Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday roundup (12-28-2016)

El-Erian warning: 'Big negative shock' can spur liquidity crisis (CNBC)

Global economic forces conspire to stymie US manufacturing (The Hill blogs)

Italy is trying a €20 billion experiment with its banks to see if anyone cares about 'moral hazard' (The Business Insider)

     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 exist today that could, if they worsened, bring about economic depression -- not just a minor depression, but a depression worse than the Great Depression. Key threats include excessive risk-taking by financial firms, unchecked by effective regulation; the continued existence of "too big to fail" institutions; and most especially, the amassing of levels of public and private debt which could become unsustainable.

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