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Merkel's 'deutsche Michel' ploy is bad economics - Financial Times

Merkel's 'deutsche Michel' ploy is bad economics - Financial Times | money money money | Scoop.it


The crisis of the eurozone did not happen because the southern states failed to enact German-style labour market reforms. The crisis was a transatlantic banking crisis from which the German banks were in no way exempt. Labour market reforms would also have done almost nothing to address the underlying institutional problems that are to blame for diverging competitiveness within the eurozone.

 
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Bitcoin sells out as big business moves in - New Scientist

Bitcoin sells out as big business moves in - New Scientist | money money money | Scoop.it


IT IS a currency founded by revolutionaries that went on to become the world's dominant payment method.

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Schaeuble says euro zone can manage unrest

Schaeuble says euro zone can manage unrest | money money money | Scoop.it
The German Finance Minister has dismissed fears that the euro zone crisis might be starting up again amid political turmoil in Portugal and pressure on Greece.
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A Grim Future for Bitcoin in Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Star

A Grim Future for Bitcoin in Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Star | money money money | Scoop.it


Ticos are far from being Luddites; they enjoy technology, and in this regard Costa Rica would actually welcome an alternative to the colon and the USD.

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Is it the end of the European crisis? - Aljazeera.com

Is it the end of the European crisis? - Aljazeera.com | money money money | Scoop.it
Begg points to a blueprint for recovery devised by the European Commission, made up of four main components: an integrated financial framework or banking union, an integrated budgetary framework or fiscal union, closer economic coordination, and greater political unity within the eurozone.
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Bitcoin and M-Pesa: Why money in Kenya has gone digital - CoinDesk

Bitcoin and M-Pesa: Why money in Kenya has gone digital - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it


When thinking about the future of money, many of us now invariably have thoughts about bitcoin. Where is it going? What role might it play in our financial lives?

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It's The End of the World as They Know It. They Feel Fine. - Bloomberg

It's The End of the World as They Know It. They Feel Fine. - Bloomberg | money money money | Scoop.it

Merk’s topic at FreedomFest is “The Dollar and the U.S. Empire: How to Protect and Profit from Currency Wars!” His premise: The U.S. and other developed nations are spending too much on war, easy monetary policy and the welfare state, and that will cause our currency, like Rome’s, to collapse. “It’s great to have a sophisticated society, but it gets expensive," says Merk. "In order to deal with those expenses, we debase the metals content of the coins or we use the printing press of the Fed.”

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Portrait of a Bitcoin miner: How one man made $192K in virtual currency - ITworld.com

Portrait of a Bitcoin miner: How one man made $192K in virtual currency - ITworld.com | money money money | Scoop.it

For all the attention that Bitcoin receives in the news, the most interesting peculiarity of this crypto-currency has largely been ignored. Sure, we'd all like to know whether the currency will ultimately succeed without any ties to a real-world economy. And Bitcoin's rapid fluctuation in value over the past six months has certainly turned some heads.

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Asia Times Online :: A new Bretton Woods

Asia Times Online. The Asia News Hub providing the latest news and analysis regarding economics, events and trends in business, economy and politics throughout Asia.
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The Mob Began to Think and Reason | Hazlitt | Random House of Canada

The Mob Began to Think and Reason | Hazlitt | Random House of Canada | money money money | Scoop.it
David Graeber, an anthropologist and key figure in the Occupy Wall Street protests, dissects the deeply undemocratic origins of America and the meaning of anarchy in this excerpt from his book The Democracy Project.
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Ideology and alternative market systems: the case of complementary currencies | EPIC2013

Ideology and alternative market systems: the case of complementary currencies | EPIC2013 | money money money | Scoop.it
More 'on the money' papers featuring at EPIC this year - this is on alternative currencies http://t.co/qhdZ3NwJJd
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The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe - Telegraph

The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe - Telegraph | money money money | Scoop.it
Europe’s debt-crisis strategy is near collapse. The long-awaited recovery has failed to take wing. Debt ratios across southern Europe are rising at an accelerating pace.
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Africa's first Bitcoin wallet launches in Kenya - Wired.co.uk

Africa's first Bitcoin wallet launches in Kenya - Wired.co.uk | money money money | Scoop.it

Africa's first Bitcoin transfer service has launched in Kenya, piggybacking on M-Pesa, the country's highly successful mobile banking platform. The service, called Kipochi, will allow Kenyans to move money abroad while dodging the hefty transaction fees charged by companies like Western Union and MoneyGram

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Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik on Satoshi Nakamoto and the future of Bitcoin - CoinDesk

Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik on Satoshi Nakamoto and the future of Bitcoin - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it

Jeff Garzik could be considered one of the guardians of bitcoin. When we caught up with him, he had just finished working with others to stop a network-wide event – aDDoS attack that exploited some stray code in the reference bitcoin client (Bitcoind) to target certain parts of the cryptocurrency’s distributed infrastructure.

