The Productive Economy Council has been advocating use of loan to value ratios to knobble run away inflation, now the RBNZ has joined the conversation.
Archive for May, 2012
The International Monetary Fund in its Fiscal Monitor report last month puts a net present value on the increases in pension spending by the Governments of advanced economies between now and 2050.
In New Zealand’s case it is the equivalent of 66 per cent of gross domestic product or $140 billion in today’s dollars.
Read the full article by Brian Fallow.
Privatisation good, finance company investors bad – it ain’t necessarily so.
It is frustrating the way some influential individuals take a biased and one-eyed stance on important issues.
These prejudices inhibit robust debate and lead to some poor decision making as far as the New Zealand economy is concerned.
Banking should be on the periphery of the economy, not sitting at its heart.
I was half tempted to pitch in and join the Occupy movement until the tent city got hijacked by rent-a-ranters, that rather smelly lunatic fringe who are against everything. Random nihilism may have its place, but it would be nicer if that place originated in the shower – with soap.
The movement didn’t gain much traction, because it lacked visionary leadership and failed to pick a clear target to hit. By and large, people had a grudging respect for the notion – a lot of people think it feels kind of right.
Property mania hurts our ability to build business and wealth, writes Gareth Morgan.
It is no coincidence that around the world attention has turned to how an economic recovery can be garnered against a backdrop of housing markets still on their knees.
In the US house prices are down 30 per cent from their 2007 peak and 40 per cent of owners have negative equity.