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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 represent a signal for...

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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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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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Former Fed Official: Fed is "out of line"

Booms and BustsThe FedFinancial MarketsMoney and BanksBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

Blog03/31/2015

Why is it that only former Fed officials are willing to say the truth about the economy and monetary policy. I know they don't know the whole truth and they are blinded by power, but why do they always wait till they are "former" to tell the truth.

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