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Profit mean reversion and recession | Credit Writedowns
We are now in the seventh year of a cyclical recovery and bull market. Shares have tripled in that time frame. I would say this means we are much closer to the end of the business cycle than the beginning. Moreover, as Jeremy Grantham is quoted in the Business Insider piece, profits are mean-reverting and right now they are reverting from a phase that is “wildly optimistic” according to Warren Buffett. All of this is taking place against the backdrop of an economy in which wage growth is weak, household debt is still relatively high on a historic basis as a percentage of income and we have no policy room on the monetary side, with limited political appetite for policy on the fiscal side. To me, the pre-conditions for this profits recession speak to downside risk, ....
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook paid £4,327 corporation tax in 2014 - BBC News
The latest revelations will reignite the debate about how much UK corporation tax companies pay at a time when several multinational corporations are being investigated by the European Commission over the tax arrangements they have with European Union member states. Google, Amazon, a division of the Fiat motor company and Starbucks are all subject to the investigation and the European Commission has said it could widen its probe further. The investigation came after Starbucks was revealed to have paid just £8.6m in UK corporation tax in the 14 years between 1998 and 2012, despite making more than £3bn in UK sales in the same period. Last week, EU finance ministers agreed to boost information sharing in response to the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that emerged last year. The scandal showed Luxembourg had issued hundreds of tax rulings allowing companies to lower their tax bill by funnelling their profits through the country. //&! bbc.in/1LJG6DY &! bit.ly/1R7PjEf
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen Congress Hearing: Emissions scandal - watch live - YouTube
VW USA subsidiary CEO Michael Horn. // 'VW the people's car.' 36:40 - I had no understanding what a defeat device is & that it could be installed to cheat emission tests. [<< Symptom of being a conglomerate! Corporate Culture & Values.] min 38:09 - Is hardware, software & even has to do something with the fuel tank. In some models (gen 2) its just software & a sensor. // 49:20 - framing of the answer with EPA (influenced?), cars on the road right now, even they are not passing emissions test, "are legal & safe to drive for the owners." // min 57 NOx, air pollution. 'compensation will be part of discussion'. 40 times than allowable limit. // 1:11:00 - according to him, @ the current state of investigations, this was out of the engine-drivetrain-engineering/software/emissions department within VW. Was not a corporate executive decision from the top. [My 2 cents: more likely decision was made within those departments due to pressure from top to make the test pass happen. << 1:51:00]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
American Apparel: a trip from the height of cool to lows of bankruptcy | Business | The Guardian
[ your edgy and PR storm/press differentiation can become a liability to future growth especially if you use that kind of marketing to grow, clickbait is not sustainable. stupid. should have stayed private and nimble! wall street and the numbers call it a bluff of the founder, cant be bigger & more than it was pre-ipo. no growing endlessly as edgy brand ] American Apparel has faced growing competition in the US from cut-price overseas competitors such as H&M, who have effectively replicated the brand’s fashion for a lower price. [...] recorded a loss for ten consecutive quarters, which was unsustainable given its debts. [...] American Apparel is the country’s biggest manufacturer of clothing and it is based in downtown Los Angeles. The company claims to pay experienced factory works more than $30,000 a year, compared with $600 a year for workers in Bangladesh factories. [...] we are taking this step to keep jobs in the US, and preserve the ideals for which the company stands.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nomi Prins-Federal Reserve Transition to Destruction - YouTube
