Archive for the ‘Economics’ Category

Housing Bubble Idiocracy – Flipper’s Disease

Saturday, March 5, 2016 14:47 No Comments

RealtyTrac reports that, well, flippers are flipping houses again. “As confidence in the housing recovery spreads, more real estate investors and would-be real estate investors are hopping on the home flipping bandwagon,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at RealtyTrac. “Not only is the share of home flips on the rise again, but we also [...]

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Holding Cash = “Nefarious Behavior”

Saturday, March 5, 2016 14:10 1 Comment

While world emperors are forcing Keynesian economic policy and negative interest rates to the point of financial chaos, these government shenanigans are turning savvy folks into cash hoarders and it gets them branded as likely terrorists. With economic growth an anemic 1%, many Swiss withdrew cash from the bank and stashed it at home or [...]

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Firing Bazookas at Financial Markets

Monday, February 29, 2016 17:29 No Comments

CNN Helicopter Money has run a headline, “Deflation is Back: Cue More Money Printing.” Consumer prices fell by 0.2% in Europe in February, inciting panic among the central banking inflationists. European Central bank President Mario Draghi has promised to pump more money into the system “if necessary.” To quote: Economists believe Draghi will fire another bazooka [...]

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Another Bubble Extravagance Hitting Its Peak

Sunday, February 28, 2016 12:19 No Comments

One outcome of a bubble era is irrational profligacy in corporate spending because business executives and managers can’t unravel the false market signals that lead to malinvestments and careless management of company assets and cash flow during a bubble period. Silicon Valley startups have been throwing around cash to carelessly buy luxury items as signing [...]

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Sports Authority Filing for Bankruptcy

Friday, February 26, 2016 10:26 No Comments

Another retail giant that has been oh-so-bloated for so long is about to go under. Sports Authority has been teetering on the edge for some time. From the article: Sources tell Reuters the company was unable to come up with a plan, leading it to make the decision to move toward bankruptcy. Of course there’s [...]

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Slavery and Digital Legal Tender

Friday, February 26, 2016 9:50 1 Comment

On January 31st, the Bloomberg View Editorial Board produced what may be the most unhinged and Orwellian piece I have read in quite some time: “Bring on the Cashless Future.” Cash had a pretty good run for 4,000 years or so. These days, though, notes and coins increasingly seem declasse: They’re dirty and dangerous, unwieldy and expensive, antiquated and so [...]

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[Fill in Blank] Retail Closings

Thursday, February 25, 2016 17:40 2 Comments

With the current state of retail contraction, Kohl’s has announced store closings. Kohl’s follows other retailers hunkering down and shedding costs, including Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penny, Barnes & Noble, Office Depot, Gap, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, Wet Seal, and Kmart/Sears. That’s quite a list of recent closure announcements. These retailers have all been growing their immense brick-and-mortar malinvestment [...]

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Monopoly Joins the War on Cash

Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:27 No Comments

With its cashless version of electronic banking Monopoly. Is there anything worse in a game of Monopoly than thinking you’ve bankrupted another player only to discover they have a secret stash of cash hidden away? That’s no longer an option with the new Monopoly Ultimate Banking edition that uses a tiny ATM to keep track [...]

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Are People Going Insane Again?

Sunday, February 14, 2016 6:58 3 Comments

Looking closely at the financial markets; corporate earnings; contractions in various industries (retail, food service, manufacturing, entertainment, and financial services); stock trends of bloated, over-expanding companies that rely on the discretionary income of their customers; job markets; and overall stoppage in economic growth, I absolutely believe we may be in (or at the very beginning [...]

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Harley-Davidson Malinvestment. Is a Harley-Davidson Skyscraper Next?

Monday, February 8, 2016 19:28 1 Comment

As a Harley-Davidson lover and owner, one thing I noted during the bubble years of the early-to-mid 2000s was the influx of mega-gaudy Harley-Davidson complexes – huge, new, brick buildings with massive square footage, casting an immense footprint on pricey, suburban land. Harleys were flying out of the door of these dealerships, thanks to ultra-low [...]

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