Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tuesday roundup (08-13-14)

Investors euphoric as US margin debt reaches 'danger' levels: Fund managers are around the world are gripped by euphoria, convinced that America is in full recovery and Europe has overcome its debt crisis. (The Telegraph)

Total net wealth of Irish households fell in first quarter: Decline comes despite continued fall in household debt to lowest level since 2006 (The Irish Times)

Sibanye looking to cut another 2 000 jobs as restructure bears fruit (Mining Weekly)

Heinz to cut 600 jobs in North America after sale of company (Reuters)

HP Laying Off 500 at Conway Service Center (Hispanic Business)

     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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