via - http://schiffgold.com/interviews/former-wall-street-insider-some-form-of-bank-bail-ins-will-come-to-us-video/ ||&! QE and ZIRP bad policy, bank and market cuddeling. no mainstreet recovery! trickle-down failed. Private sector can not carry existing minimal momentum forward. policy has not helped people on the ground. // many bubbles created: junk bond/zombie corps, car loans, student loans, property, ... // transition to destruction, volatility is first sign. // market manipulation! // inflated financial system // rise in NPL! where how will they cover that? another bailout? or bail-in. taking depositors haircut. FDIC can't cover that all.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Protestbewegungen in Europa: Die Lust auf Links - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Sex, Job, Geld: In Kernbereichen des Lebens fühlen sich immer mehr Menschen überfordert. Während im Politikbetrieb neoliberale Konzepte dominieren, wächst die Anhängerschaft linker Ideen - in der Hoffnung auf ein würdiges Leben.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW lost the plot. But that’s the danger when business lacks social moorings | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
VW’s existential crisis has revealed the weaknesses inherent in western economies. Change must now happen [...] Despite a vast R and D budget, VW is far from a leader in the electrical car or hybrid market. Mr Winterkorn’s bonuses were based on his capacity to deliver production, jobs and profits: environmental sustainability or engaging with wider stakeholders did not get a look-in. [...] Capitalism, in short, may have boundless creative and innovative energy – but it also has boundless ways to go wrong. Intriguingly, recent work by a group of researchers at Harvard and the London Business School compared 90 American companies that took sustainability seriously with 90 who did not. Over 18 years the 90 committed to sustainability delivered annual financial returns 4.8% higher than the other 90.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Save the World, Turn a Profit - Bloomberg View
Building on these initiatives, Yunus Social Business -- Global Initiatives and the Rockefeller Foundation’s venture-philanthropy Zero Gap project have jointly developed a new tool: the social success note. This innovative financial instrument brings together the interests of commercial investors, social businesses and donors to achieve concrete and measurable social outcomes. In this arrangement, a private investor agrees to make a concessional loan or provide equity to a social business.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Other People's Money: Masters of the Universe or Servants of the People?: Amazon.co.uk: John Kay: 9781781254431: Books
Industry insider John Kay argues that the finance world's perceived profitability is not the creation of new wealth, but the sector's appropriation of wealth - of other people's money. The financial sector, he shows, has grown too large, detached itself from ordinary business and everyday life, and has become an industry that mostly trades with itself, talks to itself, and judges itself by reference to standards which it has itself generated. And the outside world has itself adopted those standards, bailing out financial institutions that have failed all of us through greed and mismanagement.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter works just fine – but for investors, anything except total market domination is a disaster | Comment is free | The Guardian
Nothing better illustrates capitalism’s addiction to illogic than the mismatch between Twitter’s workability and its unpopularity with Wall Street [...] Any company that cannot demonstrate a clear route to monopolising its space, monetising its users’ data on a vast scale, is to be discarded, targeted for acquisition, consigned to perpetual dowdiness. [...] When I’ve pointed to Wikipedia, Apache or Linux as harbingers of a new, non-market, open source economics, one of the stock responses is: “now show us something more spectacular.” The problem is, these modest, functional and free products are already in their own way spectacular. Wikipedia is the biggest information product in the world; Apache runs half the world’s web servers; and Linux is the system of choice for at least a third of all servers (the computers that run businesses) and 97% of the world’s supercomputers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Crash bei Dax und Dow: Das war's mit Illusion Nummer drei - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Solange die Weltwirtschaft brummt, kann eine einzelne Volkswirtschaft ihre Währung so lange abwerten, bis sie wieder wettbewerbsfähig ist und der Aufschwung fast von alleine kommt. Globale Krisen funktionieren anders. Die Weltwirtschaft insgesamt kann nicht abwerten. Sie kann nur produktiver werden, aber nicht wettbewerbsfähiger. Da alle großen Wirtschaftsregionen der Welt - USA, Euroraum, Russland, China, Japan und Südostasien - ihre Mega-Krisen in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten hatten, gibt es auch keinen Unversehrten mehr, der die Rolle einer weltwirtschaftlichen Lokomotive übernehmen könnte. Das Wachstum der Weltwirtschaft verlangsamt sich somit stetig. [...] Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei [...] [ Share buyback was hot in 2014/15 till now ] [...] Die Verschiebung der Macht von Arbeit zu Kapital schreitet nicht weiter fort. [ low interest rate environment bc low capital returns, new Millennials have to serve now this debt burden and can't hope to inflate it away. & stagnant wages! ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace
