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Barron's Is Talking Skyscraper Curse

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


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

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The Big Short

Booms and BustsCorporate WelfareThe FedFinancial MarketsMedia and Culture


The Big Short is a pretty good movie, but there are a few things it leaves out.

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Switzerland to Vote on 100% Reserve Banking

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking


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

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The Fed Can Do Real Damage Without Even Trying

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness CyclesCalculation and Knowledge


Whatever the Fed imagines they can control and whatever their real intentions are, a central authority cannot optimally set prices that are in line with people’s preferences. This is especially important for interest rates, which have far-reaching influence...

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The Diabolical Side of ZIRP

Booms and BustsThe FedMoney and BanksBusiness CyclesMoney and BankingPrices


ZIRP has created massive asset bubbles throughout the world economy, but also has a diabolical impact on ordinary people who are largely disconnected to the bubbles.

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Are Entrepreneurs Naturally Talented, or Just Hard Workers?

Booms and BustsThe EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship


It's the age-old question: is success the result of natural talent or simply hard work? This problem is especially important for entrepreneurs.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at the November Jobs Report

Big GovernmentBooms and BustsThe Fed


Today's BLS employment data release may not be as "solid" as the media are reporting.

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Yellen on Negative Interest Rates

Booms and BustsThe Fed

In Janet Yellen's Q&A with the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Tom Emmer asked about the possibility and consequences of negative interest rates.
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There’s More to Money than Hyperinflation

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksBusiness Cycles

It’s common to paint Austrians as doom-and-gloom prophets of economic collapse, with little to offer besides paranoid predictions of hyperinflations and monetary collapses lurking around every corner.
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