Ben Bernanke quote

I saw this quote in Charles Schwab’s “On Investing” magazine, Summer 2009 page 6.  It is attributed to Ben Bernanke: “Over the years, the U.S. economy has shown a remarkable ability to absorb shocks of all kinds, to recover, and to continue to grow.” I’m not trying to single out Ben Bernanke with regard to …

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Perverse Effects

I saw this story in The Wall Street Journal a few days ago, titled “The New Resume: Dumb and Dumber” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124328878436252195.html It says a lot about our current economic climate when people feel compelled to understate their credentials in order to appear more attractive for available positions. While it is unknown as to how widespread this type …

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misc. note

Readers of this blog may want to read a special comment; it is listed below and can also be found here: https://www.economicgreenfield.com/a-special-note/ Comment – Special As you will notice, much of my blog posts and writings point to a difficult and painful future resolve to our economic difficulties, or at least sound a cautionary note with regard …

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Foreclosures

Here is an interesting New York Times editorial regarding foreclosures.  Please note that I don’t necessarily agree with many of the recommendations, but the editorial does a nice job of summarizing some of the problems: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02tue1.html?_r=1 “Solving” our residential real estate problems is going to be most difficult, in my opinion.  It is a very complex …

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Redefaults

This was an interesting editorial in The Wall Street Journal a few days ago concerning the “redefault” rate: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124338503008056785.html These statistics are problematical, especially if one believes the economy will stagnate or worsen from this juncture. It also raises the question as to the effectiveness of intervention measures on default rates and housing prices.  Many of the current …

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GM Bankruptcy

There is so much that can be said about GM’s demise, as well as how its bailout has been handled. It is rather mindboggling to realize that at its peak, it was the most powerful company in the world. I’ve been trying to recall how many times major stories have been published over the years about GM’s …

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Rep. Barney Frank interview – my comments

Here is a recent interview of Rep. Barney Frank on CNBC.  I found the first few minutes to be interesting, as well as disconcerting in many ways: http://www.cnbc.com/id/30980892 What nearly everyone, especially the decision-makers in Washington, don’t seem to grasp is the risks inherent in large-scale market interventions.  One question to ask might be, “If large-scale market …

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10-year Treasury Yield

It is interesting that there has been relatively little commentary on the increase of the 10-year Treasury yield. In my opinion the rise is significant in many ways.  Perhaps chief among them is the fact that the yield has risen sharply (to a current 3.46%) despite a large-scale intervention designed to bring yields lower.   This divergence is significant because it …

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