Andrew Carnegie - Scottish name // riches are entrusted to said tycoon/entrepreneur but do not belong. those who die wealthy, die disgraces. // &! bbc.in/1Jg9tL3
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Chief executives earn '183 times more than workers' - BBC News
[ there is no correlation between CEO pay and performance ] // FTSE 100 CEO's earn on average 183 times more than a full-time worker, research suggests. A report by the High Pay Centre, a think tank which monitors income distribution, showed that top bosses earned on average £4.964m in 2014. That compares to £27,195 median pay for a full-time employee in 2014, according to official figures. The High Pay Centre said the executive pay packages went "far beyond what is sensible...to inspire top executives." "Pay packages of this size go far beyond what is sensible or necessary to reward and inspire top executives," said Deborah Hargreaves, director of the High Pay Centre. "It's more likely that corporate governance structures in the UK are riddled with glaring weaknesses and conflicts of interest." [...] [TUC calls] institutional investors to "use their clout to draw a line in the sand over CEO pay". [...] CBI [...] only ever justified by "exceptional performance"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Page says he wants his fortune to go to Elon Musk. Alphabet is the next best thing. - Vox
Big minds with small ideas. = current Silicon Valley. Old Silicon Valley was counter culture. // you will fail anyway, why not fail with something audacious. really. no fluff. no padding. no spin. ... hard science. facts. global problems that affect us all. pollution, global warming, energy efficiency, waste, democracy, health (sick population), ... // don't fear failure.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Rackspace Pops 5% After Reporting Lackluster Q2 Results Buttressed By The Promise Of Share Buybacks | TechCrunch
So, Rackspace intends to borrow money to buy its own shares to reward shareholders with presents it can only slightly afford. // IBM too, kept stock afloat w buybacks.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Go tell the boss: let me work less and I’ll produce more | Life and style | The Guardian
The five-day work week is an artificial and outmoded idea. A shorter working week can boost efficiency and an employee’s happiness [...] The latest trend might have more going for it, though: more tech businesses are experimenting with four-day weeks. As Ryan Carson, co-founder of the education startup Treehouse, put it: “You get all day Friday off, instead of pretending like you’re working when you’re not.” [...] The most important reason to work fewer days, of course, is that it’s good for families, friendship, hobbies and the human spirit. But the most interesting implication of the current experiments, backed by some academic research, is that it appears to be good for productivity and work quality, too. Partly that’s because desk-based “knowledge work” relies on plenty of brain rest as well as exertion.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook: Gewinn sinkt im zweiten Quartal deutlich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[FB] kämpft mit hohen Kosten. Die Anleger reagierten skeptisch. // [ Hohe Kosten!? Was wie!? ] // [...] Die Ausgaben stiegen kräftig um 82 Prozent auf 2,8 Milliarden Dollar. Der Konzern hatte bereits eine Investitionsoffensive angekündigt: Er steckt unter anderem viel Geld in Rechenzentren. Facebook treibt außerdem die Werbung auf mobilen Geräten wie Smartphones oder Tablet-PCs voran. Auch Angebote wie der SMS-Ersatz WhatsApp oder der Fotodienst Instagram werden weiterentwickelt. Dass die Kosten so stark zulegen würden, hatten Analysten aber nicht kommen sehen. [ Cost of hiring more developers for WhatsApp and Instagram and building data centers ] [...] "Es war ein weiteres starkes Quartal für unsere Community", kommentierte Facebook-Chef Mark Zuckerberg die Zahlen. [ LOL, you mean for Wall Street ] &! 1.49bn MAU, 76% of advertising now from mobile! //&! bbc.in/1IsEOKj
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Sees Click Growth But Value Falls - YouTube
