Category: Banking

Live-in safety-deposit boxes

10 February, 2015 (09:00) | Apartments, Banking, Global news, Housing, Innovations, Investment, Markets, New York City, Property rights, Speculation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Neil McCauley: A guy told me one time, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.” Now, if you’re on me and you gotta move when I move, how do you expect […]

Just WHO has a problem here?

5 February, 2015 (09:28) | Banking, Bankruptcy, Bonds, Capital markets, Euro, Eurozone, Global news, Greece, Grexit, Guarantees, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Syriza | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Interrupting Month in Review, December for some current and topical news – Ed.] Nick Fury: No matter who wins or loses, trouble always comes around… The Avengers, Age of Ultron Here comes trouble As Tony Stark’s creation Ultron said, just before he launched all-out war on humanity, “Everyone creates the thing […]

Better to be franc?

26 December, 2014 (10:00) | Bank regulation, Banking, Capital markets, Currency risk, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Housing, Hungary, Lending, Mortgages, Switzerland |

By: David A. Smith Long ago I figured out that, when it comes to currency risk, never lend in foreign currency and never borrow in foreign currency.  I would have thought this was obvious, but some of the world’s smartest bankers (the Swiss) managed to put themselves into just such a foolish position, as reported […]

Cosh and carry: Part 2, Money for the Einsteinian political economy

10 April, 2014 (15:13) | Banking, Bitcoin, Cash, Crime, Economics, Informality, Markets, Regulation, Robbery, Taxation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, using as source material two articles, one from the Economist (April 5, 2014), the other from the Wall Street Journal (March 27, 2014; green font), both commenting on a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, established that the rise of […]

Cosh and carry: Part 1, Money in the Newtonian political economy

10 April, 2014 (11:45) | Banking, Bitcoin, Cash, Crime, Economics, Informality, Markets, Regulation, Robbery, Taxation |

By: David A. Smith If you’re like most readers of this blog, in your wallet you carry both cash and credit cards – and over the years, your use of cash has dropped as your use of credit cards has risen, because they’re quicker and easier (swipe and go), self-replenishing (no more searching for an […]