Bond Rating Agencies Yield Junky Results

Marko’s Take Originally written May 31, 2010 Bond Ratings Agencies Yield Junky Results Think a certain credit rating means something?  Think again! Amid the financial crisis which enveloped the global financial system in 2008-2009, Standard & Poors (S & P) and Moody’s played a central role.  So much paper with sub-prime mortgages defaulted that were originally […]

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Universal Basic Income Made Easy: Applied Markonomics101

Universal Basic Income Made Easy: Applied Markonomics101. One of the more controversial topics on various internet sites, and one threatening to go Full Mainstream, is a financial engineering plan commonly known as “Universal Basic Income” (UBI).  While there are many hoped for “societal benefits” from the implementation of UBI, this analysis doesn’t consider them for […]

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Can Anyone Win A “Trade War”?

Can Anyone Win A “Trade War”? In the famous movie “War Of The Roses”, Danny DeVito plays a divorce attorney who imparts some incredibly insightful advice:  “In a divorce there are NO WINNERS, just degrees of losing”.  He might as well have been talking about Trade Wars.  If you enjoyed and absorbed our piece yesterday […]

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An Introduction to Incentivism- Part 3

Incentivism is a type of economic system whose philosophy emphasizes the use of financial reward rather than punishment to alter an individual’s personal self-interest to make it consistent with that of society. An Introduction to Incentivism – Part 3: Government Intervention An ongoing bi-monthly series                 February 5, 2018 If you wish to either catch up or […]

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An Introduction to Incentivism- Part 2

Incentivism is a type of economic system whose philosophy employs the use of financial reward as a way to substantially augment and/or replace punishment to more closely align an individual’s self-interest with that of society.      (You can access the debut issue “An Introduction to Incentivism” here) From Issue 1…. “What if Politicians’ reward system was […]

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An Introduction to Incentivism- Part 1

The first issue in a bi-monthly series:   January 5th, 2018 Incentivism is a type of economic system whose philosophy or doctrine emphasizes the use of financial reward (Incentives) rather than punishment (Jail) to affect how individuals behave.    While in the same category as communism, capitalism or socialism, Incentivism is a vastly different belief system. […]

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SEC No Match For Government Sachs

Now let me get this straight.  Goldman Sachs (GS), aka “Government Sachs”, has just received the largest penalty ever imposed on a financial firm.  Yes, a whopping $550 million. Relative to Goldman’s 2009 net income of roughly $12 billion, this represents less than 5%, or about two weeks worth of earnings.  In the case of British […]

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