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When Buying Sugar in Zimbabwe

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog08/01/2007

...it's easier to use the new $200,000 note issued by the RBZ. It is worth US$13 at the official exchange rate or $1 on the black market.

Addendum: Lest anyone...

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US to China: Buy Mortgage-Backed Securities

Global EconomyMoney and BanksCapital and Interest Theory

Blog07/29/2007

As the mortgage-backed securities market meltdown accelerates, Bloomberg reports U.S. Urges China to Buy Mortgage-Backed Securities. According to the article, China buys some but not a lot of these...

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How to Ruin an Economy in One Easy Step

Capital and Interest TheoryMoney and BankingValue and Exchange

Blog07/16/2007

Chris McGreal reports from Harare:

Zimbabweans are shopping like there's no tomorrow. With police patrolling the aisles of Harare's electrical shops to enforce massive government-ordered price cuts...

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Price Control Chaos

The Police StateCapital and Interest TheoryInterventionism

Blog07/02/2007

From the Times:

Price inspectors and police, sometimes armed, descended on supermarkets in the Zimbabwean capital to enforce price controls. Their intervention followed the order issued by Mr...

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How Inflation Lowers Inflation

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog05/28/2007

As new money is created by the banking system, it enters the price system as the recipients spend it. As the prices of some goods rise, this should be captured in the CPI, right?

Not necesssarily. New money does not impact all...

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Clinton talks return on investment

Financial MarketsCapital and Interest Theory

Blog05/23/2007

"If you add up all the benefits, it's really astonishing," the New York senator and former first lady said, citing one study that says for every dollar invested in pre-kindergarten, there is at least a seven fold return. -- Hillary Clinton as...

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Deconstructing GovernmentSpeak: When More Regulation Eases the Burden of Regulation

Legal SystemCapital and Interest Theory

Blog05/20/2007

Treasury Undersecretary Robert Steel is complaining about US regulation, stating that the US is losing business to Europe and Asia because of the strangling effects of its regulatory policy. It is said that "cumbersome accounting rules and litigiousness are deterring investors from US...

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The Scandalous Student Loan Scandal

Capital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog05/13/2007

The student loan scandal concerns the fact that many colleges and universities chose preferred lenders for financing student loans and then received remuneration for their recommendations from the lenders. The scandal has been going on since mid-March. Thus, it is startling to learn that it was...

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BUSINESS WEEK warns against privatizing roads

Capital and Interest Theory

Blog05/02/2007

COVER STORY By Emily Thornton Roads To Riches Why investors are clamoring to take over America's highways, bridges, and airports—and why the public should be nervous

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