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Interest Rates and the Marshmallow Test

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

People have a natural preference for having good things now instead of having them later. This is a problem for advocates of negative interest rates.

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Thanks to Central Banks, Saving Rates Are Declining Worldwide

Global EconomyMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog10/12/2016

Americans are saving very little money for emergencies. Unfortunately, central banks have been encouraging the same thing worldwide.

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Will Eliminating Cash Save the Economy?

Money and BanksMoney and BankingValue and Exchange

Blog10/11/2016

As another step toward greater use of negative interest rates, the abolition of cash will only lead to the destruction of wealth.

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The Week in Review: October 8, 2016

Money and BanksPolitical Theory

Blog10/07/2016

Rather than focus too much on lamenting politics and the state, we should be heartened by how far we've come — and go forward confidently.

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Did Tariffs Make America Great?

Money and BanksU.S. HistoryMonetary Theory

Blog10/06/2016

Economists Stephen Cohen and Bradford DeLong are spouting an unfortunate amount of enthusiasm for Alexander Hamilton's corporatist economics.

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The Bank of England Abandons Cryptocurrencies — For Now

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog10/05/2016

An adoption of digital currencies by central banks could bring the next generation of central bankers more power than their predecessors imagined.

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Central Banks Sheepish as Savers Keep Saving

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog10/04/2016

Frightened by an unstable economy and low returns, savers are saving even more and frustrating the plans of central bankers.

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Uncle Sam May Tip Deutsche Bank Over the Edge

Global EconomyMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog10/04/2016

The US Dept. of Justice wants to extract billions in fines from Deutsche Bank. German taxpayers may then be on the hook for the inevitable bailout.

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"Thar's Gold in Them Mountains"

Money and BanksGold StandardMoney and Banking

Blog09/30/2016

It is no secret that secret Swiss bank accounts are not so secret anymore, as political elites worldwide wage an all-out war against financial privacy.

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The Stinky Japanese Bond

Money and BanksBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

Blog09/28/2016

Central banks have been on a bond-buying spree. This is good for governments deep in debt. But it is a risky and dangerous policy for the rest of us.

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