Pidgin Economics

A look at world economics, from the point of view of an investor. The aim of this area is to interpret the continuous barrage of data, sales pitches and propoganda and bring it into a form that is actually useful to investors.

Why is the global economy so messed up?

Why is the global financial outlook so clouded?
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  It has been an eventful couple of weeks. Time is short at the moment, so todays’ post will make comments without directing you to a lot of the underlying data. In other words, we are going to mainly consider my thoughts and judgements  as opposed to facts and analysis. There is an enormous level…

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Carbon Tax – Market Strategy Update

Will a carbon tax help reduce carbon emissions?
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Market Strategy Update – Carbon Tax     Details of the long awaited Labor/Greens carbon tax have arrived. As Australia embarks on this course, not necessarily shared at the present time by major trading partners and competing economies in south-east Asia, the cause and effect implications are extremely complex for business, employment and households alike.…

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Weekend Reading on the impact of austerity measures

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Everyone has most likely heard enough about the European Union and their problems with the debt loads of Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Greece. There has certainly been enough in the news over the past year. i have posted a comment or two on the issue to try to provide a little more balance on the…

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Love this idea!!!!

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Isn’t it great when someone actually gets around to doing something that you’ve been nagging friends and family about? You know, when Great Idea No 726 actually comes to life? Well, here is my example… The New York Times has being doing its patriotic duty, and following the trials and tribulations of US politicians trying…

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Greece and this debt issue

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Sometimes it seems like the whole world is holding its breath. That is about where we are at right now in financial circles. The major currency and debt markets are hushed in tension as they await the outcome of the standoff between the IMF, ECU Central Bank, Germany, the Greek government and the population of…

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Wine the big winner post 2011 Budget night

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Yes, that’s right. You heard all about it here first. The good news of the day is the successful launch of Fosters’ wine business as a company of its own – Treasury Wine Estates. I for one, intend to celebrate that with a lovely glass of red at the earliest convenience. And while i’m at…

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Governments, Energy, Prices and Inflation on a Friday

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When is inflation not inflation? A rather rhetorical question for a Friday, to be sure. However, this particular pondering has been brought on by one of WSP’s business partners – John – who has been looking at the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA’s) recent attempts to keep inflation under control. John’s comments are that big…

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Mining taxes and straight-line projections

RBA Index of Commodity Prices
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Much has been made over the last year on the relative merits of a “mining tax”, which has also been called a “super profits” tax. Very learned folk have invested a lot of time and energy into looking at Australia’s economy and trying to work out how to better spread around the benefits of the…

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RBA Rate Rise – “Just in case”

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The RBA has increased interest rates by another 0.25%. Most people won’t notice for a while, as they are still busy enjoying Melbourne Cup luncheons and the like. It is an interesting move, this one. Obviously, any move of rates is a keenly watched event – much like the 150 year old horse race –…

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