Wall Street’s Latest Bounce – Ostrich Economics At Work – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 10-20-15

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David Stockman writes:

The price of financial assets is now artificial and wildly inaccurate. $300 trillion of global finance cannot remain stable much longer.

Bulls believe the Fed is on hold until at least next March, while Wall Street is projecting S&P 500 earnings of $130 per share on an ex-items basis for 2016, and which will never happen. The S&P is overpriced at 21 times earnings, and at 30 times trailing earnings or more when honest GAAP earnings for Q3, 2015 come in at $95 per share or less, versus the peak $106 per share in Q3 2014. More than $5 trillion of current cash flow and new debt is now allocated to corporate stock buybacks, M&A deals and LBOs.

Alan Blinder and Mark Zandi admit QE has possible negative side-effects, but say that for the most part they have yet to materialize. All the while the global economy heads into a deflationary conflagration.

This mother of all bond market bubbles will bring down the entire financial system when it inexorably bursts: central banks have vast powers, but they cannot repeal the law of supply and demand. $19 trillion of central bank bond-buying during the last two decades has dominated debt pricing on the margin for most of this century. Last week’s 60 basis points for 2-yr treasury notes or 210 basis points for 10-yr money do not reflect a surfeit of private savings or business and household hoarding of cash but a giant surplus of credit.

Real net business investment is still 17% below its 2000 level. Junk debt has risen from $1.3 trillion at the 2007 peak to more than $2.5 trillion today driven by yield-starved money managers and homegamers.

Debt-crippled, junk-rated Dell is buying EMC for $67 billion, or 17 times free cash flow for 1% annual growth, funded almost entirely with junk debt and tracking stock on EMC’s major asset, a public company that pays it no dividends or other regular cash returns. In a PC industry which is disappearing at a rapid rate.

China is headed for massive economic and financial conflagration, which will spillover into the rest of the world because the entire emerging market economy was built on China’s runaway economy and investment bubble. China’s insane accumulation of foreign exchange reserves over two decades of massive and blatant currency pegging could not continue indefinitely which is why it has seen $850 billion capital outflow of the last 4 or 5 quarters and a $500 billion drop in FX reserves since late 2014. There is no way to manage a $28 trillion house of debt cards, which grew by 56 times in less than two decades, to a soft landing.

The bubble is bursting in socialist Brazil, in Australian mining, in Canadian real estate, in the North Dakota Bakken, and in the German export machine, as China and its EM suppliers are being forced into liquidating dollar and euro credit, and stop buying luxury cars and engineering machinery on borrowed money.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 09-13-15

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Fareed Zakaria said:

  • China’s economy is nearly 2.5 times that of Japan so even if growth slows substantially, China will continue to have seismic effects on the global economy.
  • Henry Kissinger said Republican candidate China-bashing is dangerous and could create an atmosphere a la Europe before WW I – a war no one wanted but no one knew how to prevent.
  • China’s renminbi has appreciated substantially against the dollar and yen over the past few years so devaluing it due to market forces is wise, which is why the move was praised by the IMF. China’s inconsistent and ineffective policies in the currency and equity markets does not make it evil.
  • Germany has tried as hard as any nation in history to repent for its past, and is now an exemplary liberal democracy and model global citizen. Reuters said West Germany accepted 13 million people from Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe after After WW II.
  • The countries in the Middle East that have taken in refugees are often not the richest: Jordan has taken in over a million, Lebanon a huge number, Turkey 1.5 million, but Saudi Arabia and Egypt have barely taken any.
  • If you put fruits and salads at the start of a buffet, people are more likely to eat good things. If you want people to save money, make the saving the default option.
  • An Australian study found that the longer humanitarian migrants stay in a country, the more likely they are to start businesses than other migrants. Historical refugees include Chopin, Freud, Einstein and Madeleine Albright.

