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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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The Making of Modern Civilization: Savings, Investment, and Economic Calculation

Capital and Interest TheoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPrivate Property

Blog04/17/2019

The fallacy that labor-saving machines create technological unemployment has not only been disproved by theory but also by the whole history of mankind.

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Capital is a Mystery to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Capital and Interest Theory

Blog04/04/2019

While Ocasio-Cortez has a degree in economics, she apparently never learned the lessons stressed by Hernando de Soto in his The Mystery of Capital.

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The Division of Labor Is at the Very Core of Economic Growth

Capital and Interest Theory

Blog02/09/2019

The importance of the division of labor hardly can be exaggerated, and it is also key in understanding the process of capital creation.

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