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Last Build Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:47:53 +0000


Comment on Jeremy Grantham on the dynamics of a lower growth world by John C

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:47:53 +0000

Excellent interview. Thanks for sharing.

Comment on US dollar update by William

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:48:15 +0000

For those who like "outside the box" thoughts: 1. I forsee that when (not IF) US interest rates are going to rise, it will be accompanied with a rising USD !!! 2. A falling Trade Deficit, falling commodity prices and falling US demand are good for the US consumer but they will hasten the arrival of higher US interest rates.

Comment on Financials masking weak internals of the Canadian economy by JW

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:20:03 +0000

It is the RRSP season. Savers are targeted to grind the markets higher in February, possibly through March and most part of April. Thank you both again for sharing. Langley, B.C.

Comment on Basic central banking explained by Kenny Drapale

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:05:18 +0000

I am a follower of this website so that I can get a professionally biased education. Economic theory is meaningless to me, because, well, I never see it being followed. We never seem to have the option as savers to invest because there is never an "ALL clear" signal; a signal that should instantly materialize as easily as a Fed announcement & a sound policy implementation. Isn't this girl's understanding defective? Do the banks really get free money, or do they only make money off the central bank lending spread? If so, I can't understand why they get her to speak. I believe the problem is actually deficit budgeting (curtailed in the '90's) & right now, the provinces are out of control more so than the feds - & I'm not sure if there is a terminal flaw in the system here, because unlimited government printing would result in hyper-inflation. Debt expansion simply saddles future generations with tax-driven deflation. Too much of either practice would seem to destabilize an economy as monetary expansion has to be tied to economic capacity for it. What we seem to have here in Canada is a seemingly silly way to capitalize or "pad" the banks via the taxpayer, if what she's saying is correct. To me, however, her argument seems to be a essentially a "red herring" speech unless something did fundamentally change in the '70's like she remarked. The only thing I remember happening in the '70's was corporate tax cutting to goose the stock market resulting deficit financing at double digit interest rates. These rates were a tool used to kill inflation caused by what? The bank of Canada printing too much? Or the banks lending too much? There were probably some sort of bank influences but what fundamentally changed?

Comment on Canadian dollar breaks support on weakening global demand by aliencaffeine

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:38:02 +0000

If it weren't for all the commodities Canada is hung with, they would have a stronger currency. They need to develope a first-class economy like the United States, and export manufactured goods and services, not tar sands and logs.

Comment on US dollar update by William

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:06:59 +0000

The US has been running chronic Current Account Deficits in the last say 50 years. And that makes it extremely likely that the US will be the first one to impose capital controls. Then you can't get your money out of the US. And that will turn even T-bonds into dynamite.

Comment on US dollar update by Chris

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:19:28 +0000

Why do people have money? In order to buy real goods, which allow them to live, and to support themselves in the most advantageous lifestyle in history. Compare the amount of real goods with the amount of financial instruments that are out there: stocks, bonds, loans, derivatives, and so on. The amount of paper per real unit of goods is enormous in the current economy. Eventually, people will want to trade in their paper for goods. This is already starting to happen: for example in Japan, where an aging population needs to live off their savings. When this comes into full force, there are only three things that can happen: 1. Production increases (natural resources, technology, etc.) fill the gap. 2. Deflation happens as credit contracts, and bonds are defaulted on. I. e. money is destroyed, so the price of goods starts to sink. 3. Inflation happens as people realize that there's far, far too much money in the economy. Money is over-created, so the price of goods rises dramatically. We may get all three. But don't bet against inflation as the final outcome.

Comment on G20 Leaders push to close corporate tax loopholes by Robert

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:48:17 +0000

Who creates more wealth and productive jobs? Government or corporations? Who needs to be starved of money to most benefit society?