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Enough with the news-reader apps – it’s time to support media that really matters | PandoDaily
"Finding content on the Web is not a serious problem. It’s a leisure problem – as in, it’s only really applicable to someone who has too much leisure time."
news  online  internet  business  venture-capital  entrepreneur  journalism  media  investment 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Serious Service Sag - Adaptive Path
This is a big gap where businesses choose to invest in their services. They spend a lot of money to tell you how great the service is, and then, all too often, the service doesn't live up to the hype. Brands become hypocrites thanks to their own investments.
business  advertising  management  service  service-economy  investment  budget 
january 2012 by tsuomela
JOURNAL: Central Planning and The Fall of the US Empire - Global Guerrillas
"The answer is that an extreme concentration of wealth at the center of our market economy has led to a form of central planning. The concentration of wealth is now in so few hands and is so extreme in degree, that the combined liquid financial power of all of those not in this small group is inconsequential to determining the direction of the economy. As a result, we now have the equivalent of centralized planning in global marketplaces. A few thousand extremely wealthy people making decisions on the allocation of our collective wealth. The result was inevitable: gross misallocation across all facets of the private economy. "
economics  wealth  income-distribution  investment  failure  centralization 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Our New York Times Op Ed on the Corporate Savings Glut « naked capitalism
Unbeknownst to most commentators, corporations in the US and many advanced economies have been underinvesting for some time.

The normal state of affairs is for households to save for large purchases, retirement and emergencies, and for businesses to tap those savings via borrowings or equity investments to help fund the expansion of their businesses...

The big culprit in America is that public companies are obsessed with quarterly earnings. Investing in future growth often reduces profits short term.
economics  business  investment  finance  recession  austerity  corporate 
july 2010 by tsuomela
FT.com / Comment / Opinion - Time to plan for post-Keynesian era
by Jeffrey Sachs
"We need, in sum, to reset our macroeconomic timetables. There are no short-term miracles, only the threat of more bubbles if we pursue economic illusions. To rebuild our economies, the watchword must be investment rather than stimulus."
economics  investment  recession  policy  austerity 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Investment, growth & animal spirits
should be concerned by today’s news of a collapse in capital spending because “investment is the driver of long term growth.”
This sounds sensible. But it raises a problem, shown by my chart. It plots the share of business investment in GDP, measured in current prices, against annualized GDP growth over the following five years.
There’s a negative relationship between the two. High investment leads to slow growth, and low investment to high growth.
growth  economics  investment  business  statistics 
october 2009 by tsuomela
I, Cringely » Blog Archive » Is Technology Evil? - Cringely on technology
TRADING has winners and losers but Goldman is an INVESTMENT bank (worse still, they are now a bank holding company) pretending to be on the side of economic growth. Trading relies on finding and exploiting inefficiencies in the system while investing grows the economy. Trading is a parasite on investing. I’m not saying to ban it, I AM saying that technology has enabled outfits like Goldman to be such efficient parasites that they threaten the survival of their hosts.
technology-effects  technology  banking  business  finance  evil  investment  high-frequency-trading 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Restoring American Competitiveness - HBR.org
Decades of outsourcing manufacturing has left U.S. industry without the means to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to rebuilding its economy.
business  innovation  american  future  economics  competition  international  trade  manufacturing  recession  r&d  investment  industry  outsourcing 
august 2009 by tsuomela
America’s Corporate Shell Game « Jon Taplin’s Blog
They make no attempt to hide the bad news for the U.S. Economy–“return on assets for U.S. companies has steadily fallen to almost one quarter of 1965 levels,at the same time that we have seen continued, albeit much more modest, improvements in labor productivity.” The meaning of this is staggering–any productivity gains from the digital revolution have been more than wiped out by our corporate (as well as personal) addiction to debt.
economics  investment  debt  leverage  failure  trends 
june 2009 by tsuomela
FT.com | Willem Buiter's Maverecon | Useless finance, harmful finance and useful finance
The endless churning of contingent claims, including derivatives, when the purchaser has no identifiable insurable interest, turns financial intermediation into a market-mediated betting shop. Then the betting slips become bearer securities and are themselves traded, either OTC or on organised exchanges, and the derivative transactions volumes expand to dwarf the transactions in the markets for the underlying financial claims (let alone the markets for the underlying real resources). At that point, the betting tip of the financial tail of the real economy dog does all the wagging. It does not create value but redistributes it in a way that consumes real resources and exposes the real economy to unnecessary risk. It’s time to tame the tiger.
finance  financial-services  cds  investment  banking  reform  bailout  regulation  speculation 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Asleep at the Wheel of Creative Destruction - Umair Haque - HarvardBusiness.org
But the little-discussed converse is also true: venture investors have systematically underinvested in economic creation. Here's a simple question. How many new industries or markets have venture funds created in the last decade? By my count, exactly two (search and cleantech - and cleantech is still a maybe).
economics  innovation  creativity  venture-capital  failure  investment 
april 2009 by tsuomela
TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | Two (Radical?) Thoughts on Infrastructure
We hear a lot about infrastructure investment today: roads and bridges, mostly. But we live in an information society and an information economy. We need investment in information infrastructure, and that, in the near term that is relevant for a recovery package, means massive public investment in Fiber To The Home (FTTH) and creating a fundamentally new system for adult education and its conversion into greater local involvement in education programs at local public schools.
economics  crisis  2008  infrastructure  investment  politics  internet  ftth  education  open-education  adult-education 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Where have your savings gone? | Where have all your savings gone? | The Economist
That approach will be hopelessly inadequate for those who want to build a decent pension, especially in defined-contribution, or money-purchase, schemes, where the employee bears all the investment risk. The average American scheme member contributes just 7.8% of salary to his pension scheme. His employer, on average, contributes only 4.4%. He has a pot worth only $68,000. A rule of thumb is that total contributions need to be around 20% of wages to match a traditional final-salary scheme.
economics  retirement  401k  pensions  savings  wall-street  equities  investment 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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