Category: Global news

“All is well!”

3 January, 2017 (09:00) | Banking, China, Currency, Global news, Markets, Speculation | No comments

   By: David A. Smith   When it gets away from your control, it can get away quickly, and everything you do to keep it under control just makes everyone more skittish, more eager to get away.  Judging from a year-end article in the Wall Street Journal (December 29, 2016), such a tipping point may […]

“Great job! You’re fired!”: Part 2, You’re fired!

1 December, 2016 (09:00) | Capital markets, China, Finance, Global news, Government, Lou Jiwei, organizational behavior, Politics, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, using as source material a Wall Street Journal (November 7, 2016) story coupled with a personal experience from thirty-plus years ago (sepia font), Lou Jiwei had been hand-picked as China’s Finance Minister by none other than Xi […]

“Great job! You’re fired!”: Part 1, Great job!

30 November, 2016 (09:00) | Capital markets, China, Finance, Global news, Government, Lou Jiwei, organizational behavior, Politics, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   In life there are technocrats and there are politicians, and in political situations the former usually work for the latter – and are fired by the latter where their usefulness is over.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal (November 7, 2016):   BEIJING—China removed its high-profile, reformist finance minister […]

Twilight at the Groucho Marx club: Part 3, From whatever source

3 August, 2016 (09:00) | Bailouts, Banks, Brexit, Caddyshack, Eurozone, Global news, Greece, Italy, Monte dei paschi, Recapitalization, Speculation, Workouts |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   After the previous two parts, using as source material articles from the Economist (July 3, 2016) and the Wall Street Journal (July 27, 2016; blue font). It has become apparent that though Italy is by no means an equal […]

Twilight at the Groucho Marx club: Part 2, New rules bent the first time they are tested

2 August, 2016 (09:00) | Bailouts, Banks, Brexit, Caddyshack, Eurozone, Global news, Greece, Italy, Monte dei paschi, Recapitalization, Speculation, Workouts |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In yesterday’s Part 1, I returned to the Eurozone’s continuing slow train wreck of the Eurozone, where one country after another promises improved behavior, then cannot achieve its promise.   Judge Smails: You know, despite what happened, I’m still convinced you have many fine […]