Archive for the ‘Financial Markets’ Category

Bond yields are just so damn low…what is that telling us?

July 6th, 2016

I pour the morning cup of mud, schlep out to the stoop to get my paper, and open my WSJ to learn that the yield curve is awfully flat (i.e., the difference between the interest rates of bonds of different maturities is low). In fact, the yield on the 10-yr–1.367% yesterday–is the lowest on record…. Read more

Brexit and austerity: they’re connected

June 27th, 2016

As I discuss in today’s WaPo, Brexit was a function of many factors: –PM David Cameron’s reckless, opportunistic political gambit: calling for the referendum back in 2013 to assuage his far right Euro-skeptics in time for the upcoming election. –Strong anti-immigration and anti-globalization sentiments. The unleashed xenophobia, surely linked to the refugee crisis, is to… Read more

UK to EU: We Out. Scattered thoughts on Brexit

June 24th, 2016

No time to organize thoughts, so here are a few synaptic firings. –I was disappointed by the outcome but not surprised. As I’ve written, this was in no small part a referendum on immigration, and the timing of the vote interacted with rising anger about this and other impacts of globalization. –The structure of the EU–a common… Read more

Do economists understand economies?

June 21st, 2016

Consider: –The economist Greg Mankiw had an essay in the NYT last week on five theories as to why growth has been so sluggish for so long (Greg’s focus was on the US, but it could have applied to Europe as well). Mankiw, a Harvard professor and writer of widely used textbooks, has long been… Read more

Catching up on some old stuff

June 13th, 2016

Given the horrific mass-shooting in Orlando over the weekend, it seems irreverent and off-point to scribble about the usual grist for the mill. So a bit of catchup and forward-looking stuff. –I’ll have a great interview in tomorrow’s WaPo with CBPPs Elizabeth McNichol on the need for infrastructure investment, with an emphasis on the state… Read more