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More Economic Data Leaking to Markets

The FedFinancial Markets

Blog05/03/2016

A new ECB white paper has found evidence that many data releases in the US are leaked in advance, benefiting certain special interests.

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Negative Rates May Be Ineffective and Dangerous

Financial MarketsMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog03/07/2016

The BIS has just released a research report questioning whether negative interest rates are effective in achieving policymakers' goals of staving off a (phantom) deflation without adversely impacting the financial sector and the overall economy.

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The Dodd-Frank Oligopoly

Big GovernmentFinancial Markets

Blog02/25/2016

Dodd-Frank has all but ended the days of the friendly, small-town neighborhood bank.

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Hayek on CNBC

Booms and BustsThe FedFinancial MarketsMoney and Banking

Blog02/10/2016

Congressman Jeb Hensarling mentions Hayek's Fatal Conceit regarding the Fed bureaucracy's ability to manage money and interest rates. 

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The Big Short

Booms and BustsCorporate WelfareThe FedFinancial MarketsMedia and Culture

Blog01/09/2016

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

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Skyscraper Curse Signal in China

Booms and BustsFinancial MarketsBusiness Cycles

Blog09/15/2015

There are so many skyscrapers being built in China that I have not been able to keep track of them all. The "Walking Stick" building has just become the second tallest skyscraper in the world. This does not qualify as a genuine worldwide "skyscraper signal," but it does...

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Junk Silver Market is Frozen

Financial MarketsGold StandardPrices

Blog09/09/2015

The "junk silver" (90% US silver coins) seems to have disappeared. After checking several websites that deal in such coins almost all catagories have no inventory to sell. You can still buy bright and shiny versions of the coins at around a 20% premium over the silver value.

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Props for the Chinese Stock Market

Booms and BustsFinancial MarketsGlobal EconomyBusiness Cycles

Blog07/09/2015

How the Communist Party of China Bubbles and Tries to Keep Them Afloat

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