Knowledge is Power: Zombie Banks Edition

1.Billionaire George Soros said the change to fair-value accounting rules will keep troubled banks in business, stalling a recovery of the U.S. economy.“This is part of the muddling through scenario where we are going to keep zombie banks alive,” Soros, 78, said today in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “It’s going to sap the energies of the economy.” Soros Says New Mark-to-Market Rules Will Help Keep `Zombie’ Banks Alive

2.China’s decision not to allow Coca Cola to buy local soft drinks champion Huiyuan Juice, announced on March 18, and the latest World Bank report predicting growth will slow to 6.5% from the previously forecast 7.5%, has caused some commentators to wonder whether China could turn inwards. The fear is that China could turn away from its relatively open economic model and copy Japan’s ‘mercantilist’ model, defined as manipulating the terms of trade in one’s favour through currency depreciation and non-tariff barriers to imports and investments, and thus ‘stealing’ growth from one’s neighbours.Could China become another Japan?

3.SHOPPING centre giant Westfield (wdc.ASX:Quote,News) is struggling to deal with a “perfect storm” of retailing problems at its flagship London complex.

The Australian developer opened Europe’s biggest urban shopping mall at Shepherd’s Bush, west London, just as the worst recession in generations hit Britain, the Herald Sun reports.Westfield owned London shopping centre in trouble – a ‘ghost town’

4.Banks’ 1st-Quarter Results May Show Improvement: Whitney

Bank earnings may show some improvement in the first quarter, though the sector still has far to go in recovering from the credit crisis, well-known analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

“I think you’ll see a directional turn,” Whitney said in a live interview. “Banks will make a little money, as little as a penny a share, but they won’t lose money.”

5. Optimism for near-term China recovery, fueled by the widely reported $587 billion two-year stimulus package, is running high heading into the G-20 summit this week. Many countries are expecting Chinese demand to spur a new round of increased consumption. These hopes are unfortunately misplaced at the moment.Can China Save the World?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *