Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday roundup (04-01-13)

French consumer recession worse than Italy's; Euro area economy in trouble (Sober Look blog)

Eric Holder 'Too Big To Jail' Claim Draws 300,000 Signatures Demanding Action From Obama (The Huffington Post)

Meet The Man Who Could Finally Destroy 'Too Big To Fail' Banks [The Fiscal Times via] (The Business Insider)

Stockton [CA] Can Stay in Bankruptcy Over Creditor Objections (Bloomberg) Stockton bankruptcy decision only the beginning: Stockton bankruptcy decision could trigger precedent-setting state pension debt negotiations (The Associated Press)

Let's stop complaining about excessive student debt and do something about it: We all understand the student debt problem. It would be a big help if universities put a cap on student loans (The Guardian)

     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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