Why China Is Cracking Down on Cryptocurrencies and ICOs | PIIE

Here’s an excellent article from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. It reports that China initiated a harsh crackdown on cryptocurrencies in early September, part of a broader toughening against financial risk and increased regulatory vigilance on new financial products.

Source: Why China Is Cracking Down on Cryptocurrencies and ICOs | PIIE

This article shows us that China has learned from America’s political weakness on finance and is ready to intervene decisively. Remember President Clinton‘s repeal of the Glass Steagall Act probably precipitated the 2008 financial crisis. And after the crisis, China boldly intervened with massive state sponsored investment – many Western observers thought China would have a hard landing but it never happened.


Opinion – The cult of home ownership is dangerous and damaging – Adam Posen – FT.com – Best Blogs Series

This was originally posted in July 2013.

With the UK about to go to a national election it seemed to be timely to revisit the ‘cult of home ownership’. It’s important to remember that the UK’s economic growth was kick-started on the back of government guarantees to first time home-buyers.

Over the last for years, on this blog, John Gelmini and myself have been consistently critical of David Cameron’s government’s absence of cohesive strategy. Without strategy surely the pieces will come crashing down?



This is an excellent, MUST READ article by Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and is published in the FT.

via The cult of home ownership is dangerous and damaging – FT.com

The article highlights the risks at both the individual and national level of the home ownership cult, especially in the US and the UK.

These days, home ownership favors the wealthy and inherited wealth. The article cites latest research in the US that home ownership impacts mobility and aggravates unemployment. The financial crisis started in the US in 2008, and was triggered by sub-prime mortgages supporting home loans to the less advantaged. Now, once again, the big US banks are booming, and both the US and the UK governments are propping up the housing market.

Surely, the UK Government should be subsidizing language training rather than mortgage finance, and encouraging more people to go overseas to the likes of Germany where jobs are more plentiful?

Any thoughts?