The Slow-Moving Train Wreck Has Picked up Speed: Foreign Depositors in European Banks Will Be Outed

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Economies have natural self-correction mechanisms to keep the economic train on the tracks and moving at accustomed speed unless undercut by governments. In their desperation for tax revenues, Euro zone governments have “outed” their foreign depositors to the foreigners’ home taxing authority. Thus, the slow moving train wreck has just picked up speed. Continue reading

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Is the Printing Press Engaged for the Duration?

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A printing press is a handy thing to have. When a government or central bank can fund itself with money or claims on money, it can buy a lot of things and solve a host of problems, all without the need to tax. I wish I had one. Continue reading

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Is the Cyprus Bank Fiasco the Template for the Future?

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We are living in profound times. The Great Recession, followed by epic levels of deficit spending sustained by monetary policy, is now having short-term remedial effects on the U.S. economy. But before we declare victory, we need to be clear … Continue reading

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QEs, Currency Wars, the Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin and the Route to “Modern” Inflation

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A government faced with financing its deficits in quantities some multiple of private saving must resort to monetary schemes in order to keep its promises to spend. Monetary schemes are essentially costless ways to pay the government’s bills today while … Continue reading

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America’s Baby Bust By JONATHAN V. LAST

America’s Baby Bust By JONATHAN V. LAST http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323375204578270053387770718.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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The Now Generation Government Has Failed the Marshmallow Test: Making Sense of the Fiscal Cliff Outcome

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Over the past five years, the government has applied the usual demand-side remedies in the epic battle against The Great Recession. The graph shows the time profile of past recessions and recoveries as compared to the Great one that we … Continue reading

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The Knockout Punch: Has America Turned to Socialism?

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In the days following the election there was a numbing silence. It was as if the body politic was dazed by a heavyweight champion’s blow to the head. It staggered and sought clarity to understand what’s to become of our … Continue reading

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What does Thomas Edison have to do with bonds and gold?

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In these times of economic upheaval, divergent opinions regarding future inflation exist side by side:  Either Grand-scale inflation or deflation, take your pick.  The differences are actually not side by side but at either tail of a subjective probably distribution … Continue reading

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Ben Bernanke and the Implications of The Great Monetary Hail Mary

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These are epic times in the developed world’s attempt to deal with the implications of government and consumer over-indebtedness. A general unshakable malaise has set in due to sluggish spending and a deleveraging banking sector, and as a result, employment … Continue reading

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Milton Friedman and the Monetarist Reflex: Can the Fed create inflation?

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These are complicated times, especially when it comes to inflation. An excess of debt, both private and public, has retarded the spending stream, resulting in sluggish economic growth. Given the Fed’s legislated commitment to prevent financial implosion and unemployment, rounds … Continue reading

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