Best in Economics this week: April 17

How much longer can this expansion last?
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http://www.businessinsider.com/duration-of-us-economic-expansions-since-the-1850s-2015-4

So much for joining that euro… The poor in Greece are back 35 years in time
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/10/greeces-poor-are-back-to-where-they-were-in-1980/

All about the falling inflation rates
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https://www.bondvigilantes.com/blog/2015/04/14/explaining-collapse-global-inflation-rates-step-forward-china/

Bernanke’s blog part IV. On low interest rates.
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http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/ben-bernanke/posts/2015/04/13-interest-rate-term-premium

Speaking of which: negative is the name of the game in Europe..
negative yields europe
http://uk.businessinsider.com/investors-are-paying-to-hold-huge-chunks-of-european-government-debt-2015-4

I wasn’t aware of this one…
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http://theirrelevantinvestor.tumblr.com/post/115959006458/european-stocks-are-breaking-out-i-dont-know-too

The urge to merge. On the rise of mergers and acquisitions
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http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21648670-corporate-takeovers-are-booming-once-again-zeal-deals

It was the week of tax day in the US, so here is a chart on US taxes
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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/04/u-s-taxes-low-compared-with-other-developed-economies/

Default rates have never been lower. But whether that is good news, remains to be seen…
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/corporate-default-rates-below-long-term-average-2015-4

Cool chart on a prediction of the US population from 1948. They missed the outcome by only 120 million people…
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/this-commerce-department-report-from-1948-shows-how-disastrously-off-the-charts-wrong-forecasters-can-be-2015-4

Too much money…
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http://qz.com/380342/the-global-economys-bizarre-problem-too-much-money/

And the complete World Outlook by the IMF has been published, with lots of interesting stuff.
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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/01/pdf/text.pdf

Can anyone recall the October flash-crash?
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http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2015/04/16/2126722/your-october-2014-flash-crash-charted/

Cool overview of volcanic eruptions in the world
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/04/daily-chart-5

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