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Why Markets Are Rallying as Millions Become Unemployed

Booms and BustsThe FedFinancial Markets

Blog04/21/2020

Wouldn’t you feel great knowing that your stock picking is fully insured by the Fed? Billionaires and wealthy hedge fund managers know the feeling.

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Builders in Denial

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog04/13/2020

This year, as in 2006, the real estate industry is in denial about the state of the economy.

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The Pandemic Exposed the Frailty of the Financial System

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog04/04/2020

Contrary to Fed assumptions, we are not presently facing a problem of liquidity vis-à-vis Great Recession; we are confronted, instead, with a serious shortage of quality collateral.

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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 Last Thing We Need Right Now Is Bernie's Proposed Tax on Financial Transactions

Financial Markets

Blog03/27/2020

Bernie Sanders wants a tax on financial transactions so that every trade brings a penalty. While this most directly affects big traders, regular people will not be immune to the effects.

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The Fed Is a One-Trick Pony

Financial MarketsMonetary PolicyU.S. Economy

Blog03/19/2020

Printing up paper money—which is the Fed's solution to nearly everything—will not bring about a miraculous replacement of the lost goods and services or repair broken supply chains.

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The Fed’s Massive Injection of "Liquidity" Also Benefits Uncle Sam

The FedFinancial MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog03/16/2020

By announcing that it is willing to throw up to $1.5 trillion in electronically created money in order to give three-month loans to those institutions that bought Treasury debt earlier, the Fed is bailing out not only the holders of Treasury debt, but also the Treasury itself.

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The "Market Monetarists" and NGDP Targeting

Financial MarketsMonetary PolicyOther Schools of Thought

Blog03/10/2020

A relatively new challenge to the Austrian framework comes from the “market monetarists” and their endorsement of a central bank policy of “level targeting” of nominal gross domestic product.

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Christine Lagarde’s New Vision for the ECB

Financial MarketsMoney and Banks

Blog03/04/2020

Although consensus building surely is an important and noble pursuit, one would think that it wouldn't really fall within the purview of a central bank president. It’s been clear for a long time that allowing politics to influence monetary policy carries significant and numerous risks.

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The Fed Slashes Rates as Powell Declares Economy "Strong"

The FedFinancial MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog03/03/2020

Today's rate cut of 50 basis points is the largest rate cut since December 2008, in the midst of the aftermath of the financial crisis. But Chairman Powell insists the US economy is "strong."

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