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March 10, 2014 |

Investors Should Heed Markets; Not Fed Apologists

Investors are currently receiving mixed messages regarding the ramifications resulting from the Fed’s exit of debt monetization. Officials from the Federal Reserve are assuring market participants that there will be a smooth transition from the central bank’s manipulation of long-term … Read More

March 7, 2014 |

El Laffer Curvo

Spain figures out that if you really want enough tax revenues to pay for government services you need low rates, simple compliance, and broad reach. In other words, don’t make a few people pay a lot, but make a lot … Read More

March 6, 2014 |

Crimea And Punishment: Who Really Stopped The Russians?

Putin’s recent decision to order Russian troops on Ukraine’s eastern border to return to base was a surprise to many. After all, vague U.S. threats that there would be a price to pay and consequences for the invasion of Ukraine … Read More

March 4, 2014 |

Time for Germany to Get Fracking

A new study by IHS, by my friend Daniel Yergin (well, acquaintance, at least), shows that Germany has lost large sums of export revenues due to its move towards highly expensive ‘green’ energy. I think that Germany — the … Read More

March 3, 2014 |

Should J.K. Rowling Stop Writing?: Second Tier Crime Novelists Tells Harry Potter Creator To Stop Writing Adult Fiction

Lynn Shepherd is a crime novelist whose novels, as of this writing, tend to rank just beneath the top 100,000 in s ranking of sales. J.K. Rowling is one the most financially successful writers in history: the first woman in … Read More

February 24, 2014 |

Whether It’s The Weather Or Not

Wall Street and Washington have summarily dismissed the recent spate of disappointing economic data by claiming it is solely based upon the weather. The equity market is 100% convinced that winter is to blame for the faltering economy; and … Read More

February 20, 2014 |

Captive Consumers: How Colleges Prepare Students For a Life of Debt

A certain industry gets five billion dollars a year in exchange for helping to get kids hooked on credit card debt. Why is the left not freaking out about this? Because they industry is higher education. These students are … Read More

February 19, 2014 |

The Anglosphere Privatization Wave Doesn’t Include U.S.

Australia is launching a 100 bn dollar privatization initiative. Britain sold part of its post office last year; New Zealand has recently been engaging in privatization too; even India has done some privatizing. But the U.S. stands out among ‘the … Read More

February 17, 2014 |

Why Bitcoins Won’t Become “Money”

In his book Money Mischief, Milton Friedman reported the well-known story of the monetary system of a small island in Micronesia. At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants used stone wheels as a medium of exchange and … Read More

February 14, 2014 |

Messianic Multiculturalism Meets Reality

The European project originally was based on the idea of free-flowing capital, goods and labor in a market system. It’s post WWII founders saw fascism and communism as the problems and market economies as the solution.

But over time, … Read More

February 14, 2014 |

Reuters Rethinks Emerging Markets Rout Refrain

Another international media company back-peddles from the story that all emerging markets are doomed, doomed, doomed in the era of modest Fed tapering. We’ve steadfastly maintained that it is intellectually lazy to treat all developed economies the same, all emerging … Read More

February 13, 2014 |

How Charity Can Be Selfish: Father Sirico On Bad Almsgiving

I sat down in front of a microphone and an open line recently to engage in a wide ranging discussion with one of the most interesting thinkers in America today, Father Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute. … Read More

February 12, 2014 |

Deleveraging Deception Continues

I first wrote about the “everaging Deception” back in September of 2010. Unfortunately, those that would have you believe the economy has paid down its excessive debt levels are still at work trying to deceive you. But here’s the truth.

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February 10, 2014 |

Oh “Good” – Credit Card Debt Just Jumped

You gotta love mainstream, that is to say, Keynesian, media coverage. Credit card debt just jumped substantially last month and Reuters spins it as good economic news.

Perhaps consumer debt is not a good thing. Perhaps it’s better for people … Read More

February 6, 2014 |

Family Values Vs. Innovation?: A Friendly “Debate” With Nobel Prize Winner Edmund Phelps

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Columbia University economics professor, Edmund Phelps, is an important book filled with brilliant insights. Any reasonably sophisticated and open-minded reader will benefit from reading it.  But on a point … Read More

February 5, 2014 |

Markets Say Tapering Is Tightening

Wall Street Cheerleaders like to claim that the tapering of Fed asset purchases is not equivalent to the tightening of monetary policy. But the markets are clearly telling investors something different. Year to date the S&P 500 is down … Read More

February 5, 2014 |

Socialist Hell Holes vs. Genuinely Emerging Markets

The Wall Street Journal was talking sense this morning about the riskiness of developing economies. Instead of the standard rhetoric that everyone outside of the developed world is in trouble, they’re starting to distinguish between socialist hell-holes like Venzuela and … Read More

February 4, 2014 |

Obama’s Entitlement Zones Vs. Xi’s Freedom Zones

A few weeks ago, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of LBJ’s War on Poverty, President Obama announced the first of 20 ‘Promise Zones’. To briefly summarize, these zones are relatively poor cities or counties where there will … Read More

February 4, 2014 |

China Business Tax Cuts Led to Lower Deficit

Once again we see the Laffer Curve, originated by my friend Arthur Laffer (Tip of the hat, via Ford Scudder). China did a little stimulus last year, but in general China’s policy was towards tighter money and lower taxes, which … Read More

January 31, 2014 |

Poland Goes From Hero to Zero

The Financial Times has it about right. Poland has been heroic in its moves away from socialism towards a free-market order. Fairly low and flat taxes, limitations in government spending, much lower debt than the developed world. But next week’s move … Read More

January 31, 2014 |

Press Moving Toward Understanding Emerging Market Crisis

I’m glad to see the WSJ and now the FT moving beyond the kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out approach to emerging markets. How a country behaves matters very much. Some have controlled spending and operated some … Read More

January 30, 2014 |

Prepare for Currency Chaos

On November the 25th I published the following warning about the effects from the Fed’s imminent tapering of asset purchases:

“There is a good chance that the beginning of tapering will lead … Read More

January 29, 2014 |

Welcome To “Girlington”: Helen Smith On How College Is Becoming A Hostile Working Environment For Men

Recently I sat down with psychologist Dr. Smith across a connection (one set up by her tech-savvy husband, Glenn Reynolds, who also writes apopular blog) for a delightful conversation about her new book Men On Strike. The first half of the … Read More

January 27, 2014 |

Japan’s Third Arrow Not So Sharp

Shinzo Abe promised to get the Japanese economy growing again with a ‘three arrow’ plan. The first two arrows were pure Keynesianism: unlimited monetary easing, and a huge borrowing spending plan. The third arrow was to be deregulation. But … Read More

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