Category: Finance

Creditor of deadbeats = deadbeat debtor: Part 2, Your creditors can’t handle the truth

6 March, 2015 (10:02) | Economics, Eurozone, Finance, Global news, Government, Greece, Grexit, Recapitalization, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Taxation, Theory | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1 reporting on the continuing psychodrama that is Greek insolvency established that Greece’s inability to pay its sovereign debt stems, at least in large part, from its inability to collect taxes Greek laws say its citizens owe. Nor does the Eurozone’s glib formulation – […]

Creditor of deadbeats = deadbeat debtor: Part 1, Bad debt and bad paper

5 March, 2015 (10:00) | Economics, Eurozone, Finance, Global news, Government, Greece, Grexit, Recapitalization, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Taxation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith No sooner had I written People value a government they pay taxes for than confirmation of the thesis was forthcoming, in the form of facts, new to me (which is definitely my oversight), that make Greece’s prospects in the Eurozone even worse than I had previously thought. We’re readying the tax-evasion […]

Optionality and anti-optionality: Part 2, Loan + Insurance = Lower risk

28 July, 2014 (08:36) | Banks, Economics, Finance, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Lending, Loans, Optionality, Rental, Saving, Theory, US News |

[Continued from last week’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith When you’ve got enough to take care of yourself, more claim checks don’t do you any good. But they can do a lot of good for all kinds of other people. – Warren Buffett As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, the Economist’s (May 17, […]

Optionality and anti-optionality: Part 1, reward later or reward now?

25 July, 2014 (09:36) | Banks, Economics, Finance, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Lending, Loans, Optionality, Rental, Saving, Theory, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith Money is a claim check on other people’s products and services. – Warren Buffett Once a month, Mrs. Guggenheim sends the bank the same amount of money.  Darling, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it Is she saving for herself, or repaying a debt? Either way, her […]

International Law’s Tinkerbell moment: Part 2, The ones who had hissed

14 July, 2014 (09:53) | Argentina, Bonds, Cramdown, Finance, International law, Law, Markets, Politics, Recapitalization, Securities, Speculation, World Cup |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Do you believe in bondholder rights? “If you believe,” Peter shouted to the voices, “clap your hands; don’t let Tink die.” Many clapped. Peter Pan, Chapter 13, Do you believe in fairies? As we saw in yesterday’s post, like Tinkerbell international law must be believed in […]