Monthly Archives: February 2017

Secular driver of deflation: demographics

Those hoping for a magical return to 1980’s-2000 style 4% growth rates in North America, that will justify bubble-high asset valuations, are ignoring a huge part of reality: populations all over the west, China and Japan, who wield the lion … Continue reading

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Bill Nye on climate, cognitive dissonance and the business case for smart energy

Improved health, efficiency, business opportunity and job growth are all obvious reasons to embrace green energy.  But for those who are worried about the rising influx of displaced people in the world:  the best way to slow the rise of … Continue reading

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Jeff Sachs on Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable.

Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Here is a direct audio link.

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Financial crisis resurfacing as global deficits and debts explode

Since 2008, all over the world, banks have been given constant injections of ‘free’ money from governments (taxpayers) which they then place on deposit with central banks to collect interest for doing nothing.  They have used the ‘liquidity’ to pay … Continue reading

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Nightmare on Main Street: average Canadian home price now $590k

As Toronto speculators gobble up supply, some industry ‘players’ are calling on government to remove part of the Ontario Greenbelt to free up more land. This is a nightmare on pretty much every level.  (Also see:  Millennials may never get … Continue reading

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Stark truth about financial risk: individuals are ‘too little to save’

As self-absorbed, myopic bankers have destroyed the global financial system, they have co-opted the public purse and urged the rest of us to buy more risk in the hopes of breaking even. What these risk sellers don’t acknowledge however, is … Continue reading

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