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Entries from January 2009

LNG plans on PNG

January 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

A must read..

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Tags: IOC · Natural Gas

Blame the banks?

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Mortgage rates on variable mortgages could be a lot lower. Is that the fault of the banks? Not really.

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Tags: Credit Crisis

Some conservatives are getting it

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Some conservatives are getting it

We wrote yesterday that the Republican resistance against the stimulus plan was a mistake, at least when it is based on the wish to include more tax cuts. If you didn’t believe us, or even Paul Krugman, here is a conservative economist arguing the same..

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Tags: Credit Crisis

Republican mistake

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Republican mistake

We try to remain impartial, but sometimes the economics is so clear on an issue that, for the sake of truth, one cannot remain on the sidelines of a political debate.

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Tags: Credit Crisis

Kick out the lot of them

January 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Vengeance is not a good reason to nationalize the banks, but boy, it is tempting… These self acclaimed masters of the universe, will they ever learn..

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Tags: Credit Crisis

Are we close to the bottom?

January 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Impossible to say. There are self-reinforcing mechanisms at work that, unimposed, will take us deeper into a recession. However, there are also reasons to think the economy will stabilize in the near future..

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Tags: Credit Crisis · The Markets

Nationalize the banks III

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Nationalize the banks III

And yet another reason to nationalize the banks. Too bad we can’t just abolish them. They’ve done just about everything wrong, their top management has enriched itself beyond imagination, and they continue to obstruct..

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Tags: Credit Crisis

Here’s one way to invest: fast trains

January 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Here’s one way to invest: fast trains

The search is on for big public projects that  combine immediate macro-economic benefits (jobs, boosting spending) with long-term public returns. Fast rail links offer one benefit.

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Tags: Credit Crisis

The Swedish example

January 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Swedish example

We argued for the nationalization of banks. Here is a real life example that shows the advantages over the present muddle..

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Tags: Credit Crisis

Nationalize the banks II

January 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We wrote last week that it would probably be best to nationalize the banks. We have some additional arguments..

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Tags: Credit Crisis