Recent Articles by ZarathustraWorld Economy: The case of failed decoupling
Researchers at the IMF quantified the impact of China economic growth on the rest of the world. This strengthen the case that if China slows, the rest of the world will suffer.What is ECB? Here are Irish answers
Here are the answers to some finance and economics questions by random Irish people on a street in Dublin, Ireland.Am I bearish on China?
My views on China economic outlook have not sounded very nice, but at the same time, I have difficulties in working out whether I am bearish.Hang Seng Index: Head-and-Shoulder or Death Cross
If you believe in technical analysis, here are two bearish signals for the Hong Kong stock market. I plot it for reference, although I don’t really believe in technical analysis.US Economy: Tax Cuts and Quantitative Easing
When bond yields going up in these two days, I am rather struggling to figure out whether it is the tax cuts, or the failure of quantitative easing, or just a bet of deteriorting public finances.Ben Bernanke’s not printing money? Here’s what he said 21 months ago
Actually Ben Bernanke agreed that they were printing money, but he is too scared to admit it now.What the Chinese government contemplate in avoiding inflation
To give you a glimpse of how confused the Chinese government is on inflation, we turn to an interview of a Chinese researcher of a government sponsored research institute.US economy: Obama vs. Krugman on Bush Tax Cuts
In his effort to persuade President Obama to stay firm against G.O.P.’s blackmailing, Paul Krugman did not live up to his own record.Hong Kong Economy: between burning fire and cold water
Hong Kong will be in good (or too good) shape for 2011. But uncertainty on Chinese tighteningNot only homes, China can stop people from buying cars
Rumour is around that Beijing’s government wants to stop people from buying cars. Another demonstration on some amazing things the Chinese government can do.China Economy: putting out a fire with water and oil
China will be overheating, but sometimes the government seem to be not quite sure if they want a bigger fire or a smaller.
Companies. 6 December, 2010, 11:37Hong Kong Property: the two commercial properties investors
This may be just another demonstration of how the market overlooked facts. Here, I just give you a few random facts.Ben Bernanke on CBS’ 60 minutes
Excerpt of Ben Bernanke’s interview on CBS’ 60 minutesBen Bernanke vs. Jean-Claude Trichet
If central banking is about driving stock prices up, central banking can be done by saying something.US jobs report: what I make of it
The disappointment job report is just a reminder of how difficult the road to recovery is. Again, the real danger lies somewhere else.
Economy. 3 December, 2010, 17:51Emerging and converging emerging economies
Emerging economies are indeed closing their gaps with the developed economies. But whether the future is all that bright for the world as a whole is actually quite debatable.China Economy: is it actually showing down?
The not-very-leading leading indicator suggests that China economy is slowing down. Whether you like it or not, it seems that China having a bit of stagflation.China to build more public housing
Media reported that China targets at building 10 million low-cost housing. Consciously or unconsciously, China is following the footstep of Hong Kong.Reactions to rumours and facts: USD vs. EUR
I can’t help but notice the opposite reactions of USD and EUR prices on some fundamentally similar hopes.European Financial Stability Facility to Raise money from bond market
While the bailout fund bond is a step closer to fiscal union, achieving true fiscal union for the Eurozone is next to impossible.