But before we begin on Nama - here is a superb article on the prospects of potential sovereign defaults in Europe (read: Baltics, Greece and Ireland) from the FT today.
And here is a fantastic compendium of Brussels-imposed costs to the UK economy as estimated by the UK Government own assessments studies. One wonders if Irish Government bothered to do the same exercise and what its outcome might be. In the UK, the cumulative present value cost of these measures is ca £184 billion through 2020. If the same apply to Ireland, proportional to the overall size of the Irish economy, the combined cost of these Brussels directives could be around €18.6 billion - more than 77% of our annual deficit.
In the real world economics there is one Newtonian-level certainty: what can’t go on, doesn’t. We should have learned this some years ago, following the 1980s economic debacle and the 2001 collapse of the tech bubble. We had another opportunity to understand it last year. But in
Nama is a focus of all three. Through it, even in the midst of the current historic crisis, our political and executive elites continue to inhabit a parallel universe where responsibility and accountability are for the commoners, and transparency and governance are decorations for EU summits.
All of these figures could have been glimpsed from the banks balancesheets, but the Department of Finance, NTMA, and an army of advisers have opted for creative accountancy in place of realistic estimates.
A study based on the Standard & Poor’s data released this week shows that over the last 5 years, active funds managers have managed to under-perform broader market indices in four out of four asset categories. Thus, only 37% of active funds managers with large cap strategy orientation beat S&P500 large cap index to July 1, 2009. Only 32% of funds specializing on small cap equities outperformed S&P Small Cap 600 index, and abysmal 13% of funds with international (as opposed to US) orientation have managed higher returns than S&P700 index of global equities. Just 20% of bonds funds beat Barclays Intermediate Government/Credit index. And that is before we factor in cost differentials between actively managed funds and plain vanilla index-linked ETFs. Ouch…