Mystery Asset Transfer Behind Positive GDP

6 Mar


It’s an election year. More important than ever to maintain public con-fidence in the economy and its overlords.

From MacroBusiness:

At the Australian:

At the AFR:

At BS:

Now, look at this chart from the ABS of the direct inputs into the GDP figure:

Notice the largest contributor by far is GFCF-Pub. That is, Gross Fixed Capital Formation – Public sector.

This was achieved in part by an unspecified transfer of assets to the public sector for as the ABS put it (h/t Bearish):

“The public non-financial corporations sector took ownership of some large capital projects that were completed during the December quarter 2012.”

Without this contribution the economy shrank yet not one story in the above papers mentioned the surge in public GFCF.

Anyone know what that mystery asset transfer actually is?

“Some large capital projects”, eh?

Time for some government officials to do some explaining.

As Mark Twain said – “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

One Response to “Mystery Asset Transfer Behind Positive GDP”

  1. Kevin Moore March 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    “Anyone know what the mystery asset transfer actually is?”

    Whatever was transferred it was from one corporation to another.

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,

    Commonwealth of Australia [0000805157]

    SIC: 880 – American Depositary Receipts

    State location: DC | Fiscal Year end: 0630

    Business Address, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW

    C/O Australian Embassy

    Washington DC 20036

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