The first five layoffs of educators has occurred after Greece's crackdown on those "not fulfilling their duties." As KTG reports, the five people (four teachers and one university professor) were found to be absent from the education institutions without excuse and for a long period of time, but they were receiving their salary month in, month out.
"I believe 2017--2021 will represent the end and reversal of that multi-decade trend - as the debt bubble bursts and bond markets begin to crash... Each phase was a desperate battle between centralized, governmental control of currency versus universal, hard-asset based currency. And each phase saw the acceleration and intensification of that battle take hold in the ‘7’ year."
Some say that the common currency prevents less productive economies from cheating by weakening their national currencies and forces them to become more efficient and competitive. Industrial production data shows that it is not the case. Italy, France, Greece and Portugal have not only stopped producing more; they are producing now less than in 1990! The decay started immediately after the introduction of the euro in 2002!
Global stocks jumped around the globe, with Europe's Stoxx 600 and US equity futures rising more than 0.5% on a surge in merger announcements over the weekend including the $85 billion mega takeout of AT&T for Time Warner, the $6.4 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace by Rockwell Collins, the $2.7 billion deal targeting Genworth by China Oceanwide and the just announced $4 billion purchase of Scotttrade by Ameritrade.
Europe truly is a continent full of powder kegs. Even before you add refugees. However, the US and UK are first in line when it comes to the risk of being rendered ungovernable. Partly simply because of timing, and partly because the differences between various ‘groups’ and movements are as pronounced as they are already today. Both countries are running out of carpet to sweep their dirt under.
If governments allow banks to shut down bank accounts of individuals or companies without a fair trial and due legal process, it will create a very dangerous situation indeed. In this environment, buying gold is rational behaviour to even the biggest paper-bugs out there. The current monetary experiment of massive QE is no longer the main concern of prudent investors and institutions, it is now combined with negative interest rates and bail-ins.
"Picking winners" was never a good idea for policymakers - no matter what the economics textbooks say - and now the 'market' has given the ECB a big headache. Draghi's corporate-bond-buying scheme has backfired as the European Central Bank finds itself holding junk bonds in its so-called 'stimulus' plan after K+S AG was downgraded by S&P (sending its price plunging).
The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) was unsuccessful in covering up its nefarious activities in Greece, as WikiLeaks uncovered back in April. Later, the I.M.F.’s internal watchdog team released a report condemning the I.M.F.’s actions.
With a flurry of political risk events over the coming months, and a new global focus on fiscal policy, Draghi needs to reassure market players that the ECB has more ammunition as well as laying to rest the taper talk that spooked bond markets this month.
Draghi will make clear that tapering has not yet even been considered. He will emphasize that the program runs until March, at least, and so they have plenty of time to plan the exit. There’ll be no taper-tantrum today. Far from tapering, it’s likely that the Asset Purchase Program will be prolonged even further beyond March, although perhaps not formally so at this meeting. An extension will require technical adjustments that may need more time to work out.
...some bureaucrats in New York City think that it is sexual harassment for a professor to base grades in part on effort and classroom behavior. It appears that the bureaucrats decided that “effort” could be interpreted as an invitation for female students to trade sex for higher grades.