  unknown  unknown  unknowns  foreign  relations  business  confidence 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Pascal Lamy: Gove is 'pie in the sky' on Brexit - BBC Newsnight
Trade w europe may be currently shrinking (eu 'crisis'), but how much negotiation lever do you have as UK vs Europe (one single market/consumer!?) That is what Daniel Hannan does not highlight, the leverage of size to access, in negotiations with other countries. [...] 'trade negotiations are so long because they are so tough' [...] what will the UK have to give up, to gain access to foreign markets for their measly 20% of the whole economy (production, ie also house building, not just export/manufacturing)!? (2015, 80% of UK GDP growth consisted of consumption). Competing with much more competitive industry now! ( ie Cars. Ford's new plant in Mexico/Latin America ...) [...] "You can not exit and keep the benefits while you were in!" //&! >> What kind of trade deal could we get if we left the EU? - youtu.be/Pj9nPncM61M &! youtu.be/r8MiUI2eN6c
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF urges more spending to boost growth
Fund’s steering committee calls for more forceful stimulus and warns monetary policy alone is not enough //&! http://www.theguardian.com/business/imf //&! bit.ly/1V9pfhD - IMF chief: regulators long 'alarmed' over Panama's handling of taxation. Christine Lagarde responds to Panama Papers revelations, noting that authorities were concerned but did not take ‘expected’ action.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Investigating Deutsche Bank’s €21 Trillion Derivative Casino In Wake Of Admission It Rigged Gold And Silver
Deutsche Bank has over €515 billion in “positive derivative values” in comparison to €496 billion in “negative derivative values”.
Deutsche  Bank  investment  banking  derivatives  Financial  Stability  Board  European  Bank  Supervision  ECB  too  big  to  fail  too  big  to  bail  TBTF  OTC  Greed 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
What Happens Next (In Europe)?
the odds of another crisis are higher than a rally to fresh records. [...]
“The 2009-2015 rally originated from two main drivers: a massive stimulus, and credit expansion in China,” said Goette, who’s a partner at his firm in Zug, Switzerland and helps oversee 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion).

“European earnings have not followed suit so far. Skepticism regarding central-bank operations has started to emerge.”
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns
At the top of page 11, the Federal regulators reveal that they have “identified a deficiency” in JPMorgan’s wind-down plan which if not properly addressed could “pose serious adverse effects to the financial stability of the United States.” Why didn’t JPMorgan’s Board of Directors or its legions of lawyers catch this?

It’s important to parse the phrasing of that sentence. The Federal regulators didn’t say JPMorgan could pose a threat to its shareholders or Wall Street or the markets. It said the potential threat was to “the financial stability of the United States.” [...] “…the default of a bank with a higher connectivity index would have a greater impact on the rest of the banking system because its shortfall would spill over onto other financial institutions, creating a cascade that could lead to further defaults. High leverage,
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Future of Steel - Ken Clarke & Paul Mason - BBC Newsnight
[TORIES CRISIS: bedroom tax, JSA sanctions killing people, Food Banks, redefining child poverty and fuel poverty, Independent Living Fund closed, Housing Crisis, tax cut defeat in Lords, mental health, NHS strikes, Hinkley Point C, energy prices, London Airport expansion/3rd runway, ESA cut, PIP cut and resignation of IDS, Brexit splitting the Party, shit world economy, can't touch triple-lock pensions, Academy plans, Panama Papers (British Territory: Bahamas, Cayman & Co).] Now - Tories are victims to their own policy of underinvestment since 2010 of a future-proof economy "long-term predictability" [BREXIT & austerity not predictable]. Energy prices too high, not competitive. Manufacturing never recovered. Monetary policy has run its course (sedative + Chinas credit bubble). policy folly now wholly exposed! AND now they tinker with the idea of picking winners! LOL! nationalising or part-nationalising through guarantees or subsidies on energy price. & youtu.be/QJw24Z-cEoQ
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Das Fahrrad wird in Berlin zum Lebensrisiko
In dieser Woche sind schon wieder zwei Radfahrer tödlich verunglückt. Es fällt auf: Oft überholen Autofahrer mit zu geringem Abstand. [...] keinerlei Radinfrastruktur, [...] Drei Tote durch fehlenden seitlichen Abstand [...] Der ADFC empfiehlt, auf engen Fahrbahn nicht direkt am rechten Rand zu fahren, um Autofahrer nicht noch zum Überholen mit zu geringem Seitenabstand einzuladen. Aktivisten fordern ein Überholverbot für Autos, wenn der nötige Sicherheitsabstand nicht ausreicht. Von 2008 bis 2015 starben sieben Radfahrer in Berlin durch zu geringen seitlichen Abstand. Zuletzt waren zwei ältere Frauen so ums Leben gekommen. Deutlich mehr, nämlich 25, waren es durch Rechtsabbieger.
