Inflation

Central Planning by Central Bankers

Monday, July 7th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from GaryNorth.com One of the problems that anyone who is critical of the Federal Reserve System faces is the fact that he is regarded as someone without any expertise in the area of money and banking. In a 2009

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The Dow’s All-Time High

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

The Dow Jones Industrials just closed above 17,000 for the first time ever. While they are celebrating the 4th of July, Americans can rejoice in the good fortune the stock market is giving them. But wait, what’s actually driving the

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Inequality Did Start Around 1970

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.

In this post by Bob Murphy, some commenters disagree with the use of the early 1970s as the point when income and wealth inequality started to become a problem. Thomas Piketty has recently gained some fame for pointing this out.

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Meats and Poultry at Record Prices

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ index of meats, poultry, fish and eggs just hit an all time high. Nor are these higher prices confined to just food items. Consumer prices across the board are registering their sharpest price increases in

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The Fed Won’t Let the Economy Heal

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Most commentators are of the view that the massive monetary pumping of the Fed during 2008 prevented a major economic disaster. The yearly rate of growth of the Fed’s balance sheet jumped from 3.9 percent in January

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How Inflation Picks Your Pocket

Friday, June 13th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org In the denouement of the film There Will Be Blood, the antihero Daniel Plainview dramatically reveals to his nemesis that he has secretly siphoned away all of the latter’s underground oil. “Drainage!” he bellows, as only Daniel Day-Lewis can,

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The Impossibility of Negative Interest Rates

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Central bankers must be getting desperate. After the futile effort to boost the global economy via synchronized money printing en masse, they are doubling down on the same failed policy. Now it’s no longer enough to produce endless supplies of

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Why is There So Much Confusion in Macroeconomics?

Monday, June 9th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy, Regulation.
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Should we print, not print? Stimulate, not stimulate? Is austerity the right or wrong policy? Is government spending or printing effective? If we ask two economists these questions, we will likely get three opinions for each question. Economists seem confused,

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Down with Legal Tender

Friday, June 6th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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[This article is excerpted from chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Denationalisation of Money: the Argument Refined.] Reprinted from Mises.org When one studies the history of money, one cannot help wondering why people should have put up for so long with

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The Essence of Keynesian Thinking

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [This article originally appeared as "Keynesian Thinking" in Newsweek, August 11, 1954.] Arthur F. Burns, now chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is one of the country’s outstanding statisticians. Yet there is in his implied economic philosophy

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The Demise of the Dollar

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from the Pembroke Daily Observer Over twenty years ago, while walking the streets of Saigon, Vietnam, I came across an elderly drinks seller who surprised me by pulling a sizeable wad of US dollars out from underneath her blouse in

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The Folly of Government Bank Regulation

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Nothing gets the liberal press’s pom-poms twirling like the threat of bank regulation. Ever since the financial crisis in 2008 and subsequent bailout of Wall Street, progressive pols have had their sights set on the banking class. The animosity makes

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The Market Is Rigged

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from FEE.org When Michael Lewis’s new book Flash Boys came out, the author caused a stir while making the media rounds to promote it. “The market is rigged,” he told 60 Minutes flatly. His comments set off a firestorm of debate as to

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Four Ways to Value the Stock Market

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Analysts and investors were ebullient the other week as the Dow Jones Industrial Average – widely considered as the bell-weather stock index of the United States, and the World – reached its highest level of all time. The intraday high

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Meet “Lowflation”: Deflation’s Scary Pal

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com In recent years a good part of the monetary debate has become a simple war of words, with much of the conflict focused on the definition for the word “inflation.” Whereas economists up until the 1960′s or

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 5)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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Inflation in the form of fractional-reserve banking and fiat money is ultimately a self-defeating practice. It bears in itself the germs of its own destruction and, as we shall see, deflation is the essential vehicle of this destruction. We can

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 4)

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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How would money be produced in a free society? Let us first observe that the fact that the quantity of money is irrelevant for the wealth of a nation must not be confused with the ideal of stabilizing the quantity

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 3)

Friday, April 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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[This article is excerpted from Deflation & Liberty] From the standpoint of the commonly shared interests of all members of society, the quantity of money is irrelevant. Any quantity of money provides all the services that indirect exchange can possibly

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 2)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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[This article is excerpted from Deflation & Liberty] When it comes to matters of money and banking, all practical political issues ultimately hinge on one central question: Can one improve or deteriorate the state of an economy by increasing or

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 1)

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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[This article is excerpted from Deflation & Liberty] The twentieth century has been the century of omnipotent government. In some countries, totalitarian governments have established themselves in one stroke through revolutions—apparently a bad strategy, for none of these governments exists

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