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Macro Observations

Analysis, Ideas and Reflections on Macroeconomic Topics




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A monopoly on liquidity
"The board game Monopoly® was originally invented by Elizabeth Magie, under the name “The Landlord’s Game”, as a means of demonstrating the evils of rentier capitalism. Originally, there were two sets of rules — essentially, socialism (where the rewards for development were shared by all) and capitalism (where the rewards accrue to the monopolist, who crushes all opponents) — the purpose being to show the moral superiority of the first set."
Fathom Consulting, Thank Fathom it's Friday, 16 March 2018 , Erik Britton

Lonely Bytes – Cryptocurrencies & The Future of Money:
A New Technology Solution Desperately Seeking A Problem?
CrossBorder Capital, March 13, 2018 , Michael Howell

The Questions for the Coming Year
"As Charles has shown over the years, this is the best combination for equity markets, as tight fiscal policy and loose money almost invariably leads to far higher P/E ratios. Alas, the opposite is true for the reverse: loose fiscal policy and tight money typically trigger a de-rating of equity markets. And this is the policy mix we seem to be heading towards."
Gavekal Research, December 15, 2017 , Louis-Vincent Gave

The Rise of the Yuan and The End of the Oil Exchange Standard
"Global currencies don’t so much fail as they are eclipsed by a stronger competitor."
CrossBorder Capital, November 29, 2017 , Michael Howell

Data Brand Dependence
If it is a day ending in “y” you can be sure there is somewhere in the financial press a story or “news report” of the looming bond selloff – even if it is due to some future event or made up phenomenon.
Alhambra Investment Partners, November 9, 2017 , Jeffrey P. Snider

Japanese Monetary Policy In A Chinese-Dominated World.
Or Why The Yen Has Changed Regime And How Japan Should Behave More-and-More Like An Emerging Market?
CrossBorder Capital, Global View, September 2017 , Michael Howell

Some Global Odd & Ends
When it comes to central bank experimentation, Japan is always at the forefront. If something new is being done, Bank of Japan is where it happens. In May for the first time in human history, that central bank’s balance sheet passed the half quadrillion mark. It should be unsettling where a trillion is a rounding error.
Alhambra Investment Partners, July 3, 2017 , Jeffrey P. Snider

The Basis For The Changing Basis
It is simply the nature of modern Economics to get most things backward. Positive Economics particularly in the form of econometrics has been like a declaration of ignorance, where Economists have formally decided to try and understand as little as possible.
Alhambra Investment Partners, 28.03.2017 , Jeffrey P. Snider

An Interesting Forecast for Interest Rates
"While inflation expectations do influence long rates, as lenders demand a higher return to compensate for the loss of purchasing power, we don’t think the logic supporting the outlook for rising rates holds. From a high level, markets often go against the consensus and do what few anticipate."
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff , Fisher Investments MarketMinder, March 17, 2017

"The Bond Rally Of A Lifetime"
The Cause of Inflation, Lock Up For Infinity? Treasury Haters, Media Bias, Lonely Bulls, Maturity Matters, Three Sterling Qualities, Sovereign Shortages, "The Bond Rally of a Lifetime", and Finally Facing Reality
Gary Shilling's INSIGHT newsletter, August 2016 , Gary Shilling