Here is some midweek reading:

• What’s Wrong With America’s Job Engine? (WSJ)
• The Virtues of Free Markets? Not what you think (Freakonomics) see also S.E.C. Removes Credit Ratings From Regulations (Deal Book)
• Three signs that investors are getting nervous about a possible U.S. default (Washington Post) see also Companies Bracing for U.S. Default (WSJ)
• Downgrade Jitters (Aleph Blog)
• Lessons From the Malaise (NYT)
Civil War: GOP Coalition Splinters Into Open Conflict Over Debt Ceiling (Talking Points Memo) see also Bernanke May Need to Stay ‘Above Politics’ in Standoff Over Debt Ceiling (Bloomberg)
• Is America Doomed? (BBC) (Short answer: Probably not)
• The return of a zero-sum world (Salon) see also Kipling’s game theory lessons for Greece (FT)
WTF? Soldiers battle car dealers over inflated prices, loan terms (I Watch)
• Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas (Science Blog)

What are you reading?

Category: Financial Press

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12 Responses to “Mid-Week Mid-Morning Reads”

  1. streeteye says:

    The ‘rogue elephant’ strategy – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/opinion/27Barash.html?_r=1

    In the short run, being the cool, rational, self-controlled adult is not a good negotiating strategy. But in the long run, ‘tit-for-tat’ is an effective prisoner’s dilemma strategy -

    http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2004/10/65317

  2. willid3 says:

    hm. wall street and banks only really interested in IRAs and other investments for individuals only if they can abuse them by over charging fees etc. http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/07/quelle-surprise-banks-dont-want-to-be-in-ira-business-if-they-cant-treat-customers-as-stuffees.html

    makes one wonder why any individual wants to be an investor. and whether the funds etc aren’t taking a lot of the top, leaving little profit for the investor

  3. streeteye says:

    Also… statistically speaking, Boehner was wrong that the bigger the government, the smaller the people.

    Among nations, average physical stature is positively correlated with higher tax rates –

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/92627/boehner-smaller-people-bigger-government-netherlands

  4. wunsacon says:

    Welcome to the anthropocene! (radioactive frankenfish edition, ht naked capitalism)

    http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Male+salmon+breed+with+wild+species+researchers+find/5103782/story.html

    Hope they taste as good as the original — and neutralize radiation!

    http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2011/06/radioactive-fish.html

  5. krice2001 says:

    “What’s Wong with America’s Job Engine”
    Always interesting to see my brother-in-law quoted in an article. Gave me a smile this AM. Thanks.

  6. RW says:

    CBO’s 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook*

    Shorter version: If Congress does absolutely nothing on the fiscal front for the next couple decades the budget would be balanced by 2015 and continue in balance until 2035 (end of projection).

    *Testimony Before the House Budget Committee, June 23, 2011

  7. dimm says:

    http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/tradable-jobs

    Of the 27.3 million jobs added from this time period[1990-2008], 97.7% of them were non-tradable. What do the authors mean by tradable jobs? Jobs that can be offshore outsourced.

  8. DeDude says:

    Greedy airlines. Have they no shame? – apparently not.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/07/26/congress.airlines/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  9. VennData says:

    House and Senate phone lines jammed after Obama’s speech…

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20083544-503544.html

    …the GOP has miscalculated again.

  10. rktbrkr says:

    RW Says:
    CBO’s 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook*

    Shorter version: If Congress does absolutely nothing on the fiscal front for the next couple decades the budget would be balanced by 2015 and continue in balance until 2035 (end of projection).

    PS – If the Bush 2001,2003 tax cuts hadn’t been extended we wouldn’t be in this crisis. Bush’s ill-advised tax cuts for the wealthy are like herpes – the gift that keeps on giving. The started us on this debt slide with Afgan & Iraq waste providing the grease. The need to be eliminated as part of the new found Repub budget balancing fervor! Fie on Obama for rolling on these tax cuts.

  11. DiggidyDan says:

    “What’s Wong with America’s Job Engine?”

    Well you see, it’s gone back to being a steam engine. They’re stoking the furnace with the working stiffs to pull around the aristocrats eating foi gras and drinking champagne in the dining car while hurtling toward a cliff with no bridge. What happens if they get to that cliff or burn up all the stiffs first?