News: 2014-02-24

News links for 24 Feb 2014


Emerging Markets

Why China cannot have a ‘Lehman moment’ | South China Morning Post

Always be sceptical of statements like this: “China cannot have a Lehman moment. Its financial system does not work the way America’s (or Japan’s or Italy’s) does. In fact, it is not clear how China can suffer any sort of acute financial crisis. And it is extremely unlikely that, if such a crisis did occur, it would do lasting harm to the global financial system.”

BBC News – China home prices rise in January but at slower pace

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China to keep economic growth within reasonable range in 2014 | Reuters

Behind China’s Labor Unrest: Factory Workers and Taxi Drivers – Businessweek

At the mercy of the markets | David McWilliams

” What is going on in Turkey is also playing out in South Africa, Brazil and, to a lesser extent, Mexico. If the global financial system is to become an instrument of geo-political stability, it will have to be reformed so that what is happening in Turkey (and elsewhere) doesn’t become the norm. We are seeing a market-made financial crisis and yet again, the agents of disruption – the financial markets – are passing the buck. Without some form of global capital controls which prevent money flowing in and out of a country at breakneck speed, the world will lurch from one financial crisis to the next driven by greed, fear and fashion.”

El saldo comercial cayó 27% en 2013 por la compra de energía

In 2013, Argentina’s trade surplus was down 27% to $9 billion compared with 2012. The problem was a rising bill ($11 billion) for importing energy. Argentina’s major trading partners are in Mercosur at 28% of trade and China and southeast Asia at 19% of exports and 23% of imports.

Fuerte baja de 88% en el superávit comercial

In January, Argentina’s trade surplus was $35 million, 88% lower than at the same time in 2012. This highlights the continuing problem Argentina is having in accumulating foreign reserves. 

Most-Wanted Drug Leader Guzman Captured in Pacific Mexico Resort

Poor losing out in African boom, according to new report | World news | The Guardian

G20: What did Mr Rajan actually say? | The Economist

EconoMonitor : Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog – Ukraine’s Crisis Threatens to Drag Russia’s Economy Down, Too

Ruble Cracks Seen Before Ukraine’s Deadly Descent: Russia Credit – Bloomberg



For Ukraine’s revolutionaries: Beware a Russian backlash –

“If presidential elections are held in the next three months, they will probably result in a victory for either Yulia Tymoshenko, the western-leaning former prime minister, or Vitali Klitschko, the former boxing champion. Ms Tymoshenko has a poor record in power, and it was an ominous sign that the crowds in Kiev’s Independence Square whom she addressed on Saturday did not receive her with unqualified enthusiasm. Mr Klitschko is wholly inexperienced in government and is regarded with suspicion by the radical nationalists who have played an increasingly important role in the revolution.”

Arrest warrant issued for toppled Yanukovich –

Yanukovich toppled in new Ukrainian revolution –

The Ukrainian oligarchs living it large in London – Telegraph

Ukraine Leader’s Flight Blocked as Opponents Take Power

Hunt for Yanukovich as Tymoshenko pushes for Ukrainian coalition –

5 ways Ukraine may be a game changer –

Financial crisis threatens Russia as Ukraine spins out of control – Telegraph

House fit for a tyrant: Protestors storm the sprawling, luxury estate of Ukraine’s fugitive president which has its own private zoo, golf course and is half the size of Monaco | Mail Online



Alemania recibe la mayor oleada de inmigrantes españoles desde los años 60

Germany is receiving its largest wave of immigrants since the 1960s with 26,00 Spaniards coming since 2009. This is not a really big number in an economy of 80 million. Moreover, there are almost 39,000 Spaniards in Germany who have been resident for 40 years or more. The toal Spanish population is 120,000, a small sliver of the Turkish population.

German business morale rises to top level in 2-1/2 years | Reuters

Spain’s crash landlords: empty homes spawn black housing market | World news |



European companies limp out of recession –

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This may explain the differential in market appreciation: “Profits at Europe’s listed companies are recovering from the recession at a slower pace than during any business cycle since 1970. Not only is the recovery in earnings unusually lengthy, but the gap between Europe and the US coming out of recession is over three times bigger than it has averaged at this stage in previous cycles. US earnings are now 20 per cent above their peak in 2007, while European earnings are 26 per cent below.

Emerging Stocks Fall as China Slumps While Ukraine Bonds Gain – Bloomberg

Global GDP growth after the G20 summit | Gavyn Davies

“Overall, this seems to be a “more of the same” package, rather than anything more dramatic. It stems from the IMF’s belief that, while a shortage of demand in the developed economies is still the main constraint on growth, supply potential has also been substantially damaged by the weakness of investment and the labour force. This increased IMF concern about permanent erosion of potential output mirrors the recent shift towards supply side pessimism by the central banks. Hence the caution about the speed of the recovery.”

Gold price rigging fears put investors on alert –


North America

Potholes That Ate Indianapolis Devour Municipal Budgets in U.S. – Bloomberg

” About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather, said Greta Smith, an associate program director with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Washington. She said this pothole season is “one of the worst in memory.” The potholes are emblematic of a deeper chasm. The gap between the cost of improvements to U.S. transportation infrastructure and available revenue from both state and federal sources was as much as $147 billion, according to a 2009 National Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission report.”

It’s Time To Eliminate The President’s Budget | Stan Collender’s Capital Gains and Games

Banks Fight Revised U.S. Plan to Monitor Checking Overdraft Fees

Washington Center for Equitable Growth | I Am Sorry. What Was Tim Geithner Looking at in January 2008?: Saturday Focus: February 22, 2014

Bondholders hit in Detroit restructuring – 

“Detroit is putting pension funds ahead of bondholders in a proposed restructuring plan as it seeks to pay $18bn in debts and emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.”


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The Netflix-Comcast agreement isn’t a network neutrality violation, but it is a problem — Tech News and Analysis

“The interconnection agreement Comcast and Netflix signed isn’t a violation of network neutrality, but it continues a troubling precedent for the internet and has anti-competitive overtones.” 

Hell Freezes Over: Nokia Unveils an Android Phone, the Nokia X

BBC News – MtGox chief Mark Karpeles quits Bitcoin Foundation

Bitcoin Seen by Payment Networks as Little Threat to Dominance – Bloomberg

How Comcast’s Netflix Bullying Could Cost Us All

How to set up your accounts to use an Android tablet inside a Mac-centric life

Apple patched a major SSL bug in iOS yesterday, but OS X is still at risk

Why Apple’s Recent Security Flaw Is So Scary

Apple promises fix ‘very soon’ for Macs with failed encryption | Reuters

Three phases of messaging — Benedict Evans

WhatsApp Shows How Phone Carriers Lost Out on $33 Billion

Pay up, mobile firms tell Facebook to pay – Telegraph

The three critical factors wearable devices need to succeed — Tech News and Analysis

Samsung Unveils Tizen-Based Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches | Re/code

Twitter I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down — Medium

How to tweet like a teenager –



Our Numbered Days: The Evolution of the Area Code – Megan Garber – The Atlantic

How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy — PsyBlog

Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons | RocketNews24

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