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Huge Debt Got Us Hooked on Petrodollars — and on Saudi Arabia

Blog01/14/2020

Petrodollars and petrodollar recycling are at the heart of what keeps the US debt and money-printing mechanism going. The geopolitical stakes are very high.

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Subprime Loans Will Be Back with a Vengeance in 2020

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog01/14/2020

After lying dormant for several years in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the subprime market has returned with a vengeance. Subprime has become prevalent in every facet of the credit industry, and we should be terrified.

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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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Will a Credit Crisis Threaten Boris's 2020 Brexit Plans?

Decentralization and SecessionFinancial MarketsGlobal Economy

Blog01/11/2020

Last month's election gave Boris Johnson a strong majority in Parliament, but two economic wildcards could trip his new government up.

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A Fearful Fed Keeps Pouring Money into the Repo Market

Blog01/09/2020

Repo markets aren't as liquid as the Fed wants. This could be due to immense amounts of new government debt, or because US Treasurys aren't as risk-free as many assume.

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If Trump Decides to Start a Nuclear War, No One Can (Legally) Stop Him

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/08/2020

There's no evidence Trump is more trigger-happy than any other president, but the presidency's unchecked nuclear-launch power will remain a problem both now and with future presidents.

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Money Supply Growth Surged to a 33-Month High in November

Money Supply

Blog01/07/2020

During November 2019, year-over-year growth in the money supply was at 6.22 percent. That's up from October's rate of 4.93 percent, and from November 2018's rate of 3.07 percent.

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Now Is the Time to De-Escalate War with Iran

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/06/2020

The Iraqi parliament response to the recent US airstrike — expelling all US troops from Iraq — suggests that an escalation of the ongoing US-Iran conflict would not be as simple as pro-war factions of the US regime would like it to be.

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