Edward Hadas is a former economics editor at Reuters Breakingviews and also worked at the Financial Times as assistant editor of the Lex column. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for 23 years as an equity analyst in Europe and the United States. He has written a book, "Human Good, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science" (ISI Books, 2007), and is a visiting senior fellow in the School of Management and Social Sciences at St. Mary's University, London. Edward has degrees from Columbia University, Wadham College, Oxford and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
The country and its foreign creditors have had an irresponsible relationship for decades. The latest crisis is different because one-time supporters like the U.S., EU and IMF are less willing to help, and there are no credible replacements. Prepare for more currency crises.
The Trump administration wants an inflation adjustment to reduce investors’ tax bills. Indexing makes sense, but the goal is wrongheaded. Lower taxes on gains don’t encourage investment. Higher rates on capital and lower ones on labor can reduce socially dangerous inequality.
The 2008 financial crisis showed that economic cycles are still inevitable. Or did it? Duller expectations, tamer finance and stronger regulation could make periodic declines unnecessary. Sadly, it looks like at least one more downturn will be needed to get the message across.