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Placebo Effects: Part 1 (market & economy)
Euro Intelligence ^ | 07/20/9 | Satyajit Das

Posted on 08/09/2009 9:09:07 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Placebo Effects: Part 1

By: Satyajit Das

Mixed Metaphors…

Botanical commentators are finding ‘green shoots’. The astronomically minded have seen ‘glimmers’. The meteorologically minded have spoken about the storms ‘abating’. Strong rallies in equity and debt markets have confirmed the recovery for the ‘true believers’. The Global Financial Crisis ("GFC") crisis is over!

It is useful to remember Winston Churchill’s observation after the British expeditionary force’s escape from Dunkirk: "[Britain] must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory". There may be confusion between ‘stabilisation’ and ‘recovery’.

The ‘green shoots’ theory is based on a slowdown in the rate of decline in key economic indicators, improvements in the financial system, unprecedented government support for the banking system, near-zero interest rates and large fiscal stimulus packages. The recovery of emerging markets and a renewed belief in Decoupling (Release 2.0) also underpin hopes of a swift return to growth.

Receiving the Messengers…

The puzzling thing is that real economy indicators continue to be poor. Growth forecast for 2009 have steadily deteriorated with world growth expected to be negative 2.00 to 3.00% with especially poor prospects for Japan and the Euro Zone. Industrial output, employment, consumption, investment and global trade continue to be weak. Even China expected to grow between 6% and 8% in 2009 experienced a fall in exports of over 20% over the last year.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: greenshoot; illusion; market; placebo

1 posted on 08/09/2009 9:09:08 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; PAR35; AndyJackson; Thane_Banquo; nicksaunt; MadLibDisease; happygrl; ...


2 posted on 08/09/2009 9:09:37 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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just think if the press industry was even half as positive after bush 41’s first term, we may never have seen Clinton.

3 posted on 08/09/2009 9:13:15 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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“...just think if the press industry was even half as positive after bush 41’s first term, we may never have seen Clinton.”

Man, now I’m REALLY depressed, LOL! ;)

4 posted on 08/09/2009 6:39:45 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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