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James Howard Kunstler
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Federal Reserve Policies Aimed at Creating Price Stability Bring About Economic

Frank Shostak
For most economists and politicians, the role of central bank authorities is to make the economy as stable as possible. What do they mean by economic stability? Economic stability refers to an absence of excessive fluctuation, so an economy with consta...

The Fed Girds for Battle

Peter Schiff
It’s the Fed’s “hold my beer” moment. After more than a year in which Federal Reserve leadership appeared clueless, pollyannish, and indecisive, the Fed is conducting a full-throated messaging campaign to show that it is as serious as cancer about the ...

The Absolute Best Way to End Inflation

Nathan Lewis
(This item appeared in American Greatness, on May 13, 2022.) By far, the best way to stabilize the dollar is to return to the system that worked for most of our history, that was the foundation of America’s storied prosperity—a gold-standard system....

Forget What the "Experts" Claim about Deflation: It Strengthens the Economy

Frank Shostak
For most experts, deflation is bad news since it generates expectations for a continued decline in prices, leading consumers to postpone the purchases of present goods, since they expect to purchase them at lower prices in the future. Consequently, thi...

Contrary to What Some Economists Claim, the Fed Can't Give the Economy a "Neutral" Rate of Interest

Frank Shostak
On April 19, 2022, at the Economic Club in New York, the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank president Charles Evans said the Fed is likely to lift by year end its federal funds rate target range close to the neutral range of between 2.25 to 2.50 percent. Fur...

What Determines Interest Rates? Comparing Mainstream Economics to the Austrian School

Frank Shostak
The conventional view among mainstream economists, as presented by Milton Friedman, is that three factors determine market interest rates: liquidity, economic activity, and inflationary expectations. In this viewpoint, whenever the central bank raises ...

Economic Theory Begins with Human Action, Not Data Sets

Frank Shostak
According to the popular way of thinking, our knowledge of the economy is elusive. Consequently, the best that we can do is to attempt to ascertain some facts of economic reality by applying various statistical methods on the so-called macro data. For ...

The 2021 Creatures of Goldman Sachs: its IPOs, SPACs, Direct Listings Are Imploding after Bonuses Spiked to a Record

Wolf Richter
They sure made hay while the sun was shining. By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET. One of Goldman Sachs’ many splendid 2021 creatures, the American Depositary Receipt of Chinese ride-hailing company DiDi Global plunged 18% today, to $2.01. The ADR is now d...

How the Fed's Tampering with the Policy Rate Affects the Yield Curve

Frank Shostak
At the end of March this year the difference between the yield on the ten-year Treasury bond and the yield on the two-year Treasury bond fell to 0.010 percent from 1.582 percent at the end of March 2021. shostak_graph_1.png ...

Do "Inflationary Expectations" Cause Inflation? Contra Krugman, the Answer Is No

Frank Shostak
Paul Krugman recently wrote that the reason we see high inflation is that people mistakenly believe inflation is in our future and act accordingly. This reasoning is false. Original Article: "Do "Inflationary Expectations" Cause Inflation? Con...

Do "Inflationary Expectations" Cause Inflation? Contra Krugman, the Answer Is No

Frank Shostak
In the New York Times article “How High Inflation Will Come Down,” Paul Krugman suggests that the key for future inflation is inflation expectations. Krugman does not think that currently inflation expectations are comparable to the 1980s. According to...

March Madness in the Bond Market

Peter Schiff
There was a little March Madness on Wall Street. In fact, the month turned into an old-fashioned blood bath. But you wouldn’t have found any carnage in the stock market. In fact, the Dow Jones gained a decent 2.3% on the month. But beneath that glitter...

Central Banks Have Broken the True Savings-Lending Relationship

Frank Shostak
Most people believe lending is associated with money. But there is more to lending. A lender lends savings to a borrower as opposed to "just money." Let us explain. Take a farmer, Joe, who has produced two kilograms of potatoes. For his own consumption...
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