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The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip

Money and BanksWar and Foreign Policy

Blog01/15/2020

The US's enthusiasm for sanctions means Europe is learning the price of doing business with the United States and with the dollar.  They're now developing new ways to work around the the US-dominated financial system.

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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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How Do We Calculate Value?

Calculation and KnowledgeValue and Exchange

01/14/2020Articles of Interest
Judgments of value do not measure: they arrange, they grade. If he relies only on subjective valuation, even isolated man cannot arrive at an economic decision based on more or less exact computations in cases where the solution is not immediately evident. To aid his calculations he must assume...
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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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