Category Archives: The Weekend Read

The Weekend Read: Bikini Wax Indicator

If you’re getting a bikini wax in Brazil, you’ll likely find that the cost is rising. And if you’re an economic policy maker, you’ll likely see that as a problem, since the bikini wax is one of the items the … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read: Judgement Day

Five months ago, a government change in Spain’s Catalonia region revealed a budget deficit more than twice as big as previously reported. Now, a growing chorus of economists, local politicians and business leaders say that new governments are likely to … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read: McSwan Watch

Chinese speculators have emerged as a big driver of silver’s spectacular rally and subsequent crash with trading in the metal in Shanghai soaring nearly 30-fold since the start of the year. The commodity, nicknamed “the devil’s metal” for its wild … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read: Commodity Flop

On How Academic Economists Missed the Crisis I was shocked by how large a panic was produced by what seemed to me – and still does – relatively small losses (in terms of the size of the global economy) in … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read: Gold Fever!

In my theory of reflexivity I assert that the thinking of economic agents serves two functions. On the one hand, they try to understand reality; that is the cognitive function. On the other, they try to make an impact on … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read

IT LOOKS like a planetary tattoo designed to be seen from space, a vast set of concentric circles inscribed in the skin of southern California’s desert. Ground was broken on the Ivanpah power plant, which is to be one of … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read

The single biggest threat to national security is the national debt, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday, underscoring the importance of good fiscal stewardship and a need to stimulate economic growth. American taxpayers are going to … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read: Beyond the Noise

Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based consumer goods sourcing and logistics company, warned that “a new era in sourcing with higher prices” has begun, as manufacturers pass on the rising costs of both raw materials and Chinese labour to customers. … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read

New York Fed President William Dudley on Friday cited the new improved tablet as an example of the economy’s dearth of upward inflation pressures. But for a Queens, N.Y., audience more worried about the price of food, that didn’t go … Continue reading

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The Weekend Read: Godspeed, Japan!

As cars swayed, and trees lurched overhead, you could feel the power of the beast writhing underneath Japan.  – Economist China Demographic Trends Cloud China’s Long-Term Economic Outlook – AEI Don’t Dismiss a Jasmine Moment in China – The Atlantic … Continue reading

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