Capital and Interest Theory

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The Social Consequences of Zero Interest Rates

Media and CultureMonetary PolicyCapital and Interest Theory

Blog07/04/2020

As Japan has shown, ultralow interest rates can greatly affect a society that was once impressively focused on innovation and investment.

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Rothbard on Why We Need Entrepreneurs

CapitalismCapital and Interest TheoryEntrepreneurship

Blog04/20/2020

Capitalists and entrepreneurs serve distinct functions in the real economy. Capitalists save money that then maintains production processes until final goods are produced. Entrepreneurs adjust the capital structure in light of uncertainty to produce the most desired goods. Capitalists are ...

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Keynes and the Euthanasia of the Rentier

Financial MarketsCapital and Interest TheoryOther Schools of Thought

Blog04/04/2020

Over eighty years ago, Keynes condemned the rentier and welcomed his future disappearance. Following in his footsteps, politicians and central bankers today are ever closer to effectively bringing this about.

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The Era of Boom and Bust Isn't Over

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesCapital and Interest Theory

Blog01/31/2020

Central banks have done nothing to end the boom-and-bust cycle. Instead, their unscrupulous interventions in credit markets just prolong the boom. But it's a huge mistake to assume that bringing market interest rates to zero will create a perpetual boom.

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The Bank of England's Governor Fears a Liquidity Trap

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and BankingOther Schools of Thought

Blog01/17/2020

The demand for goods is not constrained by the amount of money, but by the production of goods and services available to trade for money.

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What Is Capital?

Capital and Interest Theory

In order to expand production and increase productivity — and thus increase the standard of living — it is necessary to use capital. And so it makes sense to pay interest on capital lent, so as to encourage the maintenance and production of capital for the future.

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Why Central Banks Aren't Really Setting Interest Rates

Capital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog12/11/2019

Central banks can only distort and mask real interest rates with monetary policy. Interest rates are really set by each individual's time preference.

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Greenspan Expects the US to Embrace Negative Interest Rates. Here's Why That Would be "Catastrophic."

The FedMoney and BanksCapital and Interest Theory

Blog09/18/2019

Central banks’ economic models predict deeper negative rates are necessary in the event that a significant recession materializes. This would be a disaster.

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Inverted Yield Curves, Recessions, and You

Financial MarketsU.S. EconomyBusiness CyclesCapital and Interest Theory

Blog09/05/2019

To understand what an inverted yield curve means, you must first understand what the yield curve is.

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Why Ignoring Time-Preference is the Fundamental Mistake of Central Bankers

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog06/12/2019

Ignoring time preference is the fundamental error behind monetary planning. It is why in a successful economy, monetary intervention by the state is kept to a bare minimum, or preferably banished altogether.

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