John Sawers at Macro Advisory Partners said:

  • The world is chaotic and dangerous due to the rise of ISIS, change in terrorist tactics to killing in shopping malls – much harder to stop – and cyber attacks, where we have no ability to deal with in a conventional way.
  • The great bulk of migrant refugees are people genuinely fleeing conflict. The bigger problem is our citizens visiting Syria and returning radicalized and terrorist.
  • The intelligence communities in America, Britain, France and elsewhere have been successful in combating terrorism, but one cannot have a 100% record.
  • Iran is transitioning from a revolutionary to a more normal state. Rouhani et al have a different vision for Iran’s security and future than the hard-liners in the Revolutionary Guard and Quds Force. Iranians, especially the young, have little respect for the concept of a revolutionary state, and just want a normal life.
  • Putin understands that any prospect of sanctions being lifted requires him to cooperate with the Ukrainian government, while the West has to understand that Ukraine holds a special place for Russians.
  • China is trying to change to a more market-led economy. The US relationship with China is key for global stability for the rest of this century. A failed China is a much more dangerous China.
  • Obama inherited the entrée from hell, but has been calm, steady and reliable. His initiatives on Iran and Cuba are important in normalizing those countries.

Naguib Sawiris said:

  • The war in Syria will not end in months or even years.
  • The whole world is united in identifying the enemy as ISIS, who are killers and gangsters.

David Halpern at Behavioral Insights Team said:

  • Peer pressure is effective in encouraging people to pay their taxes, especially if you tell them that most people in their area pay on time, and even more effective when you tell them they are one of the few who have yet to pay.
  • Most things that governments do actually concerns behavior.
  • People are much more likely to do something if they plan ahead, think more precisely and concretely, when, where and how they are going to do something. Asking questions in a different way makes people much more effective in their job search.
  • If you want people to save money, make saving the default option – as a result, more than 5 million Brits now save. 
  • Most healthy years lost are due to behavioral factors.
  • Economies bounce up and down because of what we think others are doing, and we are often wrong in those perceptions.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 08-30-15

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Fareed Zakaria said:

  • The US economy has recovered nicely.
  • A 2014 UCLA study found that many black and Latino students face almost total isolation from white and Asian students and middle-class peers.
  • Much more Saudi oil wealth has gone into pernicious causes over the last 30 years than Iranian oil wealth.
  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam says half of the Muslim population in Britain lives in the bottom 10% of its neighborhoods by income.
  • The UN estimates the average woman needs to have 2.1 children to maintain the population of a developed country. Every EU country is below that level, though France has one of the best rates in Europe. Demographers say that it is difficult to get people to have children using just financial incentives.
  • Pew predicts that by 2050, populations in Greece, Portugal and Germany will have dropped by double-digit percentages. The UN predicts over-65s in Europe will increase to more than 25% of the population by 2050, Japan’s will increase to more than 33%.
  • The US will be demographically vibrant and growing for decades. Pew predicts that America’s population will grow by 27% from 2010 to 2050 due to immigration and a relatively younger population. The CDC says the US fertility rate hit a record low in 2013.
  • The World Wildlife Fund says half of the earth’s wildlife has been lost in the past 40 years.

Elliott Abrams at the Council on Foreign Relations said:

  • Obama is turning away from America’s responsibilities around the world. Poland, Czechoslovakia, the Balkans, feel less safe facing Russia; Australia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan feel less safe facing China; Israel, the Gulf Arabs feel less safe facing Iran.
  • The US is asking for nothing and getting nothing on human rights in the Iran and Cuba deals.

Peter Beinart at Haaretz, New America and CNN said:

  • The polls show Obama is much more popular around the world than George W. Bush, while America is more popular than it was.
  • The Iran nuclear deal is a major accomplishment akin to Nixon and China.

Meghan O’Sullivan at Harvard said:

  • Strategic restraint might make sense in a world where the US does not have much at stake, or US allies are active in promoting US interests, or where world order is self-perpetuating; but we don’t live in that world. International order is not in good shape and the Middle East is significantly worse off than 7 years ago.
  • The Iran nuclear deal has very real flaws; including the fact that Iranians get all their benefits up front in exchange for a promise to stick to the deal for a decade or longer.