Search Advertising less valuable, less conversion 2 advertisers. Despite being 'relevant.' Social Media (Facebook's +70% share) is eating (taking away some of) Google's lunch ... is reacting internally, knowing that they might have reached the peak value/per click. Reducing cost (headcount and investment spending) // &! youtu.be/ZeNzCP_Jbf4 - &! - Mobile will be worth more next year than Desktop Search!? & Vertical search competition (intention) ie OpenTable, Yelp!, Amazon, YouTube (2nd biggest search engine), Linkedin (people), Facebook (people), Twitter Search (breaking events) vs Google News, banner/display advertising (Programmatic Advertising) w Google AdSense - vs - AOL (acquired by Verizon) // &! tcrn.ch/1LkPDjP "The market has recently focused on Google’s cost profile, especially in the context of the company’s slowing revenue growth." << Wall Street. Even Google cant deny Wall Streets demands. &! on.recode.net/1J9SwlR
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't fear failure, unlock your inner creativity, and say yes | Don Dodge | TEDxAthens - YouTube
risk of failure greater than the chance of success. // Success is not final, failure is not fatal. Courage to move forward, counts. Move every day. None is giving you a free ride/lunch. // achieving 60% of the impossible is better than 100% of the ordinary! // NO TO INCREMENTALISM !!! // there are lots of people that you cant, and we teach conformity and not being a rebel, disruptor & creative. thus we create filters and cynicism. // we are very good at saying no ... no to fear, anxiety, the uncomfortable & the pain (the ability to grow), new experiences, // thus pattern matching. // Failure is not an option. Keep trying till you get it right - figured it out. THE LEARNING CURVE! failure is steepest learning curve (entrepreneurship). Thus everyone needs to be exposed to failure and adopt a growth mindset as child. With each failure you get closed to your goal, in case you dont stop & dont make the same mistake twice! // Dream when you are awake. Do it. Say yes to life & opportunities.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert J. Shiller: "Are We Headed for Another Financial Crisis?" (final edition, as of MAR 8) - YouTube
3rd ed adds bond market. where richard koo explains bond prices are a symptom of the balance sheet recession as is "deflationary." // liquidity trap // predicting turning points is bad business - highlighting fundy skew is easy. // equity bubble BURST? no. bond bubble BURST? no. how abt unreasonable higher interest rates for businesses bc of Taper from Fed long dated bonds into illiquid market. like Koo argues as possibility, which would depress gdp growth further bc of higher capital cost than the economy fundy actually would demand. contributing 2 the secular stagnation. // Other case: Crash of China (too much of a good thing, irrational exuberance) & Western Central Banks have no means 2 ease further & Career Politicians have no guts 2 actually pull out the guns for once 4 intelligent fiscal stimulus w a long-term view (no white elephants & bridges 2 nowhere). // 19:30 status anxiety, Sozialer Abstieg, everyone for himself, austerity, inequality, Software, etc = secular stagnation
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Owen Jones talks to Mehdi Hasan about The Establishment - YouTube
"shared economic interest" // bailout for the rich and too big to fail and jail - vs - austerity for the poor // TTIP // Europe // westminster (Establishment, Privileged, No Representation) over holyrood (SNP) << UK general election 2015 // all power has to be democratised >> mainstreet.org // Lucky ones pull the meritocracy card to justify their luck, standing and demands //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Forget Netflix’s stock volatility, the real news is its long-term plan is taking shape | PandoDaily
In other words, now that Netflix is in a third of US homes, it’s already showing signs of market saturation blunting its potential for future growth. There are two reasons why investors would shrug off this bad news: because they’re too busy covering short positions, or because they are actually beginning to buy into the long-term case for Netflix that Hastings has been making for years. As if telling a child for the hundredth time that vegetables are good for him, Hastings spelled out, sometimes in bold text, the Netflix game plan: “It is increasingly clear that virtually all entertainment video will be Internet video in the future. We’ll continue to improve our content, our marketing and our service, to eventually achieve ‘must have’ status in most households.”
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january 2015 by asterisk2a

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