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February 23, 2015 |

Austerity is Now Extinct

Greece’s newly elected leftist Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, is bringing deficit spending back into vogue. The charismatic prime minister laid out plans to dismantle Greece’s “cruel” austerity program, ruling out any extension of its international bailout and setting himself on … Read More

February 13, 2015 |

Yellen: Looking For Inflation In All The Wrong Places

In 1958, economist W.H. Phillips wrote a paper that argued an inverse relationship existed between wage inflation and unemployment. The crux of his theory was when unemployment is high wage growth is absent; but when the unemployment rate is low … Read More

February 12, 2015 |

Puddle Jumpers: How Administrative Law Control Your Streams, Ponds, and Marshes

When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it was exercising its power to regulate interstate commerce by prohibiting discharges into the nation’s “navigable waters.” If a body of water could be used to transport goods from one … Read More

February 11, 2015 |

Christians in Myanmar: Give Back Our Land

“This IS our family land.” L.N., an energetic pastor and a community activist, expressed his mind through his thick-accented English. With a wave of his hand, he directed our eyes to nearly 20+ acres of open land featuring mature trees, … Read More

February 10, 2015 |

For Some, Ebola a Most Profitable Venture

In the Andy Hardy movies Mickey Rooney’s idea for raising money was always “Hey, gang! Let’s put on a show!” Nowadays it seems you put on an epidemic.

That’s not saying West Africa planned to have an Ebola outbreak. But … Read More

February 9, 2015 |

Harvard Law Fights Awful Ed Department Rules: Bravo, But No School Should Have To

One of the salient features of the Obama administration has been its willingness to toss aside the rule of law whenever getting a result that its zealous officials and supporting interest groups want collides with fundamental fairness. Over the … Read More

February 6, 2015 |

The Huge Wildcard of the 2016 Election

I subscribe to the ecclesiastical wisdom that “there is nothing new under the sun,” which is a different way of saying that whenever someone says that all of a sudden something is totally different than it has ever been … Read More

February 5, 2015 |

Say Goodbye to the “Strong Dollar Policy”

It is absurd to believe that the inhabitants of the Eccles building in D.C. promote a strong dollar policy. ing $3.8 trillion dollars and keeping interest rates at zero percent for going on the seventh year can hardly be confused … Read More

February 4, 2015 |

Unions Keep Losing Members — Can They Reinvent Themselves?

The latest figures on union membership from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the long decline has continued to the point where the percentage of Americans in unions is lower now than at any point in the last … Read More

February 2, 2015 |

Why QE in Europe Will Fail

The fear of deflation has become the cornerstone of Keynesian economic thought. A lack of inflation has been used to explain periods of economic weakness from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the Great Recession of 2008-2009. And now … Read More

January 30, 2015 |

The Swiss Franc Will Collapse

I have worked to keep this piece readable, and as brief as possible. My grave diagnosis demands the evidence and reasoning to support it. One cannot explain the collapse of this currency with the conventional view. “They will print money … Read More

January 30, 2015 |

Government Should Thank Apple

Just a few years ago, Tim Cook and other Apple executives were dragged into Congress to explain why they were minimizing taxes. Huh? Isn’t that what all companies should do? Apple wasn’t doing anything illegal. It was legally dodging corporate … Read More

January 28, 2015 |

Central Bank Follies

 

On January 15, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) sent shockwaves through world financial markets when it abruptly abandoned the “peg” under which it has kept the exchange rate between the Swiss franc and the euro at 1.20 SWF/EUR since … Read More

January 27, 2015 |

Lower Energy Prices Could Be Inflationary

I read a short article Friday morning about when the Federal Reserve might increase interest rates. One money manager interviewed argued that the drop in oil prices means that the Fed will raise rates later than initially thought. This argument is … Read More

January 26, 2015 |

The Most Insidious Line In The State Of The Union Address?

President Obama’s penultimate SOTU was notable for its audacity in demanding an even more expansive role for the federal government. Although trust in government has plummeted during his relentlessly statist administration, the president wants Americans to rally behind his belief … Read More

January 23, 2015 |

Norway: Proof Socialism Works?

The Nordic “socialist” countries have received an unusual amount of attention in international news lately. While Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have received attention for a political crisis, a formal claim on the North Pole, and a complicated relationship with NATO respectively, Norway has … Read More

January 22, 2015 |

How Japan Beat the U.S. By Imitating It

The Ford Motor Company’s Highland Park Plant is today’s Model. Early Ford engineers and production managers’ relentless pursuit of productivity improvements and efficiencies through the development and implementation of flow significantly dropped prices while also driving up wages and … Read More

January 21, 2015 |

Where Would Interest Rates Be If The Fed Didn’t Exist?

On January 7th CNBC’s Rick Santelli and Steve Leisman engaged in a heated debate that posed an interesting question: Is the free market at work keeping interest rates low, or is it the central banks’ put? This made me consider … Read More

January 19, 2015 |

Don’t Expect Low Market Volatility in 2015

History will remember the year of 2014 as “the year where markets would not cooperate with consensus.” Interest rates went down when they were supposed to go up. Europe declined when it was supposed to have been deeply under-valued. Japan … Read More

January 16, 2015 |

Too Big to Succeed: Why America Should Swap Smarts for Scale

Take a standard in industry for over 50 years and chuck it. British economists George Maxcy and Aubrey Silberston in 1959 developed and published a cost curve which describes the relationship between the total cost per unit and annual production … Read More

January 15, 2015 |

Why Mitt Romney Should Not Run

The Wall Street Journal editorial page ran a compelling piece the other day entitled Romney Recycled in which it laid out all the reasons a third Romney campaign may not be a very good idea. It was not stating that Romney would … Read More

January 14, 2015 |

Would You Quit Your Job?

“Take this job and shove it. I ain’t working here no more.” These are the lyrics of an old country song sung by Johnny Paycheck. That was his stage name. Maybe he should have called himself Johnny No-Paycheck. After … Read More

December 31, 2014 |

Why Emerging Markets Are the Best Place For Protecting Your Retirement Funds

There’s no doubt what the received wisdom is these days. All year the financial press has been echoing the theme that emerging markets are toast. The Fed, we’re told, will shortly be initiating a period of monetary tightening and … Read More

December 30, 2014 |

Will Cheap Oil Bail Out the Consumer?

Analysts on every financial news network are screaming about how the lower oil and gas prices will spur on the US consumer and lead to a stronger economy. It is true that total retail sales rose 0.7 percent in … Read More

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