Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tuesday roundup (12-25-12)

Portugal to hold fire-sale of state assets: State broadcaster could be privatised in move seen as attempt by Lisbon government to impress lenders (The Guardian)

Triple-dip in prospect as British economy zig-zags to recovery (The Scotsman)

US Holiday Retail Sales Growth Weakest Since 2008
(The Associated Press)

Federal workers feel unease over potential layoffs, furloughs unleashed by ‘fiscal cliff’ (The Washington Post)

TARP bailout close to breaking even
["only" $14 billion to go] (CNNMoney)

     The aim of this blog is to show (mostly from reports in mainstream respected news sources) that there is reason to believe that both the United States and the global economies remain fragile in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and that a number of threats that exist today could, if they worsened, bring about economic depression -- not just a minor depression, but a depression worse than the Great Depression. This blog further attempts to show that the financial crisis of 2008 was largely a result of the devastating consequences of excessive risk taking and the absence of effective regulation of such behavior. Furthermore, this blog maintains that not only have the lessons that should have been learned from this experience not been learned, but that the risks to the economy, including the persistent building up of "too big to fail" institutions, have actually increased since the crisis began. Finally this blog also brings to light, from time to time, reports of a parallel threat to economic well-being developing in the energy industry, which suggest an energy shock may be coming much closer in time than is generally imagined.

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