I am off to speak at a CFA panel this morning; meanwhile, here’s what I have queued up to read to start your week:

Krugman: Those Revolting Europeans (NYT) see also Krugman Wishes He Were Wrong Amid EU Austerity Backlash (Bloomberg)
• A Flight to Government Bonds (Barron’s)
Dan Gross: Renting Prosperity (WSJ)
• ‘Flash Crash’ Victim: Market Faith (WSJ) see also Stock Trading Is Still Falling After ’08 Crisis (NYT)
• The Art Market: What austerity? (FT.com)
• The (Real Estate) Investor Next Door (NYT)
• Shout it from the rooftops: Bank deregulation leads to disaster (Guardian) see also Occupy the regulatory system! (Washington Post)
• Don’t Like the Message? Maybe It’s the Messenger (HRB)
• Beastie Boys: New Slang (The Fader)
• Life after Seinfeld (Guardian)

What are you reading?

European Banks Stash Their Cash

Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

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23 Responses to “10 Monday AM Reads”

  1. mathman says:

    Why on earth would someone take a pill made of ground up and dried DEAD BABIES:

    Every day something comes along to prove to me that the human species has gone entirely “round the bend” and won’t be coming back to sanity any time soon.

    On a financial note:

    Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness in Best Recovery Story

    “Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger.

    Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population, according to a report published this month by the Icelandic Financial Services Association.

    “You could safely say that Iceland holds the world record in household debt relief,” said Lars Christensen, chief emerging markets economist at Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “Iceland followed the textbook example of what is required in a crisis. Any economist would agree with that.”

  2. emrah says:

    I work on the money market desk of a bank in Europe. I have been seeing above figures on various research for the last 3-4 months (especially after the LTRO). Although there is some truth to that, the interbank deposit rates (especially the short term rates) are so low that most banks prefer to deposit excess cash at the central banks. Because short term rates are effectively the same as ECB deposit rates, so depositing at a CB or a commercial bank pays the same rate. Looking at the volume of cash deposited at CBs tell doesn’t really give you a clear picture of the situation and I think is misleading.

  3. mathman says:

    You all might want to hear this, though it’s long (almost 3 hrs):
    Chris Hedges (new book, The World As It Is) is interviewed on the economy, society, politics, history, etc. and it’s well worth your time.


  4. MIT Professor Has Been Running LENR Device Outputting Excess Heat That’s 14X Input Power Since January
    May 7th, 2012

    Via: E-Cat World:…”

    btw, Fleischmann and Pons were ‘Jacked’, not ‘Cracked’..

    but, hey, what’s ~25 Years, you know, ‘among *Friends’..

    • Beastie Boys: New Slang (The Fader)
    “You’re Blind”

    Tenement buildings, and skyscrapers

    Are polluted and often invaded
    with troubled hearts, and weakened minds
    Living their lives and hoping to find
    the golden key, to prosperity
    Never have a grip on reality
    This makes day to day living hard
    Trumpin your fate, never peepin the card
    You just goin through life without a trace
    when the answers you seek are in front of your face

    [both] You’re blind! [2X]
    [Run] Tell ‘em D!

    You’re headed for the top, or so you think
    But that’s not true for you, your life is on the brink
    of self-destruction, total corruption
    You better get out or die from consumption
    Sweat for a dollar, to get nothin back
    Cause at the end of the week, you still get taxed
    You’d even sell your soul to make your life correct
    But with the rate of inflation you should eat your check
    So you try to make a hustle, to get ahead
    But the only thing you manage is to stay in the red
    Coppin from John, to sell to Rex
    And your jones for success has put your life in check

    [both] You’re blind! [2X]…”

    “Slow And Low”

    Let it flow – let yourself go
    Slow and low – that is the tempo

    It’s never old school all brand new
    So everybody catch the bugaloo flu
    Not like a fever not like a cold
    The beats are clear the rhymes are bold
    So don’t see a doctor or see a nurse
    Just listen to the music first things first
    First of all get off the wall
    It’s time to party so have a ball
    We slowed it on down so get the hell up
    Like a volcano I’ll erupt
    We got determination – bass and highs
    White Castle fries only come in one size
    What you see is what you get
    And you ain’t seen nothing yet

    [repeat chorus]

    I do not sing but I make a Def song
    You could live your whole life and I hope you live long…”

  5. ConscienceofaConservative says:


    Bloomberg on economic performance before and after the end of the gold standard.

  6. SOP says:

    Mark E.

    Re. “LENR” – the following is the most important part from the source you provided:

    “Hagelstein says that the public is invited to take a look at the device in action….

    …It would be interesting if some of Hagelstein’s peers at MIT would take a look at the NANOR and make some comments — or even if some outside experts could pay a visit…”

    The ” public” is ” invited to take a look ??? ( Step right up folks! – ???).

    In a world of Peer- Reviewed Research, I think the deafening silence of his peers speaks for itself.

  7. SOP,

    the ‘Cold Fusion’/LENR discussion/Inquiry is an interesting conceit..

    there does seem to be a strong headwind for those trying to pursue that path (Research)..

    almost, the reverse of what is found in the (formerly) GHG-induced AGW, now “Climate Change” ~world..

    There is, no doubt, elements of Carnival ‘Barker-y’ to be seen surrounding LENR, et al. ..

    but, something tells me that there is much more, actually, there, than the ‘Silence’, usually, accorded to that Science..

  8. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    I still try to get myself to sit through watching some Seinfeld episodes. And I still wind up wondering why that show is thought to be so great.

