Oddities
Oddities

  • French exposure in pictures. An FT Alphaville post showing why European sovereign defaults my come in clusters. It’s an interconnected world out there and this in part explains why French spreads at 21-year high.
  • Rising prices cutesy of increasing Chinese wages. Increasing wages in the workshop of the world could feed through to increased prices in the developed world. Together with any decrease in the value of Western currencies, this could signal the next stage in the global reset. A world in which the currently developed countries do not enjoy living standards vastly in excess of all others. Essentially real wage differentials revert to the mean, one in which citizens of civilised countries earn similar sums. The speed of change in Shanghai show how fast this can occur.
  • Brilliant graphic showing the odds of your existence. I am sure this shows up something fundamental about reality. As perhaps does the Ponzo illusion in its demonstration of how our mental heuristics can lead us astray. Our cognitive failings probably explains why so much of our world today is built on ponzi schemes, in Hyman Minsky‘s Financial Instability sense of the word.
  • I suspect Bank of America rakes in big debit-card fees from people withdrawing unemployment benefits is another government contracting fail. The beauty of capitalism is that it enables man’s inherent nature, including greed and the lust for power, to work for the good of all.  Government monopoly granting undermines this.