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The Chinese Slowdown: Much More Than Covid

Booms and BustsFinancial MarketsGlobal Economy

Blog05/07/2022

It is easy to blame the covid-19 lockdowns for the weakening Chinese economy, but that would be a gross simplification.

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The West's Russia Sanctions Show Why States Want to Weaponize the Financial System

Bureaucracy and RegulationFinancial Markets

Blog03/23/2022

States continue to seek new ways to make the financial system an “economic chokepoint” enabling the state to crack down on specific organizations, individuals, or activities.

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Should Government Be Your Stockbroker? Maybe So, Says Bloomberg

Financial MarketsInterventionism

Blog02/17/2022

Bloomberg suggests that individuals should not be permitted to make their own stock selections because they are not "qualified" to make such decisions. Instead, governments should help direct their investment choices.

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Could 2022 Bring the Collapse of the Euro?

Financial MarketsGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

Blog01/01/2022

With the Eurozone’s global systemically important banks geared up to 30x, rising bond yields of little more than a few percent could collapse the entire euro system.

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The Search for Yield Now Extends to Imaginary Land in the Metaverse

Financial Markets

Blog12/14/2021

“Rather than try to create a universe like Facebook, I said, ‘Why don’t we go in and buy the parcels of land in these metaverses, and then we can become the landlords?’”

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Thanks to Central Banks, the Old Investment Rules Don't Apply Anymore

Financial Markets

Blog10/26/2021

Thanks to central banks' easy money policies, historically low interest rates and a desperate search for yield have created new danger zones for investors trying to stay out of trouble.

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No, Dogecoin Does Not Compete with Bitcoin

Financial MarketsMoney and Banking

Blog04/24/2021

Medium of exchange and store of value are very different products.

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The Feds Are Pushing Pension Funds toward "Socially Responsible Investing"

Financial Markets

Blog04/06/2021

Federal regulators are claiming "socially responsible investing" can be just as good as traditional investing in terms of gaining returns for retired workers. But if that's true there's no need for regulations pushing these investments at all.

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The Economics and Ethics of Government Default, Part III

Financial MarketsTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

It's time to default on the national debt. It's the moral thing to do. We often speak of the problems with the effects of the debt. But the debt itself is an abuse and an imposition on taxpayers. 

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How a Small Rise in Bond Yields May Create a Financial Crisis

Financial Markets

Blog03/18/2021

The risk of a financial crisis does not come from rising bond yields. The risk of a financial crisis was created by lowering bond yields to unrealistic and unjustifiable levels in the first place.

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