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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Deflation and Bonds

Remember the 1970s? We had no economic growth and high inflation (stagflation). We are experiencing economic contraction and have had inflation until recently. Now comes deflation – much worse.  Deflation causes consumers to postpone purchases from fear that the item will be cheaper at a later date – basically the issue that PC manufacturers have (other than windows being a pain in the rear). […] Read the rest of this entry »

China Economic Forecast

OK, I know China is part of Asia. I am breaking China out separately because it’s situation is unique. Also, China is one of the few places I am investing in equities.     China is expected to grow in 2009, but at a much more modest pace. Many economists expect China to grow at 8% in 2009. This is widely believed to be […] Read the rest of this entry »

Asian (ex-China) Economic Forecast

The economic forecast for Asia is not rosy. Japan – the world’s second largest economy – has been largely stagnant for 18 years, and has renewed their downward economic slump via a recently announced recession. Japan’s economy is heavily dependent upon exports. Since its 2 largest markets (North America & Europe) are in recession, it is expected to continue to struggle.    South Korea […] Read the rest of this entry »

US Recession note

There is a good reason for things feeling badly (economically) for the past year – we’ve been in a recession.  The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) indicates the US entered a recession in December 2007.  This is not surprising, given that Europe & Japan have been in recession since May, and given that most of the credit for the current global economic downturn […] Read the rest of this entry »