dad norman macrae died of cancer june 2010- his obituaries- his last article dec 2008 on the sad consequences subprime would trap youth in - coming notes on remembrance parties across the globe- on his 10th parting we are also zoom-remembering- rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk..
next only to education/health/safety, change in banking immediately changes lives of families and generations whereas infrastructure and natural resources multiply national impacts over time- financial services have at least 3 segments - how its designed for people, for big organisations, for pensions ang government
since 1950, in developed countries - quarter of humans) changes in tech have caused changes in finance first- some peoples have leaped into banking consider those most linked to developed west, development of china region, rest of developing world- we will map what happened to innovation of tech to the west which has had access to 4 tech revolutions from 1950 rural, space-communications, engineering , computing brain power- china that had access to rural revolution in 1970s, engineering from 1980s, all tech from about 2005, and bangladesh which accesses rural change from 1970, has for most of its people not yet accessed engineering change, has joined in other tech between 1995-2005 thanks to being the epicentre of ngo sdg economy - epicentre fazle abed- of course in a world of 200 nations there are other hybrid models but decide which if any of these three is one your peoples need to understand first because big data collection has gone global - see society 5.0 and osaka track g20 2019
key system transformations -paper non-digital banking operations, digital operations, consumer digital atm and cards and end of community banking. mobilising change in commerce and banking, integrating all post 1950 tech revolution- finance needed to be a future affair that teachers and students questioned before youth began livelihoods- since 1760 alumni of adam smith and james watt glasgow u birth of industrial revolution have recommended mediating these questions openly - how much of wealth and natural resources do the top 10 and 500 people control- is your society one in which 3 halves of people - women youth and poor each have less than 10% voice in the future of their generation

putting our species at risk- wall streets bankers and washington lobbyists and careless media moguls did the worst job ever at end of 2000s- can ny's biggest fund managers return the planet to all families as we enter 2020s - search worldrecordjobs -biggest marketmakers bezos and ma - then join us at economishealth.com -or help us value goal of worlds biggest -search - google versus microsoft; health&safety investor bloomberg vs soros; largest funds fink versus mitsubishi ; education for all schwarzman versus hongkong-singapore partners -supercity adaptability ban ki-moon versus masa-son; big decision makers events schwab vs guterres; rural villages fazle abed partners

we also thank the baltimore branch of www.chinacybercenter.com for sharing its investigative scholars of everything that's crazy about 21st financial services that thurgood marshall wouldn't have let rip chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

dec 2020 Washington thinktanks have become in most cases as dismal as the supreme leader trump making these exceptions absolutely brilliant 1 2
this economics policy series shows how banking in america has been serially designed to tip off the poor and the young - and even when the rich elders mess up they demand the poor and young bail them out- i now see why my father as early as 1980s described macroeconomics as totally fame political chicanery nothing to do with the origins system designs of the first 200 years of followers of adam smith moral sentiments- see also economistscotland.com
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 today's bloomberg opinion had lot of interesting stories - they also show how finance connects with everything; unfortunately there is a contradiction between where american financiers and politicians are driving 4% of humans locked into usa and sustainability of 96% of other humans- a paradox arises when you are the worlds reserve currency - it is no longer possible for monetary policy to sustain your own peoples as you are being played by the worlds global organisations and whither the purposes of their market sectors are exponentially sustainable


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Today’s Agenda

America’s Downgrade Non-Crisis Turns 10

Where were you on August 5, 2011? 

No idea? Here’s a hint: It was a day something historic and unthinkable happened. Those usually burn into your memory, right? Like the JFK assassination or the 9/11 attacks. 

But you could be forgiven for having no recollection of August 5, 2011, which was the day Standard & Poor’s downgraded its credit rating for the United States of America. It was indeed historic and shocking. But it was almost immediately forgettable, because it was so meaningless. Other rating agencies ignored it, and America has had no trouble getting loans in the decade since. 

Nevertheless, John Chambers, the former S&P analyst responsible for the downgrade, recently told Brian Chappatta that he has no regrets. The political dysfunction that inspired the downgrade (remember the ridiculous debt-ceiling fight?) has only gotten worse, he says. Even the $2 trillion mistake by the rating agency in forecasting the country’s future debt burden has been rendered moot by the wild spending and tax-cutting we’ve seen in recent years. S&P has had plenty of chances to upgrade the U.S. from AA+ but has repeatedly declined, as recently as this week.

