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This story isn’t actually about Greece, but it begins there. After the country went functionally bankrupt a few years ago, the solutions proposed by its creditors (mostly European banks and governments) included the impoverishment of its current citizens through cutbacks in wages and pensions, the impoverishment of its future citizens through the borrowing of even […]

 

The End Is Near, Part 5: Paying Dividends With Borrowed Money

A recent Goldman Sachs report explains where this year’s stock market profits (should there be any) will come from: Buybacks and Dividends All That’s Left in S&P 500, Goldman Says (Bloomberg) — The $1 trillion that U.S. companies are on track to return to shareholders this year will constitute the market’s entire return in 2015, […]

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Interest Rates Spiking Everywhere

Just as ultra-low interest rates start to seem normal, the markets decide otherwise. US 10-year Treasury bonds yielded about 1.9% in April and are now above 2.20%: And the trend reversal isn’t limited to the US. Across Europe and Asia rates have spiked in the past month. From Bloomberg: What does this mean? Several things, […]

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