The real estate standard

April 28, 2015 0

At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. government seriously considered nationalizing a large chunk of the American banking system. Instead, what it did was take effective control of the massive U.S. mortgage market. Without Federal guarantees and full government support, the U.S. real estate market (already under critical pressure from the subprime…

By Michel Santi

What is money in 2015?

April 28, 2015 0

Money is only a means of payment. Moreover, any vehicle generally accepted as payment for goods and services is by definition comparable to money. This broader definition of money allows us to find several other means of payment in circulation and in use in our societies and economies. Indeed, bank notes and electronic transactions passing…

By Michel Santi

Innovation will save Switzerland!

April 24, 2015 0

Europe and Switzerland are in full deflation, aggregate demand is at best anemic and only the emergence of a single or multiple asset bubbles is likely to revive their economies. Retail prices decline as consumers, who no longer have the means to maintain their current living standard, refuse to listen to the “credit sirens” and…

By Michel Santi

Too late to fight against inequality!

April 24, 2015 0

Do not be fooled by deflation. It is the decades-old general decline in wages, which inevitably leads to the lowering of consumer prices. And consumer prices will be made to adjust to the deterioration of our standard of living. Deflation is only the natural result of our shrinking purchasing power. Prices collapse for an obvious…

By Michel Santi

There is life outside of work

April 24, 2015 0

The time when Voltaire stated in Candide that “Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need” is over. Today, it is no longer appropriate to work regardless of the cost. In other words, less work could improve our living conditions and could undoubtedly improve the way we do work. The belief that…

By Michel Santi

Europe faces its old demons

March 23, 2015 0

The European government elites are sinking into denial. Their frightened posture against public deficits and preference for strict financial orthodoxy is a reflection of an age-old tendency for self-destruction. However, the current version of this tendency is about to lead them to a nasty state of affairs. I am referring to the ascension of extreme-right…

By Michel Santi

There is no German miracle

March 14, 2015 0

German politicians live and evolve in a parallel universe. Their trade surpluses, their fiscal and restrictive fiscal policies and their anemic domestic investment are all compelling evidence of the “economic autism” of their government elites. Those political leaders incessantly affirm in public the validity of these surpluses as if trying to convince themselves that these…

By Michel Santi