It's Monday, Aug 9. The stock markets are declining significantly, although anybody who says it's panic doesn't remember 2008. Anyway, lots of market commentators, you know the types on cable TV news networks, are all claiming the decline is due to the S&P downgrade. They're wrong. Completely wrong as I pointed out already. But just … Continue reading How To Tell A Market Commentator Doesn’t Understand Markets or Finance or What They’re Talking About
It's now Monday morning, Aug 8. It's been roughly 60 hours since S&P downgraded the rating on U.S. government bonds. In that 60 hours the media, particularly TV talking head channels, have been breathlessly awaiting what they felt was a certain market panic on Monday. Clearly interest rates would go up they said. They were … Continue reading The Market Shrugs Off Rating Downgrade, Market Is Worried About Real Economy.
Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism (an unusually good source of very in-depth, timely commentary) offers some strong evidence and analysis of how the S&P decision to downgrade the U.S. debt stinks. I've already talked about how it's really irrelevant at the economic level and how it's not likely to change things substantially. I've also written about how … Continue reading The S and P Downgrade Decision Stinks of Politics and Corruption.