Posts Tagged ‘Markets’

This is a piece from 2017, by TruthOut.org. Putting aside the kind of doomsday/beware: the robots are coming type scenario, I would like to direct readers to the impact and consequences discussed for wealth inequality, productivity and earnings in this new era, which in turn has significant consequences for debt;

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40495-the-robot-economy-ready-or-not-here-it-comes

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https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/379579-uk-finance-curse-suffer/

 

Is RT just a mouth piece for Russian imperialism….maybe, but doesn’t the great USA have mouth pieces and sensationalists such as Fox, and perhaps others media? Let us critically judge the content for what its worth.

From one of the Authors of ‘The Princes of the Yen’, view Professor Werner explain the workings of banking, but also justify some of the solutions to the issues it creates.

Many of these are scorned upon by neo liberals, often being rubbished by talk of the lack of competitiveness it would create, the lack of wealth for society as a whole….blah blah…haven’t we heard these arguments before, circulate again and again…but what haven’t we heard? How about the lack of manipulation, how about real democratic authority and accountability. What of fair pricing and transparency as opposed to superficial gains and over valued delusional self worth?

I must draw your attention to David Buik, ‘City Grandee’ of over 50 odd years experience of the city, frequently on mainstream business media, yet he didn’t even know how the City of London Corporation actually worked?? I would continue to question who these prominent experts are and what they actually know before we have them paraded in front of us as knowledgeable advisers and commentators

 

Too much Finance?

Posted: October 8, 2018 in Economics
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A worthwhile article found recently in the Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/finance-curse-uk-economy-sector-city-of-london-loss-financial-services-a8571036.html

In the UK, the vast sums of money being created as banking, fund managers and other financial businesses boomed has created a brain drain that pulled people from other industries

Against perceived wisdom, this research under-covered here is a direct throwback to the free marketers who believe industrial policy should never be directed in any way by non market forces, and that deregulation should be embraced. If true, there are real consequences to following through with this logic……

The profound concept of what value is and what value society should try to attain is explored in this worthy documentary.

I would like to highlight a number of the take home messages which I found to be praiseworthy and challenging of conventional wisdom;

  • ‘Not all profits are created equal’ implying certain gains could potentially be more worthy than others, the simple metric that something is profitable should not be an absolutist criterion. Profit should be based on sustainability not success
  • The components of the Value Chain should be continually assessed not for whether they are profitable but for what real value they provide the wider society, what positive aspects do they contribute?
  • Price, a key market signal, does not reflect the true cost to society or the environment, therefore how ‘profitable’ are certain activities
  • Our environment governs our behaviour therefore is there is any such thing as free choice, do we even have the freedom to make a choice?
  • The rewards we have currently have in a market economy incentivise us to make potentially harmful choices, not the beneficial choices
  • Contrast the theory that markets allows us to allocate resources adequately with the knowledge that this allocation may be to detrimental activities
  • Some say society at large has never been more prosperous nor peaceful, but the point of how fractured it is bears contemplating
  • The final scene where the following advice was given had much resonance with me, ‘…it’s time. Serve’ This could also be interpreted as in order to serve (society/the natural world order, and therefore establish justice to ourselves and others) we must SUBMIT…the basis of the concept of Islam

Consider this post in reference to the concept of derivatives.

I feel that if anyone wants to attempt any critique of the derivatives market in its entirety, one has to move past any continued emphasis on ‘casino capitalism’, as this is an oft repeated line which, whatever its merits or otherwise, has become an easy reply for those who favour such practices.

I believe one needs to concentrate on debunking the notion of risk management in order to effectively retort.

Many supporters of derivatives would rightly point to their use is not just to speculate with (as in Investment Banking), but as a valid means to manage risk, especially in Insurance, and it is this aspect which deserves further attention in my humble opinion

The above linked post brilliantly draws together the notion of colonising time as an integral commodity, matching any such physical asset, thereby shinning a much needed light on the important and neglected aspects of this discourse of, post colonialism and global racial financialisation.

It has been oft repeated that in our democratic, liberal societies, the few have greater power over the many

Is it the top 1% that owns a greater share of the capital and wealth than the remaining 99%? It is interesting to think of how many of these ‘many verses few’ statistics genuinely exist when analysing our reality

Given the freedom to own property and generate capital, which can indeed be a positive thing, to what extent is this so open to abuse that the rules of the game were never really meant to create fairness and a degree of equality? Is human nature, which is left unchecked, too prone to avarice that such freedoms will always result in a small elite hungry to capture ever more resources than required?

This is not another post looking to promote controlled economies,  however its purpose is to illustrate that, with the best of intensions, will some freedoms, when applied to a population shaped and conformed to behave in a certain manner, always result in a pyramidical structure taking shape where these conditions exist? Is this shape the overriding effect of all the freedoms at our disposal? Consider the following;

Top Asset Management firms by total value of assets under management

Think about what this data is actually telling us; when asset managers acquire equity, or interest in another business enterprise, they take a degree of ownership in that firm. Thereby, over time and because of the funds that flow to these giant institutions, the few in combination, have ended up in a position of ‘owning’ in part or in full, the many corporations that they have a share in – allowing them to ascend to the top of the pyramid; the few owning much greater proportion combined than the many. It also follows that this leads to a common source of control and influence across an economy/region given this limited pool of effective ownership.

Another perspective on this could be that much of this capital originates from the mass population who are the ultimate owners, through their long term savings and pension provisions invested with these providers. Therefore, is this an attempt to invert the structure, allowing the many to benefit? I would argue not, the masses, when considered individually, on average, do not financially benefit as much as the managers who take material cuts from the pool of funds at their disposal. Often their reward incentives are not adequately aligned with the retail investors at large, allowing the elite to become disproportionally better off than the investors who are searching for gains. The small investor is also not the party which excercises the controlling power.

In addition to this asset ownership, consider more generally, how much land the few own in comparison to the larger population, the size of GDP of the few regions compared to the many, the distribution of resources, the access to what is classed as the best quality of education, the trend continues and the structure that we can continually see forming is that of a top down, hierarchical pyramid – it should be clear from such insights what the ultimate power structure of the contemporary world is and what the fruits of everybody’s efforts are really delivering.