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The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - President Obama is now selling his proposed Trans...
President Obama is now selling his proposed Trans Pacific Partnership as necessary to contain China. "Either China writes the rules of global trade or we do," he said Friday. But his trade pact is really a giveaway to American-based global corporations that initiated it and are pushing it in Congress -- and which are making and selling all over the world, and shifting profits to wherever they pay the lowest taxes (some are even morphing into foreign corporations). And those same U.S. based corporations do whatever China wants to gain access to that huge market. As an Apple executive told The New York Times, “We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems.”
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Forget the Verizon-AOL deal. The big wave in tech M&A is just getting started. | PandoDaily
The all-cash AOL deal may drain Verizon’s cash reserves, but consider that Verizon generated $10 billion in operating cash flows last quarter – on top of $113 billion in total debt. [W]hats another $4.4 billion in loans, especially when interest rates are as cheap as they’ve ever been? // &! S&P 500 Companies Spend Almost All Profits on Buybacks - bloom.bg/1ECu06U // &! Companies have been gobbling up their own shares at an exceptional rate. There are good reasons to worry about this [...] The companies in the S&P 500 index bought $500 billion of their own shares in 2013, close to the high reached in the bubble year of 2007, and eating up 33 cents of every dollar of cashflow. [...] [$650 billion of cash overseas] [ leading firms to skimp on long-term investment] [firms are being sensible by restraining investment in the face of economic uncertainty] - econ.st/1t90jry //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Pleite, Fusion, Übernahme: Halbwertzeit von Firmen berechnet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Über das Sterben von Firmen existieren mehrere Theorien. Laut der "Liability of Newness" (Bürde des Neuen) verschwinden junge Unternehmen häufiger vom Markt, weil sie noch nicht über genug Kontakte zu Kunden, Lieferanten und Investoren verfügen. Die "Liability of Senescence" (Bürde der Vergreisung) beschreibt das Phänomen, dass ältere Firmen dazu tendieren, unflexibel und bürokratisch zu werden und deshalb zugrunde gehen. /// 25.000 börsennotierte Unternehmen in den USA aus dem Zeitraum 1950 bis 2009. Die mit 45 Prozent häufigste Ursache für das Aus von Firmen sind demnach Fusionen und Übernahmen. Eine Pleite gab es nur in 3,5 Prozent der Fälle. Immerhin 15 Prozent der Firmen wurden auch von der Börse genommen und verschwanden somit aus der Datenbank.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Bob Janjuah: "This Is An Uber Bear Early Warning Alert...Major Risk Asset Sell Off Will See S&P Into 800s...The Fed Will Start New $5Tr QE Program" | zero hedge
First please refer back to my last comment, dd 26th April (Bob's World: What an idiot!)....2 takeaways from this note in particular - 1) my bearish trading call on risk assets, looking for a 10%/10%+ S&P selloff over late Apr and May from the 1220 level, driven by sovereign concerns, was spot on - maybe not bearish enough!, and 2) the point of market and taxpayer revulsion with the horrendous Keynesian/monetarist nightmare forced upon us by policymakers has come to bear. Sovereign limits and sovereign credibility concerns are not now a future risk - they are HERE. The enormous failure here is that the private sector has barely had time to catch a breath, let alone develop any form of self sustaining private sector recovery, before these limits have already begun to hit home.

As I have been saying for many months, the TRUE underlying private sector trend is one of DEFLATION (balance sheet repair thru reduction of nominal debt levels).

China in Bear territory.
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may 2010 by asterisk2a
Leidensgenossen: Verlierer der Euro-Schuldenkrise | FTD.de
Jean-Claude Trichet, Präsident der Europäischen Zentralbank (EZB), spricht von dramatischen Zeiten und der schwersten Krise seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. 750 Mrd. Euro stellen Brüssel und der Internationale Währungsfonds bereit, um einen Kollaps der Währungsunion zu verhindern. Die EZB kauft Staatsanleihen auf. Und die Bundesregierung verbietet ungedeckte Leerverkäufe bei einzelnen Finanzaktien, europäischen Schuldtiteln und untersagt nicht-gedeckte Kreditderivate auf Staaten.
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may 2010 by asterisk2a
Markets Hit Their Highest Levels Since Autumn - NYTimes.com
Wall Street was so bullish on Friday that it could have passed for Pamplona.
“The recession is dead,” Dean Maki, an economist at Barclays Capital, declared in a research note. “Long live the recovery.”
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“No one really knows what kind of expansion we’ll have,” said Stu Schweitzer, global markets strategist at JPMorgan Private Bank. “One thing is clear: having cut costs to the bone, any increase in revenue should drop straight through to the bottom line of corporate America.”
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“The behavior of the consumer is now the key thing to watch,”
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august 2009 by asterisk2a
Secondary Sources: Fed Watch, Financial Pay, Waitress Indicator - Real Time Economics - WSJ
And there certainly would be no rush to react if low U.S. interest rates fueled bubbles outside U.S. borders; that, after all, would be the responsibility of foreign policymakers. “
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Every stock market and commodities marked in the world is on record monthly highs 9-12 months highs.
Well some money of the bailouts has to be speculated somewhere.
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august 2009 by asterisk2a
Commodities on Fire - CNBC By The Numbers - CNBC.com
The U.S. Dollar continues its slide, with the Dollar Index falling to its lowest levels since the end of September. The index is now down 14 percent from its March highs.
>> Through the money amount which is thrown at banks from Treasuries and Central Banks - all this money must go somewhere. And it goes into the financial markets. Not into the balance sheet or Main Street.
Many indexes are on a 9 to 14 month high. Because of the floods of money.
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august 2009 by asterisk2a

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