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Chart of the week: why is Bitcoin so popular in China? - Financial Times (registration) (blog)

Chart of the week: why is Bitcoin so popular in China? - Financial Times (registration) (blog) | money money money | Scoop.it


One metric to look at is the number of downloads of the Bitcoin wallet software, which you need to store Bitcoins.

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Wolf Richter: Blinded By Optimism, German Economy Now Below Stall Speed « naked capitalism

Wolf Richter: Blinded By Optimism, German Economy Now Below Stall Speed « naked capitalism | money money money | Scoop.it

The financial crisis was brutal for Germany, but the recovery was steep, and in 2011, the gloating started. They called it the German “success recipe,” a system that was somehow superior to any other. It would keep the economy growing even as Eurozone mayhem was breaking out all around. That optimism has endured, and stocks have hit new highs in May, but the German economy has diverged sharply from that scenario.

 

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Bitcoin just made a giant leap in Africa

Bitcoin just made a giant leap in Africa | money money money | Scoop.it
A new startup called Kipochi brings Bitcoin transfers to the hugely popular mobile payment service M-Pesa.  (RT @dailydot: Kenyan startup gives #Bitcoin a new foothold in Africa: http://t.co/hUMOfedCMe)...
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It’s the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory | money money money | Scoop.it

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid is a well-structured collection of uneven essays and short texts organized around a traveling, international art exhibition about the global financial crisis. Unless you are initiated into the international circuit of political art (hint, this isn’t about Ai WeiWei or Theaster Gates), most of the artists are relatively obscure and the book, edited by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler, devotes too few pages of substantive text about the art, though there is plenty of photographic documentation. I admit, I was unfamiliar with a number of the European artists included in the exhibition and unaware that it already stopped at New York’s Austrian Cultural Forum in the winter of 2012. To this end, the book and exhibition are an excellent introduction to artists working with the global economy, finance, and capitalism.

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Arian Cymru (Money Wales) » Bird's Eye View by Bernard Lietaer

Arian Cymru (Money Wales) » Bird's Eye View by Bernard Lietaer | money money money | Scoop.it
Money is like an iron ring we’ve put through our noses. We’ve forgotten that we designed it, and it’s now leading us around. I think it’s time to figure out where we want to go — in my opinion toward sustainability and community — and then design a money system that gets us there.
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Bernard Lietaer: Money diversity

Bernard Lietaer argues that the monoculture of money is what creates economic instability, leading to liquidity crises. He calls for a greater diversity of a...
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Crypto-Currency Conference 2013

Crypto-Currency Conference 2013 | money money money | Scoop.it
A conference to foster conceptual and technological understanding of Bitcoin and explore entrepreneurship and consumer use of cryptocurrency technology (RT @jeffreyatucker: Bitcoin and the Future of Money, Oct 10 in Atlanta, is open for registrations.
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Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor begins refunding US dollars to users - CoinDesk

Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor begins refunding US dollars to users - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it
Bitfloor, the bitcoin exchange which closed in April, has begun to enable customer withdrawals.
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How the euro zone can muddle through | Hugo Dixon - Reuters

How the euro zone can muddle through | Hugo Dixon - Reuters | money money money | Scoop.it
Three years on, debate still rages over what is to blame for the euro crisis and what to do about it. Meanwhile, large parts of the zone are in a deep recession and the talents of a generation of young people are being wasted.
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Does Debt Matter? by Jeffrey Frankel - Project Syndicate

Does Debt Matter? by Jeffrey Frankel - Project Syndicate | money money money | Scoop.it

“Does Debt Matter?” is the question posed by The International Economy to 20 commentators: “The recent scrutiny of the popularized version of the Rogoff-Reinhart thesis (that growth plummets when debt exceeds 90 percent of GDP) makes clear there are no simple formulas for determining the risks in the level of a nation’s debt. …Can a realistic guide be fashioned for determining whether a nation’s debt has reached a danger zone? Or are countries from here on expected to pursue fiscal reforms only if and when a crisis sets in?”

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We're an increasingly cashless society. So why is there more cash than ever? - Washington Post (blog)

We're an increasingly cashless society. So why is there more cash than ever? - Washington Post (blog) | money money money | Scoop.it
We're an increasingly cashless society. So why is there more cash than ever?
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation