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The Neutral Interest Rate: The Fed's Impossible Goal

Blog04/13/2019

A "neutral" interest rate cannot be observed through any statistical test or public policy. But central bankers are sure they can find it and use it to endlessly tinker with the economy.

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The Problem with Modern Monetary Theory

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog03/19/2019

MMT basically holds that governments have control of unlimited amounts of real wealth — thanks to money-printing power. But if this were really true, countries like the USSR and North Korea could simply create money until they became wealthy nations.

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The Grandson of "I, Pencil"

Blog02/21/2019

Steven Kates has composed a modern version of Leonard Read’s classic essay “I, Pencil.”

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The Problem with Cutting Taxes without Reducing Spending

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/15/2019

Like taxation, government spending diverts resources from real wealth-generating ventures. Borrowed funds for continued spending must also be repaid, so current spending translates to future taxation.

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The Problem with Big Tech

Blog02/12/2019

Social media giants enjoy a cocktail of government contracts, government favoritism, and government-granted monopoly power. As a result, it will be difficult for new startups to offer much competition.

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The Problem with Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax

While Elizabeth Warren may be correct that the system is broken, she is quite wrong in how and why it is broken — and how to fix it.

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The Pseudo-Psychology Behind Monetary Policy

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/09/2019

Regardless of expectations, tampering with the economy by means of monetary policies will always undermine the foundations of the real economy.

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The Difference between Money Supply & Liquidity

Blog02/02/2019

While many people talk about money and liquidity interchangeably, the reality is these are both very different concepts

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