Tag Archives: Federal Reserve

Their Turkey and Ours

“Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes high interest rates are the cause of inflation, not the remedy for it”  The Economist May 19, 2018 “How-turkey-fell-from-investment-darling-to-junk-rated-emerging-market” During the 1990s the inflation rate in Turkey averaged around 80% per annum varying between 60% and 105%.  … Continue reading

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A proposal for the Fed’s balance sheet

By Warren Coats[1] To save financial institutions from the collapse that threatened them after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, the Federal Reserve purchased government securities and Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) sufficient to increase the size of its … Continue reading

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SALT—More press nonsense on tax reform

The elimination of State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions from the proposed tax reforms working their way through Congress has become a hot topic. Fine, but please keep the discussion honest. Sadly my local newspaper, The Washington Post, is not … Continue reading

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Discussion of John Tamny’s: Who Needs the Fed?

John concludes that we do not need the Fed because the Fed has become irrelevant. He argues that the interest rate “set” by the Fed is not relevant for the rest of the economy and that the Fed’s influence on … Continue reading

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FreedomFest in Las Vegas

Dear Friends, Are you attending FreedomFest this year? It claims to be the world’s largest gathering of free minds. At this year’s gathering from July 13 – 16 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas I will be debating John Tamny, … Continue reading

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A Hard Anchor for the Dollar

For the last three years with zero interest rates and “quantitative easing” the Federal Reserve has been pushing on a string. It has been trying to stimulate an economy that suffers from problems that are not basically monetary. In the … Continue reading

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Printing Money

Isn’t that just printing money?  Here is a quick, and hopefully simple, primer on what central banks do. Central banks print money. They are responsible for issuing a country’s legal tender (banknotes and bank deposits with the central bank) and … Continue reading

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