The Past Week: July 4-11, 2009 (Where We Are Now re: The Economy-Robert Reich, Nouriel Roubini, Robert Shiller, Chris Martenson)

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Well, we’ve managed to actually post enough this week to have a formal “Past Week” column!

Money has been on my mind as I unwound a few positions in the stock market this week as things are stalling before what might be a plunge.  This is quite a relief…my stress level dropped immediately! These were mostly mutual funds we bought 10+ years ago, so we still came out ahead in spite of the huge drop in March.

However, we have to be vigilant about the future. Preservation of what we all have, hedging against inflation and a collapsing dollar…you know the drill!

So here are a couple of things on the subject of the economy that I came across this week. The first is by Robert Reich; next is a video from Bloomberg.com.

If you’re wondering what Robert Reich is thinking lately, check out his personal blog.  (Reich is a staunch supporter of  a public healthcare option and  urges supporters to get active to get  Obama  to “do the right things” in a recent post titled “What Can I Do?“).

Here’s his latest post about the state of the economy:

When Will The Recovery Begin? Never.

The so-called “green shoots” of recovery are turning brown in the scorching summer sun. In fact, the whole debate about when and how a recovery will begin is wrongly framed. On one side are the V-shapers who look back at prior recessions and conclude that the faster an economy drops, the faster it gets back on track. And because this economy fell off a cliff late last fall, they expect it to roar to life early next year. Hence the V shape.

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The reason is asset values at bottom are so low that investor confidence returns only gradually.
That’s where the more sober U-shapers come in. They predict a more gradual recovery, as investors slowly tiptoe back into the market.

But Reich doesn’t belong to either camp:

In a recession this deep, recovery doesn’t depend on investors. It depends on consumers who, after all, are 70 percent of the U.S. economy. And this time consumers got really whacked. Until consumers start spending again, you can forget any recovery, V or U shaped.

Reich forsees a “new economy”:

My prediction, then? Not a V, not a U. But an X. This economy can’t get back on track because the track we were on for years — featuring flat or declining median wages, mounting consumer debt, and widening insecurity, not to mention increasing carbon in the atmosphere — simply cannot be sustained.

The X marks a brand new track — a new economy. What will it look like? Nobody knows. All we know is the current economy can’t “recover” because it can’t go back to where it was before the crash. So instead of asking when the recovery will start, we should be asking when and how the new economy will begin. More on this to come.

Then there is this video from Bloomberg on the subject of “Where We are Now,” which features Robert Shiller (his website here), the economist’/housing forecaster from Yale and New York University’s Nouriel Roubini.

At Roubini’s site, RGE Monitor, there is also a link to the video and a breakdown of key sections with their time.  The discussion is titled:

Roubini on a Bloomberg Panel: Recession will Last Another Six Months and the Recovery will be Shallow

The key points I jotted down from Roubini  are that in the short term (1.5 years) there will be deflation and by the end of 2010 we’ll be seeing inflation. Frankly, I thought the discussion was more pessimistic than the title suggests!

Of course, over at ChrisMartenson.com, there is continuing analysis of all this plus a longer term view of the direction we’re going in presented in The Crash Course and what we can do about it.

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THE PAST WEEK

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3 Responses

  1. Glad to see you mention Roubini Grl. I read every column he writes. Take him over Krugman any day. Krugman lets his partisanship get in the way far too often. I want information not indoctrination.

  2. Reich was part of the plan to crash the economy, so it’s no shock to me to hear him touting the New World Order. They are totally brazen in their endorsements these days, which makes me wonder what the hell will it take to wake so much of America up from their electronically induced stupor?

    Rhetorical question. Most of them will not get it until they are being led into the re-education camps or their kids turn them in to ACORN for thought crimes.

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