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The Container Ship Curse?

Booms and BustsGlobal EconomyBusiness Cycles

Blog03/04/2016

The world's largest container ship just entered a US port. Just in time for record low levels in the Baltic Dry Shipping Index, which is a measure of how much ships can charge.

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Is the Fed Flashing A Recession Sign?

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness Cycles

Blog02/19/2016

This little known chart is the Fed's attempt to anticipate a recession in the US economy. The reading from last November is only 3.84%, but that is higher than all but 3 months when a recession did not immediately proceed.

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Dark Clouds over Auburn

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness CyclesCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog02/15/2016

I have lived in Auburn, Alabama, for more than three decades and have never seen a Super Sized Construction Crane. Last week, two were erected in the middle of town.

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Did the NY Fed Plagiarize Rothbard?

Booms and BustsBusiness Cycles

Blog02/11/2016

Rothbard's book is considered the standard on the subject of the 1819 crisis, yet the NY Fed authors seem reluctant to speak his name.

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Janet Yellen Strikes Downbeat Tone on Economy, Claims Fed Won't Go Negative

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness Cycles

Blog02/10/2016

Even the Fed, which has for years been describing the economy as "expanding at a moderate pace," and which a few months back was saying it was "hawkish," has, through Janet Yellen's testimony today, been forced to admit that a rate cut may again be on the horizon.

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What Was Quicken Loans Thinking?

Booms and BustsBusiness Cycles

Blog02/08/2016

Apparently Quicken Loans is thinking like John Maynard Keynes and Paul Krugman. They can create their own bubble and multiplier effect. It's magic!

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Barron's Is Talking Skyscraper Curse

Booms and BustsGlobal EconomyMoney and BanksU.S. EconomyBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

Blog01/21/2016

Barron's is writing about skyscrapers and the Skyscraper Curse. They also quote me on the subject.

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Switzerland to Vote on 100% Reserve Banking

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

Blog12/26/2015

The signatures have been collected and submitted paving the way for a vote to establish 100% reserve banking in Switzerland.

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