New PDF release: Capitalistic Musings

By Sam Vaknin

Severe research of the principles and tenets of capitalism and of the dismal technology - economics.

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And many products have umpteen substitutes. Consider films - cable TV, satellite, the Internet, cinemas, video rental shops, all offer the same service: visual content delivery. And then there is the issue of technological standards. It is incalculably easier to adopt a single worldwide or industry-wide standard in an oligopolistic environment. Standards are known to decrease prices by cutting down R&D expenditures and systematizing components. Or, take innovation. It is used not only to differentiate one's products from the competitors' - but to introduce new generations and classes of products.

Deflation coupled with negative savings and monstrous debt burdens can lead to prolonged periods of zero or negative growth. Moreover, in the zealous crusade waged globally against fiscal and monetary expansion - the merits and benefits of inflation have often been overlooked. 37 As economists are wont to point out time and again, inflation is not the inevitable outcome of growth. It merely reflects the output gap between actual and potential GDP. , whilst the economy is drowning in spare capacity - inflation lies dormant.

Technical analysis may be nothing more than a selffulfilling prophecy, though. The more devotees it has, the stronger it affects the shares or markets it analyses. Investors move in herds and are inclined to seek patterns in the often bewildering marketplace. As opposed to the assumptions underlying the classic theory of portfolio analysis - investors do remember past prices. They hesitate before they cross certain numerical thresholds. But this herd mentality is also the Achilles heel of technical analysis.

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