Felix Salmon

Cyprus’s now-certain default

January 25, 2013

Many congratulations to Stephen Fidler, who has managed to get some actual news in Davos: EU economics commissioner Olli Rehn went on the record telling him that Cyprus is going to have to restructure its debt — just two weeks after ruling such a thing out.

Counterparties: The job destroying financial recovery

January 24, 2013

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How roads could beat rail

January 24, 2013

The best conference panels, like the best blog posts, are the ones which change your mind. And while I haven’t done a U-turn on anything, after yesterday’s panel on smart cars I’m now thinking very differently about the relative merits of various ways of improving how we move around where we live and travel. While I’ve generally been a fan of just about any alternative to the automobile, now I’m not so sure: I think that smart car technology is improving impressively, to the point at which it could be the most promising solution, especially in developed parts of the world like California.

Counterparties: David Cameron’s perplexing ploy

January 23, 2013

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The downswing in Davos parties

January 23, 2013

Andrew Ross Sorkin has placed himself on the party beat at Davos: since nothing has happened yet, the main thing to report is that everybody’s Friday-night dance card is looking pretty forlorn. The Google party being canceled we could live with, but the cancellation of the Accel party is bigger news — people really loved that one. Yahoo’s cocktail party early in the evening isn’t going to make up the difference, and Sean Parker’s nightclub event, while surely hard to get in to, is certainly going to turn into the kind of loud and overcrowded sausage party that makes you wonder why you even wanted to go there in the first place.

Counterparties: The American growth divide

January 22, 2013

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Don’t worry about currency wars

January 22, 2013

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann gave a speech yesterday in which he warned of “increased politicisation of exchange rates” and a potential “devaluation competition” between currency zones. The speech was timely: it came as the Bank of Japan doubled its inflation target to 2%, adding fuel to the strong trend of the past six months, where the euro has been appreciating while the yen has been getting significantly weaker.

Are annotations the new comments?

January 21, 2013

I’m in Munich, for the DLD conference, where Ben Horowitz took the opportunity to introduce the Rap Genius guys to the European digital-media crowd. But it’s actually Horowitz’s partner, Marc Andreessen, who has the best explanation of what the investment is all about:

Counterparties: Federal Officially Muddled Committee

January 18, 2013

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