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Understanding Money Mechanics: A Crash Course on the Fed

The Fed

Blog01/15/2020

Economist Robert Murphy lays out the purpose and structure of his upcoming book Understanding Money Mechanics, a guide to the Federal Reserve System that is a must-read for laymen. It will be released as a bimonthly serial on the Mises Wire and then published as a book.

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The History and Structure of the Federal Reserve System

The Fed

Blog01/13/2020

The original justification for the creation of another central bank did not allude to the modern goals of “full employment” and “price stability.” Rather, the pleas of the time called for an “elastic currency” that would expand or contract according to the “needs of trade.”

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Paul Volcker: The Man Who Vanquished Gold

The FedMoney and BanksU.S. History

Blog12/19/2019

Mr. Volcker certainly deserves credit for curbing the Great Inflation of the 1970s. However, he also merits a lion’s share of the blame for unleashing the Great Inflation on the US and the world economy in the first place.

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The US Economy Is Being Japanified — Thanks to the Fed

The FedGlobal Economy

Blog12/14/2019

Central bankers are increasingly talking about raising the inflation target above 2 percent. Are negative interest rates next?

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Abenomics has Failed Japan. Financial Times Wants to Make it Global.

The FedGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

Blog12/05/2019

The true lesson from Japan is that central planners prefer to gradually nationalize the economy before even considering a moderate reduction in government size and control.

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QE by Any Other Name

The FedFinancial MarketsMoney and Banks

Blog11/16/2019

The Fed overestimated the robustness of the economy, underestimated the level of addiction of the markets to cheap money, and it was way too quick to proclaim a “full recovery” from the crisis.

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The Repo Crisis Shows the Damage Done by Central Bank Policies

The FedGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

Blog10/11/2019

The repo crisis — and it is a crisis — is telling us that liquidity providers are aware that the price of money, the assets used as collateral and the borrowers’ ability to repay are all artificially manipulated. 

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Central Bank "Stimulus" is Really a Huge Redistribution Scheme

The FedFinancial MarketsMoney and Banks

Blog09/28/2019

Central banks pretend all these benefits come at no cost to anyone. Unfortunately, we all ultimately pay the price. 

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The Idea of Alternative Currencies Is Going Mainstream

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog09/23/2019

The movement for alternative money is the result of the history of government monetary mismanagement.

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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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