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Finance / the Economy

Is Constant Economic Growth Possible?

May 02, 2012 at 17:50 | Gail Tverberg

If we read the financial pages, economic growth seems to be viewed as the “normal” situation to which economies inevitably return. But is it really?If we look back…

The Death of Global Integration

Apr 24, 2012 at 16:16 | Kurt Cobb

The world's elites don't want to admit it. But the kind of global village that they have insisted on building--a vast free-trade paradise run by an ever more complex and…

Noble Notion vs Reality

Apr 01, 2012 at 10:43 | Vladimir Harman

Seventy six years have passed since the first notion on taxing financial transactions first appeared under the pen of John Maynard Keynes in his study on Theory on Employment Interest…

Ecological Economics: The Battle to Preserve the Natural World

Feb 09, 2012 at 16:27 | Breakthrough Institute

In September of 1982, a group of scholars met in Stockholm intending to reform -- even to revolutionize -- the study of economics. The new ecological economists saw the economy…

Is a Reduction in Population Numbers the only Sustainable Solution?

Jan 30, 2012 at 17:32 | Gail Tverberg

In a recent post, I talked about why we may be reaching Limits to Growth of the type foretold in the 1972 book Limits to Growth. I would…

Out of Africa - Portugal solicits Angolan investment

Jan 16, 2012 at 22:07 | John Daly

The following is an interesting and cautionary tale for investors looking at relatively "stable" Old Europe and Africa, seemingly mired in perennial crisis. Since last year the Portuguese government has…

Argentina's Booming Economy Proves There Can be Life After Default

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:59 | John Daly

Quick. Name the country whose economy despite the global recession nevertheless expanded 9.2 percent in 2010 and has kept growing in 2011 at an annual rate of about 8 percent.…

G20 and BRICs - Who's in Charge?

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:57 | John Daly

As the representatives of G20 nations gather in Cannes, thrashing out a new way forward for the ailing European Union's economies, a major yet little observed economic sea change is…

The Faustian Bargain has Enabled an Unsustainable Economic System, but Not for Much Longer

Jan 09, 2012 at 17:08 | Gail Tverberg

Historically people have shifted their belief systems in various ways. The Greeks and Romans believed in numerous gods and goddesses and attributed all kinds of powers to them. Then the…

Is a Green Economy too Expensive in the Current Environment

Jan 09, 2012 at 16:59 | Gary Hunt

There is a looming battle over the cost of energy between the ‘green at any cost’ versus the ‘green enough at a reasonable cost’ where wind/solar forces will battle

China's Bubble of Rapid Economic Expansion Could Soon Burst

Dec 15, 2011 at 17:40 | Al Fin

China's problems are piling up, just when the celestial kingdom is attempting an orderly handover of power. Since China's wild grab for commodities over the past 2 years has been…

Iraq: An Army of Soldiers to be Replaced by an Army of Businessmen

Dec 14, 2011 at 17:54 | James Burgess

After nearly nine years, all US Forces are mandated to withdraw from Iraqi territory by 31 December 2011 under the terms of a bilateral agreement signed in 2008. Now the…

What Does China's Reduction in Oil Imports and Trade Suggest?

Dec 14, 2011 at 17:31 | Stuart Burns

Several articles have come out recently drawing on November oil imports, trade and electricity data to suggest China is slowing rapidly and potentially heading for a hard landing. The FT…

China’s Economy Threatened by Water Shortages

Nov 09, 2011 at 17:57 | Christopher Cundy

Companies in China that use water efficiently will be better positioned to profit in an economy increasingly at risk from water stress and new water regulations, according to analysis by…

Rough Seas Ahead for Brazil's Booming Economy

Nov 07, 2011 at 07:29 | Stuart Burns

Brazil has fared better than most over the last year or two. True, the country does have a problem with inflation, which has proved stubbornly hard to contain, and a…

2012 and the Coming Financial Crises

Oct 25, 2011 at 07:44 | Gail Tverberg

It looks to me as though 2012 is likely to be a truly awful financial year, with several crises converging: 1. Either very high oil prices or recession,2. The US governmental…

European Debt Crisis: Is This the Beginning of the End?

Oct 20, 2011 at 08:51 | Top Stock Portfolios

Almost exactly two years since the onset of the Greek debt crisis, the European Commission has set out to create a comprehensive strategy to rein in the crisis and return…

The 65 Year Debt Bubble and a New Financial System

Oct 12, 2011 at 07:46 | Gail Tverberg

When I write about high oil prices having an adverse impact on the economy, quite a few readers respond by saying, “No, most (or all) of the problem is a…

The Most Bizarre Recession in History

Oct 04, 2011 at 07:23 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If we are now in recession, this is the most bizarre one in history. It is a recession where the first thing people do is rush out and buy a…

Following the Money: A Look at Solyndra’s Lender

Sep 19, 2011 at 15:33 | Bruce Krasting

If you want to find out what happened with Solyndra you have to follow the money. I did. The half billion dollars of taxpayer dough that is probably lost in…

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