    I guess it just illustrates that popularity does not necessarily mean quality. Seinfeld has got to be one of the most tedious, mistakenly self-important, and downright unfunny TV comedy shows I’ve ever tried to enjoy.

  9. SOP says:

    Mark -

    It is hard sometimes to tell the pioneers from the charlatans (or merely confused) – especially in a field in which I know I am a mere spectator.

    I always keep in mind recent geniuses like Barbara McClintock or Barry Marshall who were ignored or ridiculed, but who eventually did as Carl Sagan said was necessary – they found “extraordinary evidence” for their “extraordinary claims.”

    I really don’t believe there is a concerted effort to suppress this research – by government(s) or the science community. I think it is more a matter of extreme skepticism.

    Time will tell.

  10. SOP says:

    What Is the Limiting Factor?

    In yesteryear’s empty world, capital was the limiting factor in economic growth. But we now live in a full world.

    Consider: What limits the annual fish catch — fishing boats (capital) or remaining fish in the sea (natural resources)? Clearly the latter.

    What limits barrels of crude oil extracted — drilling rigs and pumps (capital), or remaining accessible deposits of petroleum — or capacity of the atmosphere to absorb the CO2 from burning petroleum (both natural resources)?

    What limits production of cut timber — number of chain saws and lumber mills, or standing forests and their rate of growth?

    What limits irrigated agriculture — pumps and sprinklers, or aquifer recharge rates and river flow volumes?

    That should be enough to at least suggest that we live in a natural resource-constrained world, not a capital-constrained world.


  11. VennData says:

    Interesting how the art market continues to go up, with all those Bush tax cuts still in place

    See increasing student loans makes education expenses rise. But most tax cuts do NOT raise the cost of things rich people want. I know that seems illogical… but Hey, it’s the GOP using different arguments, so just believe… and feel. Don’t think, feel, an feel that hatred for Obama, for liberals… good… now vote.

  12. Mike in Nola says:

    Whoever wrote this at the Daily Mail has a gift for invective. Very enjoyable.


    I think I earlier referred to Hollande as Clintonesque. Judging by the description of his partner, he’s much more like Bill Clinton than I thought :)

  13. Lookout Ranch says:

    It’s funny, in 2004, the Wall Street Journal was touting the Bush administration’s “ownership society” as the key to national prosperity. Now a “rentership society” is the way to go. LOL

    http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB109390292570204982,00.html (last few paragraphs)

  14. AHodge says:

    FTAlpahaville Harp-ing on about mortgages and market share, (another Timmy Geithner innovation)
    this money shot quote

    (Under old HARP) any new lender could “be held responsible by the investor – in this case, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – and be forced to buy back the loan as a result of an earlier defect overlooked by the original lender.”

    Cue Harp 2.0, which waived certain reps and warranties in an effort to get more bank participationUNQUOTE

    got a reps n warranties problem? in fannie and freddie paper and securitizations?
    not any more
    uncle sugars got your covered

  15. AHodge says:

    make that
    HARP 2″s got the biggest banks covered
    and growing bigger from this— according to the article
    your on your own

  16. Jojo says:

    Supermoon: the perigee moon of 2012
    May 7, 2012

    The night sky on May 5 was animated by the once-a-year cosmic event of the perigee moon. Popularly known as the “Supermoon”, the moon appears much larger above us when the elliptical orbit brings it within 221,802 miles to Earth, the closest point. The effect is magnified during a full moon, when we see our nearest celestial neighbor appear roughly 20 percent brighter and 15 percent larger. Collected here are images taken just before, during, and just after the perigee moon of 2012. — Lane Turner (27 photos total)


  17. http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/mcclintock.html

    interesting, I wonder what her take would have been on “epigenetics’..


    yes, his work with h. pylori was a serious ‘fork in the eye’ to many “Orthodox” Practioners..

    though, for clarity.. “a strong headwind”, is not = “a concerted effort to suppress this research”

  18. epigenetics in New Scientist 2004 – Office of Information
    Bruce Stillman, director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), NY, traces much of today’s research in epigenetics back to Barbara McClintock’s discovery of transposons …

    Epigenetic Traits Inherited Not Only Through DNA – Health News …
    Discovered half a century ago by CSHL scientist and Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock, Ph … “An epigenetic role for maternally inherited piRNAs in transposon silencing …
    http://www.redorbit.com/…/?source=r_health -


  19. willid3 says:

    are consumers cutting back? or is it that every thing else is cutting back so much that it makes it look like they aren’t?

  20. VennData says:

    Patent troll Larry Eliison gets humikiated. Good job, People.


    Patent troll attorneys aren’t going to eat much on that $200. ROFLMAO. To all you people who work with/for Ellison, enjoy this, because we now you hate him.

  21. Jojo says:

    Re: Oracle vs. Google

    This is only occurring because arsehole Ellison brought Sun. Oracle business is getting killed by migration to the cloud and Ellison needs more revenues for Oracle to make its numbers.

  22. SOP says:

    Mark -

    Epigenetics – Jean La Marck and his Acquired Characteristics

    Mendel and his peas won the day.

    But La Marck was right – the environment for tweeks our genes and those “tweeks” are heritable.

    The Homeobox meets Epigenetics – the authors seem unaware of the epigentic “switch” that silences the gene, but does not alter it. The the gene (or gene family) is still available, in some cases for hundreds of millions of years.

    Frogs Evolve Teeth—Again
    Mysterious re-evolution challenges evolutionary theory, scientists say.