America First? When it comes to GDP we get the bronze!

America First? When it comes to GDP we get the bronze!

Yesterday we talked about how the American economy, despite all the euphoric headlines since the election, didn’t deliver much of a performance in the fourth quarter and in fact we saw the weakest full-year GDP growth rate since 2011 which was well below the U.K.’s 2016 growth rate of 2 percent. Today we learned that the Eurozone […]

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Greek Crisis with Neil Cavuto

On July 6th I spoke about the Greek Crisis with Neil Cavuto, a tragedy which is starting to feel like a Sisyphean set of negotiations stuck in a Groundhog day style loop. Bottom line is Greece cannot be expected to honor its debts. Any additional debt is simply a form of much needed aid, to help the […]

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Germany and Greece: An Impossible Relationship?

Germany and Greece: An Impossible Relationship?

This morning the markets in Europe rose giddily on the belief that the problems with Greece were resolved, despite the bureaucrats insistence that they were in fact, not at all. By late afternoon in Europe, it had become clear that there was no resolution, but the talks continued. I swear I’ve had breakups that seemed […]

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Shove It! A Greek Tragedy?

Shove It! A Greek Tragedy?

The headlines are once again dominated by the living Greek economic tragedy, vacillating between dire predictions of a Greek collapse and ensuing global financial calamity to ebullient, (and frankly rather ludicrous) stock market jumps of joy on hopes of a pseudo happily-ever-after. Conventional wisdom has been to lambast the Greeks with the usual damning triumvirate […]

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RT Boom Bust with Erin Ade talking about the Fed, Greece and Italy

On May 28th, I appeared on RT’s Boom Bust  with Eric Ade, talking about about the Fed, Greece and Italy. For some time the Fed has been talking about raising rates, but the stream of economic data we’ve been seeing doesn’t give the FOMC, (Federal Open Markets Committee) much of an argument for raising rates.  Employment gains have […]

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Greece in Hotel California

Greece in Hotel California

Greece was all over the headlines again last week as the deadline for debt talks neared. The Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union, is starting to sound an awful like the Eagles “Hotel California,” with many in Greece left rethinking, “This could be Heaven or this could be Hell.” The treaty provided a lengthy […]

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The New, New Normal

I’m fairly certain that when the G20 convened, many of the attendees believed that as a result of their high-minded meetings, some brilliant announcement would be given to the markets and once again the world would be deemed safe, at least for a little while.  Instead, the Cannes meeting ended with no solutions and not […]

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How and Why of Greek Debt

How and Why of Greek Debt

When a nation has more debt than it can manage, it has two options (1) inflate its way out by printing more money or (2) restructure the debt. Typically the most politically feasible solution is to inflate.  Generally wages tend to keep up to some degree with inflation, so the employed feel as if they […]

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