Should we have a hard dollar, backed by gold?

Summary: We'll hear much from Republicans during Campaign 2016 about the glories of a gold-backed currency. Today's post debunks that with history from 19th Century Britain, when both men and money were hard.   {1st of 2 posts today} "Accursed thirst for gold! what dost thou not compel mortals to do?" --- Virgil's Æneid (29-19 BC). … Continue reading Should we have a hard dollar, backed by gold?

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Let’s ignore another warning from the BIS. Do we enjoy paying for burst bubbles?

Summary: As one market after another drifts off into bubble valuations, a few institutions warn of the consequences. As usual (we've done this so many times), we ignore them -- our passivity and ignorance earning our role as the deep pockets paying for the resulting damage. This post looks at a few of the warnings … Continue reading Let’s ignore another warning from the BIS. Do we enjoy paying for burst bubbles?

Why the libertarian rich & their bankers love price controls – on money.

Summary: Marx believed that the inherent contradictions in capitalism would bring about its downfall. Events since the crash have revealed contradictions between the values and actions of the 1% and their bankers. But they've successfully managed these contradictions. That's the operational genius of the pseudo-philosophy called libertarianism.  {1st of 2 posts today.} The price system … Continue reading Why the libertarian rich & their bankers love price controls – on money.

Today began the next phase of the great monetary experiment, as reality plays a trump card.

Summary: Today began the next phase of the great monetary experiment, the collision of Central Bankers' bold promises with reality.  History suggests skepticism about the odds of CB's success (e.g., see the many unbreakable currency pegs and unions which broke). Today the Swiss National Bank folded its cards. Here we discuss the significance of this … Continue reading Today began the next phase of the great monetary experiment, as reality plays a trump card.

Japan leads us into a new future, taking the next step in the great monetary experiment

Summary: A first step to understanding comes from appreciating the wonders before us. Recognition of extraordinary events that lie before us. Not unique events (those are seldom seen), but event of unusual magnitude. Old Faithful, not the usual steam kettle on the stove. Today we look at one such, one of the greatest experiments ever: … Continue reading Japan leads us into a new future, taking the next step in the great monetary experiment

The easy way to understand unconventional monetary policy

Summary:  It's difficult to describe the magnitude of the monetary policy experiments now running around the world, most especially in China, USA, and Japan. At the end are links to a dozen posts attempting to do so with words and numbers. Today we do it with pictures. . The monetary stimulus programs running around the … Continue reading The easy way to understand unconventional monetary policy

A Fed Governor speaks honestly to us about the costs and risks of our monetary policy

Summary: Fed officials see as tools their ability to manage our confidence and expectations. This means a constant policy of exaggeration and distortion in their speeches, as truth and plain-speaking are secondary considerations. But there are exceptions. Perhaps the most famous is Bernanke's 2002 "the U.S. government has a technology called a printing press" speech. … Continue reading A Fed Governor speaks honestly to us about the costs and risks of our monetary policy