Everyday the blogosphere offers an enormous amount of in-depth analysis on any imaginable topic. The world of macroeconomics and economic forecasting is no exception. To keep themselves updated on the latest information, our in-house team of economists scan the world wide web and gather what they consider the most interesting, appealing, informative or just curious blog posts from experts in the field of global economics. Here’s the list of the Top 4 posts from this week. Check it out!

  1. Conversable economist – Timothy Taylor: ‘From BRICs to MINTs?

    In this interesting blog post, Timothy Taylor explains that Jim O’Neill, the person who invented the terminology of the BRICs countries—Brasil, Russia, India, China—is back which a new acronym, the MINTs countries—Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey. Taylor elaborates on the four main patters that jump on the MINTs. First, Mexico is now the representative growth of Latin America, rather than Brazil. Second, all of the MINTs have smaller economies than all of the BRICs. Third, all of the MINTs have both large and relatively young population, which should help to boost growth. Fourth, they are all standing as representatives for their region. – Dirina Mancellari

  2. The Big Picture – Josh Brown: ‘Everything You Need to Know About Stock Market Crashes’

    Since the dawn of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, the index has tumbled more than 35% eleven times. Although it is almost impossible to predict stock market crashes, we must remember a few things about them, which can be useful whenever the next crisis comes. In this post at The Big Picture, the author points out that crashes create opportunities and help the system to wipe away old-fashioned business models. In addition, the Dow Jones has always recovered from a crash and this never lasted more than 1000 days. Finally, since its creation, the Dow has returned an annual average of 9.4%. – Ricard Torné

  3. Noaphinion – Noah Smith: ‘2008: Liquidity crisis, or solvency crisis?’

    Since the fall of Lehman Brothers generated the spark  that lighted up the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there has been a discussion about the nature of the banking crisis, one of the crucial parts of the financial meltdown. The key of the debate is the distinction between solvency and liquidity when a banking run takes place. The author of this post describes the recent positions taken on this old debate (old as 1866 and 1873), which include those of some of the most prominent economists of the United States. – Enrique Jorge 

  4. Macro and Other Market Musing – David Beckworth: ‘The Two Big Failures of the Bernanke Fed

    According to David Beckworth, the Bernanke era at the Fed came to an end this year many are opining on what it means. Beckworth states that many smart things have been said about the Bernanke Fed, but most accounts have overlooked two of its biggest failures. No assessment of the Bernanke Fed is complete without recognizing these big failures. Therefore, the author asks: so what were these two failures? – Ricardo Aceves 

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