Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday roundup (08-11-13)

European banks need to sell £2.8 trillion of assets: Banks in Europe will need to slash €3.2 trillion (£2.8tn) of assets from their balance sheets over the next five years to meet new regulations designed to minimise the risk of further banking collapses in future. (The Telegraph)

Bundesbank says Greece will need extra aid by early 2014 - report (Reuters)

Guy does to bank what banks usually do to other people (MSN)  $700k windfall: Russian man outwits bank with hand-written credit contract (Russia Today)

     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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