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Money Supply Growth Moderated in December

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/03/2017
Money-supply growth hit a 46-month high in October, but had moderated significantly by December, according to the most recent money-supply data.

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Tightening the Money Supply will Inevitably Lead to a Bust

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/02/2017
Economic busts are the inevitable removal of various activities that result from easy-money policy. Busts are unavoidable without endless "stimulus."

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Reality vs. The "Recovery" Narrative

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/02/2017
The Fed insists the economy is gaining steam. Last week's GDP numbers, and the Fed's inaction on interest rates suggest otherwise.

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The Fed Does Nothing

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/01/2017
At February's meeting, the Fed elected to keep kicking the can down the road.

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2016's Homeownership Rate Was the Lowest since 1965

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog02/01/2017
Federal policies act to keep home prices high on the one hand, while subsidizing home sales with the other. Meanwhile, homeownership is plummeting.

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Will this Finally Be the Year the Fed Cuts its Balance Sheet?

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog01/31/2017
Now that the Fed has slightly upped its Fed Funds rate target twice, there is talk of a much more ominous issue: shrinking the balance sheet.

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Should Cash be Abolished?

Money and BanksMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog01/29/2017
The usefulness of money depends on it having some connection to physical money. Reducing money to a digitized abstraction would be a disaster.

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Can Technology Prevent a Recession?

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

Blog01/23/2017
Technology doesn't tell us much about whether we're prone to a recession. The much larger issue is inflation-induced misallocation of resources.

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German Inflation Anxiety Could Bring an Election Shock in 2017

Money and BanksMoney and BankingPolitical Theory

Blog01/19/2017
With German elections approaching, Germans may grow tired of monetary instability forced on them for the sake of saving the Italian economy.

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The Money Myths Behind the Creation of the Federal Reserve

The FedMoney and BanksU.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryMoney and Banking

Blog01/18/2017
Roger Lowenstein's new book on the Federal Reserve relies on some well-worn myths about the monetary history of the United States.

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