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Fed Ending Easy Money? Good!

06/20/2013

The markets — stocks, bonds, gold, and commodities — tumbled after Ben Bernanke gave his most explicit signal yet that the Fed plans to end its easy-money policy of quantitative easing as “soon” as late 2013. Long-term Treasury bond rates rose to 3.3% and the dollar advanced on the news, while stocks fell more than […]

The Rise of Interest Rates: What it Really Means

06/13/2013

The Federal Reserve controls interest rates, right? Not so fast. Ben Bernanke and Co. set the Discount Rate, the interest rate that banks pay to the Fed to borrow money short term. But they have a much harder time controlling long-term rates. Short-term rates are still low (less than 1%), but long-term rates recently have […]

How Fiscal Insanity Destroyed Rome… and Now America

06/06/2013

“In the end, there was no money left to pay the army, build forts or ships, or protect the frontier. The barbarian invasions were the final blow to the Roman state in the fifth century, [caused] by three centuries of deterioration in fiscal capacity…” — Bruce Barlett, “How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome,” Cato Journal […]

Make Austerity Your Friend

05/30/2013

“The solution to our problems is found in business, outside of government.” — Tony Blair, Milken conference 2013 “There is much revenue in economy.” — Ben Franklin SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: At 9 p.m. EDT tonight, I appear on John Stossel’s Fox Business (check local listings) show “Stossel” to discuss the growing debate “Austerity vs. Stimulus: Which […]

Are the Golden Days Over?

05/23/2013

“I hate gold. It does not pay a dividend, it has no value, and you can’t work out what it should or shouldn’t be worth… It is the last refuge of the desperate.” — Jeremy Grantham, U.K. value investor and money manager Has gold seen its better days? The yellow metal is off 25% from […]

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Austerity vs. Stimulus: Has Krugman Won the Debate?

05/16/2013

“The evidence has gradually piled up that, however well-intentioned they might be, the ‘Austerians’ were wrong.” — Henry Blodget, Business Insider Last week, Henry Blodget, CEO and editor of the Business Insider website, proudly announced that in the long-standing debate of austerity vs. stimulus, the Keynesian Paul Krugman has won. “The empirical evidence increasingly favored […]

What’s the Best “Austrian” Indicator to Predict a Crash?

05/09/2013

My new book, “A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors” will be coming out this summer (just in time for FreedomFest in July). It will be published by Laissez Faire Books. In this book, I discuss the various methods devised by Austrian financial experts — followers of the Austrian school of Mises […]

The Rich and Famous Gather

05/02/2013

“The solutions to our problems are found in business, outside of government.” — Tony Blair, 2013 Milken Conference Since the 1970s, I’ve been a big fan of attending conferences as a great way to learn, network, socialize and enjoy a new environment. It’s always refreshing to get out and see a whole new world. I […]

Consider a Business Leader a Hero

04/25/2013

Our society does not give nearly enough credit to business leaders who create jobs, behave ethically and provide products and services that enhance our lives. To that end, I was given an opportunity to serve as the keynote speaker in Orlando recently at the annual conference of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, an […]

The New Working Class — The Elderly!

04/18/2013

My wife and I just returned from Hawaii, where we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. During our six-day trip to Hawaii, we gave talks at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the free-market think tank (http://www.grassrootinstitute.org/). Since it was around April 15, I talked about tax policy in theory and practice, demonstrating that most tax policies […]

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