Category: Banking

Better to be franc?

26 December, 2014 (10:00) | Bank regulation, Banking, Capital markets, Currency risk, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Housing, Hungary, Lending, Mortgages, Switzerland | No comments

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 […]

Cyprus’s economic coma: Part 3, And others die

26 March, 2014 (09:00) | Bailouts, Banking, Cyprus, Economics, Eurozone, Global news, Housing, Recapitalization, Russia, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   And others die. – Wikipedia’s summary of coma                                                                                                                                               With the Economist’s (March 8, 2014 news article and an editorial (March 8, 2014; brown font) epiphany that maybe the ECB/ IMF ‘rescue’ of Cyprus has been a botch from start to […]

Cyprus’s economic coma: Part 2, A vegetative state

25 March, 2014 (09:00) | Bailouts, Banking, Cyprus, Economics, Eurozone, Global news, Housing, Recapitalization, Russia, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1 .]   By:David A. Smith   After this time, some patients gradually come out of the coma, some progress to a vegetative state – Wikipedia’s summary of coma   Yesterday’s post examined the semi-comatose Cypriot economy, a year after its ECB takeover, and using as source material the Economist’s (March 8, […]