My morning reads:

• The Odd Couple of Indexes (Barron’s)
• Focus on Process (Derek Hernquist)
• Treasury 10-Year Yields Head for Record Low on Demand for Haven (Bloomberg) see also BRIC Dominance Fades as State Meddling Curbs Equity Returns (Bloomberg)
• ECRI Update: Flunking Recession 101 (dshort)
• What’s the use of economics? (Vox)
• Peter Orszag’s Chart Of The Year Could Change Everything You Think About Healthcare (Business Insider)
Silver: As Swing Districts Dwindle, Can a Divided House Stand? (538)
• Google’s big push to make better iOS apps than Apple (Gigaom)
• The irresponsible Republican Party (The Plum Line) see also Blodget: This One Chart Shows That The Fiscal Cliff Fiasco Is The Republicans’ Fault  (Business Insider)
• New book slams financial advice industry (InvestmentNews)

What are you reading?


Can Bank Stocks Continue to Party in New Year?

Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

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11 Responses to “10 New Year’s Eve Day Reads”

  1. streeteye says:

    Originators keep QE profits as mortgage rates stay high while funding costs, MBS rates drop

    China academics seek political reform, warn of violent revolution

  2. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    I read this light, but insightful, commentary on a musician’s view of the meme, “it’s on the web, so it must be correct.”

  3. louiswi says:

    It should be pretty clear to all by now that the Grand Old Party has morphed its way into the American Taliban Party and will soon become extinct.

  4. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    I just ran across this article which asserts that new documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent.

    It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves…

    [emphasis mine]

  5. george lomost says:

    I wish there were more reporting on the growing tensions between China and its neighbors, especially the increasingly bellicose stuff between the new Japanese government and the new Chinese political leadership, which may be losing control over the military.

  6. AHodge says:

    Better description than average of one of deutsche banks accounting scandals

    valuation and accounting remains in the toilet
    Simon Johnson see some signs of reform progress on project syndicate
    accounting and valuation is not one them
    the learning process from 2008 is taking a heluva long time
    but i also see some progress
    Happy new year!

  7. AHodge says:

    apparently just repeating the truth over and over and over again
    with only minor riffs
    can also make progress and slowly wear down the lies
    keep it up Barry!

  8. WolfStreet says:

    A happy new year to everyone.Bonne année et bonne santé. And thanks Barry for keeping this cool, enlightening blog alive.

  9. Mike in Nola says:

    Am rereading Lords of Finance

    Had checked it out of the library a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. When we were at an estate sale a few weeks ago, it was apparent the former owner (always sad to see it) had widely read in history and finance. There was a practically new copy for $2 so couldn’t pass it up.

    Anyways, what struck me most recently in it was his description of Britain’s attempt to regain it’s status as a financial center by making getting back on the gold standard. In attempting to do this, it imposed austerity much like we are seeing in Europe today and like the billionaires and clueless want to impose on everyone else over here. They wound up inflicting over a decade worth 10%+ unemployment on the country and never did solve the problem.

    Another striking similarity was the description of the contrast between London and the manufacturing centers in the 20′s: London was full of the Bertie Wooster’s partying, e.g. the P of W and lots of other useless P’s, while the industrial cities were in depression.

    Reminds one of Santayana’s saying. Going by the publication date, these descriptions had to have been written in 2009 at the latest, so it’s not like he was editorializing based what has been happening in the EU for the last two years. I suppose none of our financial overlords bothers reading history.

  10. Mike in Nola says:

    Re: Google’s big push

    Some of Google’s recent actions have been driven by the realization that it can’t keep making the money it had been serving ads on the desktop; there’s just not enough room in a phone browser for a lot of ads. OTOH, if it can get people to use it’s apps instead of a browser, it can serve targeted ads in the app.

  11. Blissex says:

    «Simon Johnson see some signs of reform progress on project syndicate
    accounting and valuation is not one them

    It will remain like that. Accounting and valuation are the main tools for playing fantasy finance with real currency.

    Who has a vested interested in realistic accounting and valuations and is prepared to spend a lot of money and fight hard for the situation to change? Nobody of consequence.

    There are too many holes in accounts and too many fantasy valuations, and too many people who benefit from those holes and fantasies to remain hidden.

    And it is not just executives and traders: consider pensioners whose pension funds are mostly invested in stocks. Do they want realistic valuations and accounting to expose vast holes in their pension funds? HELL NO! What they want is the fiction to go on, the pension funds to continue paying out pensions as if the holes did not exist as long as they live, and then it is somebody else’s problem.

    Fantasy accounting and valuation will end only when insufficient cashflow makes continuing the fiction impossible, as in Madoff’s case.

    Therefore the colossal expansion of central banks balance sheets, to provide new cash to all sorts of bankrupt situations. It has not created massive inflation only because employment and wages are being savagely pushed down to transfer the cost of providing that cashflow to workers.

    David Frum summarized the situation quite well:
    «Rather than workable solutions, my party is offering low taxes for the currently rich and high spending or the currently old, to be followed by who-knows-what and who-the-hell-cares.
    This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation.

    And that’s not just Republicans… Grover Norquist also provided a good summary:

    «Now if you say we’re going to smash the big corporations, 60-plus percent of voters say “That’s my retirement you’re messing with. I don’t appreciate that”. And the Democrats have spent 50 years explaining that Republicans will pollute the earth and kill baby seals to get market caps higher. And in 2002, voters said, “We’re sorry about the seals and everything but we really got to get the stock market up.”»