Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

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    Euro Deal Primer

    Oct 28, 11 • 366 Views • No Comments

    To understand euro zone bailout plans, just think BBB. Bonds, Banks, Bailout The Bonds: If you own Greek debt, then you would be asked to accept a 50% haircut. That means you will get new Greek bonds worth half the old ones. The catch? It’s voluntary. A...  [read more]

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    Greece and Argentina

    Oct 25, 11 • 430 Views • No Comments

    Nobody wants Greece to become Argentina. It all began with what scholars Rogoff and Reinhart called the lending boom of the 1990s. Enjoying the influx of dollars, Argentina borrowed and grew and prospered…for awhile.  But when recession hit at the end...  [read more]

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    California and Greece

    Oct 2, 11 • 321 Views • No Comments

    It is good to pay fire fighters and police officers generously. It is good not to raise taxes. It is good to give voters what they want and get re-elected. As Michael Lewis describes in Vanity Fair, San Jose, California did everything that was...  [read more]

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    Benford’s Law and Greece

    Sep 22, 11 • 298 Views • No Comments

    Does it matter that low first digits occur more frequently? First some history. During the 1920s, Frank Benford, a physicist at GE, noticed that “one” appeared more frequently as the first digit of a number. To test his thesis, he accumulated...  [read more]

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    A Tale of Two Euro Zone Countries

    Sep 14, 11 • 346 Views • No Comments

    Saying, “It is a small step for the euro zone and a big step for Estonia…” the Estonian prime minister celebrated his country’s formal entry into the Western economic world. On January 1, 2011, Estonia switched from the kroon to the...  [read more]