Wednesday, June 8, 2016

“Trump is not a policy-driven candidate. He is an attitude-driven candidate, and his attitude is pretty much belligerence.”

Said : Tom Steyer, founder of the California-based NextGen Climate advocacy group. 

According to yahoo news' digital editor, Dylan Stableford, in his post, Steyer was explaining what took him so long to endorse Hillary Clinton. 

“There is just a dramatic choice between these two presumptive candidates,” he said. “And it is really important that people rally around Secretary Clinton.”

Monday, June 6, 2016

“Elections are about people, they are not about policy. The biggest problem Hillary Clinton faces is, she’s the most famous person in the world who no one really knows”

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally on June 6, 2016,
in Lynwood, Calif.(Photo: John Locher, AP)
Said : Mo Elleithee, who was Senior Spokesman and Travelling Press Secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, as reported by USA Today.

Mo Elleithee is currently the founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, the first institute of its kind in the nation’s capital. A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Mo was Senior Spokesman and Traveling Press Secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. He’s served as a senior communications strategist for numerous United States Senators, Governors, has worked on numerous other state-wide and local races in every region of the country.
Mo Elleithee

Elleithee, highlighting Hillary's presidential campaign, endorsed the observation that, unlike eight years ago, this time the approach included showcasing individuals other than herself in paid advertising. “The message was about her,” emphasizing her experience, he said. “It never matched what people were looking for. This time it’s about fighting for you, and that matches this moment.”

Friday, May 27, 2016

“As a part of the election debate many things will be said there, who ate what, who drank what, how can I respond to everything?”

Said : Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation with Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker at the PM’s official residence in New Delhi on May 25, 2016.

Some other quotes of Narendra Modi appearing in the interview are :

  • I have actually undertaken the maximum reforms and I have an enormous task ahead for myself.
  • Today, unlike before, India is not standing in a corner.
  • Labor reform should not just mean in the interest of industry. Labor reform should also be in the interest of the laborer.
  • In any developing country in the world, both the public sector and the private sector have a very important role to play. You can’t suddenly get rid of the public sector, nor should you.
  • If we want to ensure the success of this interdependent world, I think countries need to cooperate, but at the same time we also need to ensure that there is respect for international norms and international rules.

According to the WSJ, Mr. Modi declined to comment on U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from the U.S. “These are issues of debate in the election. A government shouldn’t respond to that,” he said. “As a part of the election debate many things will be said there, who ate what, who drank what, how can I respond to everything?”

Full interview on WSJ

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Renzi may be able to remote control 90% of the 'journalists' but he will never be able to buy the thoughts and idea of free men".

Matteo Renzi (Italian PM)
Said : Italy's Northern League leader Matteo Salvini on Tuesday reiterated his charge that Premier Matteo Renzi benefits from bias in the Italian media, reported Italy's ANSA news. 

Wikipedia describes Matteo Salvini as "an Italian politician and member of the European Parliament who has been the leader of the Lega Nord political party since December 2013 and of Us with Salvini since December 2014." 

According to ANSA news Salvini has alleged on his Facebook page that "once again today there are 15 articles in Corriere della Sera (like in almost all the newspapers) on Renzi and the PD, and not one line on the League." 
Matteo Salvini

Salvini is reported as saying : "Renzi may be able to remote control 90% of the 'journalists' but he will never be able to buy the thoughts and idea of free men". According to Salvini, Premier Renzi is denying there is an "invasion" of asylum seekers in Italy because "he lives under escort".

Salvini feels that a large number of "Italians are hostage to thousands and thousands of gangs of immigrants who, if all goes well, do nothing and, if things go badly, pick pocket, steal, rob and rape." He has challenged Premier Renzi to explain his stance on  immigrants.


Monday, May 23, 2016

The decoupling of growth between industrial countries and emerging markets is probably illusory

Said : Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, delivering the Mahtab Memorial Lecture at Bhubaneswar on May 21, 2016.

