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Last year brought record-breaking solar installations in China. But how much is actually connected to the grid?
SolarCity stock is up 500 percent from its IPO price. There’s a solar recovery happening that is not only lifting the industry’s dealers and installers — the stocks of the leading panel manufacturers such as First Solar, SunPower and Yingli are also up 300 percent on the year. Deutsche Bank reported that by the end of 2013, two-thirds of the world’s markets could economically use solar without government subsidies. And this growth will likely continue for decades.
The president is one of many politicians of both parties as well as pundits who think manufacturing deserves special treatment. But this factory obsession is based on flawed economics. As the Brookings Institute economist Justin Wolfers asked recently, “What’s with the political fetish for manufacturing? Are factories really so awesome?”
Manchester United’s signing of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata may have brightened the mood at OId Trafford, but Deutsche Bank has taken a dim view of the Spaniard’s £37 million ($61 million) arrival and downgraded its target price for the soccer team.
For the past three years, the World Economic Forum, a champion of capitalism, has identified income disparity as the biggest risk to the global economy.
Following Apple’s disappointing earnings report, a debate is heating up over where the consumer electronics giant’s share price is headed, with one analyst calling for a near 40 percent fall in the stock.
Which is a shame, because it’s a critical debate to have. Wages for the middle class have stagnated. The gap between rich and poor is widening, generational mobility has stalled, and a larger share of income is accruing to owners of capital rather than labor.
“Capital controls to avoid excessive inflows have had limited success,” Ricardo Hausmann, a former planning minister in Venezuela who now teaches economics at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said in an e-mail. “Capital controls to prevent outflows often postpone and amplify rather than moderate the need for adjustment.
Economists are split on why inequality has been rising, with the dividing line mainly between those who believe technology and globalization are the key factors that account for the rise in incomes at the very top, and others citing factors such as the decline in unionization and the decline in tax rates at the top as the wealthy have captured the political process and successfully eroded union support, lowered their tax burdens and so on.
The durable goods report dovetails with a spate of other disappointing economic data releases. A lot of that disappointment has been blamed on really cold weather, and market observers seem mixed on whether this string of poor economic figures is a one-off cold front or an endemic problem.
In September 2012, shortly after the Fed announced a fresh expansion of its stimulus campaign, Mr. Kocherlakota returned to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to announce that he had changed his mind. Contrary to his prediction, inflation was slowing. That meant the Fed had the opportunity and responsibility to do more.
This is not a general case of an ‘innocent bystander’ economy getting hurt by the same strong dollar that everyone else is also confronting,” Nomura said in a report. “It is more a specific case of an extremely badly managed economy losing the faith of not merely foreign investors but with domestics also now justifiably trying to take flight.
It is true that the Dow’s down days are far from a record. So is the percentage drop-off. However, it comes after a nervous start to the new year, which follows a rather impressive gain in 2013. It also follows a number of warnings many market followers have issued since the end of last September.
Back in early December the government of Argentina raised taxes on credit card purchases in foreign currency to 35% from 20%. Online Christmas shopping abroad became increasingly expensive. However, dollars continued to flow out of the country even with this high levy, pressuring foreign reserves.
China’s investment/GDP ratio soars to a totally unsustainable 54.4%. Be afraid.
Tweet Ramez Naam, author of The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, recently explained that lithium-ion batteries have a fifteen year history of exponential price reduction. Between 1991 and 2005, the capacity that could be bought with $100 went up by a factor of 11. The trend continues through to the present day.
It is worth highlighting that there are two key rankings lists to consider in the PV industry in terms of upstream companies. One relates to ‘who made the PV cells’: the other one is ‘who shipped the finished PV modules’. These two lists are very different.
A new theoretical model developed by professors at the University of Houston (UH) and Université de Montréal may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells.
Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid. Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being trialled for healing the eye, heart and brain.
The highest rated country in the world for food was the Netherlands, with 6.3% of the population with diabetes and a low-carb national diet.
Inspired by a HostelBookers.com post by Victoria Philpott, we took a look at some classic breakfast choices from countries around the world.
The European Central Bank sees signs that lenders will stop tightening corporate credit standards this quarter after preparing their balance sheets for a comprehensive review.
Economic crashes, underground dollar exchanges, Rolling Stones cults, and a string of five Presidents in two weeks in 2001 — Argentina is a crazy place.
He writes: Now, working elbow to elbow with billionaires, I was a giant fireball of greed. I’d think about how my colleagues could buy Micronesia if they wanted to, or become mayor of New York City. They didn’t just have money; they had power — power beyond getting a table at Le Bernardin. Senators came to their offices. They were royalty.
So why did executive pay start taking off in the 1980s in these two countries? Well something else happened at the same time: tax rates on top incomes were also substantially reduced. Why does reducing the tax rate on top incomes lead to a rise in those incomes pre tax? With lower tax rates, the CEO has a much greater incentive to put lots of effort into the bargaining process with the company.
So what makes the Glyph special? Avegant says it’s the headset’s image projection method, which reflects light onto each retina through a series of lenses and tiny mirrors and makes for sharper, easier-to-watch images than using a screen, as many competing products like Oculus Rift do.
Are you determined to become a better investor this year? Mastering the stock market can seem daunting, but one short cut is to learn from the masters.
Billions of goods are being stolen from self service checkouts, as shoppers admit stealing on average £15 each a month through the tills
Half the world economy is one accident away from a deflation trap. The International Monetary Fund says the probability may now be as high as 20pc.
Five years into the era of quantitative easing pioneered by departing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, two economists say they’ve measured how much extra stimulus the bond purchases provide when the main interest rate is already near zero.
Japan’s consumer price index rose 0.4 percent in 2013, the first increase in five years, in further evidence the recovery in the world’s third-largest economy is gaining momentum.
The brutal reality is that Italy’s human capital is still being destroyed by contractionary EMU policies. Italian industry is still being hollowed out. The hysteresis effects of skills erosion – and the failure to draw a large chunk of the next generation into the economic system at a crucial stage in their lives when they are most open to new technologies – will lower Italy’s future growth rate and do lasting damage to Italy’s economic dynamism.
As January comes to a close, the stock market is down about 3 percent, and it has already set the tone for a much more challenging year. As goes January, so goes the year, is the adage. It has been right in 62 of the last 85 years, or 73 percent of the time.
Solar-powered laptops, edible battery power, spray-on solar panels, mini windmills: This may be a game-changing year for clean technology.