Cycling  public  transport  public  transportation  infrastructure  investment  urban  planning  public  health  air  pollution 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tyler Cowen: "The Great Stagnation", Michael Vassar & Cowen Debate at Singularity Summit 2011
gains are harder to come by! low hanging fruit gone. [...] VISION IS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution
For example, as automation increases, computers and machines will replace workers across a vast spectrum of industries, from drivers to accountants and estate agents to insurance agents. By one estimate, as many as 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. Many experts suggest that the fourth industrial revolution will benefit the rich much more than the poor, especially as low-skill, low-wage jobs disappear in favor of automation.

But this isn’t new. Historically, industrial revolutions have always begun with greater inequality followed by periods of political and institutional change. The industrial revolution that began at the beginning of the 19th century originally led to a huge polarization of wealth and power, before being followed by nearly 100 years of change including the spread of democracy, trade unions, progressive taxation and the development of social safety nets.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Questions raised over £10bn Chinese deal
The investment and infrastructure company said the deal paved the way for "significant investment" in areas such as clean energy, transport and affordable housing in Scotland.
Ppposition politicians questioned why MSPs were not told about the agreement before the Scottish Parliament was dissolved ahead of the election on 5 May, and called for full details to be published.
'Open for business'
Speaking publicly about the agreement for the first time on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon said: "What we have done is sign a memorandum of understanding that commits us to explore possible investment.
UK  David  Cameron  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  George  Osborne  austerity  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  Scotland  Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  Westminster  Nicola  Sturgeon  Holyrood  China  underinvestment  public  asset  HS2  Richard  Koo  recovery  economic  history  foreign  affairs  Hegemony  geopolitics 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Panama Papers (BBC)
links to 72 current or former heads of state [...] dictators looting their own countries [...] helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions & evade tax. [...] never been accused or charged with criminal wrong-doing [...] company is a corporate screen established principally to protect the identity and confidentiality of the ultimate beneficial owner of the company. [...] + Icelandic Prime Minister //&! bbc.in/232EEVN &! How To Insight - bbc.in/1M8Xi6N &! The Guardian - bit.ly/232F3Hz &! Reddit - redd.it/4d8rta &! panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de & live ticker tuesday - bbc.in/23cAl6M &! bbc.in/1TyCuXT - Panama is British Territory as is Cayman Islands et al. //&! Change the rules and close the loopholes! Duh. No need to ask others to stop doing business or change their rules!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Public Investment Payoff Not Necessarily About Efficiency
electrification of public rail - reduce emissions and improve public health (health hazard of diesel train engines proven - for passengers and residents). also improve public health - people ditching their cars! // 8:40 each additional public capital investment might be less valuable after the first road to the sea port. but that does not factor in types and public health and safety. road vs train. diesel train vs electric train. slow train vs faster electric magnetic safe low maintenance train w auto pilot (augmented intelligence). less public health risks, less health hazard, more public safety = less economic damage through a less sicker population (health care cost, health care demand, less work hours lost, higher productivity - healthy, happy people) but micro and macro economists do not put this into their GDP - well being, happiness, public health. // beijings hazardous hair will prove to be hughe economic cost (public health) down the road (chronic pulmonary conditions and cancer = lower productivity, lower discretionary spending because of spending goes to medicine and medical care and down the road leads to old age poverty for some if not the family).
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Hey Britain – Your Kids Have Just Been Privatised
"Thatcher said the problem with socialism is that you run out of other people money. Henry VIII will tell you the problem with crony capitalism is you eventually run out of other people’s assets to sell." [...] In George Osborne’s mercurial March 2016 budget he showed his own Machiavellian sleight of hand. He is now seen as a politician whose leadership ambitions come before the welfare of the British people. Osborne’s allegiance is to The City not the country. When he and Peter Mandelson holidayed on financier Nat Rothschild’s yacht do you think they talked about free school meals and increasing the economic opportunities of the people in Grimsby? [...] Look at his actions and we see that one of Osborne’s aims is to reinstate the class divisions that began to ebb away with socially progressive policies. This last budget sought to weave a line into the fabric of society between the haves and have-nots. [...] We are at the end of the debt cycle and there’s nowhere else to go. [...] This is not the budget for the next generation of young people. This is the budget for the next generation of rent-seekers, moneymen and crony capitalists.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Commuters who shun car travel keep slimmer, study concludes
People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by car, a large UK study has found.
The results come from 150,000 UK adults aged 40 or older who agreed to be measured and weighed and fill in a survey about their typical journey to and from work.
