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541 people killed in the US by tasers since 2001 
News Alternative  -  09-08-13 

TOKYO - For far too long this shocking treatment of people has lain below the news radar. People are being treated like cattle and the mainstream media is keeping quiet about it. (Click here)


 
$4.7 trillion held by 11 sovereign wealth funds

 
News Alternative  -  09-08-13 

TOKYO - We see real estate bubbles in almost every major city of the world. Oil and other commodity futures are being invested in and causing artificial scarcity and price volatility. Wealth is concentrated at the top and is allocated enmasse into specific asset classes, raising prices and creating bubbles. This is terrible asset allocation and will only mitigate growth and depress the global economy. Should eleven fund managers really be in charge of allocating such vast sums of money? An additional $600 billion is managed by 20 hedge fund firms. These fund managers move markets and drive prices up and down. (Hedge Funds (SWF)


 
Beijing looking to foreign investors to help fund unfinished projects, slowdown affecting Australia 
News Alternative  -  09-08-13 

TOKYO - Beijing's self induced credit crunch is affecting local government funding. In an unusual move it seems to be now looking overseas to make up the shortfall. (article) The deleveraging, combined with the controlled contraction of the real estate bubble over the last few years, is  triggering a slowdown in the world's number two economy. Its effects are already being felt in Australia's mining-dependent economy,  with a slowdown in commercial real estate. (article) The Bank of Australia, most probably in anticipation of this, has recently set interest rates to an all-time low in order to stimulate the economy. (article)


 
Why buy 10-year Japanese bonds yielding 0.8% when the Bank of Japan is committed to 2% inflation in two years?  
News Alternative  -  09-08-13  

 TOKYO - The Japanese government, once exceptional in more distinguished ways, is now in its final fiscal death throes. It has the largest debt-GDP on the planet, almost 250%. Once, the term "excluding Japan" in the business press set Japan apart from the rest of East Asia, in a positive fashion.

 
The political appointment of the BOJ's governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, has turned the institution on its head and induced it to launch a gargantuan expansion of the money supply which is proportionally three-times larger than its counterpart in the US. Some are saying that 2% inflation is an  impossible target, in which case the move was merely to manipulate the yen down by slight of hand. Naughty, naughty! Either way, to keep bond yields down will require more money printing if they are even half serious about the inflation target. This will mean more cost inflation for the average Japanese citizen through inflated imported goods prices. And what I wonder will happen to salaries? 
With 25% of government revenue currently being spent on debt service, perhaps the Japanese should hope that Kuroda does in fact miss his 2% target. If they actually reach it then debt service payments will be unsustainable, triggering more money printing to buy the bonds in order to drive yields back down. This will, in turn, drive the yen down further causing more cost inflation for the Japanese consumer which will only drive down growth further. It seems they have the cost-inflation cart before the wage-inflation horse.  We'll see.
 


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