The Global Outlook and India : RBI Governor
Delivering the Mahtab Memorial Lecture at Bhubaneswar on May 21, 2016, Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India emphasised that even though policies in the rest of the world could enhance uncertainty and volatility for emerging markets like India, because of measures taken by the government and the central bank since the “taper tantrum” in summer of 2013, India was much better prepared for global volatility.
Among the key points he made were:
  • The world is growing extremely slowly, and while the reasons for slow growth differ between countries, there were probably some common factors.
  • As a result, the decoupling of growth between industrial countries and emerging markets was probably illusory.
  • While final demand in industrialised countries was boosted by debt pre-crisis, which was subsequently held back by deleveraging, emerging markets needed to change their export led models because industrial countries no longer bought their goods in such large quantities. Further, the effects of ageing in industrial countries on savings and investments were poorly understood, as were reasons for the slowdown in productivity. This again makes it hard for countries to determine the right policies to boost demand.
  • Structural reforms to boost potential growth in industrial countries are probably still useful – for example, reforms increasing competition in services as well as reforms increasing the flexibility of labour markets -- but they are politically difficult.
  • Easy and unconventional monetary policy in industrial countries could increasingly be a part of the problem. For example, it could contribute to low productivity by allowing inefficient companies to continue in business. This may also depress new entry and investment by startups. At the same time, low interest rates could encourage savings as people find they need to save more to reach the amount they want for a comfortable retirement. Thus neither investment nor consumption may move up if rates are cut even further from really low levels. Furthermore, the adverse impact of capital flows, from industrial countries into emerging markets, induced by the low rates could also create volatility, which spread the slowdown to emerging markets. 
  • Unfortunately, even if aggressive monetary policy has little positive effect, with much of even that effect coming from depreciating the currency and taking demand from other countries, central bankers in industrial countries are mandated by their monetary policy framework to keep being aggressive. The difficulty is that there is no requirement in that framework for them to behave as a responsible global citizen, as their mandate to revive the domestic economy trumps everything.
  • Going forward, it would be good if large central banks started thinking more internationally. To give them an incentive to do so, we need to start discussing new rules of the monetary policy game in the international setting.
  • These new rules will take time to develop, perhaps even decades. In the meantime, emerging markets like India should focus on macro stabilisation, building buffers and reducing vulnerabilities. "Good policy is the first line of defence – including our focus on controlling fiscal deficits, reforms like the Bankruptcy Code and Aadhaar, and our steady fight against inflation".
  • To limit external vulnerabilities, India is also taking measures to control inflows, intervening in the foreign exchange market as a macro prudential measure to reduce volatility, and maintaining sufficient foreign exchange reserves to be able to withstand a sudden stop in capital inflows.
  • Given great uncertainty about outlook and policies of others in these times, a country like India should try to take sensible measures without getting too ambitious, as we have done so far. This will serve as a sound basis for strong and sustainable Indian growth as the world economy picks up.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

“You worry a little bit — and maybe more than a little — about China’s attitude”

Said : Carl Icahn, an American business magnate, investor, activist shareholder, and philanthropist.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said this while announcing that he has completely liquidated his entire stake in Apple. He is reported to be owning nearly 46 million AAPL shares at the end of 2015. At today’s stock close of $94.81 the total sale value comes to around $4.5 billion.

However, appearing on CNBC news, he acknowledged that Apple was a “great company” and CEO Tim Cook was “doing a great job.” The main reason for his liquidating the Apple stock, according to him, was because of his worries about Apple’s growth in China. This was clear from his statement that if China “was basically steadied,” he would buy back into Apple.

His take on China as a whole was “You worry a little bit — and maybe more than a little — about China’s attitude,” Icahn said, later adding that China’s government could “come in and make it very difficult for Apple to sell there… you can do pretty much what you want there.” 

Carl is a New York City native and grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens. After receiving a degree in philosophy from Princeton University in 1957, he attended medical school at New York University and then joined the Army. In 1961 Carl began his career on Wall Street. He has gone on to become one of the most well-known and influential investors in America. In 1968, he formed Icahn & Co., a securities firm that focused on arbitrage and options trading. In 1978, he began taking very substantial and sometimes controlling positions in individual companies. Over the years, these positions include RJR Nabisco, Texaco, Phillips Petroleum, Western Union, Gulf & Western, Viacom, Uniroyal, Dan River, Marshall Field, E-II (Culligan and Samsonite), American Can, USX, Marvel, Revlon, ImClone, Fairmont, Kerr-McGee, Time Warner, Yahoo!, Lions Gate, CIT, Motorola, Genzyme, Biogen, BEA Systems, Chesapeake Energy, El Paso, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron, Mylan Labs, KT&G, Lawson Software, MedImmune, Dell, Herbalife, Navistar International, Transocean, Take-Two, Hain Celestial, Mentor Graphics, Netflix, Forest Laboratories, Apple and eBay.

Carl Icahn sells Apple stake over China concerns   

You can watch his interview on CNBC here.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Obama: Trump doesn't know much about nuclear policy, or the world – video

President Obama said on Friday that Donald Trump’s recent comments that South Korea and Japan should acquire nuclear weapons show the leading Republican presidential candidate is not well informed on international relations. ‘What the statements you mentioned tell us – they tell us that the person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula, or the world, generally,’ Obama told a news conference at the conclusion of a nuclear security summit