The Primary Deficit Sustainability Framework

by Paul Simister on April 14, 2014

The Primary Deficit Sustainability Framework or PDS Framework is a way to monitor public finances and to see whether they are heading into or away from trouble and adverse bond market reaction.

I was reminded about it in James Rickards book, “The Death Of Money”.

The Key Factors In The PDS Framework

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Life After Growth By Tim Morgan

by Paul Simister on December 6, 2013

The full title of this fascinating book by Tim Morgan is “Life After Growth: How The Global Economy Really Works And Why 200 Years Of Growth Are Over”.

I’ve always known that there is a money economy and a things economy. What I hadn’t focused on was how the thins economy is underpinned by energy. The author argues that in effect we have an energy based economy and while the money economy has been inflated by the explosion in debts and Quantitative Easing, the energy economy is deflating.

Why is that?

Because we cherry picked the biggest and best, most accessible, most productive sources of oil, gas and coal first and slowly but surely, the old sources are exhausted and the new sources that are developed aren’t as good. [click to continue…]

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The 2007/8 Global Finance Crisis That Lead To The Great Recession Of 2009

November 13, 2013

Problems appeared in the world finance systems in 2007 related all the way back to mortgages given to poor people in America who were unlikely to be able to repay the loans. These mortgages were packed up, divided and sold into the finance markets across the world. My intent is not to give a big […]

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The Complexity of The 21st Century World – Systems In Systems In Systems

November 12, 2013

Ever since I’ve been ill I’ve been amazed at what an incredibly complicated and effective system the human body is. Things have gone wrong that I’ve previously taken for granted and I’ve been forced to learn how the different control systems keep everything working together. The economy is the same. It is made up of […]

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The Future Of Your Business And Wealth

November 5, 2013

The Future Of Your Business And Wealth Is In Danger In Times Of Recession, Depression, Deflation, Inflation and Hyperinflation Hindsight is a great luxury which we don’t have for our current and future decisions but we can look back on the past with more clarity. The great prosperity the developed world has seen in the […]

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Creating Your Stop Start More Less Grid

October 31, 2013

The Stop Start More Less Grid or process is a very effective way to keep track of the changes you will make to create the improvements you want. It begs a question – what form should the grid or matrix take? The Background To The Stop Start More Less Grid or Matrix To my knowledge, […]

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How To Reduce Fixed Costs

July 18, 2013

If you want to improve the profit performance of your business, break even point analysis suggests that there are three main ways: To increase sales volumes To increase contribution rates To reduce fixed costs Actions taken by turnaround consultants and business recovery experts suggest that in many cases, the fastest acting of these initiatives is […]

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Unique Selling Proposition Videos Review Volume 2

July 5, 2013

When I discovered how many videos there were on YouTube and the other video sharing sites on unique selling propositions or the idea of having a USP, I decided that I could add value by reviewing them. If you missed the first set of videos you can see them and my comments at: >>> Unique […]

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The Heart And Mind Of An Economist

July 5, 2013

I promote myself as having the mind of an accountant and the heart of a marketer to both emphasise my main skills (and a big factor of difference to my competitors) and also to stress the two main stakeholders each business must strive to meet: Delighting customers so they buy and buy again Making enough […]

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The Depression of 2016 by Rafael Aguayo

July 5, 2013

The Depression of 2016 by Rafael Aguayo Book Review Rating – 4 Stars This is a fascinating book that takes virtually all of the politics out of the debate on the economic situation by building and discussing a systems dynamics model. You hear about the annual deficits in the USA and the UK, the high […]

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