Of course, credit ratings only have meaning if society agrees they have meaning, like money or Libor or Christopher Nolan films. The financial crisis taught us hard lessons about giving ratings too much power. And again, the U.S. still has no trouble borrowing, despite all the dysfunction and spending and whatnot. But Democrats must think Chambers is at least partly onto something, given they plan to raise taxes to help pay for their next big spending package. Read the whole thing

Further Political-Dysfunction Reading: A " talking filibuster" won't solve the Senate’s filibuster problem because the GOP is perfectly willing to spend as much time as it takes reading Green Eggs and Ham or whatever. — Jonathan Bernstein 

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The Next Elon Musk Spricht Deutsch

Volkswagen today became Germany’s most valuable company, which is a little like becoming the best baseball player in AAA. Its $166 billion market cap would put it maybe in the top 50 of U.S. public companies, and mathematics informs us that’s just a fraction of Tesla’s $650 billion. Still, you’ve gotta start somewhere, and VW is on the rise because it's looking more and more like a true rival to Tesla, writes Chris Bryant. They also have a longer track record of producing vehicles. Now it’s focusing on software and batteries with a view toward electrifying half its new cars by 2030. On the downside, VW also has an old-line automaker’s high costs, including gazillions of employees. But VW might also have an easier time scaling up than Tesla has, making Herbert Diess a real threat to take Elon Musk’s Technoking crown. 

Building a Biden Doctrine

It’s early days yet, but President Joe Biden isn’t exactly reviving every aspect of his old boss’s foreign policy. That may be a good thing. For example, Eli Lake notes, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, ahead of a meeting with Chinese officials in Alaska tomorrow, has used some surprisingly tough language about Beijing’s aggression and treatment of Uyghurs. This might help reassure regional allies that Biden won’t be as forgiving as Barack Obama or as unfocused as Donald Trump about China’s threat. 

Less encouraging, so far at least, has been Biden’s attitude toward Syria, writes Bobby Ghosh. Obama infamously drew a “red line” there and let Bashar al-Assad cross it. Trump didn’t make such a glaring mistake but was still too passive. Biden’s actions so far promise more of the same. Syria is too important for such neglect, Bobby writes, requiring more aggression — including, God forbid, the enforcement of red lines.

Bonus Foreign-Policy Reading: Boris Johnson’s “Global Britain” vision is ambitious, but expensive. — Therese Raphael 

Telltale Charts

As Jay Powell suggested today, dismissing market agita about the threat of higher prices, inflation isn’t even close to becoming a problem. Nir Kaissar points out the nightmarish stagflation of the 1970s built up very slowly and with plenty of warning. Policy makers won’t let that happen again.

Further Reading

The CDC’s six-foot-distance rule keeps kids out of schools despite studies showing a three-foot distance is just as safe. — Bloomberg’s editorial board 

Facebook must confront its vaccine-skeptic problem. — Tim O’Brien 

Fighting the Purdue bankruptcy deal because it strips too little from the Sacklers risks keeping money from victims. — Joe Nocera 

A new study shows Keynes was right about real estate being riskier than it seems. — John Authers 

We’ve been mistakenly blaming margin debt for market crashes since the ‘20s. — Stephen Mihm 

Racial bias in NFL concussion tests deprives Black players of settlement money. — Cathy O’Neil 

The NFT craze is no different from other parts of the art market. — Tyler Cowen 

ICYMI

The IRS is delaying the tax-filing deadline.

Trump’s net worth has taken a hit.

An ARKK copycat is trouncing Cathie Wood’s ETF.

Kickers

10,000-year-old basket found in Israel. (h/t Ellen Kominers)

App creates fake noise to help you escape Zoom meetings. (h/t Mike Smedley)

Dogs may be 95% accurate at sniffing out Covid.

The human brain developed because larger animals went extinct.

Notes: Please send fake noises and complaints to Mark Gongloff at mgongloff1@bloomberg.net.

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