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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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Margin Debt At All Time High

Booms and BustsThe FedFinancial MarketsBusiness CyclesCapital and Interest Theory

Blog04/01/2015

Not only are stock markets near all time highs, the amount of margin debt is also at all time highs. Margin debt is money borrowed to leverage the purchasing power of portfolios.

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"In other words, you cannot accurately forecast a recession or financial panic by looking at either the announcement or the completion of the world’s tallest building"

Booms and BustsThe FedU.S. HistoryBusiness CyclesCapital and Interest Theory

Blog03/27/2015

"In other words, you cannot accurately forecast a recession or financial panic by looking at either the announcement or the completion of the world’s tallest building"

 

So...

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New Research in Austrian Economics

Booms and BustsThe EntrepreneurThe FedMoney and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryEntrepreneurshipMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog12/29/2014

Research is not just the way we add to the body of knowledge left by previous generations, but is also an effective means of engaging and challenging the ideas of mainstream economics.

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Thorsten Polleit on the Negative Interest Rate

Capital and Interest Theory

Blog11/11/2014

Thorsten Polleit wrote the “con” side of a debate over whether or not the ...

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The Housing Boom Returns

U.S. EconomyCapital and Interest Theory

Blog10/31/2014

For the last decade (or more), Canadians have been ebullient about their home-grown housing boom. Home prices in Toronto have grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. New homeowners have rushed in to take advantage of what seems like a surefire path to riches.

Unfortunately while...

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Payday Lending, RIP

Capital and Interest TheoryInterventionismMoney and Banking

Blog05/15/2008

Ohio has effectively shut the door on payday lending. The state legislature — a bunch of nanny do-gooders — recognized the seen: the closing of 1,...

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Show Trial Planned for Energy Markets

Financial MarketsCapital and Interest Theory

Blog05/12/2008

The US House of Representatives will hold hearings on energy markets trying to determine who is causing oil prices to rise. The anti-market investigation will blame hedge funds...

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How profitable is big oil?

Capital and Interest TheoryValue and Exchange

Blog05/06/2008

In the context of the recent spike in oil prices, this clip from Glenn Beck show might be of interest to some. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the oil industry has been facing a thirty years [sic] moratorium on exploring new fields within the United States. According to the president of...

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Wesbury and the Austrians

The FedCapital and Interest TheoryInterventionism

Blog04/30/2008

Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors, offers in the WSJ an Austrian-sounding explanation of why (though I'm not sure of this "natural-rate = nominal GDP growth" stuff):...

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