Five Misconceptions That Don't Make For Good Investment Decisions

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<ul><li> 1. Five Misconceptions That Don't Help Make Good Investment Decisions - Edward Hugh, December 2012 </li> <li> 2. Printing Money Always And Everywhere Leads To Inflation The Bank of Japan has expanded its balance sheet more than once since the Japanese crisis began. But the country has rather seen deflation than inflation. Some argue that this is simply the result of not expanding asset purchases sufficiently. But shouldnt we ask whether there may be other explanations? </li> <li> 3. Printing Money Always And Everywhere Leads To Inflation Recently Japans CPI has risen into positive territory, but this has mainly been the result of yen depreciation and then a consumer tax hike. It seems the country may well return to deflation in 2015. There is structural demand deficiency related to population ageing, and monetary policy cant fix that. Even the large fiscal stimulus associated with Abenomics is hardly inducing extra private demand, but it is completely distorting the trade and current account balances. </li> <li> 4. Is it possible for the ECB to resolve macro imbalances by printing money? Can QE in Europe really stop the deflation process? </li> <li> 5. Having Your Own Currency and The Ability To Print Money Means You Can Devalue to Get Out of Trouble Far from being able to control the value of the yen, Japan was for many years unable to devalue the yen. Even after the abenomics devaluation it is far from clear if the process can continue. Japan has regularly resorted to large fiscal deficits. Far from restarting the economy this has simply lead to ever higher sovereign debt levels. </li> <li> 6. Mario Dragi Has The Power To Save The Euro The Euro Is Essentially A Political Project Ergo It Will Sink Or Swim Politically Marty Feldstein saw the political dimension coming back in 1997. The ECB can print money, much more than anyone can presently imagine. But will this resolve the currency unions growth and imbalances problem? If the problem is partly demographic, you cant print babies! </li> <li> 7. Political instability is growing on Europes periphery. How can money printing handle this? </li> <li> 8. Economies Always Recover In fact there are long term structural trends in economic growth, and a significant factor behind these seems to be demographic. </li> <li> 9. If Domestic Investors Own Most Of Your Debt You Dont Have Problems Doing Debt Restructuring Italy is attaining a primary budget surplus but this is only at the expense of growth. As a result the sovereign debt to GDP ratio is rising If government debt is restructured, what will this do to bank and household balance sheets? </li> <li> 10. What Will The World Look Like After Japan Hits The Wall? The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is Rapidly fadin And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin'. </li> </ul>