Cycling came out as the best activity for staying trim, followed by walking.
But even those who used public transport were leaner than car users. [...] Even when they factored in differences such as leisure-time, exercise, diet and occupation, the trend between commute method and bodyweight remained.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
HS2 in danger of coming off the rails as problems multiply | Home News | News | The Independent
There are fears the 1,300-person project team, HS2 Ltd, isn’t ready to oversee such a massive project, as a long delayed Cabinet Office review begins. • Many senior staff have refused to relocate from London as the project shifts headquarters to Birmingham – and many staying put will commute on the very line HS2 is supposed to relieve of congestion.
HS2  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Sovietization of capitalism (E723) - YouTube
BIS 100% of private debt and finance sector larger than 3.9% of economy bad ... and siphoning off talent from more productive fields of work. And finance favours lending to property and land (low productivity). [...] financial products (derivatives) do not help economy. is just a financial product, fee collection. rentier! rent-seeking behaviour! fees fees fees. (JP Morgan, 89% of profits, see interview) [...] QE reflated asset prices/share prices! // In the second half, Max interviews David Graeber about his new book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Money: The Too Big to Fail Edition by Panoply Media
Neil Irwin, author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, joins hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann. This week is all about Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Fed's new solution for our too-big-to-fail banks. //!& breaking up has complexity ... financial-industrial complex! //
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Central bankers on the defensive as weird policy becomes even weirder | Business | The Guardian
Growth is tepid, productivity is poor, and inflation is too low: all is not going according to policymakers’ masterplans [...] As far as the OECD is concerned, monetary policy is being forced to take too much of the strain. Its chief economist Catherine Mann made the point that lasting recovery required three things: stimulative monetary policy; activist fiscal policy; and structural reform. The OECD wants the second of these ingredients to be added to the recipe in the form of increased spending on public infrastructure, something it says would more than pay for itself at a time when governments can borrow so cheaply.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Businesses call for faster UK broadband speeds - BBC News
'Mediocre' But the IoD believes the target should be higher and is calling for speeds of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) by 2030, 1,000 times faster than the current official aim of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) by 2020. "Now is the time to set a bold new target for genuinely world-beating broadband," said Dan Lewis, senior advisor on Infrastructure Policy at the IoD, and author of the report. "We have the leading internet economy in the G20, and yet download speeds are mediocre and the coverage of fibre optic cable is woeful." He added: "Unfortunately, the Government's current target displays a distinct poverty of ambition." [...] Openreach decision The IoD report comes just days after communications watchdog Ofcom said BT must open up its cable network and allow competition to improve UK internet connections. Ofcom also said there was a digital divide in the UK between those with the latest technologies, and those without. ...
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mervyn King: new financial crisis is 'certain' without reform of banks | Business | The Guardian
The former Bank of England governor says in his new book that imbalances in the global economy makes a crash inevitable [...] GFC was the fault of the financial system, not individual greedy bankers, in his new book, The End Of Alchemy: Money, Banking And The Future Of The Global Economy [...] “Without reform of the financial system, another crisis is certain, and the failure ... to tackle the disequilibrium in the world economy makes it likely that it will come sooner rather than later,” Lord King wrote. [...] global central banks were caught in a “prisoner’s dilemma” - unable to raise interest rates for fear of stifling the economic recovery, the newspaper reported. [... blame] broken financial system. [...] failure of a system, and the ideas that underpinned it, [...] “Only a fundamental rethink of how we, as a society, organise our system of money and banking will prevent a repetition //&! dailym.ai/21tPG5y
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget - BBC News
[ LOL! ] But recent figures showing the UK economy was smaller than expected meant savings must be found in his Budget statement on 17 March, he said. [...] Mr Osborne said he would rather look for extra cuts now than risk breaking his own manifesto commitment to achieve a surplus in the budget by the end of this Parliament. The chancellor did not completely rule out raising taxes in the event of a further slowdown in growth, but said that now was not the time for "significant" tax hikes. [...] I'm absolutely clear we've got to root our country in the principle that we live within our means and that we have economic security." [...] "whole purpose of our economic plan was to have a budget surplus. [...] we got big challenges at home to make the economy more productive even as more people get work. [ because having part of your budget in the property bubble is so productive ] [...] I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure." [ NOT CHANGING PLANS ie U-TURN ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Inflation: Vermögenspreise stiegen 2015 im Rekordtempo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wohl dem, der Immobilien, Anteile an Familienfirmen oder Sammlerobjekte besitzt. Die Preise für Vermögenswerte sind 2015 so stark gestiegen wie kaum je zuvor. Schlechter sieht es für Normalsparer aus.
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