July 22, 2015 | By Benjamin Cole via Marcus Nunes‘ Historinhas | Singapore is every economist’s favorite nation, for its often free-market or price-sensitive approach to government. And the city-state has boomed for generations, verifying economists are right. But now, reports The Economist in its July 18 issue, Singapore’s productivity is dying on the vine, much like that of the United States, or Europe.
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NEW YORK | July 17, 2015 | By Benjamin Cole via Marcus Nunes’ Historinhas | GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has generated some blog-blabbing on his pronouncement that the U.S. GDP could and should grow at 4% real annually.
July 10, 2015 | By Benjamin Cole via Marcus Nunes’ Historinhas | As a lot, central bankers are not entrepreneurs or real estate developers, and are very risk-averse, and are minutely concerned with the strict control of prices (as measured) as opposed to robust prosperity.
July 1, 2015 | By Benjamin Cole via Marcus Nunes‘ Historinhas | The central banker’s club known as the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), suitably HQ’ed in Basel, Switzerland, this past weekend released its annual report, and advocated the globe’s major central banks raise interest rates to combat the chronic lack of aggregate demand and low inflation-deflation dogging the world’s developed economies.
SAO PAULO | June 20, 2015 | By Marcus Nunes via Historinhas | US 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush has set his presidential goal at 4 percent growth and 19 million new jobs. To do that, he would first have to “recruit” the Fed. Unfortunately, if the Fed acquiesced bad things would happen.
May 25, 2015 | By Benjamin Cole via Marcus Nunes‘Historinhas | The International Monetary Fund on May 22 badgered the Bank of Japan to adopt a more aggressive growth stance, even though the island nation posted Q1 real GDP growth of 2.4%, and an annual inflation rate of 2.3%—along with an unemployment rate of 3.4%.
BANGKOK | May 3, 2015 | By Benjamin Cole via Marcus Nunes‘ Historinhas | I have complained before in this space about the macroeconomic defeatism seen among both left- and right-wing economists. We are told that due to demographics and lower productivity, future economic growth must be muted. Not so.
SAO PAULO | February 24, 2015 | By Marcus Nunes via Historinhas | It took three years, but in late 2011 Poland finally botched up and went the way of the majority of countries, letting NGDP fall way below trend. They didn’t (correctly) react to the 2007-08 oil price rise, like the US, UK, EZ, etc. and fared well, but didn’t resist when oil prices picked up again in 2010-11, when, among the initial group, only the ECB was dumb enough to react.