Gideon Rose at Foreign Affairs said:

  • The international order is not fraying. The US is the world’s strongest power by leap years, with a defense budget equal to the next 7 nations combined. The US and its allies account for 75% of global defense spending. Core allegiances and alliances in the major industrial and economic centers are intact and thriving.
  • Much of the Middle East is no longer a core American strategic interest and US direct involvement there is not necessarily improving things.
  • The Iran nuclear deal is not great but is dramatically better than all the realistic alternatives.

General Stanley McChrystal said:

  • In combat, soldiers are much more frightened of the enemy than their sergeant.
  • You want personnel confident enough in their relationships and in what they do to be able to operate effectively.
  • Personnel must have confidence in the competence of their leaders, and more importantly their values.
  • The confidence of personnel is undermined when they see a difference between what senior management says it will do and what it actually does, or if they believe senior leadership is uninformed.
  • Key to being a leader is personal discipline and empathy.

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Eurozone outlook improves, International Monetary Fund says – BBC News 07-27-15

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The IMF said:

  • European growth will rise to 1.7% in 2016 versus 1.5% in 2015 thanks to falling oil prices, a weaker euro and ECB actions this year.
  • Europe remains vulnerable to shocks that could bring prolonged stagnation, like Greece or a moderate shock to confidence from lower expected future growth or heightened geopolitical tensions.
  • The growth outlook for the next 5 years is clouded by high unemployment, especially among the young, large corporate debt, rising non-performing bank loans.
  • Inflation will remain near zero in 2015 and rise to 1.1% in 2016.
  • The ECB’s asset-buying program has boosted confidence and improved financial conditions and should continue until at least September 2016.

Andrew Walker at  BBC said the IMF is saying the eurozone needs more than just reform of the structure of the eurozone and effort from struggling members: it wants countries with excessive current account surpluses, like Germany and Netherlands, to invest more in infrastructure and to boost demand.

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The Curse Of The Euro: Money Corrupted, Democracy Busted – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 07-17-15

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David Stockman writes:

  • Germany has set fire to the Eurozone in order to save it. Lending another $96 billion to a bankrupt country makes no sense, while the fiscal targets set for Greece are ridiculous. Greece has a de facto public debt of $400 billion vs. $200 billion of GDP. Within days the entire banking system of Greece will be taken over by the ECB, meaning that depositors will be given a big haircut. Greece will become an outright debtors’ colony and its government will function as page-boys for the Troika occupiers, resulting in political and social upheaval which will spread throughout Europe as Greece implodes.
  • Another recession is coming to Europe. The Eurozone is a fatally flawed monetary union. If any sovereign state of the EU cannot pay its debts, those debts need to be written off or restructured.
  • The euro is the doomsday machine, or more precisely the rogue ECB behind it. The euro will eventually collapse and Keynesian policies will be repudiated and dismantled, but not before European prosperity is extinguished for a generation.
  • Europe had a de facto common currency before 1914 under the fixed exchange rates of the gold standard, which helped produce a multi-decade of prosperity not seen before or since.
  • The ECB printing press has fundamentally falsified the price of debt, produced phony economic growth in the early years and fiscal profligacy after the growth bubble burst after the 2008 crisis, resulting in only 0.9% annual rate of nominal GDP since. The EU-19 debt ratio has climbed steadily towards 100% of GDP since the financial crisis vs. the 60% debt-to-GDP target of the EU treaty.
  • Bond market discipline is fully compatible with national sovereignty and democratic fiscal governance and is a requisite for Europe.
  • Merkel was conned into believing that the original bond sell-off was due to the same speculators who supposedly caused the great financial crisis of 2008.
  • The burst global credit bubbles of 2008 and euro bond crash of 2010 and after had the same cause – central bank financial repression causing government bonds to be underpriced and global investors to scramble for yield; speculators could surf the financial bubbles on the back of cheap carry from the central bank pegged money market.
  • Superstate bureaucrats cannot meaningfully elevate economic growth rates and so enable insolvent state borrowers to grow out from under unsustainable debt. Portugal, Italy, Ireland Greece, Spain – PIIGS – and France prove that quasi-socialist welfare states in the contemporary European setting prove this.
  • When you destroy honest bond markets you eventually end up with Stalinist governance in the name of the free market.
  • Speculators who rode the Draghi bubble made hundreds of billions of profits buying PIIGS debt on 95% repo, and were then positioned to sell their bonds back to the ECB at the first sign of a market break.
  • Spain’s real GDP at the end of Q1, 2015 was still 6% below early 2008, but its debt ratio has risen sharply to near 100% of GDP. There is no possibility of honest fiscal governance in a social democracy like Spain when its debt price is blatantly falsified. Spain’s budget deficit in 2014 remained at 5.8% of GDP so won’t survive another recession, and will be bailed out fueling radical popular movements a la Greece.

