Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday roundup (05-14-13)

Why have so few bankers gone to jail? (The Economist blogs)

E.U. Officials Quarrel Over the Pace of Bank Reform (The New York Times)

Wealth Gap Widens In Rich Countries As Austerity Threatens To Worsen Inequality: OECD (Reuters)

The UK is up to its neck in debt, but here's the thing: we just don't care (The Telegraph blogs)

RBS says will take 18 months to plug capital gap (Reuters)

[US] Student Loan Debt Horror Stories, Revealed (U. S. News & World Report blogs)

Air France says it will cut 500 cabin jobs this year (Agence France Presse)

A Brief History of Cycles and Time, Part 1 (guest essay) (Of Two Minds blog) A Brief History of Cycles and Time, Part 2 (Of Two Minds blog)

     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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