2019

Geldzug: FACEBOOK FACEPLANT

22 July 2019 Last month, with a great fanfare and many pious platitudes, Facebook announced its proposed global cryptocurrency, Libra. We, along with many others, expressed doubt that Libra would meet the regulatory standards which are mandatory in developed countries, particularly the anti money laundering and “know your client” rules. (See http://arminiuscapital.com.au/geld-zug-commentaries/  28 June 2019)... [read more]

2019-07-19T22:08:44+00:00July 19th, 2019|

Geldzug: ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EQUITY MARKETS

19 June 2019 It is natural to assume that a country’s share market performance is driven by its economic performance, and therefore that a country with high GDP growth will generate high equity returns. Unfortunately, completely the opposite is true. For most countries over most periods, equity returns are negatively correlated with economic growth. How could this happen? We have known for four decades that share markets are much more volatile than they ought to be if their price movements were driven by changes in economic and business fundamentals alone. Robert Shiller pointed out in 1981 that, based on price [...]

2019-06-24T23:28:06+00:00June 19th, 2019|

Geldzug: BIPARTISANSHIP – AN ALBATROSS FOR CONGRESS

21 May 2019 As we watch the US and China heading enthusiastically into a full-scale trade war, it is worth taking a step back from President Trump’s daily squabbles via the Twittersphere with the rest of Planet Earth, and focusing on the policy areas where the Republicans and the Democrats do already agree. Infrastructure is one of the obvious areas. Both parties agree that the USA needs to spend more on maintaining its existing roads, bridges, canals, tunnels, pipelines, etc., as well as building new ones. The American Society of Civil Engineers produces a four-yearly report card on the nation’s [...]

2019-05-22T00:51:23+00:00May 22nd, 2019|

Geldzug: WARNING SIGNS IN THE US – GELD ZUG

12 May 2019 Since the GFC, the world’s central banks have got into the habit of publishing regular Financial Stability Reports (FSR). These documents are intended to function as an early warning system, by monitoring financial markets in order to identify risks as they appear and grow, so that the regulators can take action before the crisis actually occurs – unlike in the GFC. The US Federal Reserve publishes its FSR twice a year, and many investors read each FSR not only to assess the current risk level but also get see what the Fed might do next. The May [...]

2019-05-10T02:19:38+00:00May 10th, 2019|

Geldzug: PREPARING FOR THE CHINA CRISIS

22 February 2019 After a decade of pointing out that China was not heading for a financial crisis, we have changed our minds. Recent trends suggest that problems are building in China’s corporate bonds, small banks, and consumer loans. We think that a crisis is likely in the next two years... [read more]

2019-03-08T01:35:11+00:00February 28th, 2019|