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Janet Yellen Strikes Downbeat Tone on Economy, Claims Fed Won't Go Negative

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness Cycles

Blog02/10/2016

Even the Fed, which has for years been describing the economy as "expanding at a moderate pace," and which a few months back was saying it was "hawkish," has, through Janet Yellen's testimony today, been forced to admit that a rate cut may again be on the horizon.

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What Was Quicken Loans Thinking?

Booms and BustsBusiness Cycles

Blog02/08/2016

Apparently Quicken Loans is thinking like John Maynard Keynes and Paul Krugman. They can create their own bubble and multiplier effect. It's magic!

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Barron's Is Talking Skyscraper Curse

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

Blog01/21/2016

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

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Switzerland to Vote on 100% Reserve Banking

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

Blog12/26/2015

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

Blog12/17/2015

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

Blog12/14/2015

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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Can You Find the Crisis?

Business CyclesEntrepreneurshipMoney and Banking

Free Fed money has led to an unprecedented corporate credit binge of excess spending, especially on share buybacks. 

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There’s More to Money than Hyperinflation

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksBusiness Cycles

Blog10/27/2015
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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