Archive for December 10th, 2015

India’s Gold monetisation scheme…similar to Roosevelt’s 1933 move?

December 10, 2015

India’s gold monetisation scheme is not working. This article from Menger centre compares the scheme to Roosevelt’s 1933 scheme. Not sure whether one can compare as Roosevelt reads like a more compulsory type  whereas India’s is optional and upto the public.

But the broad idea of govt wanting to amass gold from public still can be compared.


A gastropub in the honour of Murray Rothbard

December 10, 2015

Interesting piece this:

Westport News today has a feature on Rothbard Ale + Larder, a new “European gastropub” that opened up in downtown Westport, CT. 

The article notes that the pub’s name is “a nod to Murray Rothbard, an American economist and political writer.” 

What can one expect from a Rothbardian gastropub? 

Read the post for more details..The menu though could have been more interesting..

Will Macrinomics rescue Argentina?

December 10, 2015

It is quite a surname for a President to have – Macri and that too of Argentina. It was a matter of time before his policies were to be converted into Macrinomics.

There is a lot of noise That Macrinomics can do for Argentina where so many others have failed. But what if this too remains a promise?

K@W has a discussion on the issue:

As President-elect Mauricio Macri prepares to take office in Argentina, the country is at a crossroads: Will Macri’s administration mark a bright new age? Or will the current revival of optimism in Argentina be short-lived?

For the past 12 years, successive populist governments headed by the late Nestor Kirchner and his widow, outgoing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, have staked the nation’s prosperity on high commodity prices and free-spending social programs, leaving Argentina mired in high inflation and a huge public-sector deficit, and isolated from access to international financial markets.

Under Macri, “important aftershocks are going to be felt across the region,” says Peter Schechter, director of the Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank. The results of the Argentine presidential election will eventually have a profound effect on much more than domestic economic policy in Argentina, he adds. “It is a dramatic moment of inflection for the country.”

And yet, opinion is widely divided about Argentina’s prospects. Is the stage finally being set for Argentina to deliver on the enormous promise of its vast natural resources? Or will the nation of 43 million — the third most populous in South America after Brazil and Colombia — remain stymied by its deep-seated tradition of political divisiveness? The optimists stress that Argentina has a sizable middle class, huge energy reserves already popular with Chevron, Total and ExxonMobil, and an educated population. Those assets could offer significant additional opportunities for foreign investors and open new markets in Argentina for foreign providers of sophisticated consumer goods and value-added technologies and services — provided the Macri administration manages to make the critical economic reforms that he advocated during his campaign. Although everyone agrees that Argentina has vast potential for growth, the pessimists argue that Argentina’s long history of political instability and corruption does not bode well for Macri’s prospects to make those reforms over the next few years.

Argentina is a great case of misplace priorities and injustice to history. It was one of the richest countries in the beginning of the 20th century only to go down the drain with series of disasters. Like someone said, there are four kinds of countries – developed, underdeveloped, Japan and Argentina!

It will be really interesting to see what Macri ends up doing…

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