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When It Comes To Total Debt, Greece Is Not That Much Worse Than France (Or The USA) – Zero Hedge 07-17-15

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Tyler Durden writes:

  • The IMF has admitted Greece has an unsustainable debt problem.
  • French PM Hollande’s sole focus in the Greek crisis was to preserve near-term stability and his job at any cost – he is guaranteed to lose the 2017 French elections.
  • Once the current generation of French workers retire and realizes their retirement entitlements were a lie, France will have two choices: violence or the more likely printing press.
  • France has had 80 consecutive months of record unemployment and its fiscal and solvency situation will deteriorate dramatically over the next 2 years.

Albert Edwards at SocGen says:

  • Greece’s net government liabilities as a percent of GDP are rapidly approaching 1000% vs. just over 500% for the US and 5 times for France, the most unstable core nation.
  • Germany, Finland, Holland and Austria are traditional fiscally conservative.
  • France’s debt dynamics and sustainability is highly questionable, with worse unfunded liabilities to GDP ratios, along with the US and Germany, than Spain and Italy
  • When adding in off-balance sheet liabilities which are only now coming onto the balance sheet as populations rapidly age, the US, France, Germany and the UK are worse off, in that order. The likely policy response will be a combination of inflation, default on pension and medical promises, and severe fiscal retrenchment, and for the US and UK, QE, devaluation and the printing press.
  • Within the euro zone, the Greek settlement shows that austerity and reform will be the likely solution imposed from above.
  • Germany has net overseas assets of 50% of GDP to call on to pay its unfunded bills. France is a net debtor by 20% of GDP.

 

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 02-22-15

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Fareed Zakaria said:

  • There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world of which perhaps 30,000 are members of ISIS.
  • Sheri Berman at Barnard College says ideologies succeed when they replace failed ideas. ISIS has benefited from the failure of Pan Arab-ism, Republicanism, nascent efforts at democracy, economic liberalism and secularism.

Graeme Wood at Yale said:

  • Obama’s approach to ISIS is correct but denying ISIS has any Islamic character whatsoever is wrong and leads to misguided approaches.
  • ISIS is much more focused on Muslims in Iraq, Syria, and the immediate surroundings. ISIS hates Arab rulers more than they hate Israeli leaders so it is less of a direct threat to the American homeland but is a big threat to Middle East stability.

Shadi Hamid at Brookings said ISIS’ approach to Islam is a distortion and ignores centuries of medieval Islamic tradition – it is distinctly modern and reacting against what it dislikes in the world.

Peter Beinart at City University of New York said:

  • America has done best when it has defined its enemies narrowly. We allied with communists like Yugoslavia and China against the Soviet Union and never declared war on fascist Spain in WWII.
  • ISIS is not as great a threat as many fear so Obama’s approach is the right one.
  • Obama’s dispute with Netanyahu goes to the core of how they see themselves historically – Netanyahu as Churchill in the 1930s warning of Nazis, and Obama as Nixon in the 1970s with opening up China.
  • If the nuclear deal with Iran fails, and we have new sanctions, we will be on a path to war.

