Daily Archive: February 1, 2013

Feb
01

China’s Broken Shock Absorber

Authored by Daniel Cloud,

(A review of Mark DeWeaver’s Animal Spirits with Chinese Characteristics)

Analysts who’ve only started paying attention to the country in the last decade often seem convinced that China has no real business cycle, or a very mild one, that because its economy is centrally planned, it’s free from the fluctuations in investment that cause booms and recessions in countries that lack the scientific guidance of a Leninist single-party state. This convenient belief, however, is mostly an artifact of the period over which they’ve been observing its economy.

In what’s generally, since at least the 1950’s, been a short, very high-amplitude cycle with a roughly seven year period, the period between 1992 or 1993 and 2007 or 2008 is unique. It has a “soft landing” (or as DeWeaver calls it, a “long landing”) in its middle that was unlike any other slowdown China has experienced in its post-World-War II economic history.

Feb
01

Morgan Stanley On Europe: "We’re Getting Worried"

We have noted the similarities between the current risk rally and previous years but Morgan Stanley’s Laurence Mutkin is “getting worried” that investors expect the second half of this year to be different (and consistently bullish). Much of the current risk-on rally around the world was sparked by Draghi’s “whatever it takes” moment theoretically reducing the downside tail-risk in Europe. Well, systemic risk in Europe is now at recent lows…

and just as in 1H12 and 1H 11, core yields are rising notably, peripheral spreads compressing, money-market curves are steepening, and 2s5s10s cheapening.

Feb
01

Advice From The Department Of Homeland Security: "If Attacked By A Shooter, Grab Some Scissors"

Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Advice From The Department Of Homeland Security: “If Attacked By A Shooter, Grab Some Scissors”

We first heard about this from a New York Post article on the topic.

Feb
01

Japan’s Demographic Disaster

Submitted by John W. Traphagan via The Diplomat,

Japan is faced with an unprecedented population challenge that will have social, economic, and political consequences for years to come.

Last August, I wrote an article for The Diplomat

Feb
01

Delta Airlines Got an Oil Refinery: The Math Does Not Work

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