Buybacks and infinite supply of money

Stock buybacks and why we all pay for them.

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We entered 2020 on the back of record-high debt burdens, geopolitical tensions, elections and a climate war. Not even 3 months in and we have an oil price war, demand shock and a supply...
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Demographic Economics: Studying the Changing Patterns of Consumption and Saving

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Fundamentally, a large part of the total income of an economy comprises the patterns of consumption and savings which is highly affected by the aging individuals and the constantly changing demographics of that country. All...
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Cash is king, more potent than we think

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On March 12, 2020, on the eve of President Trump declaring COVID-19 a national emergency, the New York Times reported that something weird had happened on Wall Street as traders ran for cash. They...
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Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt

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There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. A lot has been written about how startups should manage themselves in a...
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Argentina – a warning to the United States and China

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One can wonder why it is that North America is prosperous, but Latin America has fallen far behind. After all, about 500 years ago both started from the same point. Why did some end...
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Could Modern Monetary Theory Save America?

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I Become President For A Day To Apply Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) To The US Economy Politicians and academics are making dramatic claims about MMT. I apply it to the 2018 US economy and learn...
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Science and Money in the Climate Change Debate

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… if we had one There is no public debate about climate change. On Medium, where I post my texts, there are thousands of articles about climate change. I read many of them and wrote...
DDI Machines labor jabs blog

Will Artificial Intelligence save the labor market?

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To show that the question in the title can be answered affirmatively, I am going to explore the way smart technologies help resolve social problems. The problems include an aging labor force gradually leaving...
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Using Mobile to Help Eradicate Child Labor on Ivorian Cocoa Farms

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West African farmers use child labor to cost-effectively scale production of the cocoa used by chocolate companies to make chocolates. Out of the sights and minds of consumers, this matter is often unable to...
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Is Amazon Going to Fail?

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Amazon has changed the world for retail. But has it ever occurred to you that one day it might fail? In 1893, Richard Sears had the idea to create a brand new departmental store called...
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Ukraine: Politics, Business, and Corporate Feudalism

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The world's political landscape is constantly changing. Throughout centuries the rules of engagement have shifted from monarchy to social totalitarianism, consequently further into what we currently witness, i.e., corporate Feudalism. The most vulnerable of...
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Nordic social program to welfare state capitalism

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Two resorts distant from free-market capitalism The society or the world at large is the quintessence of every human being. As a spirited social existence, humans have an innate tendency to aggregate by inhabiting jointly...
California

Pacific Gas & Electronic: A silent Partner in the Unsustainable Golden State Economy of...

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The state of California, with the 39.56 million in Population and Area of 163,696 square miles, has a net worth over $6 trillion or about $160,000 per resident. The Golden state keeps up 17...
Economic System

Market, Economy, and Cycles, Part 2

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In the previous article, we gave an overview of the emergence of crisis. Next, we will further illustrate how cycles should be dealt with in light of Ray Dalio's analysis of the economic system,...
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Socialism will Only Make Income Inequality Worse

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A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article regarding the implementation of a “Wealth Tax.” Both Sanders and Warren are fans of this type of levy which would tax the accumulated...
global poverty

The God of Small Things

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Using RCTs, Evidence-Based Action and Economic Plumbing to Understand How Charitable Organizations and Research Groups can Help Solve Global Poverty The Devil in The Details It’s been a long time since we’ve bandied around the devastating...
Data Science

Secret of Capitalism’s Success, from Data Science’s Perspective

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Data scientists perceive the world as data-processing systems, and this view is being increasingly adopted in economics and politics: after all, we think of the economy not as consisting of a myriad of individual...
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Market, Economy and Cycles, Part 1

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In this sharing, we look to better understand the essence of a free-market economy from a more fundamental viewpoint of the market interactions. We also look to understand the cyclic patterns of the economy...
Protection

Not All Protection is Bad

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One thing that we overlook in the dialogue around the trade war narrative that has become a partisan issue is that not all protection is bad. The problem is that if you look at...
Fossil Fuel

Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Environmentally Dangerous & Economically Counterproductive!

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The recent wildfires in the Amazon are not only a burning injustice with long-term socio-economic and ecological implications, it marks a lack of urgency in addressing the anthropogenic causes of climate change despite several...