Peter Zeihan said:

  • In economic growth, what really matters is demography, geography, and topography, which is why almost all of the successful ones civilizations developed around navigable waterways.
  • The US has over 17,000 miles of navigable waterways, more than the rest of the world combined. China and Germany have 2,000 miles. Water transport costs 1/12 of what it cost to move things by land even assuming you have the infrastructure in place. Adding in interstate roadways, ports, and everything, it is a 50-1 advantage.
  • The Intracoastal Waterway, half of American water frontage, is protected. Texas has more combined port potential than all of East Asia. The three largest ports in the world are San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay.
  • The US is the only rich country in the world that is not aging fast like Japan and even Germany.
  • In the developing world, rapid urbanization has been good for economic growth but has made children a luxury good, so birth rates have collapsed. Indonesia and Brazil are aging at 3 or 4 times the rate in Western Europe.
  • The global trade system is dependent on the US, which does not really use it.
  • The US is the least involved international economy as a percentage of GDP and much of that is disappearing – US oil imports have dropped from 12 mbpd to 2 mbpd and within 2 years will be zero. Shale production costs are below $50 a barrel so the oil [price war is pushing out Russian Siberian crude or North Slope crude or Albertan or North Sea crude.
  • Oil prices are decoupling so there will not be a global price and a Middle East crisis will mean more expensive Middle Eastern oil but not West Texas crude.
  • Japan, China, and Germany et al all prospered over the last 70 years because the US set up a free trade system and defended the global commons with its Navy, which is 4 times more powerful than everybody else’s combined. That relationship and US commitment is ending and we are entering a new world which will be responsible for patrolling its own system along with resulting resource wars.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 02-15-15

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Fareed Zakaria said:

  • The IEA said Russia faces a perfect storm of collapsing oil prices, international sanctions and currency depreciation.
  • The IMF predicts the Russian economy will contract by 3% in 2015.
  • Putin does not respond to higher costs in a rational calculating manner.
  • Military aid to Ukraine would stoke Russian nationalism, and the loss of men and money in a military operation will not deter it. No one believes that Ukraine can win a military contest with Russia. The consensus believes the only possible strategy is to raise costs for Russia.
  • Paul Krugman at the New York Times says Greece is only asking for what the Germans asked for in the 1950s.
  • Within 5 to 7 years, 800 million Indians will be connected to the Internet, versus 100 million today.
  • Steve Ratner said most southern European economies are fundamentally uncompetitive – there are 2,700 pages of labor laws in Italy.
  • Within 5 to 7 years, 800 million Indians will be connected to the Internet, versus 100 million today.

Bill Browder at Hermitage Capital Mgmt said:

  • The Russian oligarchs and government officials were stealing all the profits out of the companies he invested in.
  • Putin arrested the richest oligarch and told the others that if they did not want to be arrested they needed to share their money with him. Putin is the biggest oligarch and the richest man in the world, worth $200 billion in property, Swiss bank accounts, shares, and hedge funds.
  • In Russia, whoever has the power to arrest people is the person in power.
  • The one thing in Washington that everybody could agree on was that these Russians were bad.
  • While in power Putin will run Russia into the ground and cause the West many problems.

Zanny Minton Beddoes at The Economist said:

  • The Greek crisis will go down to the wire. The limited solution is relatively simple and that is more reform in return for debt relief. Greece cannot possibly repay its debt. Germany is wrong in demanding austerity and refusing to think about the debt.
  • The Greek economy has bottomed and is beginning to grow, but just as it appears they have got through the worst, they are throwing baby out with the bath water.
  • It is not clear that there would be massive contagion if Greece left the EU.
  • We will get the typical European solution which is akin to kicking fudge, but the odds of an accident this time are the highest in a long time.

Gillian Tett at Financial Times said:

  • Greece is only asking for what the Germans asked for in the 1950s and which has enjoyed a lot of debt relief in the last century.
  • The question is this Europe’s Lehman Brothers moment or will we see a chain reaction that could be extremely bad for the economy? The chance of an accident is rising.

Rana Foroohar at Time Magazine said:

  • Germany has benefited more than any other country from being in the euro zone, and will benefit from ECB QE because that will make the euro more competitive in the international market. Eventually the Germans will blink but expect much pain along the way and the problem not being fixed this time around.
  • Germany has done enough to create a consumption economy and bolster wages.
  • The political solution in Europe is a United States of Europe with real fiscal integration and more power in Brussels with Berlin holding the purse strings.
  • The periphery European economy needs to have a comfort zone in which they can reform.

