This man introduced me to the Joy of Shorting back in the days. His record is impeccable. I think some of our recent discussion could benefit the readers of this blog should they want to be on the offensive or defensive part of the riot. You know where I stand :D
I never forgot what people said, for example, Ben said in Harvard graduation speech last year: "We will not have a GD2 because I am a smart guy who studied and understand the cause of it." He might, I don't know, but it's fair to say he does and I won't argue with you. The problem is this: It's the wrong model.
The more correct dynamics is modeled in 1998 Indonesia/Thai/Russia issue, and for USA it's much closer to the Indonesia case. That's why my spines are tingling. This particular virus does look like flu when it's in fact ebola. The DNA for this strain can be read in:
And it's nothing new to me.
I agree the GD is a bad model, but none of the crises you mentioned were accompanied by a strengthening of the crisis countries currency.Explain that one professor mtgspy...I don't think there is a good model, you just have to think thru each of the particulars, eg sector by sector and their interactions...
Well the forward looking part of the model looks good; this is just like that LTV-driven prepayment speed we invented in 2005 that nobody liked until it happens.
"In New York's Tompkins Square in 1874, police entered the crowd with clubs and beat up thousands of men and women. The most violent strikes in American history followed the panic, including by the secret labor group known as the Molly Maguires in Pennsylvania's coal fields in 1875, when masked workmen exchanged gunfire with the "Coal and Iron Police," a private force commissioned by the state. A nationwide railroad strike followed in 1877, in which mobs destroyed railway hubs in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Cumberland, Md."
A 10 pct reduction in GDP in those days meant cutting out things like eggs/meat from your diet, buying no clothes that year...a 10 reduction now means buying 9 outfits instead of 10, making imported coffee at home instead of at sbux, drinking beer at home instead of at a bar. Its quite easy to cut the top 10 pct of consumption for about 80 pct of house holds now without any real effect on actual quality of life. The bottom 20 pcts 10 pct cut will be financed by increasing taxes on the top 5 pct.That's how we'll get back to a 10 pct savings rate, and it might even not involve an outright 10 pct contraction but relative to a 2 pct per year trend growth over 3-4 yrs.
(PS: Actually I was reading that last e-mail and laughed at this very level-headed, albeit very correct approach it's very naive. In my opinion someone would smash a molotov cocktail on the back of my head first before 10% spending cuts would be the average nationwide. Heh).
The right enemy
5 years ago