Links we will use in the presentation are below, in case they don't work within Rpubs.
(note: this is an unedited version of my Sunday Business Post column from last week).
Currency trading is not for the faint hearted even at the best of times. At the end of this week, most currency traders are probably a year closer to their first heart attack. Switzerland’s Central Bank removed its currency ceiling against the euro it instituted during the euro crisis and cut its base interest rate to -0.75% in order to avoid deflation. Now not only is the currency going wild on the markets, actually leaving money on deposit with the central bank will cost you money. Negative real interest rates are going to be a feature of central banking for the foreseeable future. It’s a weird time to be a central banker, and a frankly scary time to buy and sell currencies.
(This an edited version of my Sunday Business Post article from last week)
The ECB will start serious asset purchases in 2015, similar to the Securities Markets Programme it ran in 2010, but on a much larger scale.
This process is called quantitative easing—QE for short. QE has been fiercely resisted by hard money fanatics at the Bundesbank and the Finnish Central Bank, but it appears they have lost the battle to stop these purchases from happening. Their objections have been swept aside as fears of an outright deflation have taken hold.
(note, this is the unedited version of my piece in yesterday's Sunday Business Post)
Greece has once again returned to the spotlight as the latest coalition has collapsed trying to elect a President. Snap elections held on the 25th of this month may well see the populist Syriza party in power for the first time, most likely as the dominant part of a coalition. If no stable coalition is formed, another set of elections gets triggered, creating the possibility of an anti-Syriza bloc forming.
Irish journos: there is a style of post crisis communication in this country which needs to be studied in order to be understood. Any crisis generates the same response: The can kicking review/report, pledge to find lessons to be learned, all that stuff, knowing media don't really review these crises with any frequency. So: Study major crises for last 20 years in say Health. You'll find the same pattern, figure out ways to get behind it as it clearly and obviously works for those in power.
Water meters as e-voting machines. Really.
Analysis without implementation is about as useful as a chocolate kettle. Electoral theatrics need to be contained if the inquiry is to have any lasting legacy, or indeed any integrity at all.
Not as stupid as it sounds, honest.
Big baddies don't do us any good.
Water provision isn't going to go away. This is a long term issue society has to deal with, and we haven't found the model to do that yet.
Just a quick reminder that this week's lectures are online already, I'm travelling tomorrow and Friday and so you don't need to come to lectures.
It is important to examine the logic and the economic case for setting up Irish Water, as toxic (again, no pun intended) as that might be.
Irish Water should have been set up with little fanfare and little drama, instead it is being drowned (no pun intended) in a sea of damaging revelations. A pity, because this is a very important area of public policy.
My slides are here.
Buttiglione et al, Deleveraging? What Deleveraging?
Mazzolini and Mody, Austerity Tales: the Netherlands and Italy.
McLeay et al, Money creation in the modern economy: an introduction