Freedom House said:

  • Democracy has been declining for 9 straight years and is under greater threat than at any time in the last 25 years
  • 40% of the world’s population is free, 24% is partly free, and 36% is not free. In 2014, 61 countries saw their freedom deteriorate from 2013, versus 33 countries that saw freedom improve. The Middle East and North Africa are the least free.
  • Autocrats are no longer paying as much lip service to democracy and are returning to old 20th century modes of oppression: e.g. Russia’s invasion of Crimea, while China is detaining activists under stricter conditions than just house arrests and televising people’s confessions, and Egypt sentenced hundreds of political prisoners to be executed in sham trials.
  • Azerbaijan, Vietnam and Ethiopia do not receive the full ire of the free world despite their oppression.

Bill Gates said:

  • We are innovating at a wonderful speed and we will be reducing inequity for the basics faster than ever before.
  • Economists have always had a hard time with innovation because it is exogenous.
  • China’s growth is lower than it was but is still at a level that the US and the world would love to have.
  • Improving economic fundamentals will accelerate in the next 15 years.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 10-19-14

Salient to Investors:

Fareed Zakaria said:

  • Obama’s Syria policy is destined for failure and almost certain to produce chaos and unintended consequences.
  • Joshua Landis at Syria Comment estimates that non-jihadi groups collectively control only about 5% of Syria.
  • The underlying reason for the violence in Iraq and Syria is a Sunni revolt against Baghdad and Damascus.
  • The only strategy against ISIS that has any chance of working is containment.

Dr. Peter Piot said:

  • This is the first Ebola epidemic where entire nations are involved, where big cities are affected, while the response to the epidemic is running behind the virus. The virus is still running much faster.
  • The 3 countries affected are being totally destabilized and their economies have come to a standstill.
  • Nigeria’s and Senegal’s success at containment shows that this was an avoidable catastrophe.
  • As long as there is a major epidemic in West Africa, the rest of the world is at risk.

Citigroup predicts that the US could export as many as 1 million barrels of oil per day by 2015.

Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia would accept oil prices below $90 for a year or two to discourage the search for shale, natural gas, and other oil alternatives.

Ruchir Sharma at Morgan Stanley said:

  • Over the last decade Chinese oil demand had been increasing on average by 7% a year but is now down to 0%.
  • Saudi Arabia just has to charge $88 per barrel to balance its books.
  • Libya needs oil at $180 to break even.
  • Iran needs oil at $143 to break even.
  • Russia needs oil at $110 to break even.

Martin Wolf at The Financial Times said:

  • Markets often overreact and predict ten of the next four recessions.
  • Much of the correction is the market realizing that US monetary policy is changing.
  • Europe looks very bad.
  • Germany is a symptom, not a cause, a caboose, not a locomotive, because it depends on other countries’ demand. Germany still expects the rest of the world to generate demand for them but it is not going to happen because there is not anyone to do the buying except the US. The Germans cannot start consuming for cultural and political reasons.
  • The US has no intelligent alternative to generating another private sector credit boom which could result in the US in 4-6 years in an even worse mess than before, so it won’t do it.
  • The financial sector is still too highly leveraged and we might have a worse crisis.

Rana Foroohar at Time said:

  • Slowing Chinese growth, Europe slowing and perhaps tipping into recession, structural imbalances that still exist 5 years after the end of the crisis, do not paint a nice picture.
  • The US growth of 3% is insufficient to drag the rest of the world along.

Daniel Dresna said the IMF, G-20 and WTO all performed brilliantly during the global financial crisis and have rescued the world from a total economic collapse.

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Global AgeWatch Index: Norway best for older people – BBC News 09-30-14

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HelpAge International said:

  • Norway is the best of 96 countries to grow old in, followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany. Afghanistan is the worst.
    Australia, Western Europe and North America rank highly.
  • By 2050, 21% of the global population will be over 60, when 40 of the 96 countries will have 30% of their population aged 60 or over.
  • Mexico, Peru and some other Latin American countries have risen in the rankings.
  • Mexico (30th) ranks ahead of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The tradition of caring for the elderly within extended families is weakening.

The growth of tax-financed, non-contributory “social pensions” is key to helping tackle inequality for seniors.

In Mexico, nearly 9 out of every 10 people aged 